How do you equip barding in Pathfinder?

Answered by Jason Smith

Equipping barding in Pathfinder requires a few steps and considerations. Barding is armor specifically designed for animals, such as horses or other mounts, to provide them with protection in combat situations. In order to equip barding, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

1. Feats: The first thing you need to do is ensure that your character has the necessary feats to equip barding. Your character needs to learn three specific feats: Light Barding Proficiency, Medium Barding Proficiency, and Heavy Barding Proficiency. These feats allow your character to wear light, medium, and heavy barding, respectively. It is important to note that these feats are separate from regular armor proficiency feats, so even if your character has proficiency in regular armor, they will still need to learn the specific barding proficiency feats.

2. Type of Barding: Once your character has the necessary feats, you can choose the type of barding you want to equip. There are three types of barding available: light, medium, and heavy. Light barding provides the least protection but also has the least impact on the mount’s movement. Medium barding offers a balance between protection and mobility. Heavy barding provides the highest level of protection but can significantly slow down the mount. Consider the specific needs of your mount and the situation you anticipate being in when choosing the type of barding.

3. Finding and Purchasing Barding: Once you have decided on the type of barding you want, you will need to find a suitable source to purchase it from. Barding can typically be found in shops that specialize in animal equipment, such as stables or merchants who cater to mounted warriors. You can also try your luck in larger cities or trade hubs where a wider variety of items may be available. It is important to note that barding is usually more expensive than regular armor due to its specialized nature.

4. Fitting the Barding: Once you have acquired the barding, you need to properly fit it on your mount. The barding should be sized to fit your specific mount, so make sure to measure your mount accurately or consult with a professional to ensure a proper fit. Ill-fitting barding can cause discomfort and hinder your mount’s movement, so take the time to adjust it correctly.

5. Maintaining the Barding: Just like regular armor, barding requires regular maintenance to keep it in optimal condition. Make sure to clean and repair the barding as needed, especially after battles or prolonged use. This will help extend its lifespan and ensure it continues to provide the necessary protection for your mount.

Equipping barding in Pathfinder requires your character to learn specific barding proficiency feats, choose the appropriate type of barding, find a suitable source to purchase it from, properly fit it on your mount, and maintain it regularly. By following these steps, you can ensure that your mount is well-protected and ready for any combat encounter.