dnd 5e – Does the now updated Integrated Protection feature of the Warforged mean they are counted as “wearing” armor?

The new and updated Warforged’s Integrated Protection feature, detailed in Ebberon Rising from the Last War, now states:

Integrated Protection

Your body has built-in defensive layers, which can be enhanced with armor.

(…)

  • You can don only armor with which you have proficiency. To don armor (…). To doff armor (…). You can rest while donning or doffing armor in this way.
  • While you live, your armor can’t be removed from your body against your will.

With this revised wording, does the warforged now count as wearing armor?

This is important in the context of how something like integrating a set of Plate Mail would interact with Monk features like Martial Arts.


When using a previously published iteration of the Warforged, from the Wayfinder’s Guide to Ebberon (which one of my players has been using), there was significant ambiguity over whether or not a warforged was wearing armor. As the most recent iteration of the Warforged (published in Ebberon: Rising from the Last War) has changed this wording so significantly that the question is worth revisiting (and my player is intending to move towards using the new published version once they gain a level).