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Pathfinder 2E

I'm building a Human Fighter into a sort of Knight character. I was curious about the 4th-level Class Feat Shielded Stride. The feat reads

When your shield is up, your enemies' blows can't touch you. When you have your shield raised, you can Stride to move half your Speed without triggering reactions that are triggered by your movement (such as Attacks of Opportunity). You can use Shielded Stride while Flying or Swimming instead of Striding if you have the corresponding movement type.

This feat is a feature and not a feat that requires an action in order to use it. So my question is, if I

  • Mount a horse (1 action)
  • Raise Shield (2nd action),
  • Command Animal (3rd action, my part)
    • Move/Stride (3rd action, horses part) (only moving half of it's speed as the feat requires)

Would the horse's movement trigger any reactions, such as Attacks of Opportunity or would it not because I have taken the Shielded Stride feat?

A similar, but opposing question: can a horse's movement be used within Combat Feats like Sudden Charge? I would hope so, but if my understanding is correct the horse's movement has the prerequisite of me using Command Animal to make it move, while Sudden Charge's movement is included within it's 2 actions.

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Your horse cannot use and does not benefit from Shielded Stride or other Actions/Activities you have

Your horse is its own creature that does not have Shielded Stride; therefor when it Strides, even Commanded by you, it will trigger Reactions keyed to movement. There are no 'transitive property' of Feats relating to Mounted Combat.

Similarly, Sudden Charge is completely disallowed by the rules of Mounted Defense.


Currently, using a mount in combat is pretty restrictive and difficult. Hopefully your GM will work with you to decide what does or does not work. I would personally rule that Shielded Stride affects your mount's Strides (given that you follow the half speed rule) but that may vary by table. The Cavalier archetype will also help greatly if you intend to ride into combat frequently.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This is a wonderful answer! Thank You! I actually plan to take the Cavalier archetype at level 2. I'd love to see some new feats in the future that will allow more flexibility for mounted combat. Perhaps like Nimble Mount which would allow you to to use a single move action without triggering reactions. Perhaps my GM would allow some custom feats. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sumner18
    Nov 19 '20 at 20:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Never hurts to ask \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Nov 20 '20 at 1:51

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