Shield Master Unleashed

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Everyone agrees that characters should be able to charge an opponent with a shield and shove them to the ground. There’s two ways to get this done in 5th Edition D&D:

  • You can do this normally by using one of your attacks to make a shove attack.
  • The Shield Master feat allows you to to this by tapping into your bonus action. As a result of some errata, you can only use the bonus action shield shove after you use your Attack action.
If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can use a bonus action to try to shove a creature within 5 feet of you with your shield.

Since this rule functions in an “if…then” arrangement, it requires that the Attack action comes first. There’s no making a promise that you’ll attack later. You’ve got to do it first.

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