Armor Optimization

This proficiency allows a character to use his armor to best advantage against a particular opponent (much like the gladiator special ability). A successful proficiency check in the first round of any combat situation gives a -1 bonus to the character’s Armor Class until that combat comes to an end.

A situation is a series of rounds in which a particular character engages in one bout of combat. Once the character allows two full rounds to pass without engaging in combat, the situation ends.

A character must be wearing some type of armor or employing a shield in order to use the armor optimization proficiency. The bonus granted by the successful use of the armor optimization proficiency adds to the Armor Class provided by the armor or shield. The bonus for the proficiency also adds to that gained by a gladiator character’s special ability.

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