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This is explained on page 203 of the PHB under the Components section: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of gestures. If a spell requires a somatic component, the caster must have free use of at least one hand to perform these gestures. Material (M) A spellcaster must have a hand free to ...


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If you're referring to the Moderately Armored feat, which is the only feat to grant proficiency in shields, then yes, you can carry a shield and cast with your other free hand. But note that the Moderately Armored feat requires proficiency in light armor first, which wizards also do not have. If you don't have proficiency with the armor or shield you're ...



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