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Shield spikes

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


Cost +10 gp Weight +5 lbs.


Deadly spikes and bladed projections extend from some shields, transforming such pieces of armor into weapon in their own right. Shield spikes turn a shield into a martial piercing weapon and increase the damage dealt by a shield bash as if the shield were designed for a creature one size category larger (see “spiked light shield” and “spiked heavy shield” on Table 1–5: Martial Weapons). You can’t put spikes on a buckler or a tower shield. 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.