Heavily Armored 5e

Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on April 4th, 2022

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Heavy armor is one of the more sought after proficiencies due to the non-scaling AC of 5e. That said, it comes with a fair amount of downsides in that you have to devote a lot of resources to STR, and you get disadvantage on Stealth checks.

If your character build values AC over ASI for their primary stats, this is a reasonable pick up.

Which 5e Classes Make the Most of Heavily Armored?

The color code below has been implemented to help you identify, at a glance, how good the Heavily Armored 5e feat is for a specific class/subclass.

  • Red isn’t going to contribute to the effectiveness of your character build at all
  • Orange is an OK option
  • Green is a good option
  • Blue is a great option, you should strongly consider this option for your character
  • Sky Blue is an amazing option. If you do not take this option your character would not be optimized

Ranger: Decent option to boost your AC if you find some mithril plate lying around. You definitely don’t want to sacrifice your stealth for this though.

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