My question is whether natural armor of a Sorcerer gained by Draconic Resilience (13 + Dex modifier) does stack with the bonus on natural armor by, e.g., the werebear template ('a +1 bonus to AC while in boar or hybrid form (from natural armor)'), which would make it 13 + Dex modifier + 1 bonus to AC?

To me it seems to be a double application of natural armor but then again if the character would be wearing a half-plate the AC would be 15 + Dex modifier (max 2) + 1 bonus AC, right?

I got a lot of answers from Does the Sorcerer feature Draconic Resilience work with shields? but I cannot filter the answer to my question out of it.


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Yes, they should stack, although a DM would be justified in ruling otherwise.

Draconic Resilience (PHB 102) is a formula. A character may only use one formula to derive their Armor Class. In the case you state, they would use either Draconic Resilience or the formula for half-plate.

The werebear rules for player character (MM p. 207) refer to a bonus. A bonus can apply to any armor class formula, so yes, your calculations are correct, and the PC would have a +1 to whatever AC they would otherwise have.

That is RAW. However, a DM using RAI could certainly decide that the Draconic Resilience is a function of having scaly skin, as described, and that your werebear form would not have that feature. Or they might rule that you become a scaly werebear. Personally, I'd go for the sheer coolness of a draconic werebear...

  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for the final sentence alone, though the whole answer is a good one. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 6, 2017 at 13:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Seems I got it right. I would also like to have a draconic werebear but I am afraid it will be the "your werebear form would not have that feature" of a scaly skin. Will see... Thank you very much for your detailed answer! \$\endgroup\$
    – Stem Cell
    Mar 7, 2017 at 12:47

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