Questions tagged [armor-class]

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What is the AC of a Warforged Druid when Wild Shaped?

When a Warforged Druid uses Wild Shape, how is its Armor Class determined? Will the AC be based on the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait (E:RftLW, p. 36; WGtE, p. 70), or the animal's natural ...
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For the Battle Master fighter's Know Your Enemy feature, what happens if the target's AC changes while the target is being observed?

Know Your Enemy (PHB, p. 73-74) is a Battle Master fighter 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 ...
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Dervish of Dawn (Fighter) reducing higher charge AC penalties

Burst of Speed (Ex) At 3rd level, a dervish takes only a –1 penalty to her AC after charging. At 7th level, the dervish can charge with no penalty. This ability replaces Armor Training 1. - ...
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What are the ramifications of changing Armor Class to be Constitution-based instead of Dexterity-based?

It's never made much sense to me that your Armor Class is based on your Dexterity modifier, which carries the implication that you're harder to hit because you're somehow nimbly moving out of the way ...
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Anydice formula to calculate hit percentage against AC 5-25

I'm trying to create what I think is a simple formula in Anydice and struggling to figure it out. I roll a 20-sided dice, add a number x, and want to know the odds that the number will be greater or ...
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Combining various AC-providing clothing and armor

Are there any rules for combining different clothing/armor for providing AC? For example, can an adventurer wear full plate and bracers and get the AC bonus from both? Can an adventurer wear a Cloak ...
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Are there other modifiers to AC?

My knowledge of D&D is primarily 3.5. In that edition, there were many modifiers that affect AC, Natural Armor, Deflection Modifier, Dodge Bonus, Insight Bonus, Luck Bonus, and Sacred Bonus. I ...
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What's my most efficient use of spell slots to help my AC?

I've got a wizard with 11 Dex and I'm trying to figure out what my most efficient use of spell slots is to help me from getting hit. We typically have 2-4 very difficult encounters per day and I ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in the D&D 5th ...
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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?
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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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How does a monster's AC from AD&D/2e relate to AC in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate Armour Class from AD&D/2e to AC in 5e? I'm looking for a formula if possible. ...
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Is there any way to add your Charisma score to your Armor Class?

Bladesinging wizards add their Intelligence modifier to their AC while singing. Barbarians get an unarmored AC of 10+Dex+Con Monks get an unarmored AC of 10+Dex+Wis What are the ways, if any, in ...
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How does Wild Shape work with special ways to calculate your AC?

Among the effects of Wild Shapes, these two: Your game Statistics are replaced by the Statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma ...
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What feats or another options can help to avoid touch attack?

If character have only 10 DEX, he becomes vulnerable for touch attacks, because this kind of attacks don't count the armor. What feat i can take, or what i must do to avoid this attacks, or at least ...
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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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Can you wield a a typical shield and Aegis of the Raven Queen at the same time?

I know that you can only hold one shield at a time but the description of the Aegis of the Raven says that its plus magic bonus to AC stacks up with the current pluses from a shield that is currently ...
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How do I calculate my AC for this character?

I play a Tortle Draconic bloodline sorcerer and my DM and myself are scratching our heads on what it's AC total should be. Draconic Bloodline gets 13 + dex, but Tortles get 17 flat with no dex mod. I ...
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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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Will adding helmets unbalance the game?

I can't find any mention of a helmet in the Player Handbook in the armour table, and the only helmets I can find are magic items like The Helm of Telepathy. Would it be unbalanced to allow helmets to ...
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Is gaining 1 AC in exchange for disadvantage on Perception checks a balanced trade?

Inspired by this answer, and to avoid lengthy back and forth comments, I decided to make this a question in itself. You can put on your helmet for +1 AC and disadvantage on Perception checks. In ...
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When restrained or unconscious, do you lose your Dexterity bonus to AC?

If a character is restrained or unconscious/sleeping, do they lose any bonus from dexterity for armor class and dexterity saves?
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Mage Armor with Defense fighting style (for Adventurers League bladesinger)

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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What are the ability modifiers (other than Dex) that can be used when calculating AC?

As far as my knowledge of D&D goes there are 2 ways to determine AC: Calculation of AC through Base + Stat modifiers Examples of these AC calculations are: Unarmored = 10 + Dex mod Unarmored ...
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Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC?

Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC when wearing armor you are proficient with?
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How do 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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Mathematically, is a +2 bonus to AC 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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Average AC of monsters per CR?

In D&D 4e, you could tell most monster's AC just from its level and role (Brute, Skirmisher, Soldier). This is not the case in 5e, but an estimation would be very useful when you try to compare ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Where can I find my Animal Companion's AC?

For familiars, it is quite easy to find that they have your AC. How can I find the AC of my Animal Companion?
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Can a character dodge an attack that beats their Armor Class?

I am DMing a campaign. The party was fighting two castle guards, and killed one of them. The other guard attacked them, got past the AC of one of my players. He said he could dodge, but I don't know ...
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Is there anything that prevents this “Negative AC armor” creation process to function?

This is a follow-up to a portion of this answer to a previous question of mine pertaining to the lowest possible achievable AC. The question is also slightly different as it pertains to magical armor ...
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How does the Swashbuckler's Suave Defense feature work with the Robe of the Archmagi? [closed]

If I were to give Suave Defense trait to a player and if they have the Robe of the Archmagi, how would it work? Suave Defense states: While the swashbuckler is wearing light or no armor and ...
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Can a warforged druid use composite plating?

A druid gains medium armor proficiency, but is not allowed to use metal armor. A warforged with medium armor proficiency can normally set their Integrated Protection to Composite Plating, granting an ...
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Lycanthrope AC & Magical Armor

Just a quick question here. One of my players was bit by a Lycanthrope and is currently cursed. Thing is that he plans on staying that since alignment won't alter anything for him. According to the ...
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What is Armor Class used for?

I have never understood or found any answer to how to use your AC. Is it something the GM have to keep in mind all the time to reduce or add damage to specific players based on how high their AC is, ...
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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 an enemy lose its Dex bonus to AC if it has a miss chance against me?

If I am invisible, the enemy loses its Dex bonus against me, and has a 50% miss chance. If I use Displacement, it also has 50% miss chance against me. Does it also lose its Dex bonus against my ...
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Can my warlock benefit both from the Mage Armor spell and leather armor?

Currently making a 5E Warlock for an upcoming session, and I'm wondering how this particular interaction works: I, as a Warlock, start with leather armor. I'm considering having Armor of Shadows as ...
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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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Does Size Affect AC?

I have been playing 3.5 for 6 years now and am trying out 5e. Does size affect AC in 5e? In 3.5 a tiny creature would get a bonus to their AC for being smaller, while a huge creature would get a ...
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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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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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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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How does a DM deal with a PC with an abnormally high Armor Class?

One of the Fighters in my party has an AC of 21 at level 5. He wears chainmail which gives an AC of 16, has the Defense Fighting Style which gives a +1 to AC when wearing armor, and a +2 shield (found ...
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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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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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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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Does the Wisdom modifier apply on a lizard-monk's armor class? [duplicate]

Lizardfolk is a PC race from the book Volo's Guide to Monsters. The Players Handbook says (Monk): Beginning at 1st level, while you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC equals ...