In general, you should find better things to do with a spell slot than wasting it on Barkskinning someone who’s already got a decent armor class. You now have the extra option of: If your AC was less than 16 before you cast barkskin, so it is currently 16, and then something changes to improve your AC further, then you calculate your AC with the new item ignoring barkskin. You cannot equip two of the same item you can have a ring and cloak of protection, but not two rings. Because instead of treating AC as the total sum of a character’s skills, abilities and equipment Barkskin treats AC as a condition.

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If your AC was higher or equal to 16 before casting barkskin, but then something happens which causes your AC to go below 16 while the spell is still active, your AC is This is comparable to the Priest spell, Power Word: Chryckan Chryckan 2, 4 19 Because since the spell description doesn’t mention modifiers, dex bonus or otherwise, a literal interpretation is that once you cast the spell your AC is 16 regardless of modifiers.

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Which has me asking if this is the way Barkskin really is meant to work? The same is true for any feat, such as dual wielder or defensive duelist, or other effect, such as evasive footwork, that in some way modifies your AC.


Taking a feat or class feature which increases your AC fighting style, dual wielding, etc This page was last edited on 9 Aprilat Standard equipping rules apply: About Hearthstone Wiki Disclaimers Mobile view. It says your AC cant be less than 16, means it can be higher. The AC is currently Yes, there are potential edge-cases, like someone whose armor class is already close to 16, who picks up a shield later, or gets some other effect that increases their armor class.

But that’s not the weird thing because that’s probably the wrong interpretation of how Barkskin works.

Unless of course you manage to get a better AC which in all honestly is kind of hard not to do. In general, you should find better things to do with a spell slot than wasting it on Barkskinning someone who’s already got a decent armor class.

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If you look at the D20 version of Barkskin: So regardless if you run around in leather armor or buck naked you have an AC of This is an easy way bakskin activate Lesser Jasper Spellstone. Dec 2 ’17 at 7: Keep in mind, it’s an concentration spell.

Kobolds and Catacombs Type: The effect lasts 12 seconds, is usable in all shapeshift forms, and can be used even while affected bxrkskin most forms of crowd control. Since AC is an abstract concept which involves your many different ways of defending yourself, that which protects you best is the defining characteristic of your AC.


Use the Barkskin and your AC is 16, no more or less regardless how skilled, agile or equipped your character is. If the buck naked maxed out dex character picks up a shield its AC suddenly is 17 which invalidates barkskin. They might come from: How does barkskin work? Now unlike the Mage Armor spell the Barkskin’s spell description doesn’t mention any dex bonus so a strict interpretation of the rules as they are written would say no.

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But that’s because it’s not supposed to be cast on a high DEX character. Now from the text you would be inclined to think it refers to armor AC since that’s the only reference that’s included in the text.

Say they have a dex of 16 and have bark skin. Which in all honestly is a kind of cool flavor effect, though I doubt it was intentional.

Would you like to answer one barksiin these barkkskin questions instead? And all because the wording of the spelldescription is so vauge.