The wording of the Armorer artificer's Arcane Armor feature includes this phrase (TCoE, p. 15):

The armor [...] also expands to cover your entire body, although you can retract or deploy the helmet [...]

At level 9, you gain the Armor Modifications feature (TCoE, p. 17), which allows you to infuse multiple parts of the armor (chest, boots, helmet, and weapon).

My questions:

  • So, before I get to level 9, can I wear magical boots and/or gloves? Or does my armor cover my hands and feet in such a way that I can't? Same for a magical helmet: can I wear one while my Arcane Armor helmet is retracted?

  • After I reach level 9, can I infuse (or find) a pair of gloves and put them on? Gloves aren't in the list of separate infusable armor parts. Can I find a pair of boots that aren't infusions and wear them?

I am assuming that when my armor covers my entire body, that's just for flavor, rather than a way to prevent me from being too awesome, and that the separate infusable parts are more for convenience ... but you never know.


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It's up to the DM to use common sense.

"Use common sense" is exactly the guidance given in the Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 141), under "Multiple Items of the Same Kind":

Use common sense to determine whether more than one of a given kind of magic item can be worn. A character can’t normally wear more than one pair of footwear, one pair of gloves or gauntlets, one pair of bracers, one suit of armor, one item of headwear, and one cloak. You can make exceptions; a character might be able to wear a circlet under a helmet, for example, or be able to layer two cloaks.

The Armorer Artificer's Arcane Armor feature says, in part (TCoE, p. 15):

The armor attaches to you and can’t be removed against your will. It also expands to cover your entire body, although you can retract or deploy the helmet as a bonus action. The armor replaces any missing limbs, functioning identically to a limb it replaces.

To this DM, it looks like you would be functionally wearing boots and gloves, since the armor covers the whole body. As for a helmet, it seems there should be no issue wearing another helmet while your Arcane Armor helmet is retracted, just be careful not to engage your helmet while wearing another one.

  • \$\begingroup\$ OK I'll take this as the answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – emery.noel
    Nov 27, 2020 at 12:09

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