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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 cannot benefit from two shields at once. They both provide Shield bonuses to AC, which do not stack with one another. Moveover, as you note, those bonuses become void the moment you actually attack: rather than give a bonus to AC, the bucklers start giving you penalties to attack. Your attack routine therefore looks like this: Main: +1 (BAB) +3 ...


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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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First off, you can benefit from only one shield, as has been stated by @KRyan. Armor/Shield Bonus: Each type of armor grants an armor bonus to AC, while shields grant a shield bonus to AC. The armor bonus from a suit of armor doesn't stack with other effects or items that grant an armor bonus. Similarly, the shield bonus from a shield doesn't stack with ...



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