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Questions tagged [shield]

For questions about shields, defensive armor carried or worn on the arm for the protection of the body.

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Do you also lose the magical bonus of a magic buckler when two-weapon fighting?

If you use a magically enchanted buckler and a weapon in that hand, do you also lose the enchantment bonus to AC?
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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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Does an Animated Shield cause penalties if I'm not proficient with shields?

If my character isn't proficient with shields but is using a shield, the armour section says the following: If you wear armor that you lack proficiency with, you have disadvantage on any ability ...
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Can a sorcerer/paladin use an animated shield without any casting drawbacks?

My main concern is can I use it without any penalties that are added to holding a shield while casting spells, such an item would become more cumbersome than a weapon when casting but does the ...
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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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Do adamantine shields have damage reduction?

The SRD discusses the benefit of adamantine to weapons and armor. It specifies that armor gets damage reduction dependent on whether the armor is heavy (3), medium (2), or light (1). There is no ...
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What is the price of a shield?

What is the price of a shield? I have looked in the Player Handbook and I can't seem to find any specifics relating to the price of a shield.
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Can a tower shield provide cover for more than one person?

If a tower shield is used to provide total cover as a wall does anyone standing behind the person using the tower shield also have cover from an attack such as a dragons breath weapon? Would there be ...
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Does a shield count as wearing metal armor for Shocking Grasp?

If an enemy is not wearing metal armor but is wielding a metal shield, do you get advantage on the attack roll for Shocking Grasp?
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Does Shield Master only grant DEX save bonuses vs. single-target spells?

The second effect of the 5e feat "Shield Master" reads (emphasis mine): 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 use an enemy as a shield, thus gaining benefits from cover?

Can I grapple the enemy and then use him for cover?
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Does a Tower Shield providing Total Cover in a 5-foot doorway block Channel Energy from going through?

So, like the title is asking, does a Tower Shield providing Total Cover in a 5-foot doorway block Channel Energy from going through? Aka, can a party heal safely if the tower-shield fighter blocks ...
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To what extent does the Shield Master feat ignore penalties?

Reference: Shield Master (Combat) Your mastery of the shield allows you to fight with it without hindrance. Prerequisites: Improved Shield Bash, Shield Proficiency, Shield Slam, Two-...
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Do monsters need to don the shields in their stat blocks?

PHB page 146 says that donning and doffing a shield takes 1 action for PCs. However I did not find anything about monsters. For example, a goblin (MM page 166) wears both a leather armor (AC 11 + ...
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Is a Shield considered to be Armor when addressing Armor Proficiency? [duplicate]

This question stems from another. Does a shield count as "armor" with regard to the proficiency requirements listed under Armor Proficieny?
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Can Mage Hand wield a Shield?

I'm a caster with Mage Hand, and am wondering if I could use it with a regular Shield to create an ad-hoc Floating Shield. I ask because: Shields provide +2 AC but weigh 6lbs Mage hand has a weight ...
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Do you still gain the magical benefits of a shield when wearing but not wielding it?

So I gave one player's character a +1 magic shield that also grants resistance to ranged attacks. He wants to wear it on his back and still have the range resistance, arguing that he's technically "...
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Do I get shield bonus to AC when using armour spikes as an off-hand weapon?

Suppose a character has armour spikes, a weapon in his primary hand and a shield in his other hand. If he uses two-weapon fighting to attack with the primary weapon and the spikes as his off-hand ...
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Does the Tavern Brawler Feat mean you have to choose between Shield or Duelist?

Tavern Brawler Accustomed to rough-and-tumble fighting using whatever weapons happen to be on hand, you gain the following benefits: [...] You are proficient with improvised weapons. [...
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From which squares does a Tower Shield provide Total Cover?

When a character uses a tower shield for total cover, which squares does that protect against? Obviously the square on the other side of the shield, but what about the diagonals? Total Cover: If ...
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Can I put away my shield during a grapple?

I would like to know if it's possible to do this. With the Shield Master feat: Turn 1, shove prone with shield, grapple with free hand Turn 2, put away shield while maintaining grapple Turn 3, ...
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Barbarian with Dual Wielder feat and shield

Just as a clarification to Would dual wielding a sword and shield as an improvised weapon count for dual wielding perks?: If I have the Dual Wielder feat and Extra Attack (level 5 Barbarian) and I'm ...
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Dual Shield Build [closed]

Really badly want to do either a Dwarven dual shield paladin or fighter. I would basically want to be a wall that can push, taunt and just be an undying shield carrier all around. Is there ANY form ...
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Can I wear a shield and fight with a two-handed weapon?

In my group, we've been working with the understanding that you can wear a shield and fight with a two-handed weapon, the assumption being that you only get the +2 AC if you're actively wielding the ...
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Can you shield bash for AOO?

Are you allowed to make attacks of opportunity with a shield bash? Or is a better question for this, can/do you threaten with a shield?
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Do clerics lose the shield bonus while casting a spell when they provoke an AOO?

Im building a cleric and I am confused about clerics and shields. I did have another question but found it answered here. My remaining question is when a cleric casts a spell while holding a light ...
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Can a Character Dual-Wield Bucklers, and Enjoy More AC Bonuses and Enchantments?

For wizards it's fairly standard practice to get a mithral buckler and enchant it with something (Death Ward, Energy Immunity, etc). My question is: is it possible to have a mithral buckler on both ...
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Are there stats and rules for shield and anti-ballistic shield use in the modern day?

How are shields supposed to work in Vampire: the Masquerade? I've found some stats in Dark Ages (where they are very effective weapons for parrying attacks) but I don't know if there are stats for ...
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Does the dex bonus to AC from armor and shield stack?

I have a dwarf with full plate armor and a tower shield with dex of 16 (+3). Full plate grants a max dex bonus of +1 to AC and the tower shield +2. Now, can I get both the +1 AND +2 to get a +3 dex ...
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How does the warcaster feat interact with arcane spells, and Eldritch Knight's use of war magic?

I know war caster negates the need of a free hand for somatic components, but it's not negating the need of an extra limb for manipulating materials! (I know you can use the same hand for both ...
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Can a fighter use their shield as an improvised weapon in addition to a regular attack?

Can a level 3 fighter use their shield as an improvised weapon and attack using their bonus action on top of their regular attack?
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Can a Light Domain Cleric cast Burning Hands while carrying a shield?

I have a Light Domain Cleric who gets, as part of the Light Domain, the Burning Hands spell. Can I cast this spell while carrying a shield? I subscribe to the idea that one physically must touch one'...
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Can Flame Blade be used with a shield?

Flame blade says that "You evoke a fiery blade in your free hand". For practical purposes, lets call your free hand "Left" and your cast hand "Right" (if indeed you receive the blade in the hand you ...
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How Does a Shield Bash Work on Multiple Targets?

I had a circumstance come up in the 5E Campaign I am running where a PC (Paladin) came across several (3) goblins that all stood up and advanced on him as he came around a corner in a dungeon. He ...
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Can a mundane shield be used with Mage Armor?

Mage armor: You touch a willing creature who isn't wearing armor, and a protective magical force surrounds it until the spell ends. The target's base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier. The ...
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Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense?

Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense? Specifically, would using it inhibit a monk's unarmored defense? And does the Animated Shield require proficiency ...
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How should I implement a matador's cape used as a shield? [closed]

The first thought I had upon reading about the Swashbuckler from Unearthed Arcana: Waterborne was to create a matador. Unfortunately I was unable to find (after searching through the DMG, MM, and PHB) ...
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Does wielding a shield as an improvised weapon count for Dual Wielder and Two-Weapon fighting style?

Let's say I am wielding a dagger and shield, and I am using the shield as an improvised weapon. Would Dual-Wielder Feat and the Dual Wielding fighting style be in effect while I am using these as ...
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What stops an intelligent foe from just grabbing your Animated Shield?

An animated shield floats in front of you to protect you as if you were holding it. However, it has no physical connection to you like a real shield does. I understand its usage against mindless ...
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Can a Shield be Disarmed?

The Player's Handbook describes the shield as being wielded in one hand. However, the Armor category that displays the times to put on armor lists the shield is something that you don, and it takes ...
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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 I use two shields and get the AC bonus from both?

The question title sums it up fairly quickly. If a character is wielding two shields, one in each hand, does she gain the shield bonus to AC from both, or only the higher one? And where in RAW is this ...
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What feats specifically benefit a character's shield use?

I was building a defensively-minded cohort today when I realized that I've searched stacks of books for all the shield-boosting feats several times in the past, and decided that the Pathfinder ...
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How does combat with weapon and shield work?

In Ars Magic 5th I am not able to find how combat works for a character with weapon and shield. Attack total is: Dexterity + Combat Ability + Weapon Attack Modifier + Stress Dice Defense total is:...
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Do I still get the AC bonus from a shield if I use a 2 handed weapon?

Do I get the +2AC from a shield if it stays on my back all the time? Another way to look at it: If I use my Versatile weapon as two-handed, does my AC go down? I'm still proficient in all my gear, ...
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Can I load a hand crossbow while holding a shield?

Can I load a hand crossbow if I am using a shield and the crossbow? Would I be able to get multiple attacks with Crossbow Expert if I am using a shield and a hand crossbow?
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Pinning a Shield with a Shield?

Question(s) Would shield bashing, or using the shield as a weapon, meet the requirements of the Pin Shield feat? Also, would Agile Shield Fighter have any effect? For instance, would that allow to "...
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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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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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Would a torch be considered a weapon when using a light shield and the Weapon and Torch feat?

According to the Weapon and Torch feat (Dungeonscape, p. 47) I can: Attack once with your melee weapon. If the attack hits, you also sweep your torch across your foe's eyes, dealing ld6 points of ...