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I'm currently playing a Monk in Diablo 3.

Recently, I found a shield, and noticed that I was able to equip it. I was under the impression that Monks used unarmed abilities and attacks. Equipping the shield gives me a nice defense boost, but I'm afraid it will hinder my damage, my ability to use skills, or both.

Is using a shield on a Monk going to get me in a bind?

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Monks do not suffer from equipping a shield, except for losing the ability to equip a 2nd fist weapon or wield a 2-handed monk staff.

To note, the majority of the monk skills involve the monk sheathing his weapons in the first place (fist-weapons excepted), so you do tend to wind up with your shield on your back a lot, but its a visual effect only, as you can still block attacks as normal.

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  • Is this the same concept for wizards too?
    – Zero
    May 16, 2012 at 1:53
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    @Foxtrot Yes. No class suffers a penalty from equipping anything. May 16, 2012 at 1:55
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    Note: Dual-wielding weapons gives a 15% bonus to attack speed, which may be useful for a monk.
    – AndrewKS
    May 16, 2012 at 2:16
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    @Raven except for Demon Hunters who are locked out of several abilities if they font equip a bow. May 16, 2012 at 3:58
  • Good point. But if you don't want to use a bow, why the heck are you playing a Demon Hunter? May 16, 2012 at 4:00

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