Does Hafted Defense work while in Beast Form?

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Does a Druid wielding a staff two-handed benefit from Hafted Defense when he uses Wild Shape to turn into his beast form?
I would say no. You have to be wielding your staff to gain the shield bonus. The staff is part of you and you gain its properties, the the shield bonus isn't a property of the staff it is a feat that triggers when you wield a staff in both hands, and in beast form no wielding is happening. Sadly
The CharOp Druid Handbook states that there has been an official ruling that it doesn't work, but doesn't state where that ruling can be found. It doesn't seem to be in the PHB2 FAQ, which would be the most logical place. I suggest you PM alien270 (the handbook author) and ask him.

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