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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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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 +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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Are there any Armor Enchantments that are specifically good against Outsiders?

My DM would like to create magical items that are specifically designed to fight angels and demons. For weapons, we are using the "Bane" template, using a custom category of "Outsiders (Angels and ...
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Can the Grave cleric's Sentinel at Death's Door feature turn a critical hit into a miss, while adamantine armor does not?

I have asked a question before about this Grave Cleric feature in the past, and was inclined to believe that you are able to turn critical hits into misses by way of the feature, but upon looking into ...
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What Armor Optimization applies to a Mithral full plate?

The Description of Mithral Armor describes this effect: Most mithral armors are one category lighter than normal for purposes of movement and other limitations. Heavy armors are treated as medium, ...
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Equipping the dagger vs the shield [closed]

I want to figure out what is the better option, straight up damage or a chance to deflect in a game. I have two options, the first is to equip another dagger for 10% more damage. However, this ...
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What variables do I have to take into consideration when I homebrew armour?

The variables that are clear to me are shown in the Armor-table (PHB 145): Type of armour: Light, Medium, Heavy (also limits Dex mods). Cost, commonly displayed in GP. Armour Class. Strength ...
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Can you craft or buy enchanted barding?

In reviewing the rules for barding, I came across the below statement: Barding can be made of any of the armor types found on Table: Armor and Shields. Now this is interesting because of magic ...
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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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Tracking Might Cost for Wearing Armor

In Numenera, wearing armor with which you aren't trained causes you to spend Might points (pg.81 Core Rulebook) each hour. While all glaives start with abilities that mitigate part of this cost, ...
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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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Is flight possible in heavy armor?

The Reinforced Wings feat (Races of the Dragon, p. 101) says at the end: Normal: Flying creatures can’t fly in medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load. I could not find any ...
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Can PCs use nonmagical armor and weapons looted from monsters?

According to the PHB/basic rules, Weapons and armor used by monsters are rarely in good enough condition to sell. Are nonmagical weapons and armor used by monsters in good enough condition for ...
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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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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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Does coating your armor in silver add any effects?

Similar to this question, I am curious about the effects of adding silver to your armor. Though adamantine armor (being the other enhancement able to be added to weapons/armor) has a specified effect (...
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Does the racial trait “Slow Speed” negate all armor penalties?

In the book "Advanced race guide", the racial trait "Slow Speed" says: If the race is Medium, its members’ speed is never modified by armor or encumbrance. Does that negate heavy armors' penalty ...
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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 ...
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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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If an animal companion wears barding without armor proficiency, do they incur the penalties? [duplicate]

Suppose a ranger puts barding on their animal companion to boost its AC. Does wearing the armor cause this creature to have disadvantage on its attacks, ability checks, and saving throws? Or does the ...
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Do any of the books contain (magic) items for animal companions?

Context An 11th level PC in a game that I DM is a ranger6/rogue3/warlock2. He noticed that his animal companion, a black panther, could use a little boost to her defenses, as she goes down frequently....
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If the Heat Metal spell is cast on a mounted character's armor, does it hurt their mount?

The Heat Metal spell description says: Choose a manufactured metal object, [...] Any creature in physical contact with the object takes 2d8 fire damage when you cast the spell. Until the spell ends,...