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Shields

In a game where letting a single blow slip past your guard can lead to your untimely demise, shields play an integral role in your survival in Lordran. More than just a wall between you and the enemy, the player is presented with a wide variety of shield styles to choose from, allowing them the freedom to integrate their shield into their own personal playstyle. With offensive applications in addition to the predicted defensive applications, shield strategy can easily become far deeper than simply blocking damage.

The offensive properties of a shield have no effect on its defensive abilities, and new players can mistake a shield's attack power for it's overall strength. When looking at a shield, one of the most important stats is Stability - the higher the stability, the more efficient a shield is at blocking attacks, staggering enemies and using stamina. Damage Reduction will indicate how a shield fares in reducing the damage of different types of attacks; many shields can block physical attacks completely, but none are able to completely block elemental or magic damage. Shields also possess other properties, such as the ability to parry attacks, bash enemies, and use special attacks.

Read more about shields, their properties and usage

Small Shields

 

 

Standard Shields

 

 

 

 

Greatshields

 

 

 

 

Key

Requirements /
Parameter Bonus
Attack Values Damage Reduction (%)
Reducing the elemental damage taken in %
Auxiliary Effects Others
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Strength
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Physical
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Physical
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Bleeding
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Durability
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Dexterity
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Magic
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Magic
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Poison
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Weight
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Intelligence
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Fire
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Fire
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Divine
 
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Faith
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Lightning
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Lightning
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Occult
 
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Critical
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Stability
   

Attack Power: Physical/Magic/Flame/Lightning/Critical. Unless otherwise noted, all shields deal Strike damage.
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit.
Damage Reduction Rate: Reduces the Physical/Magic/Flame/Lightning/Stability damage taken in the % indicated. The last value, Stability, indicates how much force a shield can withstand before being knocked aside. The higher the Stability value is, the less stamina will be consumed when an attack is blocked. If the force of a physical attack is greater than a shield's stability value, only damage up to that value will be mitigated; the remainder will taken directly from the user's health.
Requirements/Multipliers: Strength/Dexterity/Intelligence/Faith. Divine shields scale with Intellect instead of Faith. As such there are no shields that scale with Faith.
Durability: The shield's HP; when the durability reaches critical, the effectiveness of it's attacks and blocks are severely weakened.
Weight: How much the shield weighs.
Deflection/Parry: The deflection level and parry type the shield has.
Description: Details regarding the shield's make, origin, etc.





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