Questions tagged [armor-class]

For questions about Armor Class (AC), the mechanical abstraction of how difficult it is to hit and cause damage to an opponent in D&D and related RPGs.

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Does Medium Armor's Max dex also put a cap on the negative side?

I know heavy armor ignores Dexterity modifiers for AC calculations, but what about medium armor for a character with a -3 to their dexterity? Does Medium armor bottom out at -2, or will -3 still apply?...
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Do Dragonborns get unarmored defense?

Now, I might just be stupid or not have seen it but, I’ve been looking and saw that draconic bloodline sorcerers get unarmored defense for “draconic bloodline”. But, do Dragonborns get this for being ...
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The Beast Master ranger adds their proficiency bonus to their animal companion's AC; is the result its new base AC?

As per the Ranger Companion feature, you can add your proficiency bonus to your companion's AC. I would like to know how to interpret this in terms of AC calculation. Could I interpret as though my ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat stack with the AC calculation from the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait?

The warforged integrated protection uses your proficiency bonus as part of the calculation for your AC at all 3 levels if you are proficient in that armor type. The Defensive Duelist feat allows you ...
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What is the lowest possible AC?

This is a direct, somewhat silly, opposite question to What is the highest possible AC? . I’m wondering what is the lowest possible Armor Class a Player Character can get at any point in time, “...
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Does the Invisible Blade's Unfettered Defense feature work if you're under the effect of the Mage Armor spell?

The Invisible Blade's Unfettered Defense feature (CW 46) says: An invisible blade benefits from an increased survival instinct during combat. Because of this sixth sense, he adds 1 point of ...
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How does the AC of ships in Ghosts of Saltmarsh interact with the optional vehicle proficiency rules from Xanathar's?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there is an ability under "Land and Water Vehicles" (p. 82) called Vehicle Handling which allows you to add your proficiency bonus to the AC of a land/water vehicle ...
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Do AC-increasing items impair a monk's Unarmored Defense as if they were armor?

It's my first campaign, and I'm playing as a monk. My party recently discovered a ring of protection that increases AC by 1, and my party members want to give it to me. I didn't know whether wearing ...
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What is the highest possible temporary AC at level 1, without any help from others?

Assuming you are level 1 and have access to any item that you can afford at character creation rolling the maximum amount of starting gold, and all spells that are available to you due to character ...
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What is the highest possible permanent AC at character creation?

Assuming you are level 1 and have access to any item that you can afford at character creation rolling the maximum amount of starting gold, how high can your permanent AC become (permanently, not for ...
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How is the Cost of armour affected by the armour's attributes such as AC and type?

The 'Armor and Shields' section of the Player's Handbook lists the AC and Cost of armour and shields. The top end of each armour type (Light, Medium, Heavy) is substantially more expensive than the ...
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If you attack a Tarrasque while swallowed, what AC do you need to beat to hit it?

If you get swallowed by a Tarrasque, your only way of getting out is to deal it enough damage to force it to regurgitate you (60 damage or more on a single turn). There's no mention of the AC when ...
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Is there any way I can increase my griffon's AC?

I’m a level 3 Sorcerer and I have a griffon figurine that allows me to summon a griffon. My DM allows me to use it once a day (lasting 6 hours) and it has a base AC of 12. I can increase it to 13+Dex ...
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Mage Armor with Defense fighting style (for Adventurers League bladeslinger)

The Defense fighting style says: While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC. Can use still use this if your mage armor AC is overriding your armor's AC because you are still wearing ...
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Is the Wall of Blades maneuver affected by AC penalties?

Do AC penalties (and bonuses, for that matter) apply to the Wall of Blades manuever? Bob the martial adept has prepared Wall of Blades this morning. He also acquired Shocktrooper last week. Bob's ...
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How much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average?

Statistically, how much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average? I've seen claims it results in a 10% reduction in damage taken, is that accurate?
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Which Armor Class values should be used as controls when making damage calculations?

It is known that occasionally questions will pop up that are about attempts to optimize a character's damage output (sometimes shorthanded as DPR, or Damage-per-Round), and veterans of this game know ...
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What type of bonus is a Monk's bonus to AC?

What type of bonus is a Monk's AC bonus in Pathfinder, Natural, Deflect, Or some other type? All I know is that it's a Wisdom bonus.
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How does Dragon Hide interact with monk AC? [duplicate]

Before I begin let me preface this with the following: I understand that mechanically speaking the barbarian and Monk armor classes are calculated 10 + Dex mod + Wis/Con depending on the class played. ...
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What options exist to improve a low level Sorcerer's armor class?

I'm creating a character for a new D&D 5e campaign soon. We'll be starting at level 3 to reduce PC mortality, and I don't expect the campaign to run long enough for more than a couple level ...
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Can you wear Bracers of Armor or an Amulet of Natural Armor with Dragonscale Husk?

Dragonscale Husk, from Dragon Magic, is a cool alternate class feature (ACF) for characters with dragon blood and proficiency in heavy armor. It's useful for a lot of reasons: decent defenses that ...
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In Wild Shape for druid5/barbarian1, how does unarmored defense work? [duplicate]

Background: My Hill-dwarf character started out as a barbarian. When his clan battled the undead hordes, he barely escaped with his life. He was taken in by a druid, and discovered a higher calling. ...
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What other actions is Total Defense referring to when it says it can't be combined with other actions that increase your AC?

Total Defense states: You can defend yourself as a standard action. Starting at the beginning of this action, you get a +4 bonus to your Armor Class until the start of your next turn. You can’t ...
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Does an attack hit if it exactly matches the target's AC?

For an attack to successfully hit a given Armor Class, would it need to get a number higher than the Armor Class or does it hit with the exact number as well?
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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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Is there a feat that allows you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll?

Is there a feat that's the opposite of the Combat Expertise feat? I'm looking for a feat which would allow you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll.
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What is the AC of Land Vehicles?

In regards to the AC and HP of vehicles, the DMG includes a table on Water and Air vehicles on page 119. However, no analogous table exists for Land Vehicles. I am aware of the rules on Objects in ...
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As a Swords bard, how do I determine my AC bonus from Defensive Flourish on a critical hit?

Let's say I'm playing a College of Swords bard, and happen to critically strike an enemy with a natural 20. I choose to use my Defensive Flourish at this time, so the dice look like this: 2d6 (...
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Is the AC of a Mirror Image Duplicate fixed at Point of Casting?

The spell Mirror Image states the following: A duplicate's AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier. However - if you were to cast Mirror Image, and then change your DEX (e.g. by equipping/...
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Is it possible to increase the AC of a mirror image duplicate?

Pretty straight forward question. By RAW, is it possible to increase the AC of the duplicates created by mirror image or they will always have an AC equal to 10 + Dex modifier? Be it using other ...
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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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How does surprise affect AC?

Under wrestling rules, the Grindhouse rulebook tells that everyone involved in wrestling is attacked as though they were surprised. Under Encounters, in the surprise section, there is info on how to ...
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Can a target have two Armor Class (AC) values?

I had an idea for a kobold-operated tank. The armor would be thick enough to be immune to damage from all mundane projectiles (arrows, bolts, flintlocks, javelins, etc.), and resistant to magic and ...
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Consequences of having half damage on attacks that tie AC as house rule?

Typically if an attack roll equals the AC of a target then the attack does normal damage. I quite like the idea of making it a glancing blow, dealing half damage instead, this would help clue the PCs ...
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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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How you calculate a warforged barbarian's AC?

I am looking at the warforged AC calculation from the Integrated Protection feature, looking only at Darkwood Core (unarmored), for a possible warforged barbarian. (I am using the version of the ...
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Can you benefit from the Defense fighting style while not using armor AC calculation?

Let's assume a Lizardfolk fighter, with the Defense fighting style, wearing leather armor. Lizardfolk, per Volo's p. 113, get Natural Armor: You have tough, scaly skin. When you aren't wearing ...
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Does a lycanthrope's AC change when shapechanged from a form wearing armor?

Weretigers (and all lyncathropes; Monster Manual p. 210) have the Shapechanger trait: The weretiger can use its action to polymorph into a tiger-humanoid hybrid or into a tiger, or back into its ...
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Does the UA Mystic's Tough Hide bestial transformation (+2 AC) stack with the UA Warforged's Composite Plating trait (+1 AC)?

Unearthed Arcana: The Mystic Class contains the most recent version of the Mystic class (v3). One of the psionic disciplines listed is Bestial Form; one of its psionic effects is Bestial ...
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Mage Armor + Unarmored Defense? [duplicate]

Playing a barbarian, and thought the Magic Initiate feat would be a good way to grab some range cantrips and a single-use utility spell. Originally thought of going with warlock, but DM suggested I go ...
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Staff of Defense total AC and Shield Stacking

My party is about to confront Glasstaff and potentially obtain the Staff of Defense. This slender, hollow staff is made of glass yet is as strong as oak. It weighs 3 pounds. You must be attuned to ...
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Share monk AC bonus with animal companion mount?

I have a swift and deadly hunter variant druid, who gains “Bonus to Armor Class when unarmored (as monk, including Wisdom bonus to AC).” He rides his animal companion as a mount. I was wondering if ...
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AC calculations in the D&D 5e German Starter Set

I'm just getting into D&D and I'm having trouble understanding the calculations of the ac right. On the predefined character sheets in the Starter Set, each character has his "starting" AC value ...
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AC Bonus Class Feature [closed]

Other than Monk, Swashbuckler, and Brawler, what are some classes that give you an AC bonus from having the class?
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Mathematically, is an AC+2 better than attackers having disadvantage?

Mathematically speaking, I'm trying to determine if Bracers of Defense (AC+2) is better than a Cloak of Displacement, which causes all attackers to have disadvantage on attack rolls against you. If ...
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What happens if AC is not static for Know Your Enemy?

Know Your Enemy is a Battlemaster feature that lets you determine whether a creature's Armor Class is superior, equal to, or inferior to yours. What happens if a character's Armor Class changes ...
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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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What is the maximum AC possible without using magic items?

What is the maximum AC a PC can acquire without the use of magic items? Allowed content are feats, spells, and temporary effects - but not effects from allies, magical items, or UA content.
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Can someone decide to be hit?

In this question, I asked about whether a character could willingly not use their shield or Dex bonus on certain attacks due to wanting to be hit. This raises the greater question- Can someone decide ...
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Do tortles get a bonus to AC from a shield while using Shell Defense?

Shell Defense. You can withdraw into your shell as an action. Until you emerge, you gain a +4 bonus to AC, and you have advantage on Strength and Constitution saving throws. While in your shell, you ...