Medium Armor Master 5e
Published on August 14, 2023
Do you want to move stealthily in what’s essentially full plate armor? Check out the Medium Armor Master feat!
Francisco Miyara - Wizards of the Coast - Elturgard Ranger
What Is Medium Armor Master 5e?
Medium Armor Master is a feat for those who wish to gain the utmost benefit from wearing medium armor. With this feat, not only can you increase your Armor Class (AC) without being bogged down, but you can also move stealthily without disadvantage. This feat is perfect for those who want the protection of armor without sacrificing their agility or stealth capabilities.
How Does Medium Armor Master Work?
This feat provides the following benefits:
- When wearing medium armor that normally imposes disadvantage on your Dexterity (Stealth) checks, you can ignore this penalty.
- You can add 3, rather than 2, to your AC if you have a Dexterity modifier of at least +3 (Dexterity 16 or higher).
Let’s delve deeper into these benefits:
Some medium armors (scale mail and half plate) impose a disadvantage on stealth checks. With this feat, you can move quietly and remain hidden even in half plate. Seeing as the breastplate is medium armor, provides the same AC as scale mail, and doesn’t provide disadvantage on Stealth checks, this is really only applicable when:
- You don’t have enough money to afford a breastplate (400 gp) over scale mail (50 gp)
- You want to wear half plate (15 + Dexterity modifier (max 2)) to boost your AC by 1
This ability also allows characters with high Dexterity to benefit more from wearing medium armor. Instead of the usual +2 Dexterity bonus to AC, you can now add up to +3. This is a decent bonus, as AC increases in D&D 5e are hard to come by.
So, in a perfect circumstance, this feat can net you +2 AC, as long as you don’t want to wear heavy armor and are stacked into Dexterity. Is this worth it? Let’s explore.
Is Medium Armor Master Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Medium Armor Master was given a B Tier rating, making it a niche feat that can improve some builds in D&D 5e.
This isn’t a terrible feat, it is just limited by which classes actually want to use it. Because you have to have proficiency with medium armor, this limits the pool of eligible classes. Additionally, most of the classes that have medium armor proficiency would rather use heavy armor (fighters, clerics, and paladins). Then, you have the classes that have medium armor proficiencies but are unsure if they can use it (barbarians, druids). The more you look at it, the more you realize that this feat will only be picked up a few specific builds.