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Alternatives to Kevlar Vests ignoring AP of bullets

I am not exactly happy with the AP-ignoring capabilities of kevlar vests in a modern setting I am playing. Combat in the setting is mainly ranged, even though melee is still really effective. The ...
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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 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 “...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the Lightfoot Halfling's natural stealth penalized by armors that normally confer a disadvantage to stealth?

Some armor types (scale, chain, splint, plate) confer a disadvantage to stealth actions in 5e. How does this interact with the Naturally Stealthy racial feature of Lightfoot Halflings? Does it ...
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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental focus ...
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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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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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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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Optimizing Torso/Body slot when restricted to light armor, no metal with high WIS [closed]

As a DM I am asked about his optimization by one of my player who plays a Healer. I found the question interesting because as far as I know there is no relevant resource for divine caster than wear ...
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Can you safely wear animated armor?

Assume a team of my players defeated an Animated Armor, which broke apart. One of the players states that if it is armor, than he can take it and use it. DM decided that the armor is damaged and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Can I improve a suit of Adamantine Armor I've found to have a +2 AC magic bonus?

Is it possible to add extra AC onto "Adamantine Armor" that we find as treasure? As the Adamantine is uncommon, I would assume that the highest magical increase could be +2, making it Legendary. I ...
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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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Non-Cinematic DR of Advanced Body Armour

It's pretty much a consensus that the trademark-avoidingly-named Advanced Body Armour found in High-Tech (p. 66) is cinematic, as its DR value is based on the hype of Pinnacle Armour's Dragon Skin ...
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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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Which physical 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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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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Is there any way I can doff armor in a single turn?

Lets say I'm a sorcerer disguised as a fighter and I'm wearing that fighter's plate armor. According to RAW, I can't cast spells because I'm not proficient in heavy armor. Is there any way (in RAW) I ...
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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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Can a chain shirt be concealed under normal clothing?

Since the mithral versions of a chain shirt and a breastplate (see Mithral Armor in the DMG) specify they can be worn under normal clothes, I had initially presumed this to be a feature unique to ...
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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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