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What is the point of a shield proficiency?

The disadvantages are the same as wearing regular armor you lack proficiency with (Note, I used the basic rules pg.44 as a reference, but the information should be the same as in the PHB, pg. 144) You ...
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How can I adjudicate a character attempting a "shield crush" attack to pin a creature?

Prone was an excellent choice You said that the cleric wanted "to stop [the ghoul from] hitting people and make it easier to hit." The prone condition has the following two applicable ...
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Using shields with versatile/two-handed weapons?

It's not that easy. Donning or doffing a shield costs an action: see the table on Player's Handbook page 146. Therefore most characters cannot don a shield after making an attack or doff the shield ...
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Does a shield count as wearing metal armor for Shocking Grasp?

While a shield can be indeed made of metal, you are wielding it, not wearing it. In the equipment chapter (p. 144) the PHB refers to a wearer of armor, but says you wield a shield. "Rules Answers: ...
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Can I wear a shield and fight with a two-handed weapon?

I think you're bypassing the "don" and "doff" rule for shields. I agree that there's daylight to be seen between carrying and "wielding" a shield. But I'll pose you this ...
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Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense?

The Animated Shield says that it protects you as if you were wielding it. This strongly implies that you aren't wielding it. The Monk's Unarmored Defense feature works while you are wearing no ...
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Can you benefit from two different magical shields?

No (but your DM can allow it) Player's Handbook, p.144: You can benefit from only one shield at a time. It doesn't say you only gain the AC bonus from one shield, it says you cannot benefit from ...
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Can Mage Hand wield a Shield?

No A shield requires an arm, not just a hand, to wield: Anyone can…strap a shield to an arm. PH, Armor and Shields, p. 144 This jibes with real-world use of the large shields, where the arm provides ...
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How much attack damage does the AC boost from a shield prevent on average?

10% is the naive answer The +2 bonus to AC is 10% of the d20 roll, but it is more complicated than that: If the enemy can only hit you on a natural 20, adding a shield does not do anything If without ...
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Would dual wielding shields apply the second benefit of Shield Master feat twice?

No. The relevant rule in the armor section states: You can benefit from only one shield at a time. This means that only one shield serves to give you any benefit (including the ones from the ...
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Does Warcaster Feat Remove the need for proficiency with shields?

Using armor or shields you are not proficient with has more drawbacks than only not being able to cast spells. If you wear a shield without the proficiency you have... [...] disadvantage on any ...
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Does the Dueling Fighting Style prevent using a shield?

Jeremy Crawford (D&D designer at Wizards of the Coast) tweeted that dueling works with a shield: "does the duelling [sic] fighting style work with sword and shield?" It sure does! ...
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Is an equipped shield considered "wearing armor" for gaining benefit from the Defence fighting style?

No, wearing a shield does not count as Armor Shields are in the Equipment section (Chapter 5) of the PHB, but are not classified under the Armor section when determining Light, Medium, or Heavy Armor. ...
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Can you hold a shield without donning it?

Yes A shield is an item. You can pick up an item without an action (Player's Handbook p.190). Wielding a shield, not merely holding it, increases your Armor Class by 2 (Player's Handbook p.144). ...
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Do you still gain the magical benefits of a shield when wearing but not wielding it?

A magic item meant to be worn must be donned in the intended fashion: boots go on the feet, gloves on the hands, hats and helmets on the head, and rings on the finger. Magic armor must be donned, a ...
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Does the dex bonus to AC from armor and shield stack?

You take the lowest of the two maximum dex bonuses. As GMJoe noted, they aren't giving you a dex bonus, they're setting a maximum on your dexterity bonus to AC. As in, you cannot have a higher ...
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Can Hexblade warlocks use a staff and shield?

You can use a staff and shield, because you can use staves one-handed anyway A quarterstaff is a simple melee weapon with the versatile property, meaning that you can wield it one-handed without ...
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Can a mundane shield be used with Mage Armor?

Yes, as per a Sage Advice column covering this specific question. Can you use a shield with mage armor? Mage armor works with a shield. Shields are grouped with armor in the equipment rules in the ...
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Can a wizard ever use a shield?

The only ways for a wizard to gain shield proficiency are either multiclassing, or the Moderately Armored feat. Since Moderately Armored requires you to be proficient in light armor, most wizards will ...
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Can a mundane shield be used with Mage Armor?

Yes, because a shield is not armour The shield in the equipment chapter is in a different category than light, medium, and heavy armour, and in the classes section shields are listed as a separate ...
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Are shields constantly equipped while adventuring?

It’s your shield, so it’s up to you. There is no official “direct” answer to your question, except possibly what’s found in the introduction to the Player’s Handbook, in “How to Play the Game”: The ...
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If you're wielding a shield, can you use the same hand to hold another object?

RAW, Your hand is occupied. The description of a shield in the PHB states... Shields. A shield is made from wood or metal and is carried in one hand. Wielding a shield increases your Armor Class by 2....
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Is an equipped shield considered "wearing armor" for gaining benefit from the Defence fighting style?

No In the Monk Unarmored Defense section it is specified that Beginning at 1st level, while you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield... and in the Barbarian Unarmored Defense While you ...
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Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced?

Too good when your offense doesn’t need hands In theory, giving up a hand for more defense could be a fair trade—if you were losing offensive capability in the exchange. But as Dan B’s answer details, ...
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Do monsters need to don the shields in their stat blocks?

Unless an exception is specified, chapters 5 and 7-12 of the Players Handbook apply to monsters as well as player characters. This means that a monster does need to take an action to don or doff a ...
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Does a monster's AC change when it doesn't use its shield?

Short answer; treated like a PC in this case A hobgoblin has an AC of 18. It is 16 base AC for the chain mail, +2 for the shield. Being heavy armor, the chain mail does not add the wearer's Dex bonus ...
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Can you wield a a typical shield and Aegis of the Raven Queen at the same time?

The Aegis of the Raven Queen states: While holding this shield, you have a +3 bonus to AC. This bonus is in addition to the shield's normal bonus to AC. That's your normal shield bonus of +2 for ...
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Does having the Shield Master feat mean that the shield is indestructible?

D&D doesn't account for equipment wear D&D 5e does not have any general rules (outside of things like Rust Monster) for equipment wearing out or being damaged. The feat neither introduces such ...
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Is the Moderately Armored Feat really the only way for my dwarf to get shield proficiency without multiclassing?

You have to take the Moderately Armored feat to get Shield proficiency It doesn’t matter that you have Medium Armor proficiency from your race; proficiency with Shields is a different proficiency and ...
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Can more than one creature hold the Sentinel Shield to share its benefits?

Magic items must be worn properly to gain their magical benefits. The rules for wearing and wielding magic items state (emphasis mine): Using a magic item’s properties might mean wearing or wielding ...
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