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.



Iron Armor

Dragon Quest

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 Alltrades ArenaAlltrades 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

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.

Dragon Quest X

Comes with a top portion and a bottom portion.


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.

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