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    Default Stupid Shield Question

    Is there any reason other than flavor to prefer a metal shield over a wooden shield, or vice versa?
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    Metal shields have more hardness and hitpoints - so they are harder to sunder. They are also more fire-resistant.

    And then there are some spells like Warp Wood or Heat Metal that can or cannot affect the shield depending on its material.
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    And druids can't use metal shields. Don't forget that.
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    Well, Ironwood only works on wood, and can give a magical bonus if casted under the right conditions, so in my opinion, Wood beats metal if:

    1. You are a druid
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    2. Your DM likes the spells chill+heat metal
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    And if you have any worry about weight restrictions...
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    Since I don't want to start a new thread for annother stupid shield question:

    Why would somone use a light shield over a buckler? Even at first level it isn't that much more expensive.
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    You can't shield bash with a buckler.

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    Indeed, a Weapon and Buckler Character who is Disarmed (and doesn't have Improved Unarmed Strike) is considered Unarmed, whilst a Character with a Weapon and Light Shield who is disarmed is still considered Armed, as a Light Shield is also a Weapon.
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    Metal is fire resistance and hardier but wood is resistan to rust effects and weighs less and costs less.
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    one word:
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    Default Re: Stupid Shield Question

    The lower cost of wooden shields is probably only an advantage at first level.

    Mithral shields are mainly for gish builds ... or the unstylish munchkin wizard/sorcerer ... or if you want a sturdy shield but can't get adamantine yet.

    Encumbrance shouldn't be a problem as soon as a character can afford a Handy Haversack or a Bag of Holding.
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    Well, a mithral buckler isn't just for a gish, a plain 'ol wizard can find plenty of use for one. At high levels a +5 mithral buckler of heavy fortification can be a great asset to a wizard.

    However, until you can get a +3 buckler for cheep enough, you might as well stick with wands of shield
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    As I said, as mechanical useful as it is, a wizard with a real shield - how small it may be - is just unstylish. Archetypical wizards like our avatars would never use such things.

    Just my two cp.
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