Shields and bucklers apply their AV to your total only upon a successful block, which requires having the Shield skill. However, the DV penalty from carrying a shield is applied at all times. Equipping multiple shields gives a separate chance to block with each, but you'll only get the AV bonus from the best shield you block with.
Opposite to real life combat, Bucklers are equipped on your arm slot, while Shields will take up a hand slot. Equipping a Buckler or a Shield in the inappropriate slot will not allow you to utilize the block ability, while still deducting from your total DV.
Shields are useless without the appropriate Shield skills. Please remember to purchase shield skills to gain any benefits from equipping these items!
List of Bucklers Edit
List of Shields Edit
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