Shield Proficiency

( Player's Handbook v.3.5, p. 100)


You are proficient with bucklers, small shields, and large shields.


Required for

Block Arrow (HB) , Focused Shield (CP) , Improved Shield Bash (PH) , Shield Expert (SF) , Shield Wall (HB) , Tower Shield Proficiency (PH) , Parrying Shield (LoM) ,


You can use a shield and take only the standard penalties (see Table 7—6: Armor and Shields, page 123).


Barbarians, bards, clerics, druids, fighters, paladins, and rangers automatically have Shield Proficiency as a bonus feat. They need not select it.


When you are using a shield with which you are not proficient, you take the shield's armor check penalty on attack rolls and on all skill checks that involve moving, including Ride checks.

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