All the helms in the books seem to be illustrated like armor. When a character without armor proficiency wears a magic helm, does he suffer the same penalties as if he wore other armor? In the DMG, the illustration makes helms appear armored.


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Helms are not Armor

Helms are considered wondrous items and thus neither benefit your armor class nor require proficiency with any kind of armor.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You may want to add that they also don't contribute to AC. \$\endgroup\$
    – GreySage
    Jan 28, 2017 at 0:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ You also might want to revise to say "helm", since none of the items use the word helmet. It probably doesn't make a tremendous amount of difference, but we might as well make sure to use the given terms. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 28, 2017 at 0:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ I was not aware of the difference between helms and helmets. TIL. Fixed. \$\endgroup\$
    – Thyzer
    Jan 28, 2017 at 0:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ It would be good to refer to the armor table and note the absence of helms or helmets as separate items on that table. p 145 phb \$\endgroup\$ Jan 28, 2017 at 2:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast except full plate does include a helmet. It's not a separate item, like you say, but it would interfere with using both a helm and full plate and it is an example of helmet-that-is-armor. \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Jan 28, 2017 at 4:05

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