[RPG] When clerics wear armor, do they suffer from arcane spell failure


I have always seen clerics wearing armor, and I have never seen them suffer from arcane spell failure. Yet when I check the rules I cant seem to find anything which allows them to not suffer these penalties. Have I somehow overlooked this or does the class granting armor proficiency grant it the ability to wear that armor and not suffer from ASF? It is just the fact that its arcane spell failure and not spell failure?

Best Answer

From the rules for arcane spell failure chance:

Armor interferes with the gestures that a spellcaster must make to cast an arcane spell that has a somatic component. Arcane spellcasters face the possibility of arcane spell failure if they’re wearing armor. Bards can wear light armor and use shields without incurring any arcane spell failure chance for their bard spells.

(emphases mine)

Arcane spell failure applies only to arcane spells (and then, only to arcane spells with somatic components, and even then bard spells are excepted if the armor is light).

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