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What ways are there for a wizard in D&D 5e to use a shield?

The only option I could think of was multiclassing which does not seem worth it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Isn't this what the Mage Armor and Shield spells are for? \$\endgroup\$ – Jorn Jul 19 '17 at 8:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just to clarify: in 5e, any Wizard actually can use a shield. They just can't cast spells wielding it, without the proficiency. \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Jul 19 '17 at 8:52
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The only ways for a wizard to gain shield proficiency are either multiclassing, or the Moderately Armored feat. Since Moderately Armored requires you to be proficient in light armor, most wizards will need either a multiclass or another feat (Lightly Armored).

Note that you can use a shield without proficiency - you just won't be able to cast spells, and you'll have disadvantage on any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check that involves Strength or Dexterity.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you sure there's no race with shield proficiency? Also, you might mention that Moderately Armored has a prerequisite of light armor proficiency, meaning for most wizards it'll require two feats. \$\endgroup\$ – SirTechSpec Jul 19 '17 at 1:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SirTechSpec Yep - dwarves get medium armor but not shields (which, incidentally, is the only way to get medium armor without getting shields). \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Jul 19 '17 at 1:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SirTechSpec Good point on the prereq. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Jul 19 '17 at 1:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ Bladesinger wizards gain light armor proficiency at level 2, which would covers the prerequisite for the Moderately Armored feat. Bladesong doesn't function with shields, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Sebkha Jul 19 '17 at 2:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ As Rowan's new answer also points out, hobgoblins also start with light armor proficiency, making it easier to get the Moderately Armored feat without getting another feat first. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Aug 24 at 7:37
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If you select hobgoblin as your race you start with proficiency in light armor and may take the moderately armored feat giving you a proficiency with both medium armor and shields allowing for an ac of up to 19 (24 with the shield spell)

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