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AC is a defense which can easily be raised by many monsters and most PCs. I tend to emphasize defense with my PCs, and my AC sometimes reaches the point where people begin to complain about it. Just using a shield instead of a two-handed weapon often makes a big enough difference to drive people a little nuts. Maybe further discussion of PC and monster defenses and expected AC would be better off in a new thread though.
Generally speaking, going for more defense is a good idea in this game. Most people generally like being awesome and taking on lots of enemies rather than getting turned into a pile of pulp by the trash mobs, and it's generally frowned upon to die as a PC. :P
Meanwhile, the nature of this game and the encounter building system encourages you to throw hordes of baddies at PCs. Being able to shirk off attacks regularly is a staple. You don't see the cast of Lord of the Rings getting beat up by orcs so follow their example! :P
Being able to survive chip damage is also a big deal later on. That's why things like energy resistances are such a big deal. If you lack energy resistances, a bunch of weenies with fireball or other sorts of attacks will chip you down even if your saves are good. :o
Back to the topic at hand, quasits and imps can definitely be frustrating monsters for low level parties. We met an imp in charge of a goblin tribe at 1st level in a 3 PC game with a Fighter, a Ninja, and a Barbarian. My Fighter failed his save against a Suggestion to protect the imp and spent the next several hours of real time disarming, tripping, and generally hindering the other PCs. If the DM hadn’t allowed me to follow the Suggestion in a non-lethal manner the campaign might have ended right there.
One of the most ill conceived encounters in an AP is the Imp/Pseudodragon optional encounter in Curse of the Crimson Throne. You're only, maybe, 2nd level when the encounter is suggested and its almost assuredly a TPK, especially since the writer apparently never bothered to check the stats on either Imps nor Pseudodragons. >_>