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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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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Can a sorcerer/war cleric wear plate and cast sorcerer spells?

So I was a sorcerer 1st, I wanna get to lvl 4, grab a feat, then multi class into cleric, specifically war for fluff reasons. Can I wear plate and still cast my sorcerer spells?
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Which light barding provides the best protection per ACP?

Which light armor for an animal companion provides the most protection for the least amount of ACP?
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Does animal growth enlarge barding worn by the target?

If Animal Growth is cast on an armored animal companion (i.e., going from large to huge size) what happens to the original large armor? Does it also grow with the creature?
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Does magical elven chainmail exist?

Can elven chainmail be made magical? If so, do any special rules apply? If not, where is it made clear that it can't be made magical?
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How is a Fighter's Armor Training applied to the Armor Check Penalty?

I was playing around with the idea of a Fighter in Pathfinder that would go into battle with akimbo spiked-shields, when I rediscovered the Armor Training class feature. Just in case I try to add this ...
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Does a Dwarf's Favored Class Bonus for Bards at 10th Level Still Allow a Spell Failure Chance?

Bards' Weapon and Armor Proficiency states: Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield ...
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How does magic interact with Wizard armor abilities and spells in Dungeon World?

So I recently came across the Mage class in Dungeon World as a freebie given for an optional class pack of three classes. It is supposed to be a replacement for the standard Wizard. Now the relevant ...
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Is a Shield considered to be Armor when addressing Armor Proficiency? [duplicate]

This question stems from another. Does a shield count as "armor" with regard to the proficiency requirements listed under Armor Proficieny?
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Why would I buy Darkleaf Hide armor instead of a Mithril Chain Shirt?

I'm working on figuring out what armor I should be saving gold towards for my Lore Oracle and ran into a question on two different armors, specifically Darkleaf Hide and a Mithril Chain Shirt. From ...
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Where is the barding trick?

I remember reading in a first-party book that the ability to wear barding could be taught as an animal trick. The internet in general seems to take this as a given. But I just spent quite a while ...
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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 the AC bonuses of Bracers of Defense and Black Dragon Mask (HotDQ) stack?

I currently I am playing as a Draconic Sorcerer in our campaign. The group found the following items and I am the only one that can use them for their AC bonus abilities: Bracers of Defense (DMG page ...
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Armor options for level 1 Druid

Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment is allowed 150 starting gold What are some of the all around most effective options for armoring up a level 1 Druid at this price point? It is a casting-focusing ...
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How does Undead Controlling armor work?

The Undead Controlling armor special ability says: The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this property may control up to 26 HD of undead per day, as the control undead spell. At dawn each ...
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Can Piercing result in negative Armor?

As per the Dungeon World SRD: n Piercing: It goes right through armor. When you deal damage with n piercing, you subtract n from the enemy's armor for that attack. So the idea is that a piercing ...
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How can I gain resistance to piercing, bludgeoning, and slashing damage while in heavy armor?

I am theory-crafting a character that takes very little damage. I want to use the Heavy Armor Master feat to help with damage reduction from non-magical attacks, as well as the Battlemaster maneuver ...
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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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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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Class armor proficiency vs. armor proficiency feats

Question being raised due to the Blood Hunter's armor proficiency, which has light + medium armor but no shields. My question is: If a class already has proficiency for something built-in, can they ...
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Can A Psionic Talent Be Cast Wearing Heavy Armor?

As most of you know, according to the Player's Handbook, it isn't possible to cast a spell while wearing armor you aren't proficient in. Have there been any rulings on this in regards to expending ...
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Can really strong characters ignore armor's movement penalty?

A player in my game has a Strength score of 33. I don't think that full plate armor will slow him down. Are there possibly other rules, that would allow him to ignore the speed penalty? The ...
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What replicates the benefits of 'Silk Armor' to Heal checks?

There are historical references to wearing silk under armor. If the silk is loose enough, arrows bind in it rather than break through. The benefit of this is that the arrow's barbs are covered by the ...
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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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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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Is a totemist's ability to use armor restricted?

Can a totemist wear medium or heavy armor without it interfering with his powers? I've read online that they can't use their powers if they do, but I can't find where in Magic of Incarnum it says that....
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Does a Monstrous Humanoid or a Fey count as Humanoid for armor costs and spell effects?

A question for two friends playing custom made races. One is a Monstrous Humanoid physically similar to a Lamia but with a larger bust and a less ridiculously long snake tail, the other is a Fey of ...
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Chahar-aina and Dastana have stackable armor bonuses, enhancement bonuses increase armor bonus, how does this stack?

We know that enhancement bonuses increase the armor bonus: Enhancement bonuses to armor or natural armor effectively increase the armor or natural armor’s bonus to AC. … and armor bonuses normally ...
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In what circumstances does Mithral Armor count as one weight category less, and when does it not?

Mithral counts as one armor weight category less (heavy, medium, light) for "purposes of movement and other limitations... which are left unspecified. An example of where this might come up: Armor ...
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Does the dex bonus to AC from armor and shield stack?

I have a dwarf with full plate armor and a tower shield with dex of 16 (+3). Full plate grants a max dex bonus of +1 to AC and the tower shield +2. Now, can I get both the +1 AND +2 to get a +3 dex ...
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Are druid's wild shape+mage armor compatible?

Does mage armor work with the druid's wild shape? A player might multi-class for that. As a whim I feel it's OP but can't find anywhere that it's not allowed.
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Can a Helmet Provide an AC Bonus to a Beheaded Familiar?

Background I recently gained a Beheaded Familiar with the Improved Familiar feat. Since it has a slam attack, and is tiny, it would provoke attacks of opportunity to attack with said slam attack. ...
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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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Does Aggressive Striking Iron Body stack with Berserker Adrenaline Rush?

Berserker is from Armory Reloaded, World of Darkness 1e. I feel it would be a shame if it did not.
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What design reasons have been given for the fact that armor doesn't break?

In D&D objects have hitpoints values, but when I equip a suit of full platemail it doesn't grant me protection in the form of its own hitpoints before any actual damage is applied to me. Have any ...
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Can you wear a robe over armor?

More specifically: Can you wear a robe of eyes over plate armor? Does it say so in the rules? I thought you can if the other clothing does not provide any AC.
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For the purpose of “A Druid does not wear Metal Armor”, is a metal helmet considered a metal armor?

There does not seem to be much about helmets as far as armor class or items PCs can purchase. However, once in a while the adventurers will stumble on a really nice helmet, possibly magical... and the ...
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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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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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Can a character benefit from two armors?

Are all bonuses to AC treated as separate? If a character is wearing a +5 padded shirt of heavy fortification and someone casts mage armor on him, does he keep the +1 enhancement bonus and ...
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Are adventurers supposed to sleep without armor? [duplicate]

I'm assuming that the donning/doffing section in the PHB implies that PCs are supposed to remove their armor on a regular basis. It also makes middle-of-the-night random encounters a lot more serious ...
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Is Natural Armor doubled vs primitive weapons?

In Deathwatch and other Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay titles, some weapons and armour have the "Primitive" quality. Armour that is not Primitive is doubled against attacks which are Primitive. Armour ...
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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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How much does Heavy Mariner's Armor weigh?

One of my players got some heavy Mariner's Armor (DMG 181) last session. We're playing in a game where encumbrance is tracked periodically, and since she ended up with a "heavy" variety I think that's ...
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Can warlocks' familiars use armor/shields?

Can imps or quasits wear armor or shields? If so, how much would it cost to get armor and shields of the appropriate size (tiny)? Would they have a penalty for using such equipment, or do they have ...
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Is the list of weapons and armors in the PHB exhaustive?

My questions are: Are there any other weapons outside of those listed in the ranged and melee weapon tables? Are there other types of damage not listed in those weapon tables? For example: Can a ...
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Can I wear as many magic items as I want?

Is there a limit to the number of magic items I can wear? For example, can I wear a magic ring on each of my fingers and each of my toes, a couple of magic amulets, a magic robe over my magic armor ...
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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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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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Is my house rule for Eladrin Armor too powerful?

Eladrin Armor, found on page 230 of the PHB has the following as one of it's properties This armor has no speed or skill check penalties Now, it's clearly not RAW, but I have a hard time not ...