Steam armor suits often use shields on the battlefield. Not only do these provide extra protection, but the immense size of some of these shields allows them to stopgap walls and bulwarks against enemy fire.
Steam armor suits can carry shields just as creatures can, and the shields apply the appropriate shield bonus to the operator's Armor Class. Characters can integrate shields into a suit of steam armor just as they can weapons. An integrated shield provides an additional +1 shield bonus to AC and gains a +1 bonus on attack rolls with shield bash attacks.
A shield's market price increases with its size in the same way as a weapon's.
In addition to these standard shields, some steam armor suits include specialized defensive measures, such as the following.
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