Shield, Broad (3.5e Equipment)
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|Fine||17 gp 5 sp||8 gp||1||3 lb.||2 lb.||1||1|
|Diminutive||17 gp 5 sp||8 gp||1d2||3 lb.||2 lb.||3||2|
|Tiny||17 gp 5 sp||8 gp||1d3||3 lb.||2 lb.||6||4|
|Small||35 gp||16 gp||1d4||15 lb.||10 lb.||12||8|
|Medium||35 gp||16 gp||1d6||30 lb.||20 lb.||25||17|
|Large||70 gp||32 gp||1d8||60 lb.||40 lb.||50||34|
|Huge||140 gp||64 gp||2d6||150 lb.||100 lb.||100||68|
|Gargantuan||280 gp||128 gp||3d6||240 lb.||160 lb.||200||136|
|Collossal||560 gp||256 gp||4d6||360 lb.||240 lb.||400||272|
This shield is the biggest before the tower shield. In most situations, it provides the indicated shield bonus to your AC. However, you can instead use it as soft cover, though you must give up your attacks to do so. 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 can't use your shield hand for anything else.
When employing a broad shield in combat, you take a −1 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield’s encumbrance.
Wooden or Steel: Wooden and steel shields offer the same basic protection, though they respond differently to special attacks.
Shield Bash Attacks: You can bash an opponent with a broad shield, using it as a two-handed martial bludgeoning weapon. A broad shield is too large to bash in one hand without special training (the appropriate Exotic Weapon Proficiency feat). If you use your shield as a weapon, you lose its AC bonus until your next action (usually until the next round). 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. Note: Having proficiency with a broad shield as a shield does not grant proficiency with it as a weapon and vice versa.
Shield Spikes: When added to your shield, these spikes turn it into a exotic piercing weapon that increases the damage dealt by a shield bash as if the shield were designed for a creature one size category larger than you. Otherwise, attacking with a spiked shield is like making a shield bash attack.
An enhancement bonus on a spiked shield does not improve the effectiveness of a shield bash made with it, but a spiked shield can be made into a magic weapon in its own right.
Compared to a regular broad shield, a spiked broad shield costs 10 gp more and is 5 lb. heavier.