Greatshield of Artorias+5

physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg 100 icon_dmg_cbonus.png 100
magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg - stability_dark_souls.jpg 88
fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg - durability_dark_souls 600
lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg - weight_dark_souls 16.0
Requirements & Bonus
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Weapon Type Greatshield
Attack Type Strike
Enchantable Yes
Special Yes

"Shield born from the soul of the great grey wolf Sif, guardian of the grave of the Abysswalker Knight Artorias."
"Boasts consistent defense and divine protection against various status effects."

Acquired from:


  • Has the highest stability of any non-crystal shield in the game
  • Special: Attacks blocked with the Greatshield of Artorias do not cause any status effect at all (the bar will not even appear), the attack must be blocked however. Area of effect attacks will not be blocked, such as ambient effects like the poison swamp of Blighttown, or the curse mist from basilisk. As such this shield will not block the curse effect from Seath's crystal attack.
  • In online play, the shield will not block 100% bleed / poison / toxic. This may be because it doesn't appear to be the actual Great Shield of Artorias ( design is different )
  • Upgraded with demon titanite and 5000 souls.
    • However, doing so does not increase stability, so it's advisable to leave it unupgraded.



Greatshield of Artorias Upgrade Table

Unique Upgrades are performed by any Blacksmith or by using the Weapon Smithbox.
To reach max, you need: 25000  souls and 10 demon_titanite_dark_souls  Demon Titanite.
Regular Reinforcement Scales 34% for strength_dark_souls.jpgStrength to increase your AR. 

  Attack Values Parameter Bonuses Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Great Shield of Artorias physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg strength_dark_souls.jpg dexterity_dark_souls.jpg intelligence_dark_souls.jpg faith_dark_souls.jpg physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg stability_dark_souls.jpg
Regular 80 - - - D - - - 100 50 80 40 88
Regular +1 (1xdemon_titanite_dark_souls) 84 - - - D - - - 100 50 80 40 88
Regular +2 (1xdemon_titanite_dark_souls) 88 - - - D - - - 100 50 80 40 88
Regular +3 (2xdemon_titanite_dark_souls) 92 - - - D - - - 100 50 80 40 88
Regular +4 (2xdemon_titanite_dark_souls) 96 - - - D - - - 100 50 80 40 88
Regular +5 (4xdemon_titanite_dark_souls) 100 - - - D - - - 100 50 80 40 88



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    • Anonymous

      88 Stability? Bro that is insane. Imagine having that thing in the later games and combining it with the baneful bird ring. You can block for days.

      • Anonymous

        In online play, the shield will not block 100% bleed / poison / toxic. This may be because it doesn't appear to be the actual Great Shield of Artorias ( design is different )

        What? Will it change upon entering PvP? Or is it just different from the cleansing greatshield? If so, thats not elegantly written. But maybe its just me, im not a native english speaker, after all.

        • Anonymous

          tried this on seath; it seems to actually block all curse effects as well ... guess i know what i'm using in endgame XD

          • Anonymous

            In my opinion, this is the best greatshield in the game. People say Havels but it's ridiculous strength requirement and the fact it doesn't block status effects 100% is not worth some extra defence in magic, fire, and lightning. Sure, it's a LOT of defence but still, you get higher stability, resistance, still high or moderate defence in all catagories for FAR less strength and less weight. Unless you're talking about using it as a weapon, in which case I don't know the numbers, this shield is just far more versatile and easy to use. IF you can use it naturally then you probably don't care about weight anyway so go ahead and use it but it's not worth even ten non scaling points of strength if you're already at 40, just get this shield. (And it's cooler looking too)

            • Anonymous

              Hands down, best PvE shield in the game. This thing no-sells Havel's 2 hand attacks with only minimal stamina loss.

              • Anonymous

                2 less stability than a max Crystal tower shield, but with a couple better resistances and, well, durability.

                • Anonymous

                  Having a hard time? Why bother with 2 handed swords? Just equip this *****ing amazing shield and block them to kingdom come.

                  • Anonymous

                    Its funny how the wiki says it upgrades with Demon Titanite and also with Twinkling Titanite , I request someone edit it with the correct one .

                    • Anonymous

                      Funny this is better than the Cleansing Shield, But the Abyss Greatsword is better than the Greatsword of Artorias imo. Neat.

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