Armor Check Penalty: Any armor heavier than leather hurts a characterâ€™s ability to use some skills. The penalty applies to hide, move silently, parry, pick pocket, set trap, and tumble. A character's encumbrance (the amount of gear carried, including armor) may also apply an armor check penalty.
If a character is wearing armor and using a shield, both armor check penalties apply.
|Type of Armor or Shield||Base AC||Armor Check
|Studded leather armor, Hide armor||3||-1||+4|
|Chain shirt, Scale mail||4||-2||+4|
|Splint mail, Banded mail||6||-7||+2|