Clerics and Shields: a question about casting spells and shoving in the same turn while wielding a shield.
I have a doubt about this. I have had various answers and they contradict each other so I would like some clarity on this question please. Some said “yes to shove, no to casting”, others said “yes to both” and someone said “yes to either, but not both”. I’m confused.
The crux is that I am a Cleric, I have a shield, I want to wear my shield in battle to benefit from the +2 AC and I want to use my feat in the same turn as casting a spell, without getting penalised.
Is a Cleric who is a) proficient in Shields, and b) trying to cast a spell with a somatic components, able to do so?
That is, without having to doff the shield and suffer the AC penalty. I seem to remember there being a rule about needing to have at least one hand free to cast spells?
Secondly, while having the Shield Master feat, would being able to shove a creature still work?
For example, I cast a cantrip with my action, use my bonus action to shove the creature which is 5 feet from me, and then use my movement to get away without triggering an attack of opportunity.
Thanks for your help with this.
You use shields not just for protection but also for offense. You gain the following benefits while you are wielding a shield:
• If you take the Attack action on your turn, you can use a bonus action to try to shove a creature within 5 feet of you with your shield.
• If you aren’t incapacitated, you can add your shield’s AC bonus to any Dexterity saving throw you make against a spell or other harmful effect that targets only you.
• If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your reaction to take no damage if you succeed on the saving throw, interposing your shield between yourself and the source of the effect.
(PHB p. 170)