Shield, Broad (3.5e Equipment)

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Shield, Broad
Exotic One-Handed Melee
Critical: ×2
Range Increment:
Type: Bludgeoning
Shield Bonus: +3
Maximum Dex Bonus: +6
Armor Check Penalty: −4
Arcane Spell Failure Chance: 30%
Hardness (Steel): 10
Hardness (Wood): 5
Size Cost Damage Weight hp
Steel Wood Steel Wood Steel Wood
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.

The Shield Proficiency feat does not grant proficiency with a broad shield, but the Tower Shield Proficiency feat does.

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.

Table: Heavy Spiked Shield Damage
Fine Diminutive Tiny Small Medium Large Huge Gargantuan Colossal
1d2 1d3 1d4 1d6 1d8 2d6 3d6 4d6 6d6

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.

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