Iron armour

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"Heavy and sturdy iron armour."

—Description of the iron armour in Dragon Quest VIII

Iron armour
DQVIII Iron Armour.png
Japanese てつのよろい
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations Iron armour
Half plate
Half plate armor
Iron armor
Iron (armor symbol)
Found in Dragon Quest I
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 Swords
Dragon Quest Builders
Effect various, see article

The iron armour, also known as the half plate or half plate armor, is a recurring suit of armour in the Dragon Quest series. It is a strong piece of armor made from beaten out iron plates.


The iron armour consists of a breastplate, pauldrons, and faulds made out of beaten iron plates. The armour is grey with gold edges and the pieces are attached with a series of brown leather belts. In character art, the iron armour often includes a pair of sabatons (boots) made out of iron, as well. It is the standard equipment of castle guards. Because of its weight, its usage is typically restricted to physically stronger characters. It has appeared in every main entry in the series except for Dragon Quest II.


Dragon Quest[edit]

Iron armour (てつのよろい tetsu no yoroi)DQ-SNES-LOGO-ICON.PNG
Buy Sell Attributes
1000 gold 500 gold Defence +16.
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, Kol*, and Rimuldar
In-Game Description
Mobile Armour favored by the knights of Tantegel.

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The iron armour has a Defence bonus of +25. It can be equipped by The Hero, Warriors, and Merchants. It is sold in Khoryv, Asham, Isis, and Portoga for 1,100 gold. It is also dropped by infernal armours.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

The iron armour has a Defence bonus of +30. It can be equipped by The Hero, Ragnar, Kiryl, Meena, and Psaro.

In Chapter 3, after opening his own shop, Torneko can obtain 60,000 Gold Coins by giving Endor soldiers a total of 6 pieces of iron armour and 6 steel broadswords.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

The iron armour has a Defence bonus of +25. It can be equipped by The Hero, Prince Harry, the Hero's son, Tuppence, as well as various monsters. Iron armour can be purchased in Roundbeck in the second generation, Coburg, Fortuna, and Lodestar Harbour for 1,200 gold and sold for 600 gold. Tuppence joins the party with iron armour equipped.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Iron armours have a Defence bonus of +25 and a style bonus of +19. The Hero, Carver, Nevan, Amos, Terry, and Goowain can equip them. Harmours have a 1/128 chance of dropping one. They can be sold for 900 gold coins and bought for 1,200 gold at Amor, Wellshire, and Ghent.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

The iron armour has a Defence bonus of +30 and a style bonus of +19. It can be equipped by The Hero, Kiefer, and Aishe. It can be bought for 3,300 gold at the Alltrades Arena, Alltrades Abbey in the present, La Bravoure, and El Ciclo. Iron armour can also be won as a prize from the Lucky Panel at the Casino.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

The iron armour has a Defence bonus of +32 and can be equipped by The Hero and Yangus. It can be purchased in Baccarat for 1,800 gold and sold for 900 gold. One set can be found in a treasure chest on an island west of Maella Abbey, which is accessible once the ship has been acquired.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

The iron armour serves as the Alchemical basis for the full plate armour and gigasteel armour.

DQIX iron armour.png  Iron armour
Defence +18
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Equipable by Warrior, Thief, Gladiator, Paladin, Armamentalist
Buy Price 1,200
Sell Price 600
Flavor text Metal armour that covers the upper quarters.
Notes Sold in Alltrades Abbey & Porth Llaffan.
Rarely dropped or stolen from Restless armours.
Upgrades into Full plate armour.

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

The iron armour provides a Defence bonus of +39. It requires 3 Iron ingots, and 1 unit of fur and a cord. It can be crafted at an anvil and the recipe is learned at level 18.


Iron armour's original localized names, half plate and half plate armor, are derived from the armor of the same name from the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. The half plate is described as having shaped metal plates which cover most of the wearer's body except for the legs, much like the iron armour in the Dragon Quest series.

See also[edit]


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