Lightly Armored 5e
Published on October 13, 2022
Are you a light-footed skulker or a subtle spellcaster? If so, you might want to stick to armor on the lighter side of things.
Eric Deschamps - Wizards of the Coast - Murasa Ranger
What Is Lightly Armored 5e?
While shiny, clunky metal armor and sleek, tight-fitting leather medium armor is the common trope for fantasy settings, there is still a third option. Flowy, breezy light armor allows players to have zero penalties for their sneaking. They’re quick to don/doff and cheap to boot.
Most classes already have access to light armor, but some still need to find a way.
Enter: Lightly Armored.
How Does Lightly Armored Work?
Once you’ve snagged this feat, you get two key benefits:
- You can increase your STR or DEX by 1 to a max of 20.
- You are now proficient with light armor.
It seems pretty simple, right? Let’s dig a little deeper.
Is Lightly Armored Good?
We gave Lightly Armored a C Tier rating In our 5e Feats Tier List, making it a below-average feat in D&D 5e.
This half-feat can be useful for casters who want to save spell slots instead of casting Mage Armor each day. That said, caster classes don’t get a lot of ASIs, so taking this feat comes at quite the opportunity cost.
Lightly Armored 5e Interactions
The feat is pretty self-explanatory, but we’re going to dive a little deeper than our typical feat guides for this.
Only three classes don’t start with proficiency with armor: monks, wizards, and sorcerers. Monks have a class ability to add to their AC, while the other two have access to mage armor, which is equivalent to the best light armor you can buy. Also, Draconic Bloodline sorcerers get additional AC too.
This basically leaves wizards as the only class who might take it, resulting in a pretty underwhelming feat. However, wizards can choose to play as a hobgoblin or a githyanki and pick up light armor proficiency without spending a feat for it.
Light armor might not be that great in most cases, but it still warrants a need so players can progress from no armor to heavy armor. However, this is a massive step away from making an optimal character, so most players are going to skip it.
How do you feel about this feat? Are you a big fan of light armor, and don’t care for mage armor? Let us know in the comments below!