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There is actually an answer from Jeremy Crawford that might answer this question. can a Cleric or Paladin cast spells requiring somatic components when wielding weapon + shield emblazoned with holy symbol? I'd say yes if the holy symbol is being used as the material component of the spell, so yes if "S, M," but no if only "S." -J Since the ...


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If a spell requires a somatic component, the caster must have free use of at least one hand to perform these gestures. You do not have free use of a hand if that hand is holding a shield. If you rule that Burning Hands requires free use of two hands to perform its somatic component, then by default you cannot cast it while also holding a shield. The War ...



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