Questions tagged [armor]

For questions relating to armor in RPGs. Armor refers to equipment that is worn on the body with the specific purpose of deflecting or absorbing damage.

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Can I craft a 25 AC piece of armor?

When using the Craft skill to create armor. It says the difficulty to create an armor is 10+AC bonus. So, can I create an armor that gives 25 AC? The DC would be 35. I wonder if it's possible to ...
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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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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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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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Which armor special abilities can be applied to Bracers of Armor?

The Bracers of Armor page states: Bracers of armor cannot have any armor special abilities that add a flat gp amount to their cost. And, a Q&A with Jason Bulmahn clarified that Bracers of ...
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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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Does 'Wild' armour work for Alternate Form?

Could a creature that doesn't have Wild Shape, but -does- have Alternate Form (Such as a Dragon) use armour with the "wild" property to be able to use this armour in all their forms? In the question ...
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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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How can heavy-armor melee characters practically close in on ranged enemies?

Okay, I have to be missing something critical here since I've just started SF so please tell me what's up and correct me. Base movement speed is 30 for everyone. Heavy armor reduces your movement ...
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Can adamantine or mithral armors have magical properties (+1, for example)?

As an ex-player of D&D 3.5, I'm a little bit confused about Adamantine armors and Mithral armors. In 3.5e, they are not inherently magical; it is just classic armor with a different material, so ...
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Does a Warforged receive all the benefits of a long rest while wearing armor?

In Eberron: Rising From The Last War (p. 36), the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait states that you can take a rest while donning or doffing armor. The Sentry's Rest trait also states that you ...
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Comparison: “half-plate armor+dexterity+Medium Armor Master feat” and “plate armor”. What is the best? [closed]

I want to make a melee fighter, and I'm strugling on the choise of my armor for the build. I put my stats on my character when I'll define all I want to do for my build, so let's suppose that I can ...
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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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Would a Monk wearing Mage Armor still lose his Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities?

If I were playing a Monk wearing Mage Armor, would I still lose my Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities I normally lose when wearing normal armor?
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Do effects that activate on a critical hit still activate when the hit is against an opponent wearing adamantine armor?

I know from the question "Does a natural 20 on the attack roll still automatically hit if the target is wearing adamantine armor?" that a critical hit against adamantine armor will still hit, but I ...
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Does a Champion fighter automatically hit someone wearing Adamantine Armor if they roll a 19 (or 18 at higher levels) on the attack roll?

Without adamantine armor, a critical hit is an auto-hit regardless of AC. Though Jeremy Crawford once tweeted that a Champion fighter with the Improved Critical and Superior Critical features auto-...
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What is “archaic armor”?

Starfinder Core Rulebook mentions "archaic armor" in the "Archaic" weapon attribute description at page 180: Archaic This weapon deals 5 fewer damage unless the target is wearing no armor or ...
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What is the AC of a Human with 16 dex combined with the spell Armor?

The Spell Armor (Unearthed Arcana p.51-52) states: The caster creates ,a magical field of force which serves as if it were leather armor (AC 8). If the spell is cast upon a person already armored, it ...
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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 “Uses: ...
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Would my mount be slowed if I wore medium/heavy armor?

Does wearing medium or heavy armor reduce my mount's base land speed like my base land speed in Pathfinder?
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Is there an optional or house rule for effectiveness of specific weapons versus specific armor types?

In many epic fantasy worlds (as well as in the real world) there are protective measures, designed to protect from specific threats. For example, chainmail provides good protection against slashing ...
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What protects me better from damage: Plate armour and a Shield, or Dodge?

I am playing a Cleric mainly but I took one level in Rogue as it helped me with the Expertise and Stealth. I want to know what has more potential to reduce damage for my PC. In the party I tend to ...
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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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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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