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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 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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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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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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Can I craft an Arcane Focus Shield?

In building a Cleric/Wizard, is there a mechanism by which I could buy or craft a shield that is an arcane focus with a holy symbol emblazoned on it?
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What is Armor Class used for?

I have never understood or found any answer to how to use your AC. Is it something the GM have to keep in mind all the time to reduce or add damage to specific players based on how high their AC is, ...
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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 a wizard ever use a shield?

What ways are there for a wizard in D&D 5e to use a shield? The only option I could think of was multiclassing which does not seem worth it.
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How Can I Play a Fighter Dual-Wielding Shields?

I'm rolling my very first D&D 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 ...
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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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Shield Master - Does the reaction to block a Fireball happen before or after the Dexterity saving throw?

The Shield Master feat (PH p.170) grants the following ability: If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your ...
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How does a light shield impact your ability to cast spells with a somatic component?

Im trying to understand the somatic component of spellcasting, in pathfinder, and how it relates to shields. The core rule book has this to say about bucklers: You can cast a spell with somatic ...
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Can my character cast the Shield spell while carrying a sword and shield?

I plan on taking the Magic Initiate feat with a paladin, giving him light, fire bolt, and shield from the sorcerer list. For light and fire bolt I can sheathe my sword as a free object interaction on ...
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Can the Eldritch Knight bond with his shield?

Basically title. I'm a shield master who frequently uses his shield to slam people down prone. I want to minimize my chances of having my shield taken away from me. Jeremy Crawford states something ...
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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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Can PCs gain a double-shield bonus, akin to that of a Fire Giant Dreadnought?

I want to make a ginormous-AC character, but I am not sure of the rules about shields. I want to have two shields held at once, with no other weapons. I know this is against the Player's Handbook: "...
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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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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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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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How can I have a shield and a way of attacking at distance at the same time?

Apart from the Animated Shield, is there a way to fight with a shield (given that my character has proficiency with shields), and attacking at distance (I also have proficiency with some ranged ...
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Clam Attack with shields?

Could you slam 2 shields together for trapping enemies to gain advantage on attacks by others later? It seems like it should be a logical maneuver to make but I can’t find any rules either way about ...
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Can I touch something with a hand that is holding a shield?

This question might seem kind of stupid (and it might be), but let me explain. In real life, a shield isn't specifically held, but rather strapped to someone's arm, and although it renders the arm (...
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Are there any rules/pointers on the actions involved in equipping/readying a shield?

Are there any rules/pointers on the actions involved in equipping/readying a shield? The "Readying Weapons" rules on p.105 talk about two items per turn as a free action. But what about shields?
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How much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average?

Statistically, how much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average? I've seen claims it results in a 10% reduction in damage taken, is that accurate?
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Does the bonus damage from the Dueling fighting style apply when attacking with a shield as an improvised weapon, using the Tavern Brawler feat?

Does the bonus damage from the Dueling fighting style apply when attacking with a shield as an improvised weapon, using the Tavern Brawler feat? The scenario I am trying to work out is as follows... ...
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Are there any outlying considerations if I treat donning a shield as an object interaction during the first round of combat?

A shield takes 1 action to equip (PHB 146). I'm an new DM and would like to allow that in the first round of battle the PC may use the "interact with objects" time (PHB 190) to equip its shield, if ...
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What happens when the wearer of a Shield of Missile Attraction is behind total cover?

The Shield of Missile Attraction, a rare magic item that requires attunement, has the following curse: Whenever a ranged weapon attack is made against a target within 10 feet of you, the curse ...
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Is there a way to avoid the buckler's penalty to attack rolls?

Buckler: Benefit: [...] You can also use your shield arm to wield a weapon (whether you are using an offhand weapon or using your off hand to help wield a two-handed weapon), but you take a –1 ...
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Can a buckler be dealt armored sacrifice damage while two-weapon fighting?

Armored Sacrifice (Ex): When damage would cause the fighter or an adjacent ally to be knocked unconscious or killed, the fighter can instead direct the damage to a suit of armor that he is wearing or ...
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How can I adjudicate a character attempting a “shield crush” attack to pin a creature?

In a recent game at my table, the cleric wanted to use his shield to pin a ghoul against the wall in order to stop it hitting people and make it easier to hit. The player was thinking of it like a ...
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How exactly does Shield Master work?

Does Shield Master removing shields' two-weapon fighting penalties mean I don't take any penalties when dual wielding shields, even if I don't have the Two Weapon Fighting feat? I plan on getting ...
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How does shield bashing work?

I've looked in the DMG and the PHB, but have only found ancillary uses of the shield. The Shield Master feat (PHB, p.170) gives you neat perks, but doesn't act as a weapon (beyond the bonus shove ...
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Can Hexblade warlocks use a staff and shield?

Hexblade warlocks gain proficiency with shields at 1st level from the Hex Warrior feature (p. 55): At 1st level, you acquire the training necessary to effectively arm yourself for battle. You ...
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Spellcasting with focus and shield [duplicate]

Warlock with Wand +1 and shield (hexblade, he has proficiency in shields) A spellcaster must have a hand free to access a spell's material components—or to hold a spellcasting focus—but it can be ...
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Are there stats for the Roman Scutum in any supplement?

The Roman Scutum was a shield much like a tower shield but smaller and lighter: While a D&D Tower Shield is 45 lbs. and can't bash, a Scutum was typically about 22 lbs. (10 kg) and was ...
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How much cover do non-Medium tower shields provide?

Per the tower shield description, it's possible to deploy a tower shield to effectively create a wall along one edge of your space. This makes sense for Medium creatures wielding Medium tower shields, ...
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Does the Dueling Fighting Style prevent using a shield?

The Dueling fighting style doesn't seem to state anything about shields, stating that the character can only wield one weapon while fighting to gain the benefit. Does a shield count as a weapon or ...
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Would dual wielding shields apply the second benefit of Shield Master feat twice?

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 ...
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Does the tower shield's table entry trump the text?

The Player's Handbook on Armor on Maximum Dex Bonus on Shields says, "Shields do not affect a character’s maximum Dexterity bonus" (122), yet Table 7–6: Armor and Shields in its entry for the tower ...
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Cheapest way to cast spells with sword and (heavy) shield?

Suppose a spellcaster wishes to use a heavy shield, or even a heavier shield like a tower shield. Divine, so arcane spell failure doesn’t apply, but they are using a weapon. Since heavy (and heavier) ...
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Can a steel shield be equipped with wooden spikes?

We found out our party might be fighting vampires. It could be cool if my shield-bashing fighter affixed wooden shield spikes on heavy steel shield. Can this be a thing, RAW?
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Can you use a shield with shield spikes to make a bludgeoning attack?

With any regular shield, typically one makes bludgeoning damage with a shield bash. If you add shield spikes, it changes the damage die and type to piercing. Would it be possible still use the altered ...
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What book contains the rules for Riot Shields?

So, I know there are no rules for riot shields in the basic nor advanced Small Arms Combat rules. I'm wondering what supplement, if any, does contain rules and equipment for anti-ballistic shields. ...
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What would be the rules for an “Improvised shield”? [closed]

If a character were to hold up a metal lid or broke off a wooden door or even froze some water into a roughly shield-like shape, what would be the rules for using such an item as a shield? Would it ...
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Can a Monk with the Unhindering Shield feat use Heavy Shields effectively?

I had an idea to play a monk who uses a shield in his fighting. After a little searching, I came across the Unhindering Shield feat. The feat lists a benefit which is specific to bucklers. ...
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Can you enchant a shield for defense and offense?

Can I enchant a Light Spiked Steel Shield with +1 for AC and ACP, and another +1 for Attack and Damage Rolls? What would the price be, and how would that be calculated? Two separate +1’s or would ...
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What is the cost of a +1 Mithral Heavy Steel Shield?

I need a breakdown of the item costs: Base price Mithral +1 Enchantment I’ve read that there have been conflicting prices between the Core Rulebook and Ultimate Equipment.