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Shield bashing

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Active shield bashing[edit]

Shield bashing is the act of attacking with a shield. It is performed by making a standard attack while actively blocking and wearing a shield.

The shield's Damage Reduction bonus is negated while shield bashing. Also, the shield's shield bonus to Armor Class is similarly negated, unless you have the Improved Shield Bash feat.

  • The applied attack, damage and critical values and on-hit effects of a shield bash depend only on the stats, effects and bonuses of the user's shield.
  • Note: You will be unable to shield-bash if auto-attack is enabled, unless you have the Improved Shield Bash feat, in which case your character will automatically bash while blocking, if your target is close enough.
  • Note: Doublestrike does not affect shield bashing. While guarding and bashing, the shield will never strike more than once on a single attack.

Secondary (passive) shield bashing[edit]

A Secondary shield bash is a chance of striking your foe with your shield whenever you attack with your main-hand weapon.

  • The player must not be blocking while attacking in order to make a secondary shield bash. A shield bash and a secondary (passive) shield bash are two separate attacks and should not be related as the same thing.
  • In order to be able to make a secondary shield bash, the character must first increase his chance of making a secondary shield bash through various feats, enchantments and item bonuses.
  • You'll actually see your character performing the bash when it happens. It is a quick combination-animation that does not slow down your normal attack rate.
  • A secondary (passive) shield bash rolls a separate dice from your main-hand weapon when attacking, for damage, critical and to-hit values.
  • The applied attack, damage and critical values and on-hit effects of a secondary shield bash depend only on the stats, effects and bonuses of the user's shield.
  • Since update 23, secondary shield bashes can proc while moving and have a 1 second cooldown.
  • Note: Doublestrike does not affect Secondary (passive) shield bashing. On a single attack, if you proc a doublestrike your main-hand weapon will strike twice, but your shield will always strike once.
  • Note: When executing an attack, your shield will always strike after your main-hand weapon. Therefore it is possible that your weapon will touch (hit and damage) the target, but your shield will not.
  • This can happen if: (a) you move your character after your main-hand weapon has touched the enemy. (b) the enemy moves after your character has touched him with his main-hand weapon. (c) the enemy is out of your shield's reach, but close enough for your main-hand weapon to touch him.

Effects that affect shield bash and secondary shield bash attacks[edit]

Enhancements[edit]

Effects[edit]

Sources of increased secondary shield bash chance[edit]

Feats[edit]

Enhancements[edit]

Items[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Shields in general have a smaller range in which they can reach enemies in comparison to other weapons. Although both weapons are considered melee, a longsword for example, has a long blade on its end and a character wielding it can reach his foes even while standing a few steps away from them, something which he can't do if he uses a shield.
  • Therefore it is recommended to stick as close as possible to your enemies, when fighting with a shield, otherwise many Shield-related skills and attacks will very often miss your target.
  • Some shields may have a higher or smaller range in which they can reach enemies, depending on their size.[Unverified"Some shields may have a higher or smaller range in which they can reach enemies, depending on their size." has not been verified in-game. Please verify it!]

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