The Adventurer's Vault states that the spiked shield:

can be enchanted as a magic shield or a magic weapon, but not both. A spiked shield enchanted as a magical weapon does not occupy a character's magic item arms slot. (pg.10)

This is unclear about whether it also takes up a "weapons" slot.

Could I wield an enchanted spiked shield on one arm and hold a magical weapon in the respective hand? I'm aware I couldn't attack with the weapon, but it may be useful for its property.

E.g. would a character wearing a rhythm blade spiked shield and holding a quicksilver dagger on the same limb benefit from both their respective properties?

  • \$\begingroup\$ is the shield a buckler? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 15, 2015 at 22:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ I asked a question about needing to wield or just hold magical weapons in general. \$\endgroup\$
    – DCShannon
    Apr 17, 2015 at 1:36

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Yes, it takes up that hand's weapon slot (because it already did).

Basically, you can either have an enchanted shield or an enchanted arm slot item. You can also have a weapon in each hand.

You can't wield another item in that hand (you can hold an item, but not wield it). Thus you can't otherwise wield a magic weapon in that hand so you've got that.

The only thing this rule does is allow for a magic arm slot item when you otherwise would not be able to have one (because you're wearing a magic shield).

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    \$\begingroup\$ To clarify, items held in your hands usually do not take up your arms slot; Your arms slot is more for bracers and stuff like that. I suspect the reason for pointing out that magical shields don't take up an arms slot is because shields are strapped to your arm and some players might wonder about it. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Apr 16, 2015 at 0:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @GMJoe not quite. Magical shields normally take up your arm slot. If this shield is enchanted as a weapon, it doesn't \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    Apr 16, 2015 at 0:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Gah, you're right - I should've proofread and fact-checked. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Apr 16, 2015 at 1:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! If I can't wield a weapon, would an implement work for granting a property? E.g., rhythm blade spiked shield, bracers of mighty striking, rod of corruption. Also - can I use the power of an item that I'm holding, but not wielding? Bradaman's weapon, for example. \$\endgroup\$
    – Selekate
    Apr 16, 2015 at 21:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @selekate I'd have to check the wording, but probably not. Most things usually say "wield" rather than "hold". That said you can use your other hand to wield another weapon. \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    Apr 16, 2015 at 21:16

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