Armor and Shields

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Armor and Shield Proficiency

All armors are defined as non-armor, light armor, medium armor and heavy armor.

  • Non-armors take up the armor slot on the body, may be worn without proficiency without penalty, and may not have magical armor properties.
  • Light armors take up the armor slot on the body, require proficiency to wear without penalty, and may have magical armor properties.
  • Medium armors take up the armor slot on the body, require proficiency to wear without penalty, may have magical armor properties, and reduce all movement rates greater than 20 feet per round by 5 feet. Movement rates of 20 feet per round or less are not reduced by medium armor.
  • Heavy armors take up the armor slot on the body, may not be worn without proficiency without penalty, may have magical armor properties, reduce all movement rates greater than 20 feet per round by 10 feet and reduce all movement rates of 20 feet per round or less by 5 feet per round (to a minimum of 5 feet per round).

Most characters gain proficiency with armor or shields as a result of their chosen character class. However, characters may also take one or more of the following feats to gain proficiency with armor and shields which are not normally wearable by their character class:

The heaviest shields require their own feats to wear them without penalty. These are:

Note that a few character classes have the ability to wear a Tower Shield as part of the armor and weapon proficiencies offered by the class. These classes obviously do not need to take the Shield Use: Tower Shield feat, since their class grants it for free.

Armor and Shield Non-Proficiency

In order to wear armor or a shield without suffering a non-proficiency penalty, the wearer must either be permitted to wear that armor or shield by their chosen character class or have the appropriate proficiency feat for the armor type in question (e.g. Shield Proficiency, Light Armor Proficiency, Medium Armor Proficiency or Heavy Armor Proficiency).

A character who wears armor and/or uses a shield with which they are not proficient takes a penalty to to-hit rolls and Str- and Dex-based ability and skill checks equal to either -4 , or the armor's (and/or shield's) armor check penalty, whichever is greater. The penalty for non-proficiency with armor stacks with the penalty for non-proficient shields or non-proficient weapons.

Armor Check Penalty

Most armors as well as any shield, hurt a character's ability to use Dex- and Str-based skills. An armor check penalty applies to all Dex- and Strength-based skill checks. A character's encumbrance may also incur an armor check penalty. If a character is wearing armor and using a shield, the armor check penalties of both are added together before being applied to Dex and Str-based skills.

Armor check penalties apply even when a character is proficient with the armor or shield they are wearing. However, armor check penalties do not apply to any skill with which the character has a Natural Talent, even if the skill in question makes use of the character's STR or DEX modifier.

Arcane Spell Failure Chance

Armor interferes with the gestures that a spellcaster must make to cast an arcane spell that has a somatic component. Arcane spellcasters face the possibility of arcane spell failure if they’re wearing armor. Bards can wear light armor and use shields without incurring any arcane spell failure chance for their bard spells.

Casting an Arcane Spell in Armor: A character who casts an arcane spell while wearing armor must usually make an arcane spell failure check. The number in the Arcane Spell Failure Chance column on Table: Armor and Shields is the percentage chance that the spell fails and is ruined. If the spell lacks a somatic component, however, it can be cast with no chance of arcane spell failure.

Shields: If a character is wearing armor and using a shield, add the two numbers together to get a single arcane spell failure chance.

Donning Armor and Shields

Donning a suit of armor properly takes one minute of time per weight class of the armor, and assumes you have a person helping. Thus, light armor can be donned in one minute, medium armor in two minutes, and heavy armor in three minutes. War Plate requires four minutes to don. Donning armor without a helper requires twice as much time.

You can also hastily don armor in order to quickly make yourself ready for a surprise encounter in the middle of the night. When laying down for the night in hostile territory, armor-wearing adventurers usually arrange their armor in a carefully stacked-up mass, so they can do the 'fireman' trick of just jumping right into it. By arranging the armor in this fashion, the wearer can don it without assistance, and needs one full-round action per weight class of the armor (except for War Plate). Thus, light armor requires a full round, medium armor requires two full rounds, and heavy armor requires three full rounds. War Plate requires four full rounds to don hastily.

Hastily donned armor inflicts a penalty of -1 to the wearer's AC and the Armor Check Penalty is increased by 1. These penalties persist until the wearer can take the time to adjust and strap on the armor properly (requiring minutes per weight class).

If you have assistance while hastily donning armor, your helper can expend a full round action to reduce the total time required for you to hastily don the armor by 1 round. You can have up to two assistants helping you at one time (meaning, with two assistants, you can hastily don heavy armor in one round).

You and any assistants are all assumed to be taking full-round actions when hastily donning armor.

Most shields require only a move action to equip. War shields, however, require a full round action to equip. You do not require assistance when equipping a shield, but having assistance also does not reduce the time required to equip the shield. You cannot hastily don a shield.


Armor Don With Assistance Don Without Assistance Hastily Don1
Light Armor 1 minute 2 minutes 1 full round action
Medium Armor 2 minutes 4 minutes 2 full round actions
Heavy Armor 3 minutes 6 minutes 3 full round actions
War Plate 4 minutes 8 minutes 4 full round actions
Shield Done With Assistance Don Without Assistance Hastily Don1
Buckler - 1 move action -
Light Shield - 1 move action -
Heavy Shield - 1 move action -
War Shield - 1 full round action -
1 — Inflicts a -1 penalty to the wearer's AC, and increases the armor check penalty by 1.


Sunders Against Armor

Armor is more difficult to Sunder than most worn or wielded objects, since its primary purpose is to protect the wearer. Armor has a durability score akin to unattended objects, meaning it has a number of points of Siege Points equal to its Durability score. As a result, it often requires more than one successful Sunder attempt to inflict the Broken condition upon the armor, and it is possible for extremely durable armors to even withstand hits from some smaller siege weapons.

  • Light armor has a durability of 2 (requires 2 points of Siege damage to inflict Broken)
  • Medium armor has a durability of 3 (requires 3 points of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • Heavy armor has a durability of 4 (requires 4 points of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • The durability of armor is increased by 1 if the armor is made entirely of metal.

Sunders Against Shields

Shields, like armor, are designed to protect the wearer, and are therefore more difficult to Sunder. Shields have a durability akin to unattended objects, requiring more than one successful Sunder attempt to inflict the Broken condition upon the shield. In addition, if an enemy attempts to sunder any of your worn or wielded items, and you are proficiently wielding a shield, you may ALWAYS elect to have that sunder check apply to your shield instead, as long as your shield does not already have the Broken condition.

  • Bucklers have a durability of 1 (requires only 1 point of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • Light Shields have a durability of 2 (requires 2 points of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • Heavy Shields have a durability of 3 (requires 3 points of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • War Shields have a durability of 4 (requires 4 points of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • Tower Shields have a durability of 5 (requires 5 points of Siege Damage to inflict Broken)
  • The durability of shields is increased by 1 if the shield is made of steel

Magic Armor and Shields

The rules for creating magic armor and shields can be found on the following pages:

Light Armor


Chain Shirt
Light Armor edit
Chain Shirt
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
30 gp 4 4 -2 20% 30 20 3 25 lbs.
Special:
A chain shirt is more accurately described as a chainmail breastplate. It consists of a shirt of padded armor over which is a multiply-linked chainmail shirt which covers the entire torso. Chainmail is made of thousands of interwoven rings of iron, brass, or other readily-worked, high-strength, inexpensive metal. The main cost of chainmail is in the labor used to put it together. A chain shirt is remarkably heavy for its size, but the strength and flexibility give it a very good level of protection for a 'light' armor.

Hide Shirt
Light Armor edit
Hide Shirt
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
20 gp 3 4 -1 15% 30 20 2 18 lbs.
Special:
A hide shirt is more accurately called a leather breastplate. It consists of two or more layers of thick linseed-treated top-grain leather laminated with glue and lacquer into a segmented shell to cover the torso. It is lightweight and surprisingly protective, but quite rigid, so it is a bit restrictive.

Leather Armor
Light Armor edit
Leather Armor
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
10 gp 2 6 0 10% 30 20 2 15 lbs.
Special:
Leather armor consists of a suit of heavy cotton or linen which has been covered and reinforced with thick top-grain leather pieces treated with linseed oil, for hardness and supple durability. Heavy leather gloves and boots protect the hands and feet, while a sturdy boiled-leather cap protects the head.

Padded Armor
Light Armor edit
Padded Armor
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
5 gp 1 8 0 5% 30 20 2 10 lbs.
Special:
This armor consists of special clothing. It has a thick jacket made out of heavy cotton cloth and lined with leather reinforcements. The pants are of heavy canvas with leather straps and groin protection. A canvas hood over a leather cap protects the head and neck. Heavy leather boots and thick gloves of padded canvas round out the look.

Parade Armor
Light Armor edit
Parade Armor
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
750 gp 3 6 -1 15% 30 20 2 20 lbs.
Special: No armor penalty to Stealth
Parade armor is a product of a sophisticated culture that is capable of producing very protective armors, but chooses to make lighter armor that 'looks good.' This is used for functions such as parades, coronation ceremonies, standing guard in palaces, and so on. For adventurers, parade armor is a level of protection similar to studded leather but which has a little style to it. Parade armor may or may not be available in all campaigns. Parade armor is made of heavy cloth, leather reinforcements that may or may not be visible, and light chainmail reinforcements, which may or may not be visible. Due to this fine construction, parade armor may be constructed from any one of the dweomermetals. Parade armor is often used as a uniform by large and established social organizations, such as governments, churches, martial orders, etc. The clever construction of the armor deadens the noise that leather armors usually make, so wearers do not apply the armor check penalty of parade armor to their Stealth checks.

Quilted Cloth
Light Armor edit
Quilted Cloth
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
100 gp 1 8 0 10% 30 20 2 15 lbs.
Special: DR 3 vs ranged or thrown piercing weapons (only)
This armor consists of special clothing. The outer layer is quilted in a diamond shape with a nigh-rigid inner layer of stiff leather, with padding both in front of and behind the inner leather. This armor is designed specifically to resist light thrown piercing weapons (e.g. daggers, darts, shuriken, etc.) and all ranged piercing weapons (e.g. arrows, crossbow bolts, etc.), quilted cloth grants DR 3/-. Against all other forms of attack, it gives only its armor class benefits.

Studded Leather
Light Armor edit
Studded Leather
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
25 gp 3 5 -1 15% 30 20 2 20 lbs.
Special:
Studded leather is a leather armor suit which has been reinforced by the addition of five pounds of hammered brass or iron rivets, studs, and bosses. Anywhere the wearer is likely to suffer a strike will have studs added. Studded leather has a very distinctive 'manly polkadots' look to it. The extra weight and rigidity of the studs makes the leather a bit more cumbersome, but studded leather is otherwise quite a good level of protection.

Wooden Armor
Light Armor edit
Wooden Armor
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
20 gp 3 3 -1 15% 30 20 2 25 lbs.
Special: +2 bonus to Movement checks when swimming
Wooden armor is a suit of padded cloth armor which has been reinforced with various carved wooden parts. The wooden parts used are quite sophisticated, usually consisting of laminated sheets of coppiced ironwood (such as buloke, lignum vitae, or grey ironbark) glued to sheets of a very soft wood (such as balsa, soft pine, or linden). The resulting wooden parts are extremely durable but light, and wooden armor is actually buoyant enough to give the wearer a +2 to Movement checks when swimming.


Medium Armor


Armored Coat
Medium Armor edit
Armored Coat
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
50 gp 4 3 -2 20% 25 20 3 20 lbs.
Special: Can be donned or doffed with a move action.
An armored coat is a type of armor which is usually seen in more sophisticated, even civilized, settings. An armored coat is a massive leather coat, reaching to the ankles, with panels of light chain and heavy layers of linseed-treated top-grain leather in discrete spots for additional protection. Because the coat is not strapped to the body and merely rides on the shoulders it encumbers as medium armor, slowing your movement. But the huge advantage is the ease with which you can slip it on and off. Getting fully armored as a move action is a major advantage! An armored coat can be worn effortlessly over normal clothes, but will not fit over any other sort of armor, so don't try stacking it with other armors. Note: Mechanically, this item is an 'Armor slot' item, meaning it will stack with 'body' and 'chest' items but not other armor items.

Breastplate
Medium Armor edit
Breastplate
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
200 gp 6 3 -4 25% 25 20 4 30 lbs.
Special:
A breastplate is a vest and pants of padded cloth armor over which there is a solid, sculpted sheet of good-quality steel that covers the chest, belly, and groin in the front, the sides below the armpits, and the back down to the lower back. A breastplate also includes articulated lames for the shoulders and scutes for the buttocks. It leaves the arms, hands, feet, and head uncovered. It offers an amazing amount of protection for the body, and the weight and encumbrance reflect this fact.

Chainmail
Medium Armor edit
Chainmail
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
50 gp 6 2 -5 30% 25 20 4 40 lbs.
Special:
A suit of chainmail is a chain shirt to which has been added a full chain hood and a sturdy set of chain leggings. A leather cap and a suit of light padding is worn beneath the chain, and a seperate groin protector of finer chain is worn under the shirt and leggings to protect the groin and buttocks. The feet have sturdy leather boots covered by the chain leggings and the hands have chainmail gloves with leather beneath. The weight of the armor rides upon the shoulders and hips alone, making it a bit more awkward to wear than you might expect, even for the considerable protection it offers. Chainmail is the lightest of the 'full' armors, offering complete protection to the entire body save the face.

Hide Armor
Medium Armor edit
Hide Armor
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
30 gp 4 4 -2 20% 25 20 3 25 lbs.
Special:
Hide armor is a full suit of leather armor to which is added a hide shirt. Cloth and leather covers the entire body, while multiple layers of laminated and linseed-oil treated leather covers the torso, groin, and top of the head.

Martial Regalia
Medium Armor edit
Martial Regalia
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
1,100 gp 5 5 -3 20% 25 20 3 20 lbs.
Special: Armor Check Penalty reduced to -1 (instead of -3) for Stealth checks.
Martial Regalia armor is a product of a sophisticated culture that is capable of producing very protective armors, but chooses to make agile armor that 'looks good.' This is used for functions such as parades, coronation ceremonies, standing guard in palaces, and so on. For adventurers, regalia is a level of protection similar to chain mail but which has a little style to it. Martial Regalia may or may not be available in all campaign settings. Martial Regalia is made of tooled leather designed to conceal the heavy chainmail reinforcements. Due to this fine construction, regalia may be constructed from any one of the dweomermetals. Martial Regalia is often used as a uniform by rich, powerful organizations that need to maintain appearances, but actually be ready to fight at the same time. The leather over the chainmail deadens the noise such armor typically makes, and wearers take only a -1 armor check penalty on Stealth checks as a result (instead of -3).

Scale Mail
Medium Armor edit
Scale Mail
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
50 gp 5 3 -3 25% 25 20 4 30 lbs.
Special:
Scale mail is a full suit of leather armor to which is added a layer of beaten metal scales. These are riveted to the leather much like studded armor, but the scales are much larger and actually overlap on much of the armor. Cloth and leather covers the entire body, while scales coat the shoulders, outer arms, tighs, shins, etc. A sturdy chain coif and leather cap protects the head. The hands and feet are covered by scale-reinforced leather.


Heavy Armor


Banded Mail
Heavy Armor edit
Banded Mail
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
250 gp 7 1 -6 35% 20 15 5 35 lbs.
Special:
Banded mail is a more sophisticated evolution of splint mail, which is reflected in the price. The big advance in banded mail is the replacement of the chain leggings with greaves and the use of smaller and more numerous steel plates over cloth, rather than chain. The metal plates in banded mail are interlocked tightly enough that they transfer their own weight, and when that weight reaches the greaves, the warrior inside is no longer carrying that weight. Banded mail looks smoother and sleeker than splint mail, and it certainly feels it, too. A steel helm, steel gauntlets, and greaves cover the head, hands, and feet.

Coat of Arms
Heavy Armor edit
Coat of Arms
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
3,200 gp 8 2 -5 40% 20 15 4 30 lbs.
Special: Armor Check Penalty reduced to -2 (instead of -5) for Stealth checks.
A Coat of Arms is the product of a sophisticated culture that is capable of producing very protective armors, but chooses to make sturdy armor that 'looks good.' Despite its name, a Coat of Arms is a full suit of armor, not a coat. It is used for functions such as parades, coronation ceremonies, standing guard in palaces, and so on. For adventurers, a Coat of Arms provides a level of protection similar to field plate but which has considerably more "style". Coats of Arms may or may not be available in all campaigns. A Coat of Arms is made of tooled leather and/or ceramic bonded over the metal plates of the armor. Due to this fine construction, a Coat of Arms may be constructed from any one of the dweomermetals, not just those for metal armor. Coats of Arms are often used as a uniform by rich, powerful organizations that need to maintain appearances, but must also be ready for a serious fight. The leather and ceramic-bonded steel plates used in Coats of Arms make less noise than heavy armor typically makes, and wearers take only a -2 armor check penalty on Stealth checks as a result (instead of -5).

Field Plate
Heavy Armor edit
Field Plate
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
1,200 gp 8 1 -5 35% 20 15 5 40 lbs.
Special:
Field plate is very similar to Full Plate, except that it has been made easier to wear and a bit lighter. Metal is removed at the intersection points of the large forged steel plates of the plate armor, so that there is more room for freedom of movement. The amount of chainmail is increased in the joints and the number of auxiliary protective pieces is reduced, making it easier to wear. The down side is, there are larger gaps in the joints that are less well protected, so the armor value is decreased. As a positive, custom-fitting field plate looted as treasure is much easier, and only requires 60 gold pieces at an armorsmith.

Full Plate
Heavy Armor edit
Full Plate
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
1,500 gp 9 1 -6 35% 20 15 5 50 lbs.
Special:
Full Plate is the good stuff. Take banded mail and replace the bands with solid forged steel parts custom-fitted to the wearer's body. Full plate armor is self-supporting. You can assemble a suit of full plate without a person inside and it stands on its own. Light cloth padding is worn beneath full plate, and light chainmail over the padding re-inforces the joints. Scutes protect the buttocks and lames and pauldrons protect the shoulders. Non-magical Full Plate must be custom manufactured to fit the wearer, although suits recovered as treasure may be re-fitted for the cost of 200–800 gold pieces. An open-face steel helm, steel gauntlets, and steel greaves/sollerets cover the head, hands, and feet.

Splint Mail
Heavy Armor edit
Splint Mail
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
80 gp 7 0 -7 40% 20 15 5 45 lbs.
Special:
Splint mail is a set of chainmail which has had scores of long metal strips riveted to the outside. A steel cap, metal gauntlets, and sollerets over leather boots completes the suit of armor. Splint mail is genuinely heavy armor, but the relatively unsophisticated construction makes it even more burdensome than chainmail. The entire weight of the armor rests upon the shoulders and waist. Splint mail is quite affordable for heavy armor, but that's just about the end of its good qualities.

War Plate
Heavy Armor edit
War Plate
Cost Armor Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Base Speed Durability Wt
30 ft. 20 ft.
3,000 gp 10 0 -9 45% 20 15 5 60 lbs.
Special: Armor Check Penalty also applies to all Perception checks.
War plate is a suit of full plate which has been taken to the logical conclusion. The only place that is left unprotected by full plate is the face and joints, so war plate 'fixes' that problem. War plate replaces rondels and many lames with fitted steel plates to cover over weak points. War plate has fewer bits and pieces to cover the joints, but much larger and carefully fitted pieces. Donning war plate takes a full minute longer than that normally required to don heavy armor (4 minutes with help, 8 minutes without help), and a full round longer to hastily don (4 full rounds, instead of 3). Most significantly, war plate includes a helm which covers the face. A result of this extra protection is that war plate subtracts its armor check penalty from the Perception rolls of the wearer. Ouch. Non-magical War Plate must be custom manufactured to fit the wearer, although suits recovered as treasure may be re-fitted for the cost of 1,500 gold pieces.


Shields


Buckler
Buckler Shield edit
Buckler
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
5 gp 1 -1 5% No Yes 1 5 lbs.
Special: Able to use both hands with a -1 penalty to-hit.
This small wooden shield is worn strapped to your forearm. You can use a bow or crossbow without penalty while carrying it. You can also use your shield hand to wield a weapon (whether you are using an off-hand weapon or using your off hand to help wield a two-handed weapon), but you take a -1 penalty on all attack rolls while doing so. This penalty stacks with those that may apply for fighting with your off hand or for fighting with two weapons. In any case, if you use a weapon or any other item in your off hand, you lose the buckler's Armor Class bonus until the start of your next turn. Similarly, you can cast a spell with somatic components using your shield arm, but you lose the buckler's Armor Class bonus until your next turn. You can't make a shield bash with a buckler. Using a buckler is treated as a light shield with regards to proficiency, as well as supporting feats. Bucklers cannot be made of steel.

Light Shield, Steel
Light Shield edit
Light Shield, Steel
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
9 gp 1 -1 15% Yes Yes 3 6 lbs.
Special:
You strap a light shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A light shield's weight lets you carry other items in that hand, although you cannot use weapons or any other item with it. An item in a shield hand may be gripped and wielded with your other hand as a free action. If you wish to swap items between a held item and a wielded item, you may do so as a free action. Wooden and steel shields offer the same basic protection, though they respond differently to some spells and effects. Steel shields have more durability, wooden shields do not rust. You can bash an opponent with a light shield. Used this way, a light shield is a martial bludgeoning weapon. For the purpose of penalties on attack rolls, treat a light shield as a light weapon. If you use your shield as a weapon, you lose its Armor Class bonus until your next turn. An Enhancement Bonus on a shield does not improve the effectiveness of a shield bash made with it, but the shield can be made into a magic weapon in its own right.

Light Shield, Wooden
Light Shield edit
Light Shield, Wooden
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
3 gp 1 -1 5% Yes Yes 2 5 lbs.
Special:
You strap a light shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A light shield's weight lets you carry other items in that hand, although you cannot use weapons or any other item with it. An item in a shield hand may be gripped and wielded with your other hand as a free action. If you wish to swap items between a held item and a wielded item, you may do so as a free action. Wooden and steel shields offer the same basic protection, though they respond differently to some spells and effects. Steel shields have more durability, wooden shields do not rust. You can bash an opponent with a light shield. Used this way, a light shield is a martial bludgeoning weapon. For the purpose of penalties on attack rolls, treat a light shield as a light weapon. If you use your shield as a weapon, you lose its Armor Class bonus until your next turn. An Enhancement Bonus on a shield does not improve the effectiveness of a shield bash made with it, but the shield can be made into a magic weapon in its own right.

Heavy Shield, Steel
Heavy Shield edit
Heavy Shield, Steel
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
20 gp 2 -2 25% Yes No 4 15 lbs.
Special:
You strap a heavy shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A heavy shield is so heavy that you can't use your shield hand for anything else. Wooden and steel shields offer the same basic protection, though they respond differently to some spells and effects. Steel shields have more durability, wooden shields do not rust. You can bash an opponent with a heavy shield. Used this way, a heavy shield is a martial bludgeoning weapon. For the purpose of penalties on attack rolls, treat a heavy shield as a one-handed weapon. If you use your shield as a weapon, you lose its Armor Class bonus until your next turn. An Enhancement Bonus on a shield does not improve the effectiveness of a shield bash made with it, but the shield can be made into a magic weapon in its own right.

Heavy Shield, Wooden
Heavy Shield edit
Heavy Shield, Wooden
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
7 gp 2 -2 15% Yes No 3 10 lbs.
Special:
You strap a heavy shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A heavy shield is so heavy that you can't use your shield hand for anything else. Wooden and steel shields offer the same basic protection, though they respond differently to some spells and effects. Steel shields have more durability, wooden shields do not rust. You can bash an opponent with a heavy shield. Used this way, a heavy shield is a martial bludgeoning weapon. For the purpose of penalties on attack rolls, treat a heavy shield as a one-handed weapon. If you use your shield as a weapon, you lose its Armor Class bonus until your next turn. An Enhancement Bonus on a shield does not improve the effectiveness of a shield bash made with it, but the shield can be made into a magic weapon in its own right.

War Shield, Steel
Exotic Shield edit
War Shield, Steel
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
50 gp 3 6 -4 40% No No 5 50 lbs.
Special: -1 to-hit with all attacks while wearing a War Shield.
A War shield is strapped to the forearm and secured around the shoulders with a harness, as well as gripped by the hand. The hand and arm holding a War shield can do nothing else. Instead of a move action to equip, donning and removing a war shield requires a full-round action. War Shields are so heavy and so tightly strapped to the user's body that they cannot be used to perform shield bashes. As such, there is no damage entry for a War Shield. (Note that Shield Spikes may still be installed on a War Shield, and if they are, then the Spikes can be used to attack, even though the bare shield cannot.) War shields are noticeably larger than a heavy shield, and are more heavily built, to boot. To use a War Shield, you must take the feat Shield Use: War Shield (Feat). Once you take this feat, a War Shield is treated as a heavy shield for all other feats you may take. A War shield commonly covers "from chin to shin". You cannot use a war shield to grant yourself cover. When employing a war shield in combat, you take a -1 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield's size, mass, and strappings.

War Shield, Wooden
Exotic Shield edit
War Shield, Wooden
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
25 gp 3 6 -4 30% No No 4 25 lbs.
Special: -1 to-hit with all attacks while wearing a War Shield.
A War shield is strapped to the forearm and secured around the shoulders with a harness, as well as gripped by the hand. The hand and arm holding a War shield can do nothing else. Instead of a move action to equip, donning and removing a war shield requires a full-round action. War Shields are so heavy and so tightly strapped to the user's body that they cannot be used to perform shield bashes. As such, there is no damage entry for a War Shield. (Note that Shield Spikes may still be installed on a War Shield, and if they are, then the Spikes can be used to attack, even though the bare shield cannot.) War shields are noticeably larger than a heavy shield, and are more heavily built, to boot. To use a War Shield, you must take the feat Shield Use: War Shield (Feat). Once you take this feat, a War Shield is treated as a heavy shield for all other feats you may take. A War shield commonly covers "from chin to shin". You cannot use a war shield to grant yourself cover. When employing a war shield in combat, you take a -1 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield's size, mass, and strappings.

Tower Shield, Steel
Exotic Shield edit
Tower Shield, Steel
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
60 gp 4 2 -10 60% No No 6 90 lbs.
Special: -2 to-hit with all attacks while wearing a Tower Shield. Provides total cover from one direction.
A Tower Shield is the largest shield made. In order to use a tower shield, you must take the feat Shield Use: Tower Shield. Once you take this feat, a Tower Shield is treated as a heavy shield for all other feats you may take. Donning and readying a Tower Shield takes a move action like a heavy shield, although the in-combat penalties are very high to reflect the bulk of the thing. It is usually wooden, because a metal shield this big weighs a LOT. A tower shield is commonly made as tall as the wielder, so that when it is carried it covers even the crown of the head from attacks. In most situations, a tower shield provides the indicated shield bonus to your Armor Class. As a standard action, however, you can use a tower shield to grant you total cover until the beginning of your next turn. When using a tower shield in this way, you must choose one edge of your space. That edge is treated as a solid wall for attacks targeting you only. You gain total cover for attacks that pass through this edge and no cover for attacks that do not pass through this edge. The shield does not, however, provide cover against targeted spells; a spellcaster can cast a spell on you by targeting the shield you are holding. You cannot bash with a tower shield, nor can you use your shield hand for anything else. When employing a tower shield in combat, you take a -2 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield's encumbrance.

Tower Shield, Wooden
Exotic Shield edit
Tower Shield, Wooden
Cost Shield Bonus
to AC
Max Dex Armor Check
Penalty
Arcane Spell
Failure
Shield Bash? Hold Item /
Use Somatic?
Durability Weight
30 gp 4 2 -10 50% No No 5 45 lbs.
Special: -2 to-hit with all attacks while wearing a Tower Shield. Provides total cover from one direction.
A Tower Shield is the largest shield made. In order to use a tower shield, you must take the feat Shield Use: Tower Shield. Once you take this feat, a Tower Shield is treated as a heavy shield for all other feats you may take. Donning and readying a Tower Shield takes a move action like a heavy shield, although the in-combat penalties are very high to reflect the bulk of the thing. It is usually wooden, because a metal shield this big weighs a LOT. A tower shield is commonly made as tall as the wielder, so that when it is carried it covers even the crown of the head from attacks. In most situations, a tower shield provides the indicated shield bonus to your Armor Class. As a standard action, however, you can use a tower shield to grant you total cover until the beginning of your next turn. When using a tower shield in this way, you must choose one edge of your space. That edge is treated as a solid wall for attacks targeting you only. You gain total cover for attacks that pass through this edge and no cover for attacks that do not pass through this edge. The shield does not, however, provide cover against targeted spells; a spellcaster can cast a spell on you by targeting the shield you are holding. You cannot bash with a tower shield, nor can you use your shield hand for anything else. When employing a tower shield in combat, you take a -2 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield's encumbrance.