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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[]


Iron Armor

Half Plate (Iron Armor in later translations) can be bought in Garinham, Kol and Rimuldar for 1000 G. The wearer gains +16 defense when equipped. Due to text restrictions in the Gameboy Color remake of Dragon Quest, Iron Armor was renamed to Iron with a picture of armor beside it.

Dragon Quest (NES)
Item Price Attributes
Half Plate 1000 G Defense +16

Dragon Quest III[]

The iron armour has a defence bonus of +25. It can be equipped by the HeroWarriors, and Merchants. It is sold in KhoryvAshamIsis, and Portoga for 1,100 gold. It is also dropped by infernal armours.

Dragon Quest IV[]

The iron armour has a defence bonus of +30. It can be equipped by the HeroRagnarKirylMeena, and Psaro.

Dragon Quest V[]

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

Dragon Quest VI[]

Iron armours have a defense bonus of +25 and a style bonus of +19. The HeroCarverNevanAmosTerry, 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 AmorWellshire, and Ghent.

Dragon Quest VII[]

The iron armour has a defence bonus of +30 and a style bonus of +19. It can be equipped by the HeroKiefer, and Aishe. It can be bought for 3,300 gold at the Allblades ArenaAlltrades Abbey in the present, La Bravoure, and El Ciclo, while it can also be won as a prize from the Lucky Panel at the Casino.

Dragon Quest VIII[]

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[]

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

Defence 18
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Equipable by DQ9 Warrior IconThief IconDQ9GladiatorIconDQ9PaladinIconDQ9ArmamentalistIcon
Location Alltrades Abbey & Porth Llaffan shops
Buy Price 1200 G
Sell Price 600 G
Flavor Text Metal armour that covers the upper quarters.

Dragon Quest X[]

Comes with a top portion and a bottom portion.

Dragon Quest XI[]

Iron armour - Dragon Quest XI
Stat boosts Defense +32/34/36/38
Flavour text Weighty armour that provides impressive protection.
Info Requires 6 Perfectionist's pearls to rework.
Found Gondolia & Octagonia shops
Recipe: Beast bone + Glass frit x2 + Iron ore x3
Buy price 1800 G
Sell price 900 G
Equipped by Hero & Eight

Dragon Quest Swords[]

The iron armor gives +22 defense to the Hero. It is sold at the armor shop in Castle Avalonia for 870 gold starting in chapter 3 and can be sold for 435 gold.

Dragon Quest Builders[]

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Dragon Quest Builders 2[]

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.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Armure de fer
German Eisenrüstung
Spanish Armadura de hierro
Italian Armatura di ferro
Armatura ferrus
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