Studded Leather Armor is lightweight body armor which offer better protection against attacks than leather armor. It achieves this with a basic armor class of 7, but it provides extra armor class bonus of -2 against slashing attacks and -1 against piercing and missile attacks, while leather has only penalties of +2 to missile and piercing attacks.

Studded leather 10 lbs heavier in weight and more expensive. For rangers and multi-class or dual-class cleric/fighter thieves, it's the most protective armor which can be worn while still being able to use hide in shadows and thieving skills. This appears in Icewind Dale.

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Studded leather armor has little in common with normal leather armor. While leather armor is a hardened shell, studded leather armor is soft and supple with hundreds of metal rivets affixed. The rivets are so close together that they form a flexible coating of hard metal that turns aside slashing and cutting attacks. The soft leather backing is little more than a means of securing the rivets in place.

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