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There are items in Diablo 3 other than a shield that give +% block chance such as Helm of Command. Does the bonus apply when you don't have a shield equipped?

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Yes. I just tried it. With shield 28%, without shield and with Helm of Command 8%. Also tried to block without a shield but with Helm of Command. I blocked attacks.

EDIT: BUT you have no block amount, so if you block, you block nothing.

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The result that I expected and you proved. Well done. –  deutschZuid Jun 7 '12 at 12:16
    
One reason something like this is interesting is you can block even without a shield equipped which effects certain skills... an example would be the heal from Renewal. –  DiabloMonkey Apr 1 at 14:22

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