Hello fighters! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for taking a look at the second episode of our fighting style series. Today we’re going to be going over d&d 5e defense fighting style which kind of falls more so in line with my own personal play style.
I don’t usually play fighters i can’t say i’ve ever played a full campaign as a fighter. I’ve played a couple one shots here and there but for the most part i stick strictly to spell casters or pseudo spell casters. That being said however i don’t like being hit so i’m almost always routinely either a coward or i buff my character to a lunacres level of AC so that i don’t have to take damage.
This is likely the fighting style you’re gonna go with if you fall in line with those personality traits. In any case let’s dive right into the description of defense. The description reads as followed.
While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to AC.
This is really nice simply because flat bonuses especially in relation to AC are always super sweet as you can’t stack anything except for them really. Anytime you deal with an equation such as unarmored defense. You’re right into the problem of you being able to pick only one equation or another, you can’t stack two on top of each other.
As a result flat bonus are really nice. There are a couple ways to gain flat bonuses to AC. The carapace of the cimic hybrid is one, this fighting style is another. In addition there being a couple spells usually a focused in and around the cleric. Outside of that there’s a shield spell which uses reactions.
In any case there’s a handful ways to do it and they’re almost always really nice. This is especially true as you reach the higher echelon of AC, really anything over 20 where nothing can really hit you especially at those early levels of play and as you carry on your AC is only like to get higher. This is primarily done using magical equipment. Let’s move on to my personal thoughts.
Now there’s a little bit of discussion or at least there was at one point over the defense fighting style and how it pertains to shields. This has been long since kind of ended as a conversation but essentially the vast vast majority of people are of the school of thought self included.
That shields do not count as armor for the sake of this fighting style. It sounds fairly obvious but there’s a point in time where this was kind of contested to some extent or another and it’s relatively easy to get that impression as a couple charts classify shields as armor.
However for the sake of this fighting style they do not count at least according to most DM’s. Your dungeon master might have done another view on this but i’m of the school of thought that they don’t count towards it. Outside of that if you’re creating a tanky character who just doesn’t like to get hit in general.
This is probably your best fighting style to be able to achieve such a goal. There are a couple other fighting styles that are aimed at damage reduction, that’s especially true as it relates to tasha’s cauldron of everything. However if you’re just looking a raw AC boost this is the best option for you.
In any case let me know what you think of defense down beneath in the comments section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments, concerns or build ideas regarding it. As always i hope you all have a great day and of course happy adventuring.