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The armor table shows the most common armor used in the worlds of D&D, their cost, weight, and other properties of the armor.

Optional Rules: Metal armor is typically made using steel, however armor can be crafted using a variety of different metals. Clicking on a metal armor's name will give you a description of the armor and possible metal options. Each metal has unique properties and costs. Note: Most smiths are proficient in crafting using iron or steel, but other metals may require a specialist. In addition, some metals are rare and the smith may not have the resources to craft some metal armor.

Item

Cost

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Cost

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Cost

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WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Armor

Light Armor

Padded

Cost: 5 gp

Cheap: 4 gp

Expensive: 10 gp

Weight: 8 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 11 + Dex mod

Strength

Stealth Disadv

Padded armor consists of quilted layers of cloth and batting (layers or sheets of raw cotton or wool).

[AC: 11 + Dex modifier; Stealth: Disadvantage]

Leather

Cost: 10 gp

Cheap: 8 gp

Expensive: 20 gp

Weight: 10 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 11 + Dex mod

Strength

Stealth

The breastplate and shoulder protectors of this armor are made of leather that has been stiffened by being boiled in oil. The rest of the armor is made of softer and more flexible materials.

[AC: 11 + Dex modifier]

Studded Leather

Cost: 45 gp

Cheap: 36 gp

Expensive: 90 gp

Weight: 13 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 12 + Dex mod

Strength

Stealth

Made from tough but flexible leather, studded leather is reinforced with close-set rivets or spikes.

[AC: 12 + Dex modifier]

Medium Armor

Hide

Cost: 10 gp

Cheap: 8 gp

Expensive: 20 gp

Weight: 12 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 12 + Dex mod (max 2)

Strength

Stealth

This crude armor consists of thick furs and pelts. It is commonly worn by barbarian tribes, evil humanoids, and other folk who lack access to the tools and materials needed to create better armor.

[AC: 12 + Dex modifier (max 2)]

Chain Shirt

Cost: 50 gp

Cheap: 40 gp

Expensive: 100 gp

Weight: 20 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Strength

Stealth

Made of interlocking metal rings, a chain shirt is worn between layers of clothing or leather. This armor offers modest protection to the wearer's upper body and allows the sound of the rings rubbing against one another to be muffled by outer layers.

[AC: 13 + Dex modifier (max 2)]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

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Cost

(Low)

Cost

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WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Chain Shirt

25 gp

20 gp

50 gp

20 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Whenever a creature wearing armor made of copper sustains a critical hit, the armor loses 2 AC. When the armor loses more than 5 AC, the armor is destroyed. A blacksmith can repair 1 AC per hour, provided the smith has the proficiency, tools and a viable heat source. Copper typically costs half as much as steel armor.

Bronze Chain Shirt

38 gp

30 gp

75 gp

20 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Whenever a creature wearing armor made of bronze sustains a critical hit, the armor loses 1 AC. When the armor loses more than 5 AC, the armor is destroyed. A blacksmith can repair 1 AC per hour, provided the smith has the proficiency, tools and a viable heat source. Bronze typically costs 75% of steel armor.

Iron Chain Shirt

45 gp

36 gp

90 gp

20 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Any armor that is made from iron that has a strength requirement to wear, increases by 1. Iron armor costs 90% the price of steel armor.

Steel Chain Shirt

50 gp

40 gp

100 gp

20 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Chain Shirt

150 gp

140 gp

200 gp

20 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Silvered armor grants the wearer advantage on all saves against attacks that can cause lycanthrophy. Silver costs an additional 100gp, or 25% more than steel armor (whichever is larger).

Adamantine Chain Shirt

550 gp

540 gp

600 gp

20 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Any critical hit against a creature wearing adamantine armor is treated as a normal hit. Adamantine armor costs 500gp more than the price of steel armor.

Mithral Chain Shirt

850 gp

840 gp

900 gp

10 lb.

13 + Dex mod (max 2)

Mithral armor does not have any strength requirement, and does not impose disadvantage on stealth rolls. Mithrail costs 800gp more than steel armor.

Scale Mail

Cost: 50 gp

Cheap: 40 gp

Expensive: 100 gp

Weight: 45 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Strength

Stealth Disadv

This armor consists of a coat and leggings (and perhaps a separate skirt) of leather covered with overlapping pieces of metal, much like the scales of a fish. The suit includes gauntlets.

[AC: 14 + Dex modifier (max 2); Stealth: Disadvantage]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

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Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Scale Mail

25 gp

20 gp

50 gp

45 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Whenever a creature wearing armor made of copper sustains a critical hit, the armor loses 2 AC. When the armor loses more than 5 AC, the armor is destroyed. A blacksmith can repair 1 AC per hour, provided the smith has the proficiency, tools and a viable heat source. Copper typically costs half as much as steel armor.

Bronze Scale Mail

38 gp

30 gp

75 gp

45 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Whenever a creature wearing armor made of bronze sustains a critical hit, the armor loses 1 AC. When the armor loses more than 5 AC, the armor is destroyed. A blacksmith can repair 1 AC per hour, provided the smith has the proficiency, tools and a viable heat source. Bronze typically costs 75% of steel armor.

Iron Scale Mail

45 gp

36 gp

90 gp

45 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Any armor that is made from iron that has a strength requirement to wear, increases by 1. Iron armor costs 90% the price of steel armor.

Steel Scale Mail

50 gp

40 gp

100 gp

45 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Scale Mail

150 gp

140 gp

200 gp

45 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Silvered armor grants the wearer advantage on all saves against attacks that can cause lycanthrophy. Silver costs an additional 100gp, or 25% more than steel armor (whichever is larger).

Adamantine Scale Mail

550 gp

540 gp

600 gp

45 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Any critical hit against a creature wearing adamantine armor is treated as a normal hit. Adamantine armor costs 500gp more than the price of steel armor.

Mithral Scale Mail

850 gp

840 gp

900 gp

23 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Mithral armor does not have any strength requirement, and does not impose disadvantage on stealth rolls. Mithrail costs 800gp more than steel armor.

Breastplate

Cost: 400 gp

Cheap: 320 gp

Expensive: 800 gp

Weight: 20 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Strength

Stealth

This armor consists of a fitted metal chest piece worn with supple leather. Although it leaves the legs and arms relatively unprotected, this armor provides good protection for the wearer's vital organs while leaving the wearer relatively unencumbered.

[AC: 14 + Dex modifier (max 2)]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

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Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Breastplate

200 gp

160 gp

400 gp

20 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Whenever a creature wearing armor made of copper sustains a critical hit, the armor loses 2 AC. When the armor loses more than 5 AC, the armor is destroyed. A blacksmith can repair 1 AC per hour, provided the smith has the proficiency, tools and a viable heat source. Copper typically costs half as much as steel armor.

Bronze Breastplate

300 gp

240 gp

600 gp

20 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Whenever a creature wearing armor made of bronze sustains a critical hit, the armor loses 1 AC. When the armor loses more than 5 AC, the armor is destroyed. A blacksmith can repair 1 AC per hour, provided the smith has the proficiency, tools and a viable heat source. Bronze typically costs 75% of steel armor.

Iron Breastplate

360 gp

288 gp

720 gp

20 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Any armor that is made from iron that has a strength requirement to wear, increases by 1. Iron armor costs 90% the price of steel armor.

Steel Breastplate

400 gp

320 gp

800 gp

20 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Breastplate

500 gp

420 gp

1,000 gp

20 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Silvered armor grants the wearer advantage on all saves against attacks that can cause lycanthrophy. Silver costs an additional 100gp, or 25% more than steel armor (whichever is larger).

Adamantine Breastplate

900 gp

820 gp

1,300 gp

20 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Any critical hit against a creature wearing adamantine armor is treated as a normal hit. Adamantine armor costs 500gp more than the price of steel armor.

Mithral Breastplate

1,200 gp

1,120 gp

1,600 gp

10 lb.

14 + Dex mod (max 2)

Mithral armor does not have any strength requirement, and does not impose disadvantage on stealth rolls. Mithrail costs 800gp more than steel armor.

Half Plate

Cost: 750 gp

Cheap: 600 gp

Expensive: 1,500 gp

Weight: 40 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Strength

Stealth Disadv

Half plate consists of shaped metal plates that cover most of the wearer's body. It does not include leg protection beyond simple greaves that are attached with leather straps.

[AC: 15 + Dex modifier (max 2); Stealth: Disadvantage]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

(Norm)

Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Half Plate

375 gp

300 gp

750 gp

40 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Bronze Half Plate

563 gp

450 gp

1,125 gp

40 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Iron Half Plate

675 gp

540 gp

1,350 gp

40 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Steel Half Plate

750 gp

600 gp

1,500 gp

40 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Half Plate

938 gp

750 gp

1,875 gp

40 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Adamantine Half Plate

1,250 gp

1,100 gp

2,000 gp

40 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Disadv

Mithral Half Plate

1,550 gp

1,400 gp

2,300 gp

20 lb.

15 + Dex mod (max 2)

Heavy Armor

Ring Mail

Cost: 30 gp

Cheap: 24 gp

Expensive: 60 gp

Weight: 40 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 14

Strength

Stealth Disadv

This armor is leather armor with heavy rings sewn into it. The rings help reinforce the armor against blows from swords and axes. Ring mail is inferior to chain mail, and it's usually worn only by those who can't afford better armor.

[AC: 14; Stealth: Disadvantage]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

(Norm)

Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Ring Mail

15 gp

12 gp

30 gp

40 lb.

14

Disadv

Bronze Ring Mail

23 gp

18 gp

45 gp

40 lb.

14

Disadv

Iron Ring Mail

27 gp

22 gp

54 gp

40 lb.

14

Disadv

Steel Ring Mail

30 gp

24 gp

60 gp

40 lb.

14

Disadv

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Ring Mail

130 gp

124 gp

160 gp

40 lb.

14

Disadv

Adamantine Ring Mail

530 gp

524 gp

560 gp

40 lb.

14

Disadv

Mithral Ring Mail

830 gp

824 gp

860 gp

20 lb.

14

Chain Mail

Cost: 75 gp

Cheap: 60 gp

Expensive: 150 gp

Weight: 55 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 16

Strength 13

Stealth Disadv

Made of interlocking metal rings, chain mail includes a layer of quilted fabric worn underneath the mail to prevent chafing and to cushion the impact of blows. The suit includes gauntlets.

[AC: 16; Strength 13; Stealth: Disadvantage]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

(Norm)

Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Chain Mail

38 gp

30 gp

75 gp

55 lb.

16

13

Disadv

Bronze Chain Mail

56 gp

45 gp

113 gp

55 lb.

16

13

Disadv

Iron Chain Mail

68 gp

54 gp

135 gp

55 lb.

16

14

Disadv

Steel Chain Mail

75 gp

60 gp

150 gp

55 lb.

16

13

Disadv

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Chain Mail

175 gp

160 gp

250 gp

55 lb.

16

13

Disadv

Adamantine Chain Mail

575 gp

560 gp

650 gp

55 lb.

16

13

Disadv

Mithral Chain Mail

875 gp

860 gp

950 gp

28 lb.

16

Splint

Cost: 200 gp

Cheap: 160 gp

Expensive: 400 gp

Weight: 60 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 17

Strength 15

Stealth Disadv

This armor is made of narrow vertical strips of metal riveted to a backing of leather that is worn over cloth padding. Flexible chain mail protects the joints.

[AC: 17; Strength 15; Stealth: Disadvantage]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

(Norm)

Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Splint

100 gp

80 gp

200 gp

60 lb.

17

15

Disadv

Bronze Splint

150 gp

120 gp

300 gp

60 lb.

17

15

Disadv

Iron Splint

180 gp

144 gp

360 gp

60 lb.

17

16

Disadv

Steel Splint

200 gp

160 gp

400 gp

60 lb.

17

15

Disadv

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Splint

300 gp

260 gp

500 gp

60 lb.

17

15

Disadv

Adamantine Splint

700 gp

660 gp

900 gp

60 lb.

17

15

Disadv

Mithral Splint

1,000 gp

960 gp

1,200 gp

30 lb.

17

Plate

Cost: 1,500 gp

Cheap: 1,200 gp

Expensive: 3,000 gp

Weight: 65 lb.

Armor Class (AC): 18

Strength 15

Stealth Disadv

Plate consists of shaped, interlocking metal plates to cover the entire body. A suit of plate includes gauntlets, heavy leather boots, a visored helmet, and thick layers of padding underneath the armor. Buckles and straps distribute the weight over the body.

[AC: 18; Strength 15; Stealth: Disadvantage]

Optional Metal Types

Cost

(Norm)

Cost

(Low)

Cost

(High)

WeightWt

Armor ClassAC

Str

Stealth

Copper Plate

750 gp

600 gp

1,500 gp

65 lb.

18

15

Disadv

Bronze Plate

1,125 gp

900 gp

2,250 gp

65 lb.

18

15

Disadv

Iron Plate

1,350 gp

1,080 gp

2,700 gp

65 lb.

18

16

Disadv

Steel Plate

1,500 gp

1,200 gp

3,000 gp

65 lb.

18

15

Disadv

Steel is the defauft metal to make armor.

Silver Plate

1,875 gp

1,500 gp

3,750 gp

65 lb.

18

15

Disadv

Adamantine Plate

2,000 gp

1,700 gp

3,500 gp

65 lb.

18

15

Disadv

Mithral Plate

2,300 gp

2,000 gp

3,800 gp

33 lb.

18

Shield

Shield

Cost: 10 gp

Cheap: 8 gp

Expensive: 20 gp

Weight: 6 lb.

Armor Class (AC): +2

Strength

Stealth

A shield is made from wood or metal and is carried in one hand. Wielding a shield increases your Armor Class by 2. You can benefit from only one shield at a time.

[AC: +2]