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Imbrued Platemail Helm  

Slot: HEAD
AC: 16
CHA: +9 WIS: +9
SV FIRE: +10
WT: 4.5 Size: SMALL
Class: BRD
Slot 1, Type 7 (General: Group)
Slot 2, Type 21 (Special Ornamentation)

Item Type:Armor
Color (RGB):180, 160, 50
Submitted By:Rupert Furrytoes
Lucy Entry By:Seqtik
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2021-08-09 11:05:46
Page Updated:Thu Jun 11th, 2020

Expansion: Original Original

Rarity: Very Rare
Level to Attain: 46

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Plane of Knowledge
Quest Name
Planar Armor Exchange

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name
Plane of Hate

Uploaded November 27th, 2008
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Odd stats...the reason behind it
# Aug 13 2002 at 1:07 AM Rating: Decent
36 posts
Well, once long ago... before Kunark came out... folks asked similar questions about all the planar armor stats. Verant's response was "We want the players to have well rounded stats"

Now that the game is venerable, we all know that some stats are useful and some aren't, depending on your class. If things were like pen and paper D&D, all stats would actually be useful for all classes, but alas, this isn't the case, as we all know.

The only reason now to get a set of the original planar armor is for bragging rights, IMO, since there are SO many better and easier to get alternatives. (Except perhaps the BP/Legs and some select items)
RE: Odd stats...the reason behind it
# Dec 15 2002 at 1:32 AM Rating: Decent
It is apropos for Bards, and hybrids in general, to keep an eye on most of our stats. The only one we bards don't get that much out of, really, is WIS (unless it does exceed INT for some reason).

That said, you're right that many other armors are both easier to get (or tradeskill), and have fewer "frivolous" stats.

swiss army bard of Xev
# Mar 24 2002 at 1:19 PM Rating: Default
Why would this BARD ONLY Helm have wis? Everyone knows that bards use int for our mana...
RE: Why?
# May 04 2002 at 1:15 PM Rating: Good
I have pondered this myself. I know that many armor sets when taken one piece at a time seem to have odd stats but when taken as a full set make sense. You could argue either way with the Imbrued Platemail. A full set (helm, BP, vambraces, gauntlets, 2 bracers, greaves, and boots) has the following stats:

AC +127
Cha +20
Dex +24
Agi +9
Str +19
Sta +18
Int +15
Wis +14
HP +30
All Saves +10
Weight 37.2

In my mind, the purpose of planar armor for all classes is to provide a good general purpose everyday set of gear. Because this armor hits every single stat, it fills that criteria. But most people who are high enough to raid the planes have armor for different occasions. I have a resist set, a charisma set, and a general melee set.

For high level bards looking for a full set of good armor, my recommendation is to skip the planes and look to your favorite high elf master smith. By comparison, a full set of Koada'Dal Mithril has the following stats (comparing only the pieces that are available in platemail - helm, vambraces, graves, boots, guantlets, BP, and 2 bracers):

AC +112
Cha +36
Dex +37
Agi +12
Str +18
Sta +18
Wis +32
Mana +5
Weight 25.3

The significantly lighter weight, extra dex, and extra charisma are worth the loss in AC and resists. Buy some good resist jewelry and you'll be all set. However, with this armor, you WIS will be higher than your INT, so your tradeskill learning rate will be based on WIS. In addition, the Mithril is a beautiful teal set of armor as opposed to the bloody red and gold of imbued platemail.

Of course, Velious quest armor blows both sets away, but this is great in the meantime.
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