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Greatshields are defensive equipment in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. These heavy unrelenting shields resemble more a wall than anything else. Weighing as much as 26.0 units these aren't your regular shield. These shields are too heavy for light characters to even consider wielding without sacrificing mobility or dedicated rings to lighten their load. However any character with a strong endurance who doesn't mind the heavy burden will find the best protection behind these shields. Not only do they give a major damage reduction boost against all types of damage and have the greatest Stability of all shields, they typically have the highest rates of deflection causing even heavy hitters to recoil. Small hits shouldn't even drain your stamina and even large hits and combos can be blocked without your guard being broken. Sadly the drawback is that large shields can't be used for parrying and instead have a shield bash as their secondary attack. While it can be used for breaking the enemies guard it's slow speed limits its use and is quickly redundant if your weapon of choice allows you to kick. The Greatshield of Artorias has a total of 88 stability, but the Crystal Tower Shield +5 has 90 stability which is the highest currently available, if impractical. 

 

 

Greatshields

 

  Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Stats Requirements
Param Bonus
   
Image Name icon_dmg_phy.png
icon_prot_phy.png
icon_dmg_magi.png
icon_prot_magi.png
icon_dmg_fire.png
icon_prot_fire.png
icon_dmg_lightn.png
icon_prot_lightn.png
icon_dmg_cbonus.png
icon_prot_stab.png
icon_strength.png icon_dexterity.png icon_intelligence.png icon_faith.png icon_other_dura.png
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Deflection Bash Acquired From
Notes
greatshield_of_artorias_1.png Greatshield of Artorias 88
100
0
50
0
80
0
40
100
88
34
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
600
16.0
Heavy Bash Ascended: any Shield +10 and Soul of Sif, at the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo.

*Attacks blocked with the Greatshield of Artorias do not cause any status effect
eagle_shield.png Eagle Shield 62
95
0
55
0
45
0
75
100
70
16
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
300
6.0
Heavy Bash Location: Blight Town near the bonfire on the upper level, a corpse perched on a support beam.
Note: Physical damage reduction changed from 100% to 95% in PTDE
tower_shield.png Tower Shield 80
100
0
40
0
75
0
50
100
72
30
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
300
13.0
Heavy Bash Drop:Tower Knights. One is in the Undead Parish Church by the Firekeeper Soul, one on the lower Ramparts on the roof of Sens, and the other (respawning) on the bridge to Pricilla in the Painted World. Can be purchased from the Crestfallen Merchant
black_iron_greatshield.png Black Iron Greatshield 80
100
0
40
0
90
0
50
100
71
34
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
230
16.0
Heavy Bash Location: Found along with matching armor, on a corpse on the bottom floor of the Anor Londo cathedral, near the painting.
giant_shield.png Giant Shield 80
100
0
60
0
75
0
75
100
68
36
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
300
18.0
Heavy Bash Drops: Giants Guards in Anor Londo
Purchase: purchased from the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo.
bonewheel_shield.png Bonewheel Shield 80
90
0
30
0
30
0
51
100
66
30
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
200
12.0
Heavy Spin* Drops: Bonewheel Skeletons in The Catacombs and Painted World of Ariamis (rare).
*Bash is replaced by a 3-hit wheel spin attack.
stone_greatshield.png
Stone Greatshield 82
100
0
80
0
75
0
65
100
80
38
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
400
20.0
Heavy Bash Drop: Stone Knights in Darkroot Forest (rare).
havels_greatshield.png Havel's Greatshield 84
100
0
90
0
80
0
80
100
84
50
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
500
26.0
Heavy Spell* Location: in a chest behind an illusionary wall in Anor Londo.

*Bash is replaced by a Stoneskin spell that temporarily increases poise and costs 300 durability.
Cleansing Greatshield.png Cleansing Greatshield 75
80
0
80
0
80
0
70
0
77
31
D
0
-
0
-
0
-
300
14.5
Heavy Bash Location: Rescue Sif from the Chasm of the Abyss.
(AotA only)

 

Table Key

Requirements /
Parameter Bonus
Attack Values Damage Reduction (%)
Reducing the elemental damage taken in %
Auxiliary Effects Others
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Strength
physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg
Physical
physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg
Physical
bleed_dark_souls.jpg
Bleed
durablity_dark_souls
Durability
dexterity_dark_souls.jpg
Dexterity
magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg
Magic
magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg
Magic
poison_dark_souls.jpg
Poison
weight_dark_souls.jpg
Weight
intelligence_dark_souls.jpg
Intelligence
fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg
Fire
fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg
Fire
divine_dark_souls.jpg
Divine
 
faith_dark_souls.jpg
Faith
lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg
Lightning
lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg
Lightning
occult_dark_souls.jpg
Occult
 
  critical_dark_souls.jpg
Critical
stability_dark_souls
Stability
   
  magic_adjustment_dark_souls.jpg
Magic Adjustment
     

Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost useless. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped.
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has.
Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)






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