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Tower

Source Ultimate Equipment pg. 9, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 151

Statistics

Cost 30 gp Weight 45 lbs.
Armor Bonus +4; Max Dex Bonus +2; Armor Check Penalty -10
Arcane Spell Failure Chance 50%; Speed —/—

Description

This massive wooden shield is nearly as tall as its user. In most situations, it provides the indicated shield bonus to your AC. As a standard action, however, you can use a tower shield to grant you total cover until the beginning of your next turn. When using a tower shield in this way, you must choose one edge of your space. That edge is treated as a solid wall for attacks targeting you only. You gain total cover for attacks that pass through this edge and no cover for attacks that do not pass through this edge (see cover, Core Rulebook 195). 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 cannot bash with a tower shield, nor can you use your shield hand for anything else.

When employing a tower shield in combat, you take a –2 penalty on attack rolls because of the shield’s encumbrance.