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Single Weapon Style

I should know this . . . but I don't.

I'm going to play BG1 as a vanilla Thief. I was going to put a pip in swords of some type (haven't decided which yet), a pip in Short Bows and a pip in Single Weapon Style. If my Thief uses a buckler when using his sword will that negate the advantages conferred by Single Weapon Style?

Also does Single Weapon Style give you any advantages when using a bow (I'm guessing not)?


  • Permidion_StarkPermidion_Stark Member Posts: 3,655
    Thanks @Grond0 . I guess I won't be buying that buckler then.

  • AerakarAerakar Member Posts: 613
    edited September 2017
    @Grond0 is this true for BGEE, SoD, and Bg2EE as well?

    I have never noticed this before and often use bucklers (on thieves) with other items like Elves Bane and the Cloak of Displacement. The character sheet seems to correctly reflect the proper +/- based on damage type, or at least seems that way to me.

    Or do you mean this only applies if the charname uses a buckler with SWS?

  • Grond0Grond0 Member Posts: 3,650
    @Aerakar thanks for pointing this out. I thought I remembered testing this, but that was a long time ago and perhaps things have changed. I agree that in the EE the buckler is acting according to its description, i.e. it gives an AC bonus against slashing and crushing attacks, but not against missile and piercing ones. I've changed the incorrect information in my earlier post.

  • DevardKrownDevardKrown Member Posts: 418
    Darts /Longbow / Shortbow / Crossbow /Slings /Throwing- Hammers/Daggers/Axes will NEVER benefit from any weapon style.
    (exception are MAGICAL , RETURNING throwing weapons turned into their melee-mode aka Hammers/Daggers/Axes)

    Bucklers of note.

    -Buckly's Buckler (+1con) + Con Book = Free Health Regen during map travel and resting (as a half orc/Dwarf the buckler OR the book will do) (20con for all but elfs , haha pointy eared suckers)
    -Kiel's Buckler = +1 Dex , thats 5% on all thief skills and a possible AC dex modifier if its high enough.
    -(BG2) Buckler +3 = 4AC bonus (only 2 against missiles weapons if you use Sword and Shield style , nothing about piercing in the actual stats ?)

    if you plan on using Buckler's permanent you want to invest in Sword and Shield , missiles are the killer in BG1....they and random low level spells to the face...


    1AC and crits on 19+20 rolls.

    since your pure thief should not take the heath anyhow SWS and its possible higher dmg output are preferable. so use your Buckler as a Frisbee.

    that does not mean you cant store Kiel's and Buckly's in your backpack and quickly strap them on if you need +1dex or +1con for a short moment.

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