Discussion:Does a Warforged's Composite Plating Limit Monk Abilities?

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Does a Warforged's Composite Plating Limit Monk Abilities?[edit]

Sir Milo Teabag 13:54, 29 October 2007 (MDT)[edit]

It seems that the Warforged from Eberron (barring their Wisdom penalty) is the best race for Monk in existence. They have built in natural weapons and stuff, and can even magically enhance their built in weaponry. They are virtually the only monks in existence which can make their fists magic weapons. The same principle applies to their built in body armor: it looks like a loophole to let monks give their bodies armor enhancements. One of the rules of character optimization is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so I think there may be a catch. Does the Warforged's built in body armor count as armor for the various monk class features?

Eiji 15:19, 29 October 2007 (MDT)[edit]

Oh irony, I just ran across this PDF FAQ: http://files.meetup.com/218604/Main35FAQv09202006.pdf

And quoting from it...

Warforged

'Is a warforged considered to be wearing armor for the purpose of using special abilities, such as a monk’s fast movement?'

The composite plating of a typical warforged doesn’t count as armor. Certain warforged feats, such as Adamantine Body (EBERRON Campaign Setting, page 50) specifically state that the character is considered to be wearing armor, and thus would limit use of such abilities.

....well dang, hot stuff.

Sledged-20071030131937

Sledged (talk)
2007 October 30 13:19 (MDT)

I don't where it says a warforged's natural attacks can be enhanced as permanent magic weapons. You might need something like a battlefist to pull that off. Even then you might want to check with your DM, because the battlefist is described as a gauntlet, and even though it explicitly says it enhances monk unarmed attacks and damage, the FAQ suggests gauntlets can't be uses as part of a flurry of blows because they're not a special monk weapons.

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