Hydra Skin Armor

Hydra Skin Armor
Hydra Skin Armor: Superlative leather armor fashioned from the skin of a twelve-headed swamp hydra.

Tier: 13
Stat Bonuses: +17 DEF, +5 DEX
Fame Bonus: 4%
Feed Power: 435

Drops From:
Feargus the Demented
Ivory Wyvern
Jon Bilgewater the Pirate King
Limoz the Plague Bearer
Murderous Megamoth
Nikao the Defiler
Oryx the Mad God 2
Pyyr the Wicked
Son of Arachna
The Forgotten King
The Forgotten Sentinel
Twilight Archmage
Marble Colossus
Void Entity

Unlike other leather armors, the Hydra Skin Armor does not provide a defense upgrade from the previous tier; it only adds 1 dexterity compared to Griffon Hide. This has led to the “buff hydra” meme within the community.

In response to this, the item was replaced with the “BUFFED Hydra Skin Armor” for April Fools 2017 and the 2018 Easter Event, which provided a mere + 1 MP compared to the regular armor but was otherwise identical. In addition, the words “extra beefy” was added before “twelve-headed” in the flavor text.
Tooltip of “buffed” Hydra:
BUFFED Hydra Skin Armor tooltip

Its sprite was tweaked slightly in Build X.16. The old design looked like this:
old Hydra sprite