Shield Master feat, second bullet:

If you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful effect that targets only you.

PHB pg.170

Would wielding two shields apply a +4 bonus to the Dexterity saving throw detailed in the feat?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Related, possible dupe? I don't think it is bcause of the feat aspect of this question, though. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Apr 5 '18 at 12:59


The relevant rule in the armor section states:

You can benefit from only one shield at a time.

This means that only one shield serves to give you any benefit (including the ones from the Shield Master feat).

This is further backed up from this Sage Advice page from the lead designer, Jeremy Crawford (thanks @V2Blast in the comments)

No matter how many shields you're wielding, you get the AC bonus only once.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @Slagmoth because the second shield isn't granting an AC bonus. It's not doing anything. Or, the bonus is effectively zero. \$\endgroup\$ – goodguy5 Apr 5 '18 at 12:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @goodguy5 Yeah, still need my tea. Still the Fire Giant guy is whacky. \$\endgroup\$ – Slagmoth Apr 5 '18 at 12:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ Potentially semi-relevant Sage Advice - "No matter how many shields you're wielding, you get the AC bonus only once." \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Apr 5 '18 at 18:14

In addition to David's answer, you can also find the answer from a grammatical standpoint. The feat states you can "add your shield's AC bonus". If it supported multiple shields, it would have to state that you can "add your shields' AC bonuses." Plural possessive for shield, and plural bonuses.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I noticed that as well. I was just assuming a broad definition that didn’t take into consideration a particular instance, namely dual wielding shields. I see now that that instance was addressed in a different rule. \$\endgroup\$ – Digcoal Apr 5 '18 at 13:32

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