I'm rolling my very first DnD character. I'm trying to play a tank-type role in my group as a Dwarf Fighter. While looking through some forums I came across an image of an African warrior wielding 2 shields

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Is this even a viable option in DnD?

What rules do I need to know when building a Dual-Shield Fighter and how can I increase my damage on top adding spikes to my shield?


Here's the information I have so far:

I'm pretty sure every basic attack I make will need to be a Dual Strike at-will attack so I can hit 2 enemies in the 1 action

I know in 3.5e you can add spikes to a shield that increases your shield damage roll to 1d6.

I've also come across information about how preforming an attack with a shield can decrease it's AC bonus but that there may be a feat that can change this, I'm unsure about this though.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Interesting idea, I can't say I've ever heard about warriors with two shields. \$\endgroup\$ – MMM Apr 25 '13 at 10:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, can you provide us such image? I have heard fighting with shield is very fatiguing, so I imagine fighting with two shields should be very hard (in the other hand, we are talking about fantasy). \$\endgroup\$ – Flamma Apr 25 '13 at 10:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Flamma Polish Florentine is an old joke ... \$\endgroup\$ – C. Ross Apr 25 '13 at 11:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Your Requirements: Wield 2 shields (spiked). Use Dual-strike to hit 2 enemies. Did I miss anything? \$\endgroup\$ – Joshua Aslan Smith Apr 25 '13 at 13:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @C.Ross It's funny how the ethnic stereotype in the US portrays Poles as lacking common sense, while everywhere else it's the opposite (i.e. Poles being quite clever and handy in order to achieve their goals; unfortunately this usually goes with "being really clever when it comes to stealing"). \$\endgroup\$ – MMM Apr 25 '13 at 13:42

A Dual Shield fighter is possible, but is restrictive and fiddly.

First, when making high-concept stuff like this, it's critical to be aware of potential pitfalls of your character. Take a look at this guide to get a sense of the traps involved.

To realize this, my first preference would be to refluff some more "standard" version of the fighter into a double-shield fighter. Holding two shields does nothing for your defensive capabilities. But, with that said, the feats of superior proficiency "spiked shield" and midnight blade student make dual strike quite... interesting. You can "shield bash" two people a turn. Of course, the problem is in good positioning and actually doing damage. While entertaining, the dual strike fighter tends to be severely "one-trick pony"-ized.

As a first time player, I would instead look towards the Knight-variant of fighter. There's less "fiddly" stuff, and the idea of a heavy shield + spiked shield can serve you quite well. It's also very very hard to go wrong with Dwarven Weapon Training, with a Heavy shield and "gauntlet axe" (if you want to fit your personal style) and just say the "gauntlet axe" is a razor-sharp shield.

Two shields as "important" only really comes into play with the Snapping Tetsudo Paragon Path, a relatively uninspiring choice, unfortunately. To be fair, Dragon Magazine 385 has a significant number of "shield-as-weapon" choices, but few of them require two shields. All that being said, I would still go with knight + dwarven weapon training, and either pretend a hammer or an axe was a shield, depending if you want to be bashy or slicy. The mechanics fit better, and the thematic imagery can be just as vivid.

  • \$\begingroup\$ If you want to be creative on a roleplay side, you can have your character pretend he's wielding two shields, despite one is an actual weapon. Could be much fun, if done well. \$\endgroup\$ – o0'. Feb 17 '14 at 12:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ The link to "this guide" is (predictably; thank you , WotC!) dead. Can you find another location for it or footnote in a few-sentence summary? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jul 7 '16 at 14:14

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