House Rules: Feats – Active Shield Defense

Your expert use of your shield allows you to strike at vulnerable foes even when you forgo your own attacks in favor of defense.
    Prerequisites: Shield focus, Shield Proficiency.
    Benefit: When fighting defensively and using a shield, you do not take the standard fighting defensively penalties on attacks of opportunity.
    When using the total defense action and a shield, you still threaten the area around you as normal. You can make attacks of opportunity with a –4 penalty.
    Normal: You take a –4 penalty on all attacks while fighting defensively. You cannot attack while using the total defense action.
    Special: A fighter can select Active Shield Defense as one of his fighter bonus feats
Source: Player's Handbook 2

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