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Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?

In our campaign we have several characters who never remove their armor. They wear it while adventuring, sleeping, swimming, bathing, etc. Are there any penalties for: Wearing armor while sleeping? ...
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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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Would forcing armour on a wizard using an illusion spell and Illusory Reality '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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My DM has removed heavy armour from the game. How can I make a Paladin work or convince him not to do this?

I am starting a new game with a good friend as DM. In my play group, I am almost always the DM, but this time one of my players has decided to run his own game with me and two new players. In order to ...
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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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Does Heavy Armor reduce your speed?

I noticed in the PHB, page 20, under Speed for Dwarves: Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor. However, I cannot find anywhere in PHB that ...
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Does a shield count as wearing metal armor for Shocking Grasp?

If an enemy is not wearing metal armor but is wielding a metal shield, do you get advantage on the attack roll for Shocking Grasp?
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Are mounts proficient in armour (barding)?

Mounts can be given barding to duplicate the effect of armour at 4x the cost. However, barding makes no statement about armour proficiency, nor does the stat block for some of the more obvious mounts (...
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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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How to give a whale barding?

A level 3 druid character wants to help animals by making them capable of overcoming the threat of humans and other sentient races. To this end, his life goal is to equip a blue whale with plate armor,...
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Can elves trance in armor without any downsides?

The optional rule on sleeping in armor from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 77-78) states Sleeping in light armor has no adverse effect on the wearer, but sleeping in medium or heavy armor makes ...
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Do you have to be proficient in armour to use it?

Do you have to be proficient in armour to be able to actually wear it?
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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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What is "metal armor"?

Vaious D&D 5e sourcebooks mention "metal armor" or "armor made of metal". Here's a few examples: PHB page 65: druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal PHB page 275: You have ...
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Can a bear totem barbarian gain damage resistance while wearing heavy armor?

I'm starting a campaign at level 8 soon, and I'm curious if this Fighter 5/Barbarian 3 build is possible, although the DM may reject it working this way: If I choose Bear for my 3rd level totem ...
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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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Is the playtest version of the Warforged considered to be "wearing armor"?

The Warforged race from the initial version of Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron (which matches the version in UA: Eberron Races) has a unique feature, Integrated Protection, that affects their armor class ...
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If I multiclass from ranger into Druid, can I still wear metal armor?

In the proficiencies of Druid, it says Druids will not wear armor made of metal, however, if I was originally a ranger, can I still wear my metal armor or do I have to remove it?
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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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How can I give a druid better armor?

I asked my players OoC what sorts of treasure they'd be interested in, and the druid asked for armor. He had some pretty creative ideas about bone, turtle shells, etc. (ethically sourced, of course.) ...
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Are weapons and armor made of Mithral or Adamantine considered magical?

In a recent dungeon crawl, I was ambushed by some grey ooze. The ooze managed to land a couple successful hits on me, which would normally cause my armor to degrade. However, I was using a set of ...
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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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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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Is there any difference between Studded Leather and Breastplate if my AC is the same with both?

Playing 5e with a Rogue. To make a long story short: In my possession I have both Studded Leather armor and a Breastplate. With my 18 Dexterity, My AC with Studded Leather is 16 (12+4). But if I don ...
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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 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 the padding layer of chain or plate armor be worn separately?

The Player's Handbook states that both chainmail and full plate is worn over padding that protects from injuries that would happen if metal was worn on bare skin. For example for full plate: A ...
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How does the dwarven Speed trait interact with the variant encumbrance rule?

Dwarves have a special trait, see PHB page 20: Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor. It refers to the Chapter 5, see more information here - ...
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How long would it take to doff armour heated by the Heat Metal spell?

Page 146 of the PHB has the table for getting in and out of armour (1 to 5 minutes to doff, depending on the type). Now the Heat Metal (PHB pg. 250) says; Choose a manufactured metal object, such ...
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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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What is the origin of the terms used for 5e plate-based armors?

This question came to mind when I was searching for historical examples of "half-plate" and found the term conspicuously missing from reliable sources. As far as I can tell, "half-plate&...
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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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How do plate armor and swim speeds interact?

If a PC has plate armor, Str 19, and dons a Cloak of the Manta Ray, can they swim 60 ft. as the DMG says (p. 159), or do they suffer penalties for swimming in heavy armor even with a magically-granted ...
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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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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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What happens if you no longer meet the Strength requirement for your armor?

I recently asked about what happens when you lose requirements for an attuned item (here). Now, I have a slightly different but still related question involving the artificer class' 20th-level ability,...
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Do Monks gain the 9th level Unarmored Movement benefit when wearing armor or using a shield?

Unarmored Movement, a monk feature, says... Starting at 2nd level, your speed increases by 10 feet while you are not wearing armor or wielding a shield. This bonus increases when you reach certain ...
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Does magic armor resize with wild shape?

If my level 5 druid with +1 hide armor wild shapes into a brown bear, does his armor resize to fit the new form? In the PHB for druid wild shape it says: You choose whether your equipment falls to ...
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Pathfinder: can a ghost wear armor?

According to the universal monster rules, incorporeal creatures (read: ghosts) have no Strength score: [An incorporeal creature] has no Strength score, so its Dexterity modifier applies to its ...
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Do gauntlets do anything?

Scale Mail, Chain Mail, and Plate all specifically mention that they include gauntlets. In the case of Scale and Chain, it merits a separate sentence: The suit includes gauntlets. Is there a ...
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Can you upgrade armour from breastplate to half plate?

A PC wearing a Breastplate of Psychic Resistance (DMG, 152) wants to upgrade their armour to half plate while retaining the magical resistance. Can a PC put on half plate armour and retain the ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

Do gauntlets count as armor? Specifically, would wearing Gauntlets of Ogre Power negate the AC bonus that barbarians and monks get because they are technically armor? I feel like they wouldn't.
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Do I have to worry about individual armor pieces?

I was DMing for a group of friends and one of them was wondering if he were to wear normal leather armor (11+dex), but wore scalemail (14+dex[max 2]) shin-guards, would a low sweeping attack at his ...
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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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What would be the side effects on a Druid of wearing metal armor?

I am wondering what should, if any, be the side effects on a Druid if he were to choose (or be forced) to wear metallic armor. For example: Could such an armor prevent the Druid from casting his ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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Magic weapons add their plus to both attack and damage, and armor to AC, right?

I'm probably going blind. I am looking for somewhere in the PHB that specifies that +1 weapons give the +1 to both attack and damage. I see on page 196 of the PHB that it's explicitly stated that "...
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How does the Armored Kilt work?

I have both Light Armor and an Armored Kilt on. Now this means that my armor is automatically treated as Medium armor. Now I have three questions: How does this affect my max DEX bonus to AC? How ...
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In Adventurers League, can you change Full Plate armour into Half Plate?

Playing in AL my barbarian has acquired a set of adamantine full plate armour. As this prevents him from his rage benefits, I was wondering if I could simply use it as adamantine half plate, using the ...
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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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