Chain mail

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"A comfortable and lightweight suit of armour constructed from innumerable metal links.."

—Description of the chain mail in Dragon Quest VIII

The chain mail is a recurring set of armour in the Dragon Quest series. Light and easy to move about in, it provides a decent amount of protection to the wearer.

Chain mail
DQVIII Chain Mail.png
Kana くさりかたびら
Old localizations Chain mail
Found in Dragon Quest I
Dragon Quest II
Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest Builders
Buy for various, see article
Sell for various, see article
Effect various, see article


The chain mail consists of a long sleeveless tunic made out of interlocking chains, also known as a byrnie, as well as a set of metal pauldrons and a gorget that goes around the wearer's neck and shoulders. Worn around the waist is a metal belt. The chain mail generally provides a good amount of defence at a relatively affordable price compared to heavier sets of armour.


Dragon Quest[edit]

Chain mail (くさりかたびら kusari katabira)DQ-SNES-LOGO-ICON.PNG
Buy Sell Attributes
300 gold 150 gold Defence +10.
Can Be Equipped By Equipment Type Can Be Used As Tool In Battle?
ICON-Hero (Dragon Quest).png Armour ICON-NO-X.png NO
Shop(s) Garinham and Mercado
In-Game Description
Mobile Made from interlocking loops of sturdy steel.

Dragon Quest II[edit]

The chain mail has a defence bonus of +12. It can be purchased for 480 gold in Leftwyne and Hamlin and sold for 292 gold. The Hero and the Prince of Cannock can equip it.

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The chain mail defense bonus of +20. It can be purchased from Romaly and Assaram for 480 gold and sold for 360 gold. The Hero, Warriors, Priests, Sages, and Merchants can equip it.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

The chain mail has a defence bonus of +18. Can be sold for 262 gold and bought for 350 gold in Burland, Izmit, Lakanaba, Endor, Frenor, and Branca. The Hero, Kiryl, Ragnar, Torneko, Alena, and Psaro can equip it.

Dragon Quest V[edit]

The chain mail has a defence bonus of +19. It can be sold for 375 gold and bought for 500 gold. Harry, Pippin, Centaurus, Eigerhorn, Lionex, Messala, Slime Knight, Soldier Bull, and Springer can equip it.

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

The chain mail has a defense bonus of +19. They can be bought in Reidock for 500 gold.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

The chain mail has a defence bonus of +20 and a style bonus of +23. It can be purchased at Frobisher and the Pilgrim's Rest Inn for 1,050 gold and sold for 525 gold. The Hero, Kiefer, Sir Mervyn, and Aishe can equip it.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The chain mail has a defence bonus of +20. In the original version, it could only be equipped by Yangus, but in the 3DS version, both Morrie and Red can equip it as well. It can be bought for 500 gold in Peregrin Quay and Simpleton and sold for 250 gold. One set can be found in Pickham. The chain mail can be made in the Alchemy Pot by combining wayfarer's clothes with a chain whip. The chain mail can also be upgraded into the bronze armour by combining it with a bronze shield.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

DQIX chain mail.png  Chain mail
Defence +11
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Equipment Class Armour
Equipable by Warrior, Priest, Thief, Minstrel, Gladiator, Paladin, Armamentalist, Ranger, Luminary
Buy Price 540
Sell Price 270
Flavor text A supple suit made from little loops of wire.
Notes Sold in Stornway and Coffinwell.
Upgrades to Holy mail and Chainmail socks.

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]


Mail made from interlocking loops of sturdy steel.[1]
Doesn't appear to have any special effect.[2]
Doesn't appear to have any special effect.[2]



  1. Mobile, Android and iOS version
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mobile, Android, iOS and Nintendo DS version
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