Shields are defensive equipment in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. 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.
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Light but weaker, may give increased elemental resistance at the expense of stability. Often the best option for parrying and keeping a light-weight build.
A balanced approach that gives adequate stability at moderate weight. Better at blocking than small shields.
Extremely heavy shields that remove the option of parrying in favor of a shield bash, whilst also providing the best deflection capabilities of any category.
The table below shows the calculation for the Base Damage, Parameter Scaling, Damage Reduction and Stability.
Regular Upgrades Formula
Crystal Upgrades Formula
Lightning Upgrades Formula
Magic Upgrades Formula
Divine Upgrades Formula
Fire Upgrades Formula
Special (Twinkling) Shields Upgrade Formula
Boss (Demon) Shields Upgrade Formula