Questions tagged [armor]

For questions relating to armor in RPGs. Armor refers to equipment that is worn on the body with the specific purpose of deflecting or absorbing damage.

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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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DEX-focused heavy armour user - mithral full plate vs mithral breastplate

So I'm curious about a matter of best AC for my buck. I'm playing a Dexterity focused heavy armour character (Cavalier to be specific, but I imagine the same answer applies to fighters or any other ...
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Can Warforged doff Cast-Off Armor in a single action?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything includes this fun magical armor variant, Cast-Off Armor, which can be doffed in a single action (see XGE p136): You can doff this armor as an action. This is generally ...
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Is there a cost for donning or doffing a shield and armor during combat?

I have been unable to see a mechanic for donning and doffing armor and shields during combat. Is this "free" or is there an action cost?
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Which armor special abilities can be applied to Bracers of Armor?

The Bracers of Armor page states: Bracers of armor cannot have any armor special abilities that add a flat gp amount to their cost. And, a Q&A with Jason Bulmahn clarified that Bracers of ...
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Does 'Wild' armour work for Alternate Form?

Could a creature that doesn't have Wild Shape, but -does- have Alternate Form (Such as a Dragon) use armour with the "wild" property to be able to use this armour in all their forms? In the question ...
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In Adventurers League, can you change Full Plate armour into Half Plate?

Playing in AL my barbarian has acquired a set of adamantine full plate armour. As this prevents him from his rage benefits, I was wondering if I could simply use it as adamantine half plate, using the ...
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Can adamantine or mithral armors have magical properties (+1, for example)?

As an ex-player of D&D 3.5, I'm a little bit confused about Adamantine armors and Mithral armors. In 3.5e, they are not inherently magical; it is just classic armor with a different material, so ...
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Does a Warforged receive all the benefits of a long rest while wearing armor?

In Eberron: Rising From The Last War (p. 36), the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait states that you can take a rest while donning or doffing armor. The Sentry's Rest trait also states that you ...
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Comparison: “half-plate armor+dexterity+Medium Armor Master feat” and “plate armor”. What is the best? [closed]

I want to make a melee fighter, and I'm strugling on the choise of my armor for the build. I put my stats on my character when I'll define all I want to do for my build, so let's suppose that I can ...
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Do effects that activate on a critical hit still activate when the hit is against an opponent wearing adamantine armor?

I know from the question "Does a natural 20 on the attack roll still automatically hit if the target is wearing adamantine armor?" that a critical hit against adamantine armor will still hit, but I ...
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Does a Champion fighter automatically hit someone wearing Adamantine Armor if they roll a 19 (or 18 at higher levels) on the attack roll?

Without adamantine armor, a critical hit is an auto-hit regardless of AC. Though Jeremy Crawford once tweeted that a Champion fighter with the Improved Critical and Superior Critical features auto-...
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Would a Monk wearing Mage Armor still lose his Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities?

If I were playing a Monk wearing Mage Armor, would I still lose my Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities I normally lose when wearing normal armor?
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What is the AC of a Human with 16 dex combined with the spell Armor?

The Spell Armor (Unearthed Arcana p.51-52) states: The caster creates ,a magical field of force which serves as if it were leather armor (AC 8). If the spell is cast upon a person already armored, it ...
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How does “uses” and “duration” apply to Wonder Woman’s bracers and Superman’s suit in DC Heroes?

In DC Heroes (first edition, 1985), Wonder Woman (Gamemaster’s Manual, page 80) has, under equipment, her “Bracers” with “Uses 10: Duration: 15". Superman (page 79) has his “Super Uniform” with “Uses: ...
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Would my mount be slowed if I wore medium/heavy armor?

Does wearing medium or heavy armor reduce my mount's base land speed like my base land speed in Pathfinder?
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What protects me better from damage: Plate armour and a Shield, or Dodge?

I am playing a Cleric mainly but I took one level in Rogue as it helped me with the Expertise and Stealth. I want to know what has more potential to reduce damage for my PC. In the party I tend to ...
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Does gaining an armor proficiency from your class also give you the ability score increase from the corresponding armor proficiency feat?

Old school RPer coming back after long gaming hiatus and new to D&D 5e. Liking what I see, and happy to be rid of THAC0, lol. As I'm reading, it seems feats are a little different now and fewer ...
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Does +1 armor give resistance to damage?

Based on the answers from this question Is a +1 chain shirt strictly inferior to a breastplate? Does +1 armor give resistance to damage? DMG pg. 141 Most magic items are objects of extraordinary ...
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Is a +1 chain shirt strictly inferior to a nonmagical breastplate?

My character really likes chain shirts. He much prefers them to other armor, such as a breastplate. I thought maybe I could make up for his tastes with a piece of magical armor, since usually magic ...
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Is the Moderately Armored Feat really the only way for my dwarf to get shield proficiency without multiclassing?

I really enjoy working out rather unusual character builds, or taking a subpar character concept and try to make it work using min/maxing, point buy and having every level from one to twenty planned ...
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What happens if you no longer meet the Strength requirement for your armor?

I recently asked about what happens when you lose requirements for an attuned item (here). Now, I have a slightly different but still related question involving the artificer class' 20th-level ability,...
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Why are armor bonuses considered to break Bounded Accuracy?

It seems to be a common opinion that enchanted armor and shields break the concept of Bounded Accuracy and eventually lead to imbalanced fights. I've seen people in RPG.SE saying this, and the popular ...
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Magical Armor Bonuses and Clothing

I understand that clothing and armor are allowed to carry different types of bonuses which are maxed out differently. Armor can have an up to 5 enhancement and 5 points whereas a piece of clothing ...
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Can I benefit from a magic shield while holding it without my hands?

Would it be acceptable to hold a shield without using your hands? For example use it as an adornment, chinese hat, tied back as a backpack, etc. *Just hold without "donning" it? I'm asking because I ...
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Is this homebrew approach for helmets that grant an AC bonus a viable option?

My players like to look cool wearing the helmets but wanted some function to them as well. Basically I was thinking about giving helmets a +1 AC to players. It will only cost 10-20 gp, so there will ...
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Is there a way to use Flurry of Blows while armored?

Just like the title says. Monks can't use Flurry of Blows unless unarmored. Is there a way around this? Feat, some other class that can use Flurry of Blows but isn't subject to the same restriction?
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What would be the price of Adamantine Plate armor?

I'm already aware, as per Are there price lists for magic items, such as the Bag of Holding?, that 5e was designed with the assumption that magic items are not to be bought or sold willy-nilly. This ...
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What can my hide armor look like?

I had a quick question about armour in 5e. So I'm creating a fighter character who is wearing hide armour. However, I was wondering if I can make any look I want for my hide armour, or do I have to ...
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What restrictions are there on the appearance of glamoured studded leather armor?

I was wondering about the glamoured aspect of glamoured studded leather armor. The description states that: You can also use a bonus action to speak the armor's command word and cause the armor to ...

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