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In Adventurers League, can a druid in Wild Shape wear an Armorer artificer's Arcane Armor?

In D&D 5e Adventurers League play, can a druid in Wild Shape wear an Artificer armorer's Arcane Armor? The relevant part of the druid's Wild Shape feature description says: Worn equipment ...
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How would i go about making a melee character that doesn't wear armor?

I've been brainstorming an idea about a character that doesn't wear any armor at all using only their mobility to avoid getting hit. I already know about Monk, Bracers of Armor, Mage armor and the ...
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How to play Armorer artificer as a Frontliner and infiltrator

I am planning on playing a armorer artificer warforged front liner in a game with some friends of mine. I want to be able to shift between being a front liner in the guardian mode of armorer, with ...
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Can you take off an enemy’s armor/clothing by force?

Let's imagine a situation: "A large beast attacks an adventurer with relatively high AC. It makes few attacks directed towards them only to find out none of the attacks to be effective due to the ...
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Are D&D 3.5 Armor Proficiencies Always By Category?

In comments under an otherwise persuasive answer, KRyan mentions that armor proficiencies are always by category, i.e. armor proficiencies only come as light, medium, and heavy armor proficiency. This ...
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Is using a shield "wearing armor" or not? Conflicting rulings on Defense Fighting Style and Shield Proficiency

The "Armor Proficiency" part of the Armor section on the PHB reads: Anyone can put on a suit of armor or strap a shield to an arm. Only those proficient in the armor’s use know how to wear ...
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Would an Armorer artificer have to use their action to doff their Arcane Armor if told to do so via the Command spell?

Just a thought experiment I had while I was working on my Armorer artificer. There's a part about their Arcane Armor feature that specifies they can don or doff the armor as an action (TCoE, p. 15-16)....
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Can I use Telekinesis to remove armor in a single action (from self or others?)

Telekinesis allows you to affect worn objects. Normally, to wear armor takes at least 1 minute and up to 10 while you buckle and fasten things, and removing it is up to 5 minutes and as little as one ...
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Can you polymorph to a creature that is wearing armor?

Can you polymorph to a creature that is wearing armor? In game GM polymorphed an NPC to an armored sabretooth tiger (plate armor). Is that legal?. The NPC would turn into a regular sabretooth with no ...
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Can a player wear armor while wearing the Fish Suit?

In 5e Spelljammer: Adventures in Space - Astral Adventurer's Guide there is a magic item called the Fish Suit which does: This bulky suit, which fully encases your head and body, takes 1 minute to ...
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maximize AC with full plate and tower shield

I know the max AC is without armor. monk / fist of the forest / sorcerer / cha / con / dex to ac etc./ polymorph and spells. +-114AC I would like to know of way's to max up AC with full plate. For a ...
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Where can I find the hit points of armors?

I see an ability like this in monster manual: Rend Armor (Ex): If a bebilith hits with both claw attacks, it pulls apart any armor worn by its foe. This attack deals 4d6+18 points of damage to the ...
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Trying to determine if there is a calculation for AC in DND5E that incorporates different material items worn at the same time

In D&D5eE - I want some homebrew rules involving calculating AC and their modifiers when mixing different materials of armor. If a player has on a plate mail chest piece and studded leather ...
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Does a Lizardfolk benefit from wearing +1 leather armor?

I just realized a quirk of wording. Lizardfolk Natural Armor: You have tough, scaly skin. When you aren't wearing armor, your AC is 13 + your Dexterity modifier. You can use your natural armor to ...
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What are all of the armors and shields that are legal in 3.5e?

I want a complete list of every 3.5e-legal type of armor and shield published by Wizards of the Coast, or in Dragon or Dungeon magazine. (To be clear, I mean base type of armor or shield, not every ...
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Does an Arcane Armor replace the legs of the Centaur?

If I was playing a Centaur and I lost my leg would the Artificer Armorer's Arcane Armor replace it while I'm wearing it? Arcane Armor states: It also expands to cover your entire body, although you ...
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Is armor invulnerable?

Since armor can't be the target of the special attack sunder, when would it ever take damage? Weapons and shields have listed hardness and hit points that may be adjusted by its material composition, ...
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After a Ghost possesses an armored character, is it basically limited to a single attack per turn with disadvantage?

The Possession trait of the ghost says: Possession (Recharge 6). One humanoid that the ghost can see within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 13 Charisma saving throw or be possessed by the ghost; ...
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Can a Twilight Domain cleric wearing heavy armor still fly using the Steps of Night feature?

A player in my campaign is a Twilight Domain cleric. The Steps of Night feature (TCoE, p. 35) allows them to gain a flying speed equal to their walking speed for one minute. As a cleric, they have ...
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Is there a class (including variants) with Survival, Knowledge (nature), and Heavy Armor Proficiency?

I'm looking for a class that has Survival and ideally also Knowledge (nature) as class skills, to easily meet prerequisites for a prestige class (Weretouched Master). That's easy enough, but it would ...
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Is this armor the best my character can get?

I have an epic character in a game where epic armors and shields can go up to a +20 effective bonus and up to a +10 enhancement bonus at most, with enough money to buy a +20 armor and eventually a +20 ...
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Do bracers of armor stack with magic armor enhancements and special abilities?

I am aware that bracers of armor's armor bonus does not stack with the basics armour bonus, but I wonder: 1- does the armor effect of bracers of armor stack with the enhancement effect of an armor? (...
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Bracers of armor Vs incorporeal touch attack

If a humanoid is wearing bracers of armor and is attacked by an incorporeal creature, do the bracers of armor apply their "armor bonus" against incorporeal touch attacks? If "Yes" ...
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Can a black pudding corrode a leather tunic?

Our party had a run in with a black pudding this weekend and it permanently damaged a fellow party member's metal armor which was covered by a leather tunic. The character in question always wears a ...
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What happens to an Armorer Artificer's extra infusions if they change their Arcane Armor?

Armorer artficiers have the Armor Modifications feature, which lets them improve parts of their Arcane Armor, but also importantly... In addition, the maximum number of items you can infuse at once ...
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What are the mechanical implications of wearing metal vs. non-metal armor?

A recent discussion in my friend group about bronze to classical age cloth armor and what'd it compare to in D&D terms brought up the idea of a breastplate or even half-plate that is not metal. We ...
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Can Arcane Armor replace a missing eye?

Arcane Armor states that it "replaces any missing limbs, functioning identically to a limb it replaces". Would this apply to a missing eye?
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How do Armors and Shields with special abilities with no bonus stack?

I am not sure how some of the magic special abilities of armors and shields work. Is an element resistance on an armor or a shield (e.g. acid /10) a bonus or is it not considered a bonus? (there is a ...
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Can a warforged artificer armorer doff their Arcane Armor as an action or do they still need an hour to remove it? [duplicate]

A druid cast Heat Metal on the Arcane Armor worn by a warforged artificer armorer, who wanted to use an action to doff the red-hot Arcane Armor. The DM pointed out that a warforged needs an hour to ...
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Is this really how armor works?

In Heroes Unlimited, revised second edition, ranged attacks miss on a 7 or below. Armor increases the minimum Strike result necessary to bypass SDC and affect hit points directly. Does this mean that, ...
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What are the benefits to low-AC armor having a +1 bonus?

For example, +1 Leather Armor has the same total AC as nonmagical Studded Leather Armor, and +1 Splint Armor has the same AC as nonmagical Plate Armor. Unlike with magic weapons that overcome ...
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How does the Heat Metal spell interact with a suit of armor, which could be taken off in parts?

Heat Metal may be cast on "a suit of heavy or medium metal armor". Plate Armor is a suit of heavy metal armor. It "consists of shaped, interlocking metal plates to cover the entire ...
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How are armor spikes used in a grapple?

Armor spikes' page says: Armor spikes deal extra piercing damage (see “spiked armor” on Table: Weapons) on a successful grapple attack. The spikes count as a martial weapon. Which seems to imply ...
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Why can't flying races fly while wearing armor?

No flying race has the ability to fly while wearing any armor other than light armor. Is there a balance issue that this causes? If there is, then what is the difference between a flying race in plate ...
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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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