Since sunblade is both versatile and finesse, is it possible to take advantage of both Defensive Duelist and Great Weapon Fighter when two handing it.

I've been told you cannot use Defensive Duelist while dual-wielding or with a shield, but what about two-handed or versatile?

Are you still only wielding one weapon for the purposes of Defensive Duelist?

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Defensive Duelist applies whenever you are wielding a finesse weapon. Nothing about Defensive Duelist or the finesse property requires you to wield that weapon in one hand.


Defensive duelist does apply in your described situation, but also when dual wielding or with a shield. Nothing in the feat description says that it requires a free hand. 5th edition works on a philosophy that if it wouldnt work in a certain way, it would say so.


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