Small Shields are lightweight shields with significantly more surface area than bucklers, allowing for better protection against piercing attacks. However, neither of these two smallest shields protect against missiles--like the buckler, a small shield adds +1 armor class penalty against missile attacks, compensating for the overall armor class bonus of -1. Small shields have a weight of 3 lbs and it requires 4 strength to wield them.

A small shield cannot be wielded by bards, mages, monks, sorcerers and thieves. Druids can wield this type of shield, despite the in-game statistics describing the opposite in Baldur's Gate (game) and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. This item also appears in Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and this also appears in Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. It's sold at most armor shops throughout all games.

In Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate: EE, it's available in three different colors, but in Shadows of Amn, it has completely different looks.

In-game descriptionEdit

A small shield is usually round and is carried on the forearm, gripped with the shield hand. Its light weight as compared to a medium shield permits the user to carry other items in that hand, although he cannot wield or carry another weapon.

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