Shields

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  • Buckler (Shield)
    Buckler
    Light 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.
  • Heavy Shield, Steel (Shield)
    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 (Shield)
    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.
  • Light Shield, Steel (Shield)
    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 (Shield)
    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.
  • Tower Shield, Steel (Shield)
    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 cover acts against all attacks which require line of sight, even spell-like or supernatural effects. Attacks requiring only line of effect can go around this barrier, so are unaffected if they have sufficient range to reach you. 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 (Shield)
    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 cover acts against all attacks which require line of sight, even spell-like or supernatural effects. Attacks requiring only line of effect can go around this barrier, so are unaffected if they have sufficient range to reach you. 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.
  • War Shield, Steel (Shield)
    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. 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 (Shield)
    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. 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.