Monster Mania: Shield Guardian

As glass cannons, Wizards typically try to find every avenue with which to better defend themselves. Whether it be the tank of the group, or in this case, a large metal construct. Shield Guardians are a spellcaster’s best friend. They are extremely strong and defensively imposing, giving their masters much needed backup when in an encounter. Each Shield Guardian is paired with an amulet that is worn by their master, and acts like an invisible tether where all the benefits of the Guardian works through. There are many benefits to this big fella: first is the ability to telepathically communicate with it and command it as long as you’re in the same plane, spellcaster’s are able to store one spell within it to then use at a later time when commanded, and perhaps the two biggest buffs you get from a Shield Guardian is the increase to your own AC when you’re near it, and any damage you take is halved and transferred to it.

These last two are especially huge for a squishy wizard. Along with these awesome abilities a Shield Guardian are extremely potent combatants. They primary form of damage is two fist attacks which is fairly simple but effective, but if you were to store let’s say fireball into it. Well then you have a perfect killing machine. Guardians also have a “natural” ability to regenerate at the start of its turns as long as it’s still standing. In a campaign where I am a player, my DM felt it prudent to gift me a Shield Guardian whom I have named Gary. He is my precious boy and will fight to the death for his survival. It’s been really fun to augment him and change his functionality to make him even more dangerous to protect our squishy squad.

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. A combination of emotional turbulence both positive and negative has been ravaging my existence, BUT I am getting back into the groove of things! I can’t wait to write more and give you some good stuff.

Thanks for reading Dungeoneers, I hope you enjoyed this new installment. If you liked what you read please consider donating to my ko-fi! Till next time.

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