Item Class is a loaded keyword associated exclusively with Artifacts and Possessions. In the example of Hobbit Sword (1C299) to the right, you can see its item class listed directly below the portrait picture: Hand Weapon.
Each Character may bear only one Possession or Artifact of each class at one time. In other words, a character may bear only one hand weapon, only one ranged weapon, only one armor, only one cloak, etc etc (however, see Flaming Brand (2R32) for an example of when this does not apply).
See Race for a similar unloaded keyword limited to Characters.
From the Comprehensive Guide 4.0:
Each character may bear one possession or artifact of each class at one time. For example, a character may bear only one hand weapon, only one ranged weapon, only one armor, only one cloak, and only one staff.
Some possessions and artifacts do not have a class. There is no limit to the number of cards without a class that a character may bear.
List of Item Classes
- Hand Weapon
- Ranged Weapon
- Support Area
|Numeric||Decipher||Damage + X • Defender + X • Ambush X • Hunter X • Toil X|
|Non-numeric||Decipher||Aid • Archer • Enduring • Fierce • Lurker • Mounted • Muster • Roaming • Sanctuary • Ring-bearer • Unhasty|
|Hobbit Draft Game||Cunning|
|Item Class||Decipher||[Classless] • Support Area • Armor • Brooch • Box • Bracers • Cloak • Gauntlets • Hand Weapon • Helm • Mount • Palantír • Phial • Pipe • Ranged Weapon • Ring • Shield • Staff|