[RPG] Can you wear a Mithral Chain over Snakeskin Tunic and have their effect stack


Can you wear a Mithral Chain over Snakeskin Tunic and have their effect stack?

Snakeskin Tunic: A snakeskin tunic is a tight, form-fitting shirt crafted from the scales of a giant snake. When worn, it grants a +1 armor bonus to AC, a +2 enhancement bonus to Dexterity, and a +2 resistance bonus on saving throws against poison.

Mithral Shirt: This extremely light chain shirt is made of very fine mithral links. The armor has an arcane spell failure chance of 10%, a maximum Dexterity bonus of +6, and no armor check penalty. It is considered light armor.

Best Answer

Armor bonus no, other effects yes.

Armor bonuses to AC do not stack.

As listed in the glossary of common terms:


An armor bonus applies to armor class and is granted by armor or by a spell or magical effect that mimics armor. Armor bonuses stack with all other bonuses to armor class (even with natural armor bonuses) except other armor bonuses.

And as listed in equipment:

Armor/Shield Bonus

Each type of armor grants an armor bonus to AC, while shields grant a shield bonus to AC. The armor bonus from a suit of armor doesn't stack with other effects or items that grant an armor bonus. Similarly, the shield bonus from a shield doesn't stack with other effects that grant a shield bonus.

As for the other bonuses and effects of the two items, as they are items in different slots (armor slot and chest slot, respectively) with different bonuses they should stack just fine, since, unlike Bracers of Armor, Snakeskin Tunic does not have a clause that turns off its other abilities when another armor bonus takes precedence.

Magic Items Slots

Many magic items need to be donned by a character who wants to employ them or benefit from their abilities. It’s possible for a creature with a humanoid-shaped body to wear as many as 15 magic items at the same time. However, each of those items must be worn on (or over) a particular part of the body, known as a “slot.”

A humanoid-shaped body can be decked out in magic gear consisting of one item from each of the following groups, keyed to which slot on the body the item is worn.


Of course, a character may carry or possess as many items of the same type as he wishes. However, additional items beyond those in the slots listed above have no effect.