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Keywords are: 'warrior skill shieldblock block' Skill: shield block Lvl 8 Warr (21%) (critical) Shield block is a warrior skill used to block an opponents' blow with a shield. Shield fighting is its own discipline, and while using a shield is almost always beneficial, only those trained in blocking are able to do it well. It is a passive skill, which means that it is always active if you are using a shield. Most weapons, unarmed attacks and even some unusual types of damage like blasts, zaps and spits can be blocked. However, flexible weapons like whips and flails can easily bend around and bypass shields. Shield block varies in effectiveness depending on the type of shield and whether or not weapons are wielded. Using a two handed shield is the most effective way to shield block, as they have a higher minimum chance of blocking attacks. However, while using such a shield you will be unable to attack using a normal weapon. Using a two-handed weapon, or dual wielding two weapons, is less effective than blocking attacks with a two handed shield. However, using a one handed shield and weapon allows you to both parry and block, which is more effective than using either a two handed weapon or two handed shield. The tradeoff is that the two handed shield may have higher AC and you won't be able to use combo attack bonuses. It is highly recommended that all players learn this skill at some point. Even if you have a low dexterity, or a low warrior level, shield block can still serve to protect your character from a sizable percentage of attacks.



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