Steampunk Armor for D&D 5th Edition

Last week on the Campaign Trail I looked Steampunk Weapons for D&D 5th Edition. Both my homebrew setting and a little something else I’ve been working contain steampunk inspired tech. This week I look at Steampunk Armor for D&D 5th Edition. You can provide this list to your players to give them some steampunk armor options to don in your fantasy world or for a full Steampunk themed campaign.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a genre of speculative fiction, usually set in an alternate/anachronistic Victorian setting. Steampunk adventures almost always have elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Steampunk Armor List

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Steampunk characters are often built for speed or they can go the opposite by jumping into heavy mech suits. The following armor options might fit well into your steampunk themed adventure or world. As the renaissance came to an end, so did the popularity of wearing body armor, due to improving gun technology. By the beginning of the Victorian Era, few even wore breastplates, other than combat engineers, heavy cavalry or officers in ceremonial garb. The gorget, an ornamental metal vestige of armor worn by officers saw its popularity wane and in most cases disappear by the early Victorian era.

Name Cost Armor Class (AC) Str Stealth Weight
Light Armor
Combat robe 250 gp 11 + Dex modifier (max 2) 10 lb.
Uniform 20 gp 11 + Dex modifier 8 lb.
Leather 10 gp 11 + Dex modifier 10 lb.
Assassin outfit 50 gp 10 + Dex modifier Advantage 2 lb.
Studded leather 45 gp 12 + Dex modifier 13 lb.
Masterwork coat 50 gp 12 + Dex Modifier 11 lb.
Medium Armor
Hide 10 gp 12 + Dex modifier (max 2) 12 lb.
Chain shirt 50 gp 13 + Dex modifier (max 2) 20 lb.
Breastplate 400 gp 14 + Dex Modifier (max 2) 20 lb.
Scrap plate 50 gp 15 + Dex Modifier (max 2) Disadvantage 40 lb.
Heavy Armor
Chain mail 75 gp 16 Str 13 Disadvantage 55 lb.
Gearplate 1,250 gp 18 Str 15 Disadvantage 60 lb.
Mech 2,000 gp 18 Str 13 Disadvantage 50 lb.
Buckler 5 gp +1 4 lb.
Shield 10 gp +2 6 lb.
Parasol Shield 15 gp +1 4 lb.

Assassin Outfit: This outfit has the same armor class as clothing, but it is so well suited to hiding in the shadows that it provides advantage on stealth checks. It also has many small compartments for objects such as poison vials and daggers.

Combat Robe: This robe has the same armor class as clothing. It is favored by arcane arts users who find themselves mixed up in combat. The robe provides some added protection to the wearer with padding and leather in wearer’s most vulnerable spots. Wearing this armor requires no proficiency with Light Armor.

Buckler: Small metal shield held in a fist grip. This shield is not strapped onto the arm, so it can be donned or doffed in tandem with your movement and action.

Gearplate: Traditional plate armor crafted to be lighter with reinforced gear-aided joints to provide easier movement and more protection.

Masterwork Coat: A reinforced full length leather coat.

Mech: Heavy, full plate armor with reinforced joints that uses steamtech to carry most of its weight. Armor weights 125 lbs when it is powered down. The time to don and doff this armor is the same as Medium Armor.

Parasol Shield: This light, metal shield can be collapsed into a parasol when not being used.

Scrap Plate: Armor crafted from scrap parts and antique armor.

Uniform: Military uniform made of tough cloth, cotton and other fibres. Identifies the wearer as a combatant of a specific military force.


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A special thanks to D&D Wiki’s Armor page for the Combat Robe and Assassin Outfit ideas.

Please let me know in the comments below what you think of this steampunk armor list.



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Shawn Ellsworth

Shawn is an author and co-founder of He first got into tabletop RPGs through ninjas and then by playing a Kender in Dragonlance. Years later, he can be found running games in the Nentir Vale and his own Seas of Vodari campaign setting.