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.
|“||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.||”|