Heavy Steel Shield

You strap a shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A heavy shield is so heavy that you can't use your shield hand for anything else.

Benefit:

Wooden or Steel: Wooden and steel shields offer the same basic protection, though they respond differently to spells and effects.

Shield Bash Attacks: You can bash an opponent with a heavy shield. See “shield, heavy” on Table: Weapons for the damage dealt by a shield bash. Used this way, a heavy shield is a martial bludgeoning weapon. For the purpose of penalties on attack rolls, treat a heavy shield as a one-handed weapon. If you use your shield as a weapon, you lose its Armor Class bonus until your next turn. 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.

Material Cost Hardness Hit Points Special
Steel $170 10 20 -
Wood $157 5 15 -
Iron, Cold $190 10 20 Magical enchantments cost an additional 2,000 gp.
Adamantine $2,020 20 26 Bypass hardness less than 20
Dragonhide $314 10 15 -
Mithral $1,020 10 15 1/2 weight, no arcane spell failure chance
Silver, Alchemical $260 8 3 −1 damage

1: The given costs include the masterwork component. The armor check penalties for masterwork armor and shields are lessened by 1.

Magical Armor and Shield Enhancements
Bonus Value Additional Cost Hardness Increase Additional HP
+1 +$1,000 +2 +10
+2 +$4,000 +4 +20
+3 +$9,000 +6 +30
+4 +$16,000 +8 +40
+5 +$25,000 +10 +50
+6* +36,000 +12 +60
+7* +49,000 +14 +70
+8 * +64,000 +16 +80
+9* +81,000 +18 +90
+10 * +100,000 +20 +100
  • An armor or shield can't have an enhancement bonus higher than +5. Use these lines to determine price

Unlike the additional cost, the increase to the armor or shield's hardness and hit points are only gained from its enhancement bonus, not its special abilities.

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