Partial Armor (5e Variant Rule)

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Partial Armor[edit]

Partial armor only grants its AC bonus if you are wearing light or no armor. If you are wearing only one piece of partial armor, you are still considered to be wearing your base armor type (e.g. no armor or light armor). If you are wearing two pieces of partial armor, you are considered to be wearing the heaviest type among the armor pieces you are wearing (e.g. medium or heavy armor). You cannot benefit from wearing three or more pieces of partial armor.

Notes[edit]

Characters who are proficient in heavy or medium armor but who choose to wear light armor or no armor can mitigate the AC loss by wearing partial armor.

Partial Armor[edit]

Armor Cost Armor Class (AC) Strength Stealth Weight
Medium Armor
Gauntlet 5 gp +1 (partial armor) 2 lb. 000005
Leather Shoulder Guard 10 gp +1 (partial armor) 4 lb. 000010
Leather Belt 15 gp +1 (partial armor) 2 lb. 000015
Mail Coif 30 gp +1 (partial armor) 5 lb. 000030
Wolf Jaw 30 gp +1 (partial armor) 3 lb. 000030
Bear Pelt 50 gp +1 (partial armor) 5 lb. 000050
Leather Duster 20 gp +1 (partial armor) 20 lb. 020 gp
Gambeson 60 gp +2 (partial armor) 10 lb. 060 gp
Heavy Armor
Crested Helmet 15 gp +1 (partial armor) Str 13 5 lb. 000015
Great Helmet 30 gp +2 (partial armor) (Special) Str 15 Disadvantage 10 lb. 000030
Plate Shoulder Guard 45 gp +2 (partial armor) Str 15 Disadvantage 18 lb. 000045
Spongia 60 gp +2 (partial armor) Str 13 Disadvantage 7 lb. 000060
Sabatons 200 gp +2 (partial armor) Str 15 Disadvantage 40 lb. 000200
Mercenary Armor 400 gp +3 (partial armor) Str 15 Disadvantage 15-50 lb. 000400
Chain Cloak 40 gp +2 (partial armor) Str 15 Disadvantage 15 lb. 040 gp
Diving Helmet 100 gp +2 (Partial Armor) (Special) Str 15 Disadvantage 55 lb. 100 gp

Modern Partial Armor[edit]

Armor Rarity Armor Class (AC) Strength Stealth Weight
Medium Armor
Bulletproof Leg Guards Uncommon +2 (partial armor) 10 lb. {{{cost}}}
Bulletproof Shoulder Guard Uncommon +2 (partial armor) 5 lb. {{{cost}}}
Combat Helmet Uncommon +2 (partial armor) 3 lb. {{{cost}}}
Sports Helmet Common +1 (partial armor) 2 lb. {{{cost}}}
Heavy Armor
Hard Armor Leg Guards Rare +3 (partial armor) Str 13 Disadvantage 15 lb. {{{cost}}}
Hard Armor Shoulder Guard Rare +3 (partial armor) Str 13 Disadvantage 10 lb. {{{cost}}}
Heavy Combat Helmet Rare +3 (partial armor) Str 13 Disadvantage 10 lb. {{{cost}}}

Futuristic Partial Armor[edit]

Armor Rarity Armor Class (AC) Strength Stealth Weight
Medium Armor
Cyber Cape Unique +1 (partial armor) 4 lb. {{{cost}}}
Kneepad Rocket Dart Launchers Rare +1 (partial armor) 4 lb. {{{cost}}}
Mandalorian Helmet Very Rare +2 (partial armor) Str 13 6 lb. {{{cost}}}
Mandalorian Vambrace Rare +2 (partial armor) 3 lb. {{{cost}}}
Heavy Armor
Space Combat Helmet Rare +3 (partial armor) Str 13 Disadvantage 7 lb. {{{cost}}}

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