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Dwayne Hendrickson
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Several of the trap cards say "ignoring armor" but does that mean if an armor has a special power, such as Cloak of Mists, the special power is also ignored? The Heroes say it ignores the +1 Armor, I say that we ignore the damage reduction special ability of the armor (Surges cancel 1 wound)
 
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The Heroes are correct in this case.
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okiedokie wrote:
Several of the trap cards say "ignoring armor" but does that mean if an armor has a special power, such as Cloak of Mists, the special power is also ignored? The Heroes say it ignores the +1 Armor, I say that we ignore the damage reduction special ability of the armor (Surges cancel 1 wound)


There are two uses of the word 'armour' (well, 'armor' since its written in American) in the rules.

The first is the mathematical number that is the combination of 'natural' armour Statistic and Item Armour bonuses. Eg Mordrog (nat Av 2) with Chainmail (Av 2), a Ring of Protection (Av +1) and the cursed shield (AV +5 vs blast/bolt/breath) has an 'Armour' of 10 when breathed upon by a Dragon.

The second is the descriptive 'Armour' that applies to some items that indicates that they are worn by a hero and fill the 'armour' slot of a heroes total item capacity (eg, 2 hands, 2 'other', 1 armour, 3 potions, 3 in backpack). Note, as an aside, that 'Ghost Armour' is in fact a 'Rune' not a piece of 'Armour'.

Context and examples indicate pretty clearly that effects or items that 'ignore armour' virtually always refer to the first type of 'armour', the mathematical number.

In addition, it has been answered by the designer on the (old) official FFG forum that the Cloaks' special effects can prevent damage that may not be prevented by armour.
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Thanks, it's a shame that FFG took down the old forums.
 
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Maybe my answer comes a bit late. The best interpretation I got for this is that "ignoring armor" means ignoring the armor stat of a hero. It has nothing to do with whether an object is an armor object or not.

So, any natural armor and bonus to your hero's armor is ignored, but other features of an item (unless expressly mentioned, as in shields) do count.
 
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If a suit of armour talks to you, look the other way and pretend you haven't heard it.
 
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