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Specific Armors and Shields

The following section includes armors and shields with unusual powers and magical abilities. Magic armors can have either abilities that need to be activated to function or powers that work passively and constantly.

Specific Armors and Shields
Lesser Medium ArmorPrice
Clawhand shield8,158 gp
Stalking armor8,575 gp
Greater Medium ArmorPrice
Tireless tracking hide11,165 gp
Lesser Major ArmorPrice
Hero's hauberk16,600 gp
Greater Major ArmorPrice
Full plate of the corpse35,650 gp

Clawhand Shield

Price 8,158 gp; Slotshield; CL 9th; Weight 8 lbs.; Aura moderate necromancy

This shield is made of bone and ivory, but has been imbued with magic to function as a +2 mithral heavy steel shield (though it is not considered to be made of metal). The shield has stylized animal claws encircling its outer rim. If the wearer is grappled, pinned, or swallowed whole, as a standard action he can cause the claws to animate and make a single melee attack dealing 1d8 points of damage + the wielder's Strength modifier (1d6 + his Strength modifier for a Small wielder) without requiring a successful combat maneuver check to do so. This is considered a weapon attack with a one-handed weapon the wielder is proficient with, not a shield bash.

Additionally, the claws can animate to perform the somatic components of a spell as long as the arm holding the shield would be able to provide these components if it weren't carrying a shield. As a result, the shield has no arcane spell failure chance.

Construction Requirements

Cost 4,158 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, summon nature's ally I

Full Plate of the Corpse

Price 35,650 gp; Slotarmor; CL 5th; Weight 50 lbs.; Aura faint abjuration

This suit of +2 full plate has been etched and stained in such a way that it resembles the form and shape of a decomposed body that is encased in a suit of armor. The wearer is effectively hidden from non-intelligent undead, which can't see, hear, or smell him; even extraordinary or supernatural senses capabilities can't penetrate the magical shroud. An intelligent undead creature can attempt a single Will saving throw (DC 14) to penetrate the ward. All affected undead behave as if the wearer simply isn't there.

Construction Requirements

Cost 18,650 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, hide from undead

Hero's Hauberk

Price 16,600 gp; Slotarmor; CL 13th; Weight 25 lbs.; Aura strong abjuration

The damage reduction of this dull gray +1 adamantine chain shirt stacks with any other damage reduction the wearer possesses. For example, a wearer with DR 5/magic would reduce damage from nonmagical attacks by 6, and magical attacks by 1. While the wearer rages or maintains a raging song, the armor emits a low droning sound and grants the benefits of light fortification.

While the wearer maintains a bardic performance, the armor's links jangle in harmony with his song or movements, aiding his focus. The wearer receives a +1 luck bonus on all ability checks and skill checks he attempts during such a performance. In addition, any penalties applied to his attack rolls, ability checks, skill checks, and saving throws are reduced by 1. If a die roll has multiple penalties, the total of the penalties is reduced by 1, not each individual penalty.

Construction Requirements

Cost 11,850 GP

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, limited wish or miracle, creator must have the raging song class feature

Stalking Armor

Price 8,575 gp; Slotarmor; CL 6th; Weight 20 lbs.; Aura moderate transmutation

This +2 studded leather armor comes in a number of varieties, each corresponding to a specific type of terrain from the ranger's favored terrain list. The armor takes on visual characteristics related to that type of terrain (cold stalking armor might be gray and white with a white fur trim, jungle stalking armor could be lush green with vine patterns, and so on) and makes the wearer blend in more naturally with his surroundings. The stalking armor grants the wearer a +5 competence bonus on Stealth and Perception checks attempted while in that specific terrain.

Construction Requirements

Cost 4,375 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chameleon stride, perceive cues

Tireless Tracking Hide

Price 11,165 gp; Slotarmor; CL 5th; Weight 25 lbs.; Aura faint transmutation

This +1 hide armor is always made from the pelt of a migratory herd animal. Anyone wearing this armor can maintain a hustle for a full 8 hours without growing fatigued, doubling her normal daily overland movement rate. After that, the wearer begins to take nonlethal damage each hour, per the hustle rules (Core Rulebook 171). This armor does not increase tactical movement during combat. The benefits of this armor aren't replenished until the character has had a full night's rest.

Construction Requirements

Cost 5,665 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bear's endurance