Since swift spells still require spell components, a free hand to cast for material and somatic components.
While wielding a light steel shield and a longsword as a warpriest, can I legally transfer my weapon to my hand holding the shield (free action), cast my spell (swift action by special ability), and then return my weapon to my weapon hand (free action)? Would this cost me the AC my shield provides for the round?
Azten wrote:Light shields leave your hand free, so you don't need to go through all of that.
But I thought I read that if the hand wielding a shield was used to cast spells, shield bonus is lost, buckler or light.
There are different levels of "free". The small shield hand can hold objects but not manipulate them.
But they don't ignore material components or get around needing a divine focus. Which is what the OP is talking about.
Maybe but you still don't have to have a free hand to use those because:"The warpriest, does not need to have a free hand to cast a spell in this way."
So you can use your focus and components without needing a free hand to use them.