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I am new to the game and trying to decide where to put my points. The manual seams to be a bit vague when it come to stat descriptions, however it does say:

Shield - Additional blocking points.

So I assume this is useless if you are dual-wielding?

Also, is it possible to re-distribute the stat points at a later date?

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Haven't played 2, but I know the first version has a button on the stats screen to purchase a respec. – Doozer Blake Mar 28 '12 at 11:24
I'd say that using a shield will still raise your blocking skill. When you move to two-handed later, you will still benefit from the blocking tree so long as the blocking perk is not shield-specific. – oscilatingcretin Jul 3 '12 at 17:54

No, because 2 handed weapons, if you look, you can only use block, like shield, but it would be for duel weapons.

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While you still have a shield equipped when dual wielding or using a two handed weapon, you can't use it in either of these cases. Therefore if you never plan to use a one handed sword and shield, it would be a waste to increase your Shield stat.

I'm not aware of any way to respec your character, unfortunately.

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