Bastion

Some say that a good offense is the best defense, but you find such boasting smacks of overconfidence. In your experience, the best defense is a good, solid shield between you and your enemies. You’ve focused your training on how best to use a shield to protect yourself and those around you.

Additional Feats: 6th Shielded Stride; 8th Reflexive Shield, Shield Warden; 10th Quick Shield Block; 12th Mirror Shield

Bastion Dedication Feat 2

Source PRG2:APG

Archetype Dedication

Prerequisite(s) Shield Block

You are particularly skilled at using a shield in combat. You gain the Reactive Shield fighter feat.

This fulfills any prerequisites requiring Reactive Shield as normal.

Special You can’t select another dedication feat until you have gained two other feats from the bastion archetype.

Disarming Block [free-action] Feat 4

Source PRG2:APG

Archetype

Prerequisite(s) Bastion Dedication, trained in Athletics

Trigger You Shield Block a melee Strike made with a held weapon.

You attempt to Disarm the creature whose attack you blocked of the weapon they attacked you with. You can do so even if you don’t have a hand free.

Nimble Shield Hand Feat 6

Source PRG2:APG

Archetype

Prerequisite(s) Bastion Dedication

You are so used to wielding a shield that you can do so even while using the hand that’s holding it for other purposes. The hand you use to wield a shield counts as a free hand for the purposes of the Interact action. You can also hold another object in this hand (but you still can’t use it to wield a weapon). This benefit doesn’t apply to tower shields, which are still too cumbersome.

Destructive Block Feat 10

Source PRG2:APG

Archetype

Prerequisite(s) Bastion Dedication

You can protect yourself more effectively, at the expense of your shield. When you Shield Block, you can reduce the damage to yourself by double the shield’s Hardness, but if you do, the shield takes double the normal amount of damage it would have taken (before applying its Hardness). You can’t use Destructive Block if your shield can’t be broken or destroyed, such as if you’re using an indestructible shield.

Shield Salvation Feat 12

Source PRG2:APG

Archetype

Prerequisite(s) Bastion Dedication

You can save your shield from total destruction, even after a devastating attack. If a shield would be destroyed due to damage taken during your Shield Block, the shield remains intact at 1 Hit Point instead. Its construction is weakened until you take the time to repair it, preventing you from using Shield Salvation to save the same shield until your next preparations. You can heal your animal companion’s wounds. You can cast heal animal as a beastmaster focus spell.

Increase the number of Focus Points in your focus pool by 1.

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