I've read the other questions about stacking AC which I know can't be done according to the rules, but then the rules also say that you can wear chain shirt under leather, so it contradicts itself there.

My question is about if my player character is wearing it under a leather armor, which the description say it can, which AC should you use? The chain shirt which is closest to the body with an AC of 13 or the leather which would first take the hit with an AC of 11?

How would you handle it?

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    \$\begingroup\$ How does the answer from the linked questions not cover what you are after? It seems to me as exactly the same question \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    Feb 10, 2022 at 19:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the stack, take the tour when you have a moment. I've closed this as a duplicate of one of the questions you linked, I am failing to see how this is any different. Both your question and the linked duplicate seem to ask the exact same thing: can I stack armor to get a higher AC? \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10, 2022 at 19:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thomas Markov, sure they are similar, but not the same. Chain mail is not chain shirt and the description says that chain shirt cvan be worn under clothes and leather, so which AC should you use the chain shirt (AC13) or the leather (AC11)? \$\endgroup\$
    – M.Emmoth
    Feb 10, 2022 at 19:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ I almost voted to reopen this but realised that the linked question isn't actually about specific armor types despite the title, the question itself is "Can one wear multiple types of armor and get an AC stack?" and the answer is pretty clear and covers all types of armor. I did retract my downvote though, because you did put effort into the question. The only thing I can see that might get this opened is if your real question is "my player is wearing 2 types of armor, how do I decide which calculation is the one to use?". \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    Feb 10, 2022 at 19:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, then I must I missed that, I have to re-read it and have a second look at it. And thanks for the idea for my queastion :) \$\endgroup\$
    – M.Emmoth
    Feb 10, 2022 at 19:56

1 Answer 1


Pick one.

The rules for Armor Class state:

If you have multiple features that give you different ways to calculate your AC, you choose which one to use.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Minor clarification: the player picks one. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage
    Feb 10, 2022 at 20:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @M.Emmoth "Being able to wear two types of armour" and "being able to benefit from two types of armour" are not exactly equivalent, so the rules don't technically contradict themselves; they're just confusingly worded. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Feb 10, 2022 at 21:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @M.Emmoth You can wear leather over your chainmail, but it's not going to stop any attacks that the chainmail wouldn't stop, so you don't get any benefit from it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage
    Feb 10, 2022 at 21:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ The description says, "...a chain shirt is worn between layers of clothing or leather". Leather, not leather armor. Leather is used as barrier so that raw chain links are not rubbing directly against your body. \$\endgroup\$
    – MivaScott
    Feb 11, 2022 at 3:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Slagmoth Items are game features too. If they aren’t, then they aren’t subject to the “game features with the same name rule”, and everything falls apart. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 11, 2022 at 16:06

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