Questions tagged [armor]

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Does gaining an armor proficiency from your class also give you the ability score increase from the corresponding armor proficiency feat?

Old school RPer coming back after long gaming hiatus and new to D&D 5e. Liking what I see, and happy to be rid of THAC0, lol. As I'm reading, it seems feats are a little different now and fewer ...
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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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Is a +1 chain shirt strictly inferior to a nonmagical breastplate?

My character really likes chain shirts. He much prefers them to other armor, such as a breastplate. I thought maybe I could make up for his tastes with a piece of magical armor, since usually magic ...
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Does +1 armor give resistance to damage?

Based on the answers from this question Is a +1 chain shirt strictly inferior to a breastplate? Does +1 armor give resistance to damage? DMG pg. 141 Most magic items are objects of extraordinary ...
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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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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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What is the best way to increase AC as a Monk?

I'm planing on playing a monk in our next campaign as a backup-tank/semi-tank. At 1st level he has an AC of 14 without armor with 15 Dex/Wis and unarmored defence. Is there a better way to increase ...
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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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Why are armor bonuses considered to break Bounded Accuracy?

It seems to be a common opinion that enchanted armor and shields break the concept of Bounded Accuracy and eventually lead to imbalanced fights. I've seen people in RPG.SE saying this, and the popular ...
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Can I benefit from a magic shield while holding it without my hands?

Would it be acceptable to hold a shield without using your hands? For example use it as an adornment, chinese hat, tied back as a backpack, etc. *Just hold without "donning" it? I'm asking because I ...
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Magical Armor Bonuses and Clothing

I understand that clothing and armor are allowed to carry different types of bonuses which are maxed out differently. Armor can have an up to 5 enhancement and 5 points whereas a piece of clothing ...
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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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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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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 there any monk-compatible light armor?

I'm searching for armor that does not prevent a monk from getting his bonuses. I do not care if the armor has 0 armor bonus, because I'm interested only in enchantments. It should contain some kind of ...
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Is there a way to use Flurry of Blows while armored?

Just like the title says. Monks can't use Flurry of Blows unless unarmored. Is there a way around this? Feat, some other class that can use Flurry of Blows but isn't subject to the same restriction?
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What would be the price of Adamantine Plate armor?

I'm already aware, as per Are there price lists for magic items, such as the Bag of Holding?, that 5e was designed with the assumption that magic items are not to be bought or sold willy-nilly. This ...
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Multiple fixed price abilities on armor

How does one price the creation of magical armor with more than one ability with a fixed GP price? The table in "Creating Magical Items" points you to Table 7-5 on page 217 of the DMG, which includes ...
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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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What can my hide armor look like?

I had a quick question about armour in 5e. So I'm creating a fighter character who is wearing hide armour. However, I was wondering if I can make any look I want for my hide armour, or do I have to ...
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Homebrew monk class and subclass with magic armor [closed]

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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What restrictions are there on the appearance of glamoured studded leather armor?

I was wondering about the glamoured aspect of glamoured studded leather armor. The description states that: You can also use a bonus action to speak the armor's command word and cause the armor to ...
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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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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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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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Can you improvise a suit of half plate from a suit of plate armor? [closed]

If you have a suit of full plate armor, can you improvise or remove some of the armored leg portions to functionally approximate half-plate? Plate armor: Plate consists of shaped, interlocking ...
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Does the Warforged's Heavy Plating AC calculation have a minimum required Strength score?

I want to play a warforged fighter/wizard, and I was wondering because of the confusing armor explanation for warforged. Do I have to have a strength of 15 or 13 for the Heavy Plating, since heavy ...
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Can a druid wear Elven Chain?

The description of the Elven Chain says that people do not need to be proficient with that armor and they would still reap all the benefits of it. However, I would think that even though it is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How much do locked gauntlets impede a character?

All the following questions are about constrained hand[s] only (so no scenarios in which a free offhand would do the trick) and, in the event that it would change the outcome, with or without a weapon ...
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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 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 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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Corroded Metal vs Magical Armor, should it melt it?

The DM in our game homebrewed something called a Dire Otter Swarm and had the Corroded Metal attribute that can destroy nonmagical items, but he gave it a buff that allowed them to destroy Magical ...
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Does the armor check penalty apply to Reflex saves?

Does the armor check penalty apply to Reflex saves? Nonproficient with Armor Worn: A character who wears armor and/or uses a shield with which he is not proficient takes the armor's (and/or ...
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What is the drawback to using armor you aren't proficient with?

A rogue has light armor proficiency, but I'm looking to get medium armor. What is the drawback to using armor you aren't proficient with?
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Is there a way I can turn bone into metal?

I am playing a campaign that starts us off as commoners who have no adventuring experience. My character is a town drunk who has never gotten into a fight in his life. In our second session our party ...
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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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Can a character add enhancements to named weapons and armor? [duplicate]

Through standard crafting can enhancements be added to named weapons and armor (like Holy Avenger or Banded Mail of Luck) or do those items stay as they are and are unenchantable? I see text that ...
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Do the Astral Suits from the Aegis ability have weight that affects encumbrance, armor check penalties, and speed penalties?

Does the armor created by the Aegis ability Astral Suits have weight that contributes to encumbrance, along with armor check penalties and speed penalties, like normal armor?
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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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In Adventurers League, is there any way for a 5th-level wizard to gain heavy armor proficiency?

Is there any way for an Adventurers League character in the 8th season of AL to gain heavy armor proficiency? My level 5 wizard has no armor proficiencies, and the only way I found to get it was the ...
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Is it possible to create armor from monster skin with that monster’s resistances?

Does armour made from a monster with resistance keep the resistance? For example, a PC kills some Gricks and makes their skin into leather with his Leatherworker's kit. The Grick's statblock says ...
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Is there any alternate list of armor protection according to the type of damage (S, P, B)?

It makes absolutely no sense to me that a chainmail gives the same protection against a sword and a hammer, for example. A chainmail is awesome against cutting weapons but almost useless against ...
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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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Does the Bronze Helmet provide full cover for the head?

Does the Bronze Helmet provide full cover for the head? So assuming the character has armour covering the rest of their body, would they have armour coverage against area effects and swarms? I'm ...