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What damage is done by Personal Armor (Fortitude 6)?

I have a rules question for Fortitude 6: Personal Armor from Vampire: the Masquerade, 20th Anniversary Edition. A hand-to-hand attack causes the attacker equal damage to that suffered by the defender ...
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Would a druid's magic armor (+1, or the like) be able to be converted to barding during wild shape? [duplicate]

A previous discussion from about 7 years ago covered essentially the same topic, but I want to see if any new info has come to light or if opinions have changed since then Does magic armor resize with ...
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Would wearing full plate armor cause slashing damage to be converted into bludgeoning damage?

Plate armor covers the whole body of the adventurer. A character in my game has resistance to bludgeoning damage but not slashing damage. He was arguing that since the armor covered his whole body, he ...
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Does the Dragon Hide feat count as Armor for the purposes of Monk’s unarmed movement?

The second bullet of the Dragon Hide feat (XGtE, p. 74) gives a way to calculate AC: While you aren’t wearing armor, you can calculate your AC as 13 + your Dexterity modifier. Does this feature ...
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My player character is wearing 2 types of armor, how do I decide which calculation is the one to use?

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 ...
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The One Ring 2nd Edition says players should choose "their favoured selection of armour" as starting equipment, what does it mean by this?

So, on page 47 of the 2nd edition core rules book, the rules for starting war gear state: Starting heroes can choose one weapon for each Combat Proficiency for which they have a rating, and their ...
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In fallout the role-playing game, can supermutants make their own non-raider armor

In fallout the role-playing game by Modiphus, on page 53 under super mutant, it says "you can only wear armor which has been made to fit a super mutant". In the same book, under raider armor ...
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Are there mistakes on the power armor table in fallout: the role-playing game core rulebook

In Fallout The Role-playing Game, by Modiphius Entertainment, on page 137, it describes power armor and there is a table. I noticed that none of the costs make much sense (really, only 150 caps for ...
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Does armor provide the same protection against unarmed attacks as it does to armed attacks?

I mean, there isn't any rule differentiating ballistic and impact damages? I remember that in the old 2nd edition this rule existed, but I couldn't find something similar in the 5th and I would like ...
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Should I be worried about a Tier-one party looting plate armour? [duplicate]

I've got a party of 5 level three players. In an upcoming session, they might be facing a monster with plate armour. The (humanoid) monster's CR is one, but RAW his plate armor is worth 1,500 gp. I'm ...
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Can an Armorer Artificer wear another set of armor with their Arcane Armor?

The Arcane Armor feature from the Armorer subclass has the following line: “The armor continues to be Arcane Armor until you don another suit of armor or you die.” If an Armorer Artificer is wearing ...
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Do the Thunder Gauntlets and Lightning Launchers of Adamantine Arcane Armor count as Adamantine weapons?

As stated in Xanathar's Guide: Adamantine is an ultrahard metal found in meteorites and extraordinary mineral veins. In addition to being used to craft adamantine armor, the metal is also used for ...
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What happens to breastplate Armor when it is chosen as Armorer Artificer's Arcane Armor?

Ok now a breastplate is just the chest piece and maybe the shoulder guards. But as an Armorer's Arcane Armor the armor encases the user as stated by, "expands to cover your entire body". ...
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Does magical armor enhancement bonus increase the armor’s maximum dexterity?

Do magical armor enhancement bonuses increase the maximum DEX mod allowed for an armor? If so, awesome! If not, are there other ways to optimize AC through a DEX driven character?
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

For context One of my players is playing for the first time and has some problems with magic and how versatile it is, therefore he is attempting to make an armor to resist fire, lightning, acid and ...
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Are shields constantly equipped while adventuring?

In 5e it takes an action to doff or don a shield. But does that assume the shield is always donned while the character is awake and adventuring? It seems like a question that the DM and player would ...
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What makes a heavy armor in Chult for Chultans?

Recently, our DM asked us to create an alternate character in case ours is killed. So I want to play along and create a Chultan fighter from Port Nyanzaru who's sent by the merchant princes to help a ...
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Can an Armorer Artificer get around the Armor Model feature's limitation of changing models after a short/long rest by swapping in different armor?

At 3rd level, the Armorer artificer gains the Armor Model feature, which allows a choice between Guardian and Infiltrator models (TCoE, pg. 16). Because the former is good for all-out melee but the ...
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When homebrewing Warforged, is Integrated Protection more of a benefit or a drawback?

Warforged have a lot of cool, useful abilities that would be nice to have for creatures that aren't strictly "warforged". But one thing I've never been a fan of is their Integrated ...
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is it possible for the special effects of ores such as admantium be infused scales of a creature

I have a lizardfolk character that just got adamantine plate armour. I wondered whether my adamantine armour could be melted down and infused with my scales due to having naturally scaly and tough ...
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Can Thunder Gauntlets meet the material component requirement of Booming Blade and Green Flame Blade?

This is very related to this question: Artificer Armorer Guardian attack and cantrips like Booming blade This is to talk about the new rules introduced in TCoE with respect to Booming Blade and Green ...
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Effects of wearing armor without proficiency

The PHB (p. 144) says: If you wear armor that you lack proficiency with, you have disadvantage on any ability check, saving throw, or attack roll that involves Strength or Dexterity, and you can’t ...
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Can you select Bracers Of Armor to work with Armor Focus (feat)?

Can you select bracers of armor +X as a valid choice for the feat Armor Focus?
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Can a Warforged's Integrated Protection feature be bypassed by some magical means?

DM is saying that the armor my Warforged is "wearing" can be removed using magic spells. My question is, what spells would remove armor and would they remove the armor on a warforged with ...
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Does wearing magic items with armor affect AC negatively?

If I’m wearing a set of full plate armor and I replace the gauntlets with gauntlets of ogre strength do I lose the AC provided by the full plate as I’m no longer wearing a full set of full plate ...
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Does Arcane Armor provide gauntlets?

The Armorer subclass of Artificer has the Arcane Armorer feature which gives the option for: Thunder Gauntlets. Each of the armor's gauntlets counts as a simple melee weapon while you aren't holding ...
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Can you infuse a breastplate with Arcane Propulsion Armor?

A Breastplate is a type of Medium armor that is described as: This armor consists of a fitted metal chest piece worn with supple leather. Although it leaves the legs and arms relatively unprotected, ...
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Does Mithral Armor in the form of a Chain Shirt still count as a light armor?

Does Mithral Armor in the form of a Chain Shirt still count as a light armor? I remember in 3.5 and Pathfinder it counted as light armor so Rogues could then use it; and often sought out the armor..
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Does Grey Ooze armor destruction count the Dexterity bonus of the armor?

When a Grey Ooze hits metal armor, it reduces the AC by -1. When AC hits 10 then the armor is destroyed. Does this destruction ignore any dex bonus that might be there, or include it? I assume the ...
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Can Tortles receive the non-AC benefits from magic armor?

The Tortle's Natural Armor trait says: Due to your shell and the shape of your body, you are ill-suited to wearing armor. Your shell provides ample protection, however; it gives you a base AC of 17 (...
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Does proficiency work on natural armor?

If I have a PC that has natural armor giving 13+Dex if he wears no armor, will proficiency have any effect on that (or does no proficiency exist for natural armor)?.
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Which damage types are the most and least common?

(Inspired by this question) The only mechanical difference (beside price) between Hide and Scale mail is that once you can use the specialization, the one provides resistance against piercing, the ...
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What is the origin of the terms used for 5e plate-based armors?

This question came to mind when I was searching for historical examples of "half-plate" and found the term conspicuously missing from reliable sources. As far as I can tell, "half-plate&...
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What is the highest armour class possible for an Ancient Green dragon?

This posts asks what the highest armour class may be for humanoids. Similar to this question, I would like to know what the highest AC would be for a monster. Narrowing this down, let us look at ...
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What is the comparative value of armor proficiencies?

Is medium or heavy armor proficiency as racial feature more powerful (in general) than light armor, or is it just favoring different kinds of builds? The intent is that I want to playtest some racial ...
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What happens when Adamantine strikes Adamantine?

I'm going to cut to the chase, in D&D 5e, if a player wearing adamantine armor gets hit with an adamantine weapon, what happens?
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Does the updated Integrated Protection feature of the Warforged mean that they count as "wearing" armor when using armor?

The updated Warforged's Integrated Protection trait, as detailed in Eberron: Rising from the Last War (p. 36), now states: Your body has built-in defensive layers, which can be enhanced with armor. [...
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Can the Mind Sharpener infusion be used in tandem with an Armor infusion?

One of the new Artificer infusions from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything is the Mind Sharpener, requiring "A suit of armor or robes". There are other Artificer infusions that apply onto armor, ...
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How do the Armorer artificer's Arcane Armor and Armor Modifications features interact with the ability to wear magic boots/gloves/etc.?

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 [....
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How does Arcane Armor's removal of Strength requirements apply at a table using the Encumbrance variant?

The Armorer Artificer's Arcane Armor feature says: If the armor normally has a Strength requirement, the arcane armor lacks this requirement for you. This is in reference to the following regarding ...
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If I let players start with 1 uncommon minor magic item and 300 gp on top of starting equipment, is Mithral plate armor an unbalanced choice of item?

We are playing a one-shot at Level 7. As DM, I allowed the players to choose 1 magic item of rarity uncommon and minor tier for their character. Also, they can have items worth 300 gp in addition to ...
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Can any armor rune be applied to explorer's clothing?

Explorer's clothing "can grant an item bonus to AC if etched with potency runes." But can armor runes be applied to explorer's clothing, or only potency runes? Can armor runes be applied to &...
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What's the difference between unarmored and adventurer's clothing?

From the armor table, the only difference I can see between being unarmored and wearing adventurer's clothing is that the latter imposes a dex cap (+5) while the former does not. Yes, the latter also ...
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What happens when you wear armor you're not proficient in?

What penalties or restrictions does a creature have when they don armor they're non proficient in? For example, picture a newly adventurous (level 1) Dwarf Barbarian (18 Strength, 10 Dexterity) who ...
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Does a Tortle's Natural Armor interfere with the Monk's Unarmored Movement ability?

The Tortle's Natural Armor ability says: Due to your shell and the shape of your body, you are ill-suited to wearing armor. Your shell provides ample protection, however; it gives you a base AC of 17 ...
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Can the Heat Metal spell target a set of Dragon Scale Mail made from metallic dragon scales?

The heat metal spell can target "a manufactured metal object", including "a suit of heavy or medium metal armor". A suit of Dragon Scale Mail is clearly a manufactured object, but ...
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Can a character wear both chain mail and leather armor to get a higher AC?

Background I am reading the Goblin Slayer light novel. In it the main character wears leather armor over plate or chain to both stack his AC and to confuse his (not very intelligent) enemies into ...
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What happens when Armour Level equals Penetration Level exactly?

I have the original version of Ghost Ops (which uses Fudge dice), not the Savage Worlds version or the OSR version. This question is about that original version, but if you think the rules in one of ...
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5E rules regarding armor and being prone [closed]

In 5E, the rules seem pretty straightforward, but clear, regarding armor and the associated AC. However, it seems a little out of balance for characters who fall prone. Does, or should, the AC for a ...
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How does haste interact with the heavy armor penalty?

For a character that is wearing heavy armor, but does not have the prerequisite strength, there is a 10ft speed penalty. If the Armor table shows “Str 13” or “Str 15” in the Strength column for an ...
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