[RPG] Can scale mail be modified to remove disadvantage on Stealth checks


One of my players in D&D 5e asked the Blacksmith if he could create some kind of small cushion to muffle the armor and not get disadvantage on stealth anymore. Is this possible? If so, how much does it cost?

Best Answer

There is such a thing, but it's not because of cushioning. It's called Mithral armor.

Mithral is a light, flexible metal. A mithral chain shirt or breastplate can be worn under normal clothes. If the armor normally imposes disadvantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks or has a Strength requirement, the mithral version of the armor doesn't.

It can be found in the DMG under Magic Item Table B. As for the cost, that's entirely up to the DM but I would not make it cheap. Removing that disadvantage is a game changer for some.

For some examples on pricing:

  • In the DMG, an Uncommon magic item runs between 101-500 gp.
  • However in Xanathar's, under "Example Downtime Activities / Buying a Magic Item" it's a bit pricier:
    • Finding the item to purchase requires at least one workweek of effort and 100 gp in expenses as a start.
    • Then the actual item, for being Uncommon rarity is (1d6 × 100) gp, so up to an additional 600 gp.