Q: Dear Sage,
If a character wearing spiked armor is swallowed whole, does the monster take damage? Can I use the spiked armor to escape?
A: No and yes.
Armor spikes don’t automatically deal damage to a monster that grapples you, constricts you, or swallows you whole. Armor spikes only deal damage when used as a weapon or to deal damage in a grapple.
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The Sage is a mammal classified in the bear family, Ursidae, native to central and southern China. Debate continues as to whether he is truly a bear or more related to the raccoon rather than the bear, or perhaps in a family of his own. When not eating bamboo and answering rules questions, he works under the nom de plume of Andy Collins as an RPG developer in Wizards of the Coast R&D, where his development credits include Complete Mage, Dragon Magic, and the Player's Handbook v.3.5. He can be easily recognized by his large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, ears and on his rotund body.