Relating to equipment that is worn on the body with the specific purpose of deflecting or absorbing damage.

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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?

In our campaign we have several characters who never remove their armor. They wear it while adventuring, sleeping, swimming, bathing, etc. Are there any penalties for: Wearing armor while sleeping? ...
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Pathfinder: can a ghost wear armor?

According to the universal monster rules, incorporeal creatures (read: ghosts) have no Strength score: [An incorporeal creature] has no Strength score, so its Dexterity modifier applies to its ...
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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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Do gauntlets do anything?

Scale Mail, Chain Mail, and Plate all specifically mention that they include gauntlets. In the case of Scale and Chain, it merits a separate sentence: The suit includes gauntlets. Is there a ...
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Magic weapons add their plus to both attack and damage, and armor to AC, right?

I'm probably going blind. I am looking for somewhere in the PHB that specifies that +1 weapons give the +1 to both attack and damage. I see on page 196 of the PHB that it's explicitly stated that ...
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How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?

Page 146 of the PHB has the table for getting in and out of armour (1 to 5 minutes to doff, depending on the type). Now the Heat Metal (PHB pg. 250) says; Choose a manufactured metal object, such ...
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Combining various AC-providing clothing and armor

Are there any rules for combining different clothing/armor for providing AC? For example, can an adventurer wear full plate and bracers and get the AC bonus from both? Can an adventurer wear a Cloak ...
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How does the Armored Kilt work?

I have both Light Armor and an Armored Kilt on. Now this means that my armor is automatically treated as Medium armor. Now I have three questions: How does this affect my max DEX bonus to AC? How ...
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Does a character sleeping in mithral breastplate incur fatigue?

A character who sleeps in medium or heavy armor is automatically fatigued the next day. He takes a –2 penalty on Str and Dex and can't charge or run. Sleeping in light armor does not cause fatigue. ...
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What to bear in mind when I make banded mail?

I've been planning on making some banded mail for a long time, and I've found some aluminium to make it out of. I'm looking to use 2 sheets of 1000mm by 250mm by 1.2mm aluminium, and a 12 in 6 ...
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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

In D&D 5E, does natural armor stack with Unarmored Defense? We have a level 2 player character who wild shaped into an animal. The player said they could stack its natural armor with Unarmored ...
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Does magic armor automatically resize?

I tought I was pretty sure this is not the case, but some discussion has arisen and I'm not so sure anymore. What I know: Most magical objects in the game auto-resize when worn by creatures of ...
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How do you calculate Mithral armor check penalty?

When calculating the armor check penalty from mithal armor, do you also add the MW "bonus" or is it already included in the description? It's come to my attention that I may have been doing this ...
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Mounts in armour

Mounts can be given barding to duplicate the effect of armour at 4x the cost. However, barding makes no statement about armour proficiency, nor does the stat block for some of the more obvious mounts ...
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Wearing armor without proficiency?

As far as I can tell, a sorcerer in padded armor has to apply a check penalty to attack rolls and all DEX and STR based skill checks… but padded armor has check penalty 0. Does that mean that a ...
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When was Armour Proficiency first included and why?

It's a crazy idea that you need some sort of special ability to use/put on armour, it's just clothing really. I know DnD is not simulationist but most components have a fantasy justification. When ...
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Can non-dwarves wear Dwarven Plate?

Can non-dwarves wear Dwarven Plate or would it have to be custom-fitted first? It was suggested to me that another option is to wear the armor with penalties. I think my player is asking in more ...
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Does a bonus to “all defenses” include AC, too?

This might seem like a stupid question, but I am a new DM and not super familiar with 4E rules and wanted to make sure I understand bonuses and how to effects that relate. I read several other ...
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Does magic armor resize with wild shape?

If my level 5 druid with +1 hide armor wild shapes into a brown bear, does his armor resize to fit the new form? In the PHB for druid wild shape it says: You choose whether your equipment falls ...
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Does armour weight half as much when you wear it?

My GM told me that if you wear armour it weighs half as much as if you carry it. Is this part of the official Pathfinder rules, or is it a houserule?
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What effect does combining Mithril and an Armored Kilt have on armor category?

I have a few questions regarding the interaction between Mithril and Armored Kilts in Pathfinder. I would like either official sources, or the words of pathfinder creators/developers if possible. I'm ...
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The mechanics of Aspects on weapons/armor?

Fate Core suggests one way to differentiate weapons and armor is by giving each one an Aspect. Daggers could be Quick, for instance, and maces could be Armor Piercing. I really like this idea. My ...
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Can my fancy shirt be as tough as that guy's magical platemail?

Not as in armor bonus, but with the enchantment. If my ninja or duelist is wearing a really nice shirt in place of armor, can they have heavy fortification (or any armor enchantment) added to that ...
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Does Mage Armor count as armor for the monk's class features?

Does Mage Armor counts as armor in the sense of Monk's Martial Arts or Unarmored Movement requirements? Both features require you to not be wearing armor. (I already know that Mage Armor and Unarmored ...
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What happens to armor when you transform into a werebear?

I have a medium sized PC who is wearing plate armor. If he turns into a werebear, what happens to the armor? The MM states that any equipment it is carrying isn't transformed. Since the medium sized ...
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Can nonweapons have magic weapon special abilities?

In this question, Comments suggested that a creature with feat Improved Unarmed Strike that wanted magic weapon special abilities for his unarmed strike get a pair of masterwork gloves, have them ...
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What is the best way to increase AC as a Monk?

I'm planing on playing a monk in our next campaign as a backup-tank/semi-tank. At 1st level he has an AC of 14 without armor with 15 Dex/Wis and unarmored defence. Is there a better way to increase ...
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Flying in Medium/Heavy Armor

I was looking at the movement modes on the pfsrd and couldn't figure out if there are any changes to flight speeds or anything else that might happen while wearing heavy or medium armor. I mean, ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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How Does Inappropriately Sized Spiked Armor Work?

Question: Can a creature use spiked armor (PH 116 and 121 and cf. armor spikes on PH 123, 124) that is 1 or 2 size categories inappropriately sized (PH 113) so that the creature employs the spiked ...
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How can I craft weapons and armor?

How does one craft weapons and armor in D&D? Assume I have a high enough crafting skill to create the item: how do I know what materials I need? What is required to make say, standard scalemail ...
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Are mountain dwarves proficient with shields?

In 5e, the Moderately Armored feat grants proficiency with both medium armor and shields. It is, that I can see, the only feat that grants proficiency with shields. Every single class that has ...
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What's the most armor I can give a vehicle at character creation?

In SR4, there's a rule that you can't get an item over rating 6 or availability 12 at chargen: "no piece of gear purchased at character creation can haev a rating higher than 6 or an Availability ...
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Armour rating inside an iron safe

In one of my games, a character has inadvertantly locked themself in a booby-trapped iron safe. When the safe sprang-shut it triggered an alarm to summon NPCs that try to attack the player. The ...
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Pathfinder Mithral Breastplate Costs

What is the price and armor check penalty of a Mithral Breastplate?
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Does the “Wild” armor enhancement preserve both bonuses and penalties?

Wild: The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this ability preserves his armor bonus (and any enhancement bonus) while in a wild shape. Armor and shields with this ability usually appear ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
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Avoiding armor penalty by trait?

Wisdom in the Flesh allows you to use Wisdom instead of Dexterity for one chosen skill. Armor check penalty affects Dex- and Str-based skills. Does that mean for example a wise cleric in full plate ...
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Limit to number of weapon/armor enhancements?

If I wanted my party's spellcaster to enhance/enchant a weapon or piece of armor, is there a limit to the number enhancements it can have on it? I haven't read anywhere that there is a limit, but ...
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Armored Wisdom to AC

Is there any combination of races, classes, items, or feats that allows you to add your Wisdom bonus to AC, without restricting the armor that you wear? Several classes offer Wisdom to AC while ...
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Does this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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What kind of armor should a Wild Shape Ranger/Master of Many Forms wear?

If you use a Wild Shape Ranger to gain entry into Master of Many Forms you have a lot more types of armor to choose from than the Druid. Going with the Wild special ability is more or less a given at ...
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How much does Power Armour increase your movement in Dark Heresy?

The Power Armour states that it increases Str by 20 and movement by 1, and goes on to say it also increases the size category of the wearer by 1. The size category chart states hulking gains a +1 base ...
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Are all player characters in Gamma World expected to wear armor?

I'm looking over the rules for Armor in the Gamma World 7e Core Book on page 72. It states that light armor, which grants a +3 bonus to AC still allows you to move around, and indicates no penalties. ...
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Should a gm be critical on movement with armor equipped?

I know everyone plays it differently when it comes to gm but, is movement distance something I need to be critical over? If so then I would feel the need to make PC's take a standard action to put on ...
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Does the enhancement bonus on armor apply to armor class? [closed]

If I have a chain shirt with spell resistance 19 (+5 bonus), does that +5 apply to armor class along with the +4 from the chain shirt?
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What all does being nonproficient with armor apply to besides the obvious?

Looking at the rules for armor check penalties, I'm a little confused as to what all is affected when you are nonproficient with armor. Is there anything beside the obvious penalties — attack rolls, ...