Magic armor is a common but vital item. In general, it protects the wearer to a greater extent than nonmagical armor. Magic armor bonuses are enhancement bonuses and stact with regular armor bonuses (and with shield and magic shield enhancement bonuses). All magic armor is also masterwork armor, reducing armor check penalties by 1.
In addition to an enhancement bonus, armor may have special abilities. Special abilities usually count as additional bonuses for determining the market value of an item, but do not improve AC. A suit of armor with a special ability must have at least a +1 enhancement bonus.
Armor is always created so that even if the type of armor comes with boots or gauntlets, these pieces can be switched for other magic boots or gauntlets.
The following specific suits of armor usually are preconstructed with exactly the qualities described here.
Armor of the Shadow Lord: This +12 ghost touch spiked full plate armor of heavy fortification appears to have been forged from the very shadows themselves. The armor grants the wearer a +30 competence bonus to Escape Artist, Hide, Intimidate, and Move Silently checks. Along with this, the wearer receives a +4 bonus to his Leadership score and may become ethereal upon command, as the ethereal jaunt spell, for as long as he desires. The wearer's speed while wearing the armor of the shadow lord is 20 feet. The armor has an arcane spell failure chance of 25%, a maximum Dexterity bonus of +3, and an armor check penalty of -3. It is considered medium armor.
Overwhelming transmutation; CL 36th; Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Epic Magic Arms and Armor, etherealness, fear, grease, invisibility, mass charm monster, miracle, silence; Price 4,850,550 gp; Cost 2,433,050 gp + 58,350 XP; Weight 30 lb.
The following specific shields usually are preconstructed with exactly the qualities described here.
Aegis: Appearing as a flawlessly polished mirror, this +5 animated heavy mithral shield possesses the exceptional arrow deflection and great reflecting abilities.
Overwhelming abjuration; CL 30th; Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Epic Magic Arms and Armor, animate objects, shield, spell turning, wall of force; Price 6,251,020 gp; Cost 3,126,020 gp + 72,500 XP; Weight 5 lb.