Heavy Armor Master 5e
Published on August 14, 2023
Steel yourself against your enemies’ attacks and stand tall in the heat of battle with the Heavy Armor Master feat!
Chris Rallis - Wizards of the Coast - Throne Warden
What Is Heavy Armor Master 5e?
Heavy Armor Master is a feat for those who wish to become nigh invulnerable in the thick of combat. With this feat, not only do you get a boost to your Strength, but you also gain the ability to shrug off some of the damage from nonmagical weapons. When you’re clad in heavy armor, the blows of swords and axes feel less deadly, allowing you to remain standing while others might fall.
How Does Heavy Armor Master Work?
This feat provides a few key benefits:
- Increase your Strength score by 1, up to a maximum of 20.
- While you are wearing heavy armor, nonmagical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage that you take from weapons is reduced by 3.
Breaking it down, the Strength increase is always beneficial, especially for frontline fighters who rely on Strength for their attacks. The damage reduction, on the other hand, is where this feat truly shines. Over the course of a battle, reducing each hit by 3 can amount to a significant chunk of damage negated, allowing you to stay in the fight longer.
Is Heavy Armor Master Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Heavy Armor Master was given an A Tier rating, making it an excellent pickup for specific classes.
Getting a +1 to STR and reducing non-magical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage by 3 points is highly effective for tanks, especially at lower levels. It’s important to note that negating damage is always more efficient than expending healing resources.
Heavy Armor Master 5e Interactions
Heavy Armor Master and Falling
Seeing as Heavy Armor Master only reduces damage from weapons, don’t expect to take 3 damage off any of your falls, no matter how intentional they are.