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How can I increase a Shield's HP?

What ways are there to increase the HP of a shield? I found Shield Boss', and I know enhancement bonuses will help as well. Are there any other options like making the shield thicker? It needs to be ...
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Can you benefit from the Fencing Grace feat while wielding a buckler?

Fencing Grace: When wielding a rapier one-handed, you can add your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier to that weapon’s damage. The rapier must be one appropriate for your size. You ...
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If Heat Metal is cast on a shield, could the target be forced to drop it?

I'm wondering if Heat Metal could force a target to drop their shield. The spell description says (emphasis mine): If a creature is holding or wearing the object and takes the damage from it, the ...
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Can more than one creature hold the Sentinel Shield to share its benefits?

Holding the Sentinel Shield provides the follow benefits: While holding this shield, you have advantage on initiative rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks. While I wield the Sentinel Shield, can a ...
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Can a second character remove a willing PC's shield?

It takes an action to don and to doff a shield (See Pg 146 of the PHB). Does that action need to be the PC's action, Or, could another member of the party (another PC), or even a familiar with ...
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Fighter with Aggressive Block & Flinging Shove & Powerful Shove

I would like to use these three feats, but I'm not sure how they work together. Aggressive Block You push back as you block the attack, knocking your foe away or off balance. You use your shield to ...
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Are shields constantly equipped while adventuring?

In 5e it takes an action to doff or don a shield. But does that assume the shield is always donned while the character is awake and adventuring? It seems like a question that the DM and player would ...
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Would the Subtle Spell metamagic or the Aberrant Mind sorcerer's Psionic Sorcery feature let you cast spells while using a shield without proficiency?

The PHB's rule on armor proficiency states that you cannot cast a spell while wearing/using armor you are not proficient with. The Metamagic option Subtle Spell lets you cast a spell without having to ...
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Are Monks hindered by shields?

I did search for "shield" in the Monk chapter of the CRB, found nothing. The search for "armor" gave the result that only Incredible Movement does not work if you wear armor. In ...
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Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced?

Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced? I have a character I've been working on who worships a god of protection. The idea is that he will use two shields, but the ...
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Does the vanguard's Entropy Shield stack with a real physical shield?

Can a Vanguard have both an Entropy Shield and a real physical shield, and do they stack if so?
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Sheathing/unsheathing weapons to cast spells

My friend is playing as a cleric that uses a shield in combat. I am unsure of how the rules for sheathing/dropping weapons work. The way my friend is playing, he seems to be able to cast a spell and ...
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Mirror Image and shield combo

On the topic of mirror image and shield combo, lets say a creature successfully attacks the real one and then the defender decides to use shield as a reaction, which comes first and which has priority?...
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What is the DC and how much does it cost to repair a Sturdy Shield?

It is 4th level (Hardness 8, HP 64, and BT 32), and has taken 30 damage in the last encounter. How many times do I have to roll what DC, and how much does it cost me? I have found Repair, but I still ...
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Can anyone Raise a Shield?

I have not found any Shield proficiency in the game. Can Wizards carry around a Steel Shield, and get +2 AC out of it? What is the point of the Shield cantrip then? Twice the AC, same action. You can ...
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What kind of action is it to put away a shield without dropping it?

I am currently playing a sword and board slayer how likes to switch his warhammer to two-handed or back in a pinch. However, it is not clear to me how I can do this without dropping the shield. He is ...
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As a sword-and-board Eldritch Knight fighter, do I need to put away my sword on my turn if I want to cast the Shield spell as a reaction?

Without the War Caster feat, I can't cast spells with somatic components if I have both a shield and a sword in my hands. Putting my sword away or dropping it is a free action; however, you can't do ...
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With a Blinkback Belt, a Quickdraw Shield with the Throwing Shield property can be donned and thrown as a free action. How many throws is reasonable?

A player in my group is interested in making a offensive shield build. They found that if you get a quickdraw shield and modify it with the throwing shield property, that you can don it, and throw it ...
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Is there a cost for donning or doffing a shield and armor during combat?

I have been unable to see a mechanic for donning and doffing armor and shields during combat. Is this "free" or is there an action cost?
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Is this homebrewed shield weapon balanced?

Relatively new player here who likes to theorycraft. Currently playing a homebrew campaign, and I'm thinking of making a backup character for if my current one (a Ranger, who AFAIK are known to be ...
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Artificer Armorer (UA) Dual Wield Feat while wearing a Shield

I have made a PC (5e) Artificer's Armorer subclass from UA that has the Dual Wielder (DW) feat. What happens when the PC is in the guardian mode and equips a shield? Two-Weapon Fighting: When you ...
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Can I use a spiked shield in my primary hand as a weapon? If so, does it count as a simple or martial weapon?

Can any humanoid PC use a Spiked Shield in their 'primary hand' as a Weapon? and Is it a Simple or Martial Weapon? The Lizardfolk entry in the MM (p. 204) has a statblock that includes the ...
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Does the Shield of the Hidden Lord magic item grant a total of +2 or +4 to AC?

The description of the Shield of the Hidden Lord magic item from the adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus (p. 225) reads: While holding this shield, you gain a +2 bonus to AC and ...
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Are these two homebrew shields balanced?

I remember being impressed with this question, although it was closed as too broad for asking about too many things in one go. I left a comment at the time about asking less, and coming back to this ...
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Does the Shield spell count as a Shield for Shielded casting?

I'm 99% certain not, but maybe I'm wrong. Does the shield spell count as a shield for eg: Shielded casting?
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If I am holding a shield and sword, do I need the Improved Pact Weapon eldritch invocation to cast spells with a material component?

I am playing a Hexblade, who is holding a shield in one hand, and a sword in the other. Because I don't really want to use a bow, and like a lot of other invocations, I have decided not to take ...
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With only one free hand, can I still cast spells with somatic components?

I have a doubt about this. I have had various answers and they contradict each other so I would like some clarity on this. I am a Cleric, I have a shield (which is also my focus), I want to wear my ...
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Can I cast a spell as an action and use the bonus-action shove from the Shield Master feat in the same turn?

I need some clarification about this as I've had contradicting answers to this question, which has left me confused. I am a cleric with the Shield Master feat. I want to wear my shield in battle to ...
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Are shields a numerically significant defensive boost?

We have had a number of questions about the function of Shield Block, and some of the answers have me questioning the viability of shields. Considering the need to purchase shields, use an action to ...
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How can I effectively shield block with a tower shield?

I am a champion with a shield ally and a tower shield. Shield ally adds +2 to my shield's hardness and 50% HP and BT. So a normal tower shield in my hands has a hardness of 7 and 30 HP. I want to be ...
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Does a shield get its Hardness when using Shield Block?

The ability Shield Block allows you to spend your Reaction reducing incoming damage by a shield's Hardness at the cost of damaging the shield as well as you. Does this damage also get reduced by the ...
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Is the Moderately Armored Feat really the only way for my dwarf to get shield proficiency without multiclassing?

I really enjoy working out rather unusual character builds, or taking a subpar character concept and try to make it work using min/maxing, point buy and having every level from one to twenty planned ...
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Does having the Shield Master feat mean that the shield is indestructible?

Does having the Shield Master feat mean that the shield is indestructible? The Shield Master feat (PHB, p. 170) says: If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can use a bonus action to try to ...
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Can I benefit from a magic shield while holding it without my hands?

Would it be acceptable to hold a shield without using your hands? For example use it as an adornment, chinese hat, tied back as a backpack, etc. *Just hold without "donning" it? I'm asking because I ...
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Can a Sentinel Shield Be Painted With A Cleric's Holy Symbol?

In a campaign I'm DM'ing, I'm planning to leave out some good loot for the players next week to reward them for completing the first part of the campaign. I want some of the loot to also be helpful to ...
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Can you wield a a typical shield and Aegis of the Raven Queen at the same time?

I know that you can only hold one shield at a time but the description of the Aegis of the Raven says that its plus magic bonus to AC stacks up with the current pluses from a shield that is currently ...
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What exactly are you getting when you buy an Emblem Holy Symbol?

The description for the Emblem Holy Symbol is as follows (PHB, p. 151): Holy Symbol. A holy symbol is a representation of a god or pantheon. It might an amulet depicting a symbol representing a ...
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Do tower shields provide cover from all directions?

A Tower Shield allows you to use the Take Cover action, in order to gain Greater Cover from the shield. This is confusing because the cover rules require that a source of cover must be between you and ...
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Is this homebrew tower shield overpowered?

In my current 5e game the DM allowed our paladin to purchase this shield that was homebrewed by the DM: Armor (tower shield), common \$\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline \textbf{Cost} & \...
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Is there a balanced or allowable trade that would grant Shield proficiency as a starting proficiency for a class which normally would not have it?

Normally a character has to choose between wielding 2 of a shield, an arcane focus (or component pouch), and a weapon OR just a two-handed weapon. As a Warlock, I could choose to wield an arcane ...
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Can allies take cover behind my tower shield?

I am a champion who is wielding a tower shield. I raise my shield, and then Take Cover. On their turns, can my allies attempt to take cover behind my tower shield also? The Take Cover action requires:...
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What harmful effects is the second benefit of the Shield Master feat useful against?

One of the benefits of the Shield Master feat in 5e (PHB, p. 170) reads: If you aren't incapacitated, you can add your shield's AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or ...
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Can I somehow set the tower shield down as cover?

Is it possible to set a tower shield in a place to gain cover but without the the need to hold it with one arm?
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Does firing a crossbow wielded in two hands prevent gaining a buckler's AC bonus?

The description of the buckler (Player's Handbook 123, 124) (15 gp; 5 lbs.), in part, says You can use a bow or crossbow without penalty while carrying [the buckler. I]f you use a weapon in your ...
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Is the Shield of Expression magic item made of wood or metal?

I have a Shield of Expression (XGtE, p. 139). The description I have of it is the following: The front of this shield is shaped in the likeness of a face. While bearing the shield, you can use a ...
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What balance pitfalls result from this house rule modifying the Shield Master feat?

For an upcoming game, I'm weighing Shield Master as a feat selection. The closer I look at it (and recent rulings on it), however, the more lackluster I find it in comparison to other choices like ...
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Can an Aarakocra use a shield while flying?

Another PC in a new campaign is an Aarakocra druid, with a (wooden) shield and a free hand for spellcasting (or throwing javelins). At first, the DM and some PCs (myself included) thought the wings ...
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Are these homebrew shields balanced? [closed]

Ever since I first looked at the equipment tables in the PHB, I've been dissatisfied with the lack of different shield options. I suppose it makes sense in the 5e philosophy of making everything as ...
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How powerful is a Sentinel Shield really?

For gauging the power of magic items, I tend to rely heavily on the excellent Sane Magical Item Prices document that tends to be pretty well researched and highly regarded. Thus far, I've always ...
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Does Shield Master make Two-Weapon Fighting obsolete?

I need a clarification between these two answers: 1 2 The first answer argues that Shield Master removes only the penalties from attack rolls made with a shield. So for example a character that has ...
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