I know Warforged are Unearthed Arcana races, and considered in play testing and/or incomplete, but based off of the information available to Warforged, would you consider a Warforged to be wearing natural armor; furthermore, would said natural armor prohibit the ability to wear other additional armor on top of the +1 AC bonus trait or would you be able to wear extra protection?


The warforged were made as the ideal soldiers to serve in the devastating Last War. Although they are constructs, they have much in common with living creatures, including emotions and social bonds, and perhaps even souls.


As a warforged, you have the following racial traits.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength and Constitution scores increase by 1.

Size. Warforged are generally broader and heavier than humans. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Composite Plating. Your construction incorporates wood and metal, granting you a +1 bonus to Armor Class.

Living Construct. Even though you were constructed, you are a living creature. You are immune to disease. You do not need to eat or breathe, but you can ingest food and drink if you wish. Instead of sleeping, you enter an inactive state for 4 hours each day. You do not dream in this state; you are fully aware of your surroundings and notice approaching enemies and other events as normal.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.

One last question is, would the Warforged be considered to be unarmored? Seeing as this is merely a trait, I wouldn't assume it to mean that a Warforged cannot wear armor, unless it gets the unarmored bonus, or natural armor bonus. If it is considered to be unarmored, would unarmored abilities such as the Barbarian's, Druid's, or Monk's abilities work in addition to this +1 AC?

Seeing as the Warforged is sacrificing an Ability Score increase in place of this bonus to AC, I wouldn't say that none of these abilities are applicable, in fact, I believe a Warforged would function just as a normal PC only with +1 AC.

I've read in the rules that Armor Class bonuses always stack with the current AC, but the rest of my group seems to have ruled that a Warforged cannot wear armor. I'm just looking for some thoughts on this matter.


It doesn't say it counts as armor or natural armor or anything, so it doesn't. It's just 1 AC on top of everything else, to emphasize the sturdiness of Warforged. It should stack with everything and prohibit nothing.

To support this, note that the Warforged trait provides a bonus to AC, rather than setting it to a number, as armor is wont to do. The Tortle, another race with an armor-related ability, sets its armor class to 17 like armor usually does, and correspondingly disallows further benefits from wearing armor, further illustrating that abilities that provide bonuses to the class of worn armor (like the Warforged trait) are not armor and are intended to modify armor, while abilities that provide a different default armor class probably count as armor and definitely don't modify the effective class of worn armor.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You might want to include citation. Specifically the difference between +1s and things that set the AC. \$\endgroup\$ – J. A. Streich Jun 30 '17 at 5:38

I have no immediate knowledge on a yes/no answer to whether Warforged in 5e are able to wear armor. However, it can always be dependent upon the campaign setting.

[Ex.] In the Eberron campaign setting, Warforged do not wear armor (which is the popular stance). Warforged are also considered unarmored for the purposes of monks. However, they have the ability to wear Warforged race restricted armor enhancements called "Docents". Equipping a docent gives an armor bonus equivalent to leather armor. These docents can have all the same magical benefits as regular armor (ex. +2, acid resistance, +1 Constitution, etc...).

Then there are Warforged specific feats: Mithral Body, and Adamantine Body. Mithral body makes equipped docents equivalent to being Mithral Chainmail, and as such effectively light armor.

Adamantine Body makes equipped docents equivalent to being Adamantine Full Plate, effectively heavy armor with an added bonus of Damage Reduction.

This may not be the answer you're looking for, but I hope it gives you some direction. And at the end of the day, it is ultimately up to the discretion of your DM. Perhaps you can share this information with him to persuade his decision.

It is entirely possible that in your campaign setting that Warforged can and do in fact wear armor normally as other races do.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, but I think everyone knows they can do what they want - questions like this are looking for some proof for one way being right/official. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil Sep 18 '17 at 21:08

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