[Top 10] D&D Best Rogue Armor And Weapons

The D&D Player’s Handbook states that “Rogues rely on skill, stealth, and their foes’ vulnerabilities to get the upper hand in any situation. They have a knack for finding the solution to just about any problem, demonstrating a resourcefulness and versatility that is the cornerstone of any successful adventuring party.”  As resourceful as rogues are (I currently play one), they can always use armor and weaponry to enhance skills and increase chances of survival in an encounter. Through gameplay and research, I have found stellar armor and weapons that can improve any rogue’s performance in adventuring and encounters. Read on to find out more!

10. Boots of Elvenkind

Although considered as a wondrous item, the Boots of Elvenkind cover the feet, so they could be technically considered as armor. Not only are the earthy brown and green boots ornately decorated, but they are also made for roguing. In my opinion, these should be renamed Stealth Boots, because this is exactly what they are.  Read on to find out more about these amazing boots! 

Why Boots of Elvenkind are great

  • The wearer of the Boots of Elvenkind literally does not make a sound, even if the substance that the rogue is walking on is creaky wood or snapping twigs. 
  • This is excellent for Rogues to use while attacking, because they have an advantage when striking enemies unnoticed. 

How to get Boots of Elvenkind

  • This is considered as an Uncommon item, so Boots of Elvenkind are not impossible to find. They may be available at a specialized magic shop or tucked away in a locked treasure chest. 
  • The boots cost 2,000 gp or can be free if pilfered from the feet of a dead enemy. 

Boots of Elvenkind details: 

  • Rogues who wear the Boots of Elvenkind have an additional bonus to their Dexterity (Stealth) checks. 
  • Unlike many magical items, the Boots of Elvenkind do not require an attunement before use.

9. Boots of Speed

I would love to have these boots for my rogue and for me in real life! With a click of the heels, the Boots of Speed literally doubles the rogue’s walking rate for up to 10 minutes. That would come in handy for either attacks or hasty retreats. Also, anyone attacking someone who has enacted the Boots of Speed will do so at a disadvantage. Read on to find out why the Boots of Speed are among the best for your Rogue!

Why Boots of Speed are great

  • Dexterity is a Rogue’s main attribute in D&D 5e, so sporting these lovely items will make them even faster. 
  • Sometimes a Rogue must make a hasty retreat from battle, especially if they roll low on a sneak attack, so these boots would be ideal. 

How to get Boots of Speed:

  • These are rare, so they will most likely not be available in a shop. Your DM may have them hidden in a place for the party members to locate them, or you may have to open a locked and trapped chest to find them. 
  • The Boots of Speed are worth approximately 4,000 gp.  

Boots of Speed details:

  • The Boots of Speed will require an attunement by a spellcaster. 
  • This item is lightweight, only weighing 3 pounds. 
  • After 10 minutes of use by the wearer, a long rest is required before the boots can be used again.

8. Dancing Sword

This silver and blue weapon is lightweight (weighing 3 pounds), ornate, and powerful. The beauty of this item is that with a command word, the sword will fly up to 30 feet in the air on its own and attack opponents within 5 feet! Read on to find out why the Dancing Sword is an excellent one to use!

Why Dancing Sword is great

  • The Dancing Sword is an extension of the wielder, so it will take on the wielder’s Attack Modifier and modifier to damage. 
  • Wielders of the weapon, if within 5 feet, will have hands free to attack or defend. 
  • The Dancing Sword allows the wielder to attack without being in the direct line of harm.

How to get Dancing Sword:

  • This item is considered as Very Rare, so it will most likely be found in an aristocrat’s collection or in the hands of an enemy. 
  • Since the Dancing Sword is so rare, it is worth at least 50,000 gp. 

Dancing Sword details:

  • The Dancing Sword requires an attunement by a spellcaster before use.  
  • Since the Dancing Sword is considered as a one or two-handed weapon, and Rogues can only use one-handed weapons, check with your DM for permission to use in the campaign. 
  • Although Rogues are renowned for sneaking up on enemies, the Dancing Sword cannot be used in a sneak attack.

7. Glamoured Studded Leather

Although Rogues have a lot of abilities, they also have some restrictions concerning both armor and weaponry. Rogues are only allowed to wear cloth or leather armor, probably because it would be difficult to sneak attack an enemy with plate mail armor. Since options are limited on armor, Rogues would benefit from Glamoured Studded Leather. Read on to find out why this is among the best armor for Rogues!

Why Glamoured Studded Leather is great 

  • The wearer can change the appearance of the armor to look like they are wearing heavier armor or no armor. The Rogue can become a fashion plate! 
  • Glamoured Studded Leather gives the wearer an Armor Class (AC) boost of +1. Since Rogues cannot wear heavier armor to better their score, the +1 will help. 

How to get Glamoured Studded Leather:

  • This item will set you back 15,000 gp, but it is worth it! 
  • As a rare item, the Glamoured Studded Leather will most likely be found on the person of a dead opponent or stashed securely in a treasure chest. 

Glamoured Studded Leather details: 

  • The armor weighs 13 pounds, so it is relatively lightweight. 
  • To change the appearance of the armor, the wearer must use a command word. The command word could be determined by the DM and/or the PC. 

6. Gloves of Thievery

The name of this item has “Rogue” written all over it! Although listed as a wondrous item, I am including this magical item as armor because they cover the hands. A party member or enemy detecting magic will know that the Gloves of Thievery are considered an Illusion and have a basic brown aura in color. Read on to find out why this wondrous item is terrific armor for Rogues!

Why Gloves of Thievery are great

  • When the gloves are on the wearer's hands, they become invisible (the gloves not the hands), so enemies do not know that they are being worn. 
  • This item is great for picking locks on doors, pickpocketing an enemy (or another party member depending on alignment). or removing a trap. 

How to get Gloves of Thievery:

  • Gloves of Thievery will set a PC back at least 6,000 gp. 
  • Although considered as an Uncommon item, these magic gloves will most likely be in a locked chest or in the hands of an enemy. 

Gloves of Thievery details: 

  • The main appeal for the Gloves of Thievery is that the wearer gains +5 to Dexterity and Sleight of Hand. Add the bonus to a Rogue’s already high Dexterity and skills score and that will be beneficial for the wearer and the party, especially when locks need to be picked.   
  • This magical item does not require an attunement.

5. Luck Blade

The Luck Blade is a Legendary item and has a lot of benefits! When not granting wishes or giving luck, the Luck Blade acts as a +2 sword. Rogues can use the swords that are one-handed, so this would be a perfect weapon. Read on to find out more about this magical blade and why every Rogue should own one!

Why Luck Blade is great

  • This weapon is great to have if your dice rolls are low. Once a day, the wielder can reroll an ability check, an attack roll, or a saving throw. 
  • Wishes (1d4-1) can be made from the Luck Blade until the charges run out. (It is the same as casting a Wish Spell.) 
  • While using this sword, there is a +1 bonus for attack, damage, and saving throws. 

How to get Luck Blade:

  • Good luck acquiring the Luck Blade since it is a Legendary Item! (However, if you bribe your DM with chocolates, they may have one somewhere in the campaign.) 
  • The Luck Blade will probably be found in a dragon’s lair or on an enemy. 
  • The cost of a Luck Blade is anywhere from 22,000 gp-75,000+ gp. 

Luck Blade details: 

  • There are five types of Luck Blades: Longword, Greatsword, Rapier, Scimitar, and Shortsword. 
  • Since Luck Blades are Legendary, they will always require attunements before use.

4. Scimitar of Speed

Speed is a dexterous Rogue’s middle name, so the Scimitar of Speed would make an effective weapon of choice! As mentioned previously, Rogues typically cannot wield two-handed swords, so the Scimitar would make a perfect one-handed weapon. Read on to find out more about why Rogues should own the Scimitar of Speed!

Why Scimitar of Speed is great 

  • The wielder of this weapon gains +2 to attack and to roll damage. 
  • There is also a bonus action that can be taken for attacks. 
  • Rogues who prefer hand-to-hand combat would like this weapon.

How to get Scimitar of Speed:

  • The Scimitar of Speed is very rare, so it is worth 50,000 gp!
  • Rogues will most likely find this weapon in a private rare collection or in a locked chest. 

Scimitar of Speed details:

  • This magic weapon will require an attunement. 
  • The Scimitar of Speed is lightweight and only weighs two pounds.

3. Studded Leather Armor +3

As mentioned previously, since Rogues can only wear cloth or leather armor, this Legendary Item would be the perfect armor to have in a difficult campaign. This armor stems from the magical school of Transmutation, so the aura will have a cool golden shine. Read on to find out why the Studded Leather Armor +3 is ideal for Rogues! 

Why Studded Leather Armor +3 is great

  • Because a Rogue’s AC is not always the best, the Studded Leather Armor +3 will give them a boost, which is helpful in close combat. 
  • The studded leather comes with rivets and spikes for extra protection, especially from slashing weapons. 

How to get Studded Leather Armor+3:

  • Studded Leather Armor +3 is considered as Legendary, so it will not be readily available in a magic shop. Most likely, it will be on the body of an enemy or located in a dragon’s lair. 
  • Legendary items are worth at least 500,000 gp.

Studded Leather Armor +3 details:

  • The light armor gives the Rogue an AC of 12+Dex Modifier+3.  
  • Studded Leather Armor +3 weighs about 13 pounds.

2. Sword of Sharpness

The Sword of Sharpness would make a terrific weapon for a Rogue, because not only does it have a super-sharp blade, but it also serves as a night-light, so Rogues who do not have night vision would be able to see in the darkness. Read on to find out why The Sword of Sharpness is a great weapon for Rogues!

Why Sword of Sharpness is great

  • Rogues will delight knowing that slashing damage to an object is maximized with this weapon!
  • Using a command word, the Sword of Sharpness will illuminate up to 10 feet with bright light and an additional 10 feet with dim light. This will come in handy in dark caverns or dungeons! 
  • What a terrific weapon to use for sneak attacks against enemies!

How to get Sword of Sharpness:

  • The item is very rare, so most likely it will be acquired through defeating an enemy who is using it. 
  • I have seen the prices of a Sword of Sharpness range from 1,700-36,000 gp.

Sword of Sharpness details:

  • The Sword of Sharpness will require an attunement before using. 
  • If the wielder of the sword attacks and hits a 20, the enemy will take 4d6 slashing damage! If they roll a second 20, one of the enemy’s body parts will be severed. 

1. Vorpal Longsword

The Vorpal Longsword is from the school of transmutation, and Player Characters (PC) who use a detect magic spell will know that it contains a lovely golden aura.  Do not let the lovely glow fool you though, as the Vorpal Longsword is a dangerous weapon that can deliver! Add in the fact that a sneak attack from a rogue while wielding the sword delivers additional damage to the opponent, and the Rogue is almost unstoppable! Read on to find out more about the Vorpal Longsword!  

Why Vorpal Longsword is great 

  • If the PC rolls a natural 20, the opponent will literally lose its head! If the enemy does not have a head, they will take an additional 6d8 slashing damage from the 
  • This weapon will slash opponents even if they have resistance to slashing damage. 
  • Vorpal weapons are constructed out of a unique metal known as arandur. Elves and gnomes are privy to this knowledge about arandur.

How to get Vorpal Sword:

  • The Vorpal Sword is a Legendary item and is therefore rare to find. 
  • This item is worth over $50,000 gp. 

Vorpal Sword details:

  • Vorpal weapons, part of the class of Martial Melee weapons, can be in the form of Greatswords, Longswords, or Scimitars. 
  • The Vorpal Sword will need to be attuned before using.
  • Because of the nature of the weapon (slashing off heads), Vorpal weapons cannot be Blessed. 

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D. Blackwood 1 year 8 months ago

I like the article! Out of curiosity, though, where are you getting the prices from? Uncommon items cost 500 GP max. Secondly, I'm pretty sure rogues can wear any kind of armor. I looked, and didn't find any restrictions.

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