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2007-04-03, 03:19 AM
Can a monk wear a shield?

I mean, the Ac bonus specifically states "Unarmored and unencumbered" Now, the encumbered part is based off of encumberance. You must have a light load(If I remember correctly) Or lose the bonus.

As for armor. well, I mean, Shields aren't really considered armor. They are like extra to it. Heck ,there's a "Shield" slot in the AC. It isn't armor.

So... can a monk wear a shield and still gain all his abilities?

Lord Lorac Silvanos
2007-04-03, 03:24 AM
No, Monks are prohibited from using shields as well.

When wearing armor, using a shield, or carrying a medium or heavy load, a monk loses her AC bonus, as well as her fast movement and flurry of blows abilities.

2007-04-03, 03:28 AM
I really gotta read all the way through on these things...

2007-04-03, 03:30 AM
In 3.0 it didn't specifically state shields, but they clarified it in 3.5.

2007-04-04, 12:50 PM
What about using a dancing shield?

2007-04-04, 12:56 PM
What about using a dancing shield?
Do you mean animated? Isn't Dancing for weapons?

2007-04-04, 01:07 PM
I'm pretty sure animated shields count as if you're wielding it in almost every way (I think it makes an exception for trying to shield bash?).

2007-04-07, 06:26 PM
Yes, that is my understanding of that property, as well.

2007-04-07, 08:15 PM
animated is cool, because they are not holding it

2007-04-07, 08:23 PM
i would say it counts, your not holding it.

2007-04-07, 08:29 PM
I find the mental image of a monk dancing around and accidently punching the animated shield because it can't keep up with him and gets in the way hideously amusing.

2007-04-08, 07:04 AM
also makes better practice then a punching bag