ARMOUR AND SHIELDS - Aetolia Online Help

13.5 ARMOUR AND SHIELDS

How do I use armor?
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Armor is the most basic defensive purchase that can be made. After being obtained and WORN, it protects the wearer from physical attacks (blunt and cutting damage), though this may also affect one's ability to move in combat with the same ease. While there are many types of armor available for purchase, the ability to wear one is restricted by your current class.

Shields are similar to armor, gifting constant protection after it is WIELDed.

Each suit of armor and each shield have been judged to possess particular statitics to determine their ability to reduce damage. To determine this, one must possess the weaponprobe ability in weaponry, and then WEAPONPROBE (armor) - or ask another to do this for you - to determine the level of cutting and blunt protection. It is important to state that there can be a great deal of variation in stats even across the same type of armor, which is often associated with the cost of the item.


What armor can I use?
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Armor comes in any of seven varying types, with differing amounts of protection. The armors listed here are always in order of least to most protective.

Even if your class has access to powerful armor, it can sometimes be worthwhile to wear lighter suits, as they will confer a higher chance to dodge, while lowering the chance to divert attacks. See HELP AVOIDANCE for an explanation of how this works.

The armor types you will encounter in Aetolia are as follows:

  Leather
  - leather armour, rawhide armour, lamellar armour, cuirbouilli, harnesses,
    padded armour, aketons

  Ring
  - ringmail, ring armour, disc armour, jazerant

  Scale
  - scalemail, scale armour, hauberks, haubergeons, laminar armour

  Chain
  - chainmail, chain armour, byrnie

  Splint
  - splintmail, splint armour, cuirasses

  Field
  - fieldplate, platemail, brigandines, breastplates

  Full
  - fullplate, plate armour, breastplates

The following chart depicts what armor types can be worn by which classes:

             |  Leather   Ring   Scale   Chain  Splint   Field   Full
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Templar      |     X       X       X       X       X       X      X
Carnifex     |     X       X       X       X       X       X      X
Luminary     |     X       X       X       X       X
Priest       |     X       X       X       X       X
Sentinel     |     X       X       X       X
Indorani     |     X       X       X
Syssin       |     X       X       X
Praenomen    |     X       X       X
Cabalist     |     X       X       X
Teradrim     |     X       X       X
Shaman       |     X       X
Monk         |     X
Zealot       |     X
Shapeshifter |   -----
Ascendril    |   -----
Sciomancer   |   -----
Bloodborn    |   -----


What type of shield can I use?
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Currently, any class can wield any shield without restriction. However, many classes require the freed use of the hand that may be needed to wield the shield. For instance, the Monk class cannot wield shields, as it prevents them from being able to attack. To find out for certain if a shield would be a worthwhile investment, it is a good idea to talk to your guild or house before making your purchase.

See also: HELP AVOIDANCE