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So, I've been sitting around creating playtest characters with friends all day, and I gotta say: Monks have the lowest AC of any class. This feels really odd for a frontline fighter—am I missing something? Expert in Unarmored is only the equivalent of padded armor, and every other class starts out with something better (Mage Armor is equivalent at level 1, but grows much faster than the Monk's AC bonus, meaning even wizards and sorcerers wind up with higher armor).
Like, an 18 Dex monk (and that's burning quite a bit on maxing dex) has the same AC as a raging 14 Dex barbarian. I guess by level 20 the monk is sort of catching up, but considering most gameplay happens at low level, why is the monk the single easiest class to hit/is there a way to fix this?