I am playing a sword and board champion with a good athletics check. I realize that I won't be able to grapple or perform most other maneuvers because I have a shield in my hand, but I thought I might be able to shove using a shield. I have looked everywhere I can think of to find a feat or something that would allow me to shove with a shield to no avail. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?
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Honestly I wish they would just remove the free hand requirements for shove. Seems silly to me that it is impossible to perform this action with a shield or even with your feet. Why can’t you kick someone away from you? Seems to be a classic fantasy combat move.
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I'd say you could easily create an athletics skill feat that adds the Shove trait to Shields and Shield Boss attacks. That would give them the option of making a shove attempt with them. I could see a shield with shield spikes potentially making it inconvenient in shove attempts as the target might 'stick' to the shield, spoiling such attempts.
I wouldn't necessarily have a problem just adding that trait to those two, even without a skill feat.