Magic Shield

Spell Type Sorcery
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Slots Used 1
Spell Uses 5

 Magic Shield is a Sorcery in Dark Souls. To cast a sorcery, you must use a Catalyst or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries


Sorcery for casters who wield swords. Magic augmentation: left shield.
Shields augmented by magic are resistant to magic attacks and have higher stability. This spell makes it possible to challenge powerful foes with a small shield.



  • Buff, Support, Shield
  • Duration: 15 seconds
  • Reinforces the equipped shield or weapon able to block in the left hand with magic. Works on all types of shields (even unique or upgraded to any path) and on all weapons able to block while on the left hand (even unique or upgraded to any path).
  • Halves stamina used on hit deflection (only on shields) and improves the shield's magic resistance by 30% (by up to a maximum of 90%).


Acquired From



  • Blocked Magic attacks' damage are reduced by an extra 30% (maximum magic resistance being 90%).
  • Unequipping the shield, or letting the spell run out, cancels this effect.
  • Seems to roughly halve the stamina used to block an attack (tested on heater shield).
  • Does not raise damage when used on weapons on the left hand.


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    • I am creating a Witch Beatrice-themed character and Magic Shield(/Strong Magic Shield) seemed like obvious choices to compensate for the lack of stability in the Cracked Round Shield.

      After testing with multiple wooden/light shields in Undead Burg - shield with the lowest base stability possible - I found the following:

      - The stamina reduction listed on the page is only true of attacks which are fully deflected - if you block an attack, but it does not interrupt the enemy's animation and place them in stun, there is still some stamina reduction but it is minimal.
      - This makes the base Magic Shield less useful for the Cracked Round Shield, which doesn't have enough base stability to deflect even the weakest attacks in NG Undead Burg.
      - For the attacks and shields I tested, I couldn't find a shield which was more capable of deflecting with Magic Shield than without.
      - If Magic Shield actually increases stability, it is minimal enough that I didn't notice an improvement in ability to deflect attacks.
      - I noticed this about Strong Magic Shield as well

      With all this in mind, for my Witch Beatrice theme, Strong Magic Shield is considerably better. While it does not improve the Cracked Round Shied's deflection, it improves damage reduction to 100% for all sources of damage, mitigating the main disadvantage.

      For any other build, just don't use the Cracked Round Shield. Ever. Friends dont let friends use crack...ed round shields.

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