Lightly Armored Feat 5e: When is this Worth Taking?

Last Updated on November 13, 2023

Lightly Armored

You have trained to master the use of light armor, gaining the following benefits.

  • Increase your Strength or Dexterity score by 1 to a maximum of 20.
  • You gain proficiency with light armor. 

Source: Player’s Handbook

(For a list of all the Feats in D&D 5e you can refer to our Feats List)

What Is the Lightly Armored Feat?

The Lightly Armored feat grants you an additional +1 to your strength or dexterity score, up to a max of 20, of course. It also grants you proficiency in light armor, allowing classes that don’t have proficiency in it to gain proficiency and ignore any 

Is It Good or Bad?

I won’t lie, there are other options. With the way 5e is currently, multiclassing provides far more benefits – granting proficiencies, new class abilities, and in some cases spells.

All of which can put this feat to shame.

I stated above that if you’re not a fan of multiclassing and looking for some proficiency in light armor in order to wear that fancy armor of fire resistance that you’ve just acquired, then pick this feat and put that new armor on before one of your party members does.

The stat increase isn’t anything to write home about, but it’ll provide some benefit no matter which class you’re playing. 

It’s niche – arguably only 1, maybe 2 classes really get use out of it – but it’s not useless, and the fact it CAN be useful coupled with the completeness of having a feat for all three kinds of armor is probably worthwhile.

In the end, it’s ultimately up to you. Some players enjoy having a page full of feats, so this could be just another one to add to your collection if that sounds like you.

For others, you may think that this feat is entirely useless, and it’s true that it doesn’t rank high on the feat-tier list, but I personally don’t think it’s a bottom-tier feat.

There are classes that it can work for, but at the end of day it’s up to you! 

If you’re looking for other Feats, try these two:

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