Alternative Armor Table (5e Variant Rule)

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Alternative Armor Table[edit]

This table attempts to "normalize" armor progression across different types in various ways and adds shield variants. Armors have been renamed, rearranged, replaced, and improved in capability. Use with caution.

Armor Cost Armor Class (AC) Strength Stealth Weight
Light Armor
Thick Clothes[1] +5 gp 10 + Dexterity modifier +5 lb.
Gambesson 15 gp 11 + Dexterity modifier 10 lb.
Leather 50 gp 12 + Dexterity modifier 15 lb.
Brigandine 150 gp 13 + Dexterity modifier 20 lb.
Medium Armor
Ring mail 30 gp 13 + Dex modifier (max 2) 25 lb.
Cuirass 100 gp 14 + Dex modifier (max 2) 20 lb.
Scale mail 300 gp 15 + Dex modifier (max 2) Disadvantage 30 lb.
Half plate 750 gp 16 + Dex modifier (max 2) 11 Disadvantage 40 lb.
Heavy Armor
Chain mail 75 gp 16 10 Disadvantage 35 lb.
Splint 200 gp 17 12 Disadvantage 45 lb.
Banded mail[2] 500 gp 18 14 Disadvantage 55 lb.
Plate 1500 gp 19 16 Disadvantage 65 lb.
Buckler[3] 2 sp +0 + Dex modifier (max 1) 1 lb.
Shield 10 gp +2 5 lb.
Greatshield[4] 500 gp +3 15 or +4 25 lb.

Strength Requirement: If a creature's Strength score is lower than a number shown in the Strength column of the Armor table, that armor reduces the wearer’s speed by 5 feet for each point of difference between their Strength score and the requirement to a maximum penalty of 15 feet. When wielding a greatshield, your Strength requirement is 15 or your armor's requirement plus 4, whichever number is higher.

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  1. Clothes can be made "thick" to allow their wearer to benefit from features that require wearing armor.
  2. This armor consists of horizontal bands of overlapping plates bound to a backing of chain mail, worn over soft leather. The suit includes gauntlets and greaves of hardened leather.
  3. "Buckler" refers to small, lightweight, and affordable parrying shields whose effectiveness depends entirely on the users reflexes. Bucklers have no proficiency requirements, but they do not qualify for features or abilities that refer to using a "shield."
  4. "Greatshield" refers to the biggest and heaviest shields, offering superior defense for the strongest warriors. You have proficiency with greatshields only when you have proficiency with heavy armor. Creatures must be Medium size or larger to equip a greatshield.
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