A material shield is a chunk or panel of material that can be carried in order to mitigate damage from oncoming attacks. Material shields come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. However the amount of damage a material shield can mitigate is determined by its material composition, its thickness, and if the material went through a manufacturing process.
A material shield requires you to have a free hand and you must use an action to raise it for defense. Once you have done so, you have disadvantage on all attack rolls. If the material shield is improvised and the material was not manufactured to be used as a shield (such as using a door), the shield will require you to use two hands instead of only one.
A material shield is made up of multiple areas known as panels. Whenever you would take damage while you have a material shield raised, you can apply that damage to one panel on the shield, dealing the damage to the panel’s mitigation. If the mitigation is reduced to 0, any remaining damage is done to you.
If you apply non-targeted damage to a material shield (such as a ballistic grenade) the damage is applied to all panels. In this case, you would take the remaining damage from the panel that blocked the least damage.
There are two types of material shields: manufactured and improvised.
Improvised Material Shields
Improvised material shields are panels of material or objects that weren’t expressly manufactured to be used as a shield.
When determining the damage mitigation and weight of an improvised material shield, you can use the table below as a guide. Each material is assuming the shield has a surface area of 1 foot by 1 foot. When working with larger shields, the shield has a number of panels equal to its surface area in feet, rounded down (i.e. a 3 foot by 3 foot shield will have 9 panels).
For materials not listed, a comparable material from the table can be used or a custom amount of damage mitigation and weight can be determined at the GM’s discretion.
|Wood||1 (0.5 lb)||2 (1 lb)||5 (2 lbs)||7 (4 lbs)||+5 (+4 lbs)|
|Rock1||3 (2 lbs)||6 (4 lbs)||14 (8 lbs)||26 (15 lbs)||+18 (+15 lbs)|
|Metal1||6 (5 lbs)||12 (10 lbs)||25 (20 lbs)||45 (40 lbs)||+35 (+40 lbs)|
|Fiber||5 (1 lb)||10 (2 lbs)||22 (4 lbs)||36 (8 lbs)||+28 (+8 lbs)|
|Monster Hide2||3 (0.5 lb)||6 (1 lb)||14 (2 lbs)||26 (4 bs)||+18 (+4 lbs)|
Manufactured Material Shields
Atrox Fiber Guard. The atrox fiber guard is the flagship material shield of the company. Made of reinforced fiber, it is available in three variations: Personal, Professional, and Riot-Proof.
|Personal||2||20||6 lbs||¢ 120|
|Professional||3||25||10 lbs||¢ 225|
|Riot-Proof1||4||30||18 lbs||¢ 490|
Mauser Gorgon. The mauser gorgon is a specialty shield that must be fitted onto a motorcycle and requires no hands to use. As an action, the pilot of the vehicle can raise the shield to protect them as they drive. The gorgon provides it’s defense to the pilot or passenger of the motorcycle. It is available in two variations: Basic and Reinforced.
Unlike a normal shield, the mauser gorgon protects the driver with a circular defense – with each panel taking up one 6th of the circle. These panels can be rotated while piloting the motorcycle.
|Basic||6||18||80 lbs||¢ 395|
|Reinforced||6||28||150 lbs||¢ 735|
Mauser Scale. The Mauser scale is a metal shield in the shape of a dragon’s scale with a sharpened base. It is available in three variations: White, Black, Red.
In addition to being a material shield, the mauser scale can be used to make a melee might attack roll. This attack roll is not made with disadvantage even if the shield is raised. This attack roll has a reach of 5 feet. On a hit, the target takes 2d4 piercing damage. This shield has the fleshrend weapon property.
|White||2||15||4 lbs||¢ 80|
|Black1||2||20||5 lbs||¢ 215|
|Red2||2||25||7 lbs||¢ 555|
Seimono Laser Disk. The Seimono laser disk is a shield composed of polished, reflective synthetic material that is reinforced against laser projectiles. It is available in three variations: Compact Disk, Hard Disk, and Astral Disk.
Unlike other shields, this shield has an additional laser mitigation stat. All laser damage is done to the laser mitigation instead of the normal mitigation stat. Once either the mitigation or laser mitigation is reduced to 0, the panel breaks.
|Compact Disk||1||8||70||6 lbs||¢ 205|
|Hard Disk||2||15||50||12 lbs||¢ 370|
|Astral Disk1||2||25||120||55 lbs||¢ 895|
Daggerr Outlander. The Daggerr outlander is a monster hide shield collected and cured by the company’s master hunters. It is available in three variations: Goblin, Troll, and Hydra.
Unlike other shields, each panel of the outlander recovers 1 mitigation every minute, unless it is reduced to 0 mitigation. Fire damage is doubled when striking the outlander shield.
|Goblin||3||10||4 lbs||¢ 195|
|Troll||3||20||6 lbs||¢ 480|
|Hydra||3||30||8 lbs||¢ 1,005|