Hauberk of Bright Mail

The best defense may be a good offense, but sometimes you'll want a plan B.

Hauberk of Bright Mail # Resource # Major item # 2 MPs # 1 CP
Armor. Warrior only: +2 to body to a maximum of 9.

This item doesn't stand out too much. It's got an average bonus, average MPs, normal CPs, is often not too useful, and is common, so it may slide into your pile of commons and never resurface again until you find yourself playing sealed deck, where it is a very good item. It can be a pretty good item anyway, though.

First, this item has 2 MPs, the standard for major items. Second, it only has 1 CP. This is the same ratio as Glamdring, an item most people would rather have but which is also unique. This means that you can have a Hauberk and another item and not be as worried as if you were carrying a Sword of Gondolin instead. It only works on warriors, which eliminates characters like Ioreth, Halbarad, Peath, et al., but there are several warriors who benefit greatly from +2 prowess such as Theoden, Erkenbrand, Gamling, Boromir, and several of the Dwarves. And even if you have mostly high-bodied characters in your company you can still take this 1 CP 2 MP item to a haven to be stored (anyone can carry it, just warriors get the benefits). This can be a better item to grab with Thorough Search if you are concerned about corruption and/or if your characters already have Daggers and Swords.

This is even better in sealed deck where 2 MP is right at the top, it's a major item, so you can grab it anywhere, you can feel pretty safe about giving it to Boromir, it's common so it's pretty likely you'll get one, and the 1 CP is good too because corruption is pretty nasty in sealed deck.

It's ability isn't as good as Habergon of Silver, but that one is both a hoard item and gives more MPs, so I'll go with a Hauberk of Bright Mail any day.

Ratings for Hauberk of Bright Mail:
Isildur: 8.5
Samwise: 6.1
Bandobras Took: 8.5
Farmer Maggot: 7.5
Frodo: 6.5
Fingolfin: 7.0
Beorn: 7.4
Legolas: 7.0
Cirdan: 7.5
Average: 6.6

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