A shield contributes to the Armor and can prevent damage by blocking attacks. Warriors, Paladins, and Shamans are the only classes that may use shields. A shield cannot be used with weapons that require two hands to wield, as shields fill the off-hand slot.
Shields have one major difference from other armor pieces; they can be equipped or removed during combat. All other armor pieces must remain equipped/unequipped until the Warrior/Paladin/Shaman is no longer in combat.
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