Hydra Skin Armor

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

Tier 13
On Equip +17 DEF, +5 DEX
Fame Bonus 4%
Feed Power 435

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.

Hydra Skin Armor was added in Build 115.

The lack of increased DEF versus the previous tier has led to a “buff hydra” meme within the community. In response to this, for April Fools 2017 the item was replaced with the ‘BUFFED Hydra Skin Armor’, which provided a mere + 1 MP compared to the armor’s usual stats. In addition, the words “extra beefy” were added in the description text:
BUFFED Hydra Skin Armor tooltip
This change was temporary and overwrote the existing item in the code, so affecting all Hydra Skin Armor in the game. It was reverted after the event ended, but was repeated during the 2018 Easter Event.

Hydra Skin Armor’s current sprite dates from Patch X.16 when it was tweaked slightly to bring the shape in line with other tiered leather armor. The original design was:
old Hydra sprite