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Can Wizards Wear Mithril Armor

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Carole Stephens
• Wednesday, 13 January, 2021
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The PUB states in the class entries that wizards and sorcerers do not start the game with armor proficiencies. On page 144 it says this “if you wear armor that you lack proficiency in. But p 20 for mountain dwarf states that they have proficiency in light and medium armor.

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And when this first became apparent, there were about a thousand posts on En world and RPG net screaming that the whole game was broken because of it. All I can say is that none of my players were interested in playing a dwarf wizard, so I can 't give you input one way or the other.

5e Wizards /Sorcerers and Armor Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 10:39:37 pm » I thought the whole Can 't cast spells in armor thing was stupid anyway. Having a potential to be able to wear armor and cast spells makes things interesting. There's always a trade off anyway, whatever gains you can get.

5e Wizards /Sorcerers and Armor Reply #3 on: December 17, 2014, 10:40:08 pm » I also noticed that high elf regardless of class does not have any armor restrictions to cast that can trip. Mage armor gives you 13 AC + unlimited Ex bonus for 8 hours w/o concentration.

5e Wizards /Sorcerers and Armor Reply #4 on: December 17, 2014, 10:59:33 pm » And when this first became apparent, there were about a thousand posts on En world and RPG net screaming that the whole game was broken because of it.

You know I am quite happy that normal equipment now plays a higher note than magical items. I love the fact I can complete an adventure with normal weapons and armor even at high level.

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Im the opposite I think the toning down of magic items is one of the worst aspects of 5e (not the worst though that honer goes to clerics now being chosen by there gods instead of just any person who trains for it that's the favored souls job (which to be fair I never liked so I'm biased) If your having tier problems I feel bad for you son I got 99 problems but caster supremacy ain't 1. Apology's if there is no punctuation in the above post it's probably my autism making me forget.

He cannier medium armor and cast spells, and wields a war hammer. ', the reaction is to decide if it's a sex hole, then hit it with a rock. At some point it seems like D&D is going to disappear up its own ass. In the randomness of the dice lies the seed for the great oak of creativity and fun.

I've been using a warlock that I've been toying with the idea of multi classing to get an armor proficiency. The group I am DMing for has a dwarves wizard and he's up to plate now I believe without dragging out the notes.

If he is not, he will be eventually I suspect if he opts to blow a feat on upgrading his armor range. As for myself. My current warlock with shield is sticking to medium armor and I do not have any plans to upgrade further as it does not fit how I envisioned the character going.

Yeah, there are all sorts of possible combinations anything from multi classing into one of the martial classes for a level or two to just going with an Eldritch Knight or Bard with a feat to the obvious (Mountain Dwarf) or even get even chain somehow. Either way it's appropriate for a Mountain Dwarf to be able to cast spells in heavy armor. It might be interesting to mix a paladin with a warlock or sorcerer if you don't mind that it won't be all that optimal.

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I thought the whole Can 't cast spells in armor thing was stupid anyway. Any Wizard PC can take a feat to be able to wear armor whilst casting spells.

Playing: D&D5e Running: Tales from the Loop Planning: Esper Genesis, Cult Divinity Lost Any Wizard PC can take a feat to be able to wear armor whilst casting spells.

And I think that being able to take a feat to cast in armor is a good thing. I was referring to earlier editions of DnD and casters not being able to wear armor. Now, the nice thing about a mitral buckler (or a mitral small shield, though I'd rather have the use of the off-hand, than the ability to bash with a shield), is that it has no arcane spell failure, no armor check penalty and no max ex penalty.

Anyone, even arcane spell casters, or those who are not proficient in shield use can use one without penalty. Not to mention that mitral items are automatically considered Masterwork, and therefore can easily be enchanted.

Aside from the rarity of mitral, and the inherent cost of building with it, are there any downsides I'm missing here? The only thing that is bad, is if your spell caster draws a weapon, he's either going to have to give up his ac, bonus or drop is weapon to cast. Still a very good item, added in with those bracers of armor, and high ex.

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I'd always assumed one free hand to cast a spell... Not that it's official, but in practice, every Wizard has cast a spell with something held in one hand, be it dagger, staff, crossbow, wand, potion, torch or blind kobold. I was just a little surprised that I haven't seen more Rogue or Wizard-types using them. I haven't seen it at all, though there's plenty of people with mitral chain shirts running around.

The only thing that is bad, is if your spell caster draws a weapon, he's either going to have to give up his ac, bonus or drop is weapon to cast. Still a very good item, added in with those bracers of armor, and high ex.

The buckler hand can hold and even wield a weapon. The reason it isn't as common place is, It is not a popular or well known piece of information.

The buckler hand can hold and even wield a weapon. Still a very good item, added in with those bracers of armor, and high ex.

I expected that, but I was thinking of the, “An off-hand weapon can be used, but a -1 penalty on attack rolls is imposed because of the extra weight on your arm,” when using a buckler... Should there be a similar penalty to casting with that hand?... I'm starting to imagine an elite band of even Blade singer/Arcane Archers armed with long swords, longbows and mitral bucklers.

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Say you have quick draw, and using a long sword you also take ambidexterity and two-weapon fighting, could you switch to your off-hand and continue to attack? I expected that, but I was thinking of the, “An off-hand weapon can be used, but a -1 penalty on attack rolls is imposed because of the extra weight on your arm,” when using a buckler...

I'm pretty sure you don't take a negative to casting, you just loose the ac bonus, till you next turn. Now, the nice thing about a mitral buckler (or a mitral small shield, though I'd rather have the use of the off-hand, than the ability to bash with a shield), is that it has no arcane spell failure, no armor check penalty and no max ex penalty.

The fact that a Mikhail buckler +3 won't stack with mage armor. Even so, I have a wizard who eventually plans on getting a +1 Mikhail Buckler of Heavy Fortification.

It won't increase his AC any, but will still prevent cries and sneak attacks. For example, my halfling rogue wizard currently has an AC of 18... +1 size, +4 Ex, +1 ring of Plot.

Now if he casts Mage Armor, that +4 should stack normally with the magic buckler, no? Plus he could cast Shield, and have that stack, since that provides cover, instead of a straight out AC bonus.

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Plus he could cast Shield, and have that stack, since that provides cover, instead of a straight out AC bonus. The shield spell will stack with all those things, however, bringing your total AC to 27, at least for one side of the battlefield.

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