Q: Dear Sage,
Bracers of armor grant the wearer an Armor Class bonus "just as if he were wearing armor." Do wearing these bracers prevent a monk from using her AC bonus class feature, which requires her to be unarmored?
A: No. Bracers of armor grant an armor bonus to AC, but they don’t count as armor worn and thus don’t interfere with a monk’s special abilities.
The phrase you cite simply explains what an armor bonus is, pointing out that you don’t get the AC bonus from the bracers and also from armor you wear.
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