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Everybody needs a martial weapon proficiency The shield bash rules say this (emphasis mine): You can bash an opponent with a light shield or heavy shield, using it as an off-hand weapon. See Table: Weapons for the damage dealt by a shield bash. Used this way, a shield is a martial bludgeoning weapon. For the purpose of penalties on attack rolls, ...


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You can do, but its costly (assuming you are already wielding the weapon in question with one hand) Standard Action: Remove Shield As BESW pointed out Rules Compendium page 267: "To use a shield, a creature must strap it to the forearm. Doing so is a standard action unless otherwise noted. Removing a shield is also a standard action." Free action: ...


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Unequipping your shield is a standard action, according to the Rules Compendium's section on Shields (p267): To use a shield, a creature must strap it to the forearm. Doing so is a standard action unless otherwise noted. Removing a shield is also a standard action. Unfortunately, this means you won't be able to use a standard action for an attack in ...


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Light and heavy shields, and their spiked variants, are all classified as martial weapons. There are classes like the samurai which gain proficiency with martial weapons but not with shields; and classes like the cleric that gain proficiency with shields but not with martial weapons. The magic item rules draw a clear distinction between "shield ...



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