Moderately Armored 5e

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

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Easily the best armor proficiency feat. This allows light armor wearers to pump their AC by at least 4 (breastplate + shield) or even 5, if you are okay with disadvantaged Stealth checks (half plate + shield).

Coupled with the fact that it’s a half-feat so you can still pump DEX by 1, Moderately Armored is a tempting feat for any class without better AC options.

Bard: Being able to pick up medium armor and a shield can pump your AC by +4 and up to +5 if you take disadvantage on stealth checks. Only take this if you don’t get these proficiencies through your subclass.

Rogue: Being able to pick up medium armor and a shield can pump your AC by +4. Rogues will never use half plate or scale mail as it impedes too much with their sneaking abilities.

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