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Questions tagged [armor]

Relating to equipment that is worn on the body with the specific purpose of deflecting or absorbing damage.

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Does multi-classing into Fighter give you heavy armor proficiency?

A lot of build guides I've seen suggest you should dip into Fighter in order to get heavy armor proficiency. But that doesn't seem right since the multi-class rules in the PHB (p164) does not list ...
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If an animal companion wears barding without armor proficiency, do they incur the penalties? [duplicate]

Suppose a ranger puts barding on their animal companion to boost its AC. Does wearing the armor cause this creature to have disadvantage on its attacks, ability checks, and saving throws? Or does the ...
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Do any of the books contain (magic) items for animal companions?

Context An 11th level PC in a game that I DM is a ranger6/rogue3/warlock2. He noticed that his animal companion, a black panther, could use a little boost to her defenses, as she goes down frequently....
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If the Heat Metal spell is cast on a mounted character's armor, does it hurt their mount?

The Heat Metal spell description says: Choose a manufactured metal object, [...] Any creature in physical contact with the object takes 2d8 fire damage when you cast the spell. Until the spell ends,...
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Can you 'upgrade' leather armor to studded leather armor without purchasing the new armor directly?

I've been combing through the things in my Player's Handbook that I normally gloss over and realized that there's not much distinction between studded leather armor and leather armor. The 5e manual ...
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Is it possible to obtain normal magic/mundane plate armor in order to accommodate wings in AL?

The sorcerer draconic bloodline allows one to sprout a pair of wings. However, this only works with armor made appropriately to accommodate the wings: You can't manifest your wings while wearing ...
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How can I gain proficiency in medium armour as a rogue?

I am a level 3 rogue only proficient in light armour. Is it possible for me to become proficient in medium armour eg by multiclassing or some other means?
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How do I fight with Heavy Armor as a Wizard with Tenser's Transformation?

Tenser's Transformation is a rather unique, gish-y spell that lets wizards toss their spellbooks aside and take up arms like their Fighter counterparts. One aspect of this spell that disappoints me ...
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Can scale mail be modified to remove disadvantage on Stealth checks?

One of my players in D&D 5e asked the Blacksmith if he could create some kind of small cushion to muffle the armor and not get disadvantage on stealth anymore. Is this possible? If so, how much ...
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Can you wear magical boots/gloves/gauntlets while wearing plate armor?

In Adventurers League, can you wear magical boots/gloves/gauntlets while wearing plate armor?
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Are there any rules for modern weapons/armor?

As I looked over the Pathfinder rules - especially the weapons and armor stats from Paizo and different 3rd-party producers - I noticed that I saw stats for either scifi or fantasy items, but I did ...
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What builds benefit from a dwarf's ability to avoid speed reduction from armor? [closed]

I've always felt that the dwarf's ability to ignore speed reduction from armor is a bit of a red herring, or perhaps a holdover from 4th edition that has lost its purpose because of the way the armor ...
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What rules or guidelines are there about when to allow a party to acquire plate mail?

I have heard it said that 5e does not balance its encounters with respect to magic items; in other words it does not consider possession of magic items when defining appropriately challenging ...
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Does the Celestial Armor require medium armor proficiency?

TL;DR: Does the Celestial Armor require medium armor proficiency? I found the Celestial Armor which said that it is a medium armor Chainmail+3, and is light enough to be considered as light armor. ...
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Can the wearer of power and light armors benefit from two force fields?

Although one suit of armor cannot support more than one force field upgrade, light armor can be worn underneath power armor. Can force fields be installed in both the light armor and the power armor ...
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Does magic armor grant an enhancement bonus to its armor bonus, or directly to your AC? [duplicate]

My previous assumption was that magic armor and magic shields gain an enhancement bonus to their own armor/shield bonuses, which indirectly translates to increased AC. However, in the process of ...
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Can you wear armor and second skin to utilize multiple upgrade slots?

Can you wear 2 sets of armor to get the multiple upgrade slots? Ex. wearing a second skin under a defrex hide to get a total of 2 upgrade slots
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Are there any rules about layering two (or more) sets of armour?

Layering armour was common, historically, for those who could afford it. Which lead me to the realization that I can't recall any rules prohibiting layering armour. Although the d20 System is an ...
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What is the cost of Wild Dragonhide Agile Breastplate?

Agile Breastplate: 400 Masterwork: 150 Dragonhide: 550 (double cost) Wild: 9000 (+3) Total: 11000 Is my math right? What about for fullplate? Fullplate : 1500 Masterwork: 150 Dragonhide: 3300 (...
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druid beast form armour [closed]

I was wondering how I would go about setting up a set of leather, wooden or hide or some other non-metal armour for a druid character where the armour changes shape when in beast form so that it is ...
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Does adamantine armor protect you from being beheaded by a vorpal sword?

(Inspired by this question about adamantine armor) The item description for adamantine armor states: While you're wearing it, any critical hit against you becomes a normal hit. The item ...
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Does a natural 20 on the attack roll still automatically hit if the target is wearing adamantine armor?

My Fighter (Battlemaster) Warlock (Hexblade) build character has just acquired a suit of +1 adamantine plate armour. From the description of adamantine armor (DMG, p. 150): This suit of armor is ...
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What defines an armor?

There are some spells and perks that require not having armor on to work, so how is armor defined? Is it just any equippable gear that has additional AC? Is it anything more durable than regular ...
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Is a Warforged considered to be wearing armor?

The Warforged race from the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron has a unique feature, Integrated Protection, that affects their armor class (AC) and ability to wear armor, detailed below: Your body has ...
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For the sake of Wild Shape, What magical gear could be worn by both a medium humanoid and a large beast? [closed]

The other side of this question: What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor? (Note: the link had Apes as the only answer, but ignore that for the sake of this ...
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What creature(s) can a Moon Druid transform into that would benefit from their armor?

The description of the druid's Wild Shape feature says: Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. [...] You choose ...
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Can an Adventurers League druid wear metal armor?

The list of armor proficiencies in the druid class description (PHB, p. 65, or here in the basic rules) states: Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields (druids will not wear armor or use shields ...
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Can armor's maximum Dexterity bonus be less than 0?

Stability weights (Underdark 66) (160 gp; 30 lbs.), in addition to other effects, lower an armor's maximum Dexterity bonus by an additional −1, making it so, for example, if installed on half-plate (...
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Would forcing armour on a wizard through Illusion 'Harm' them?

A wizard wearing armour that they are not proficient in is unable to cast spells. Would it be possible to force a wizard into armour using a combination of Illusion and Illusory Reality? For example, ...
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Do Bracers of Defense stack with Mage Armor?

Does the AC bonus from Bracers of Defense stack with the AC calculation from the mage armor spell? I'm asking this because there is some contention behind the ruling of this combo, between two ...
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Can you get Armor proficiency with the Skilled feat?

I have a PC that wants to play a variant human warlock, but uses heavy armor and has the feat Skilled which states you gain proficiency in any combination of 3 skills or tools. Is heavy or any armor ...
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Can a tortle get benefits from specially fitted armor?

I am playing Storm King’s Thunder as a tortle. I was wondering if I could pay to have armor specially smelted to fit my shell. This is not considering the cost or time taken to make it. Would it be ...
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Does magic ignore armor in Dragon Age RPG?

I don't find any indication that magic damage ignores armor in the spell list but then again it makes sense that at least some spells do. Am I missing something here?
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What happens if my armor/weapon proficiencies from my race and class overlap? [duplicate]

I'm a new D&D 5e player and I'm making a character using both the players handbook and the new Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes book. I was wanting to create a Githyanki Fighter. I noticed that the ...
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How can heavy-armor melee characters practically close in on ranged enemies?

Okay, I have to be missing something critical here since I've just started SF so please tell me what's up and correct me. Base movement speed is 30 for everyone. Heavy armor reduces your movement ...
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Can AL druids choose what magical shields are made from when found, if its description doesn't say?

In Adventurers League is it possible for a player to choose the type of material of shields that is found during a session ? In particular when the object description does not state its material type. ...
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Armor penalty in song of ice and fire

I can't seem to find the effects of the armor penalty in the book. Can anyone tell me what the armor penalty penalizes?
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Does a (homebrewed) Tortle's Natural AC stack with worn armor?

The tortle race on dandwiki has a feature called Shell which states that it has 14 + your constitution modifier natural AC. It doesn't stack with unarmored defense but if I were, for example, wearing ...
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Is partial armour an optional rule?

While running a campaign of D&D5e, one of my players wanted a helmet to give him a bonus AC. I told them that in D&D5e wearing a helmet doesn't give you an AC bonus. He pointed out in the D&...
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Can a breastplate be crafted with non-metal materials in Adventurers League?

According to Adventurer's League rules, is it legal to have a nonmagical breastplate crafted for a character which is not made from metal? This breastplate should have the same characteristics as the ...
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What monk features are disabled whilst wearing armor?

A monk is typically unarmored. Some of their features are based around this. Specifically, Unarmored Defense, Unarmored Movement and Martial Arts explicitly state this. From Unarmored Defense, PHB ...
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I'm Looking for better Armour for my Kasatha Gunslinger [closed]

I've been playing a campaign with some friends and I have a nearly reached level 7 with my Kasatha Gunslinger(Pistolero) and Bard(Juggler) combo. I recently realised that I have a dex mod of +6 and so ...
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Homebrew monk class and subclass with magic armor

I'm making my own Monk class and subclasses for fun with the following mechanical modifications: Unarmored Defense (10 + Dex + Wis) will be replaced with Armored Defense with a magically bonded light ...
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Can a dragon use the Armor spell? [closed]

Picking spells for an ancient red dragon, I wonder if the Armor spell would function. It has no effect on "a person already armored" (AD&D revised 1stEd) but is a dragon considered to be armored?
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Is an equipped shield considered “wearing armor” for gaining benefit from the Defence fighting style?

The Defence fighting style reads: While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC Is a shield considered armor for this purpose?
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Does Armor of Bones have the Fragile Quality?

The Oracle Bones Mystery has: Armor of Bones (Su): You can conjure armor made of bones that grants you a +4 armor bonus. According to Special Materials: Bone armor has a hardness of 5 and has ...
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Swordsages in mithral breastplate? [duplicate]

Swordsages are not proficient in medium armor. Mithral breastplate is medium armor, but treated as light armor. Are swordsages proficient in medium armor? If a swordsage wears mithral breastplate, ...
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Does mithral medium armor affect move speed?

Example: Johnny Two-Finger’s base move speed is 30 ft. Johnny goes out to battle wearing a shiny set of mithral breastplate. What is his move speed in 3.5 and Pathfinder?
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What Medium armors do not incur a speed penalty?

Which medium armors do not incur the speed penalty? My concern is that the NPC Codex lists NPCs wearing breastplate with no armor penalty as opposed to those wearing other armors. (See the CR 4 ...
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Does Mage Armor have any advantages over magic Studded Leather +X?

Does Mage Armor have any advantages over Studded Leather +1 or even Studded Leather +2?