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Armor Check Penalty: Any armor heavier than leather hurts a character’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 ShieldBase ACArmor Check
Penalty
Max Dex
None, Clothing0None-
Padded armor1None+8
Leather armor2None+6
Studded leather armor, Hide armor3-1+4
Chain shirt, Scale mail4-2+4
Chainmail, Breastplate5-5+2
Splint mail, Banded mail6-7+2
Half plate7-7+1
Full plate8-8+1
Small shield1-1-
Large shield2-2-
Tower shield3-10-
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