Armour class

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When something injures you, your armour class (often abbreviated to AC) reduces the amount of damage you suffer. The higher the value, the better.

The most common way to improve your AC is by wearing armour. Wearing heavier body armour provides more AC, but comes at the cost of encumbrance - reducing EV, spell success rates, and stealth. Other types of armour, like helmets and boots, provide AC with no penalty.

Useful Info

AC reduces the damage of attacks by an absolute value between 0 and your current AC value. An AC of 10 will reduce damage by a random number between 0 and 10. This applies to damage that would traditionally ignore armour in other games, such as spell magic.

BEAM_ELEC damage (such as from Shock or Lightning Bolt) ignores half of the target's AC. BEAM_FRAG damage (such as from Sandblast or a tin of tremorstones) is affected three times as much by AC.

For details on how AC is calculated, see AC calculations.

Guaranteed Damage Reduction

Main Article: GDR

When taking physical damage from a melee attack, guaranteed damage reduction will improve AC rolls. GDR% is equal to 16*(AC)^1/4. If GDR is applied, the minimum possible AC roll will equal (damage*GDR%) or (AC/2), whichever is lower. GDR only applies to melee, ranged weapon, and throwing attacks. Only the player benefits from GDR.

List of Damage that ignores AC