Exoskeleton Plate is one of the most useful resources in the entire Erebus. It is produced by every variant of Beetle and Antlion upon death. As such, it is heavily renewable and the recipes that need it need a LOT of it.
Reinforced Exoskeleton PlateEdit
Reinforced Exoskeleton Plate is made by arranging 9 Exoskeleton Plate in a 3x3 square in a Crafting Table. This process cannot be undone.
Reinforced Exoskeleton Plate can be crafted into Reinforced Exoskeleton Blocks, incredibly blast-resistant blocks that match Obsidian for sturdiness. This process cannot be undone. The reinforced plates are also used to craft Augmented Scorpion Pincers and Umbergolem Legs.
Standard Exoskeleton Armour is fairly weak, and has such a low enchantability it's not even worth saving the levels.
In regards to protection, the boots provide 2 armour points (1 armour icon), the leggings provide 2 armour points (1 armour icon), the chestplate provides 3 armour points (1.5 armour icons) and the helmet provides 2 armour points (1 armour icon). That totals to a mere 4.5 armour icons; very weak protection.
This armour is not very protective and it is highly advised you only use it if absolutely necessary. If you must craft it, the recipes match those of vanilla armours.
Reinforced Armour Edit
Reinforced Exoskeleton Armour is far stronger than its meek counterpart; it matches Diamond Armour in both protection and durability. Therefore, the boots provide 3 armour points (1.5 armour icons), the leggings provide 6 armour points (3 armour icons), the chestplate provides 8 armour points (4 armour icons) and the helmet provides 3 armour points (1.5 armour icons) for a total of 20 points, or a full 10 icons.
However, there is a trade-off; whilst it matches Diamond in terms of protection and durability, it's notoriously bad for enchanting, and makes up for this by being renewable.
For those looking for maths; a full set of Reinforced Exoskeleton Armour takes 216 pieces of standard Exoskeleton Plate. It is crafted using vanilla-style recipes.
A variant of the helmet-the Reinforced Compound Goggles-exists and provides the boons of both the helmet and goggles.
Rhino Beetle Plate Edit
A black, far tougher variant of the standard Exoskeleton Plate, Rhino Beetle Plate is only obtainable from-you guessed it-the Rhinoceros Beetle. It matches the strength of Reinforced Exoskeleton Plate without needing to be crafted.
The stats of Rhino Plate Armour match those of Reinforced Exoskeleton Armour, although enchantability is unknown.
There is one significant difference in crafting, however; the Rhino Plate Helmet requires two Rhino Beetle Horns to craft, with the helmet shape built in the lower two lines of the Crafting Table and the horns in the top two corners. These horns are mounted onto the helmet once crafted and worn. Acquiring the horns, being a rare drop from Rhinoceros Beetles, can be strenuous; but it is well worth it for the aesthetics.
Rhino Beetle Plate has no other use at this time.