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Shields in Dark Souls II are an integral part of survival as players begin to understand enemy mechanics. As they are more than just a barrier used to distance yourself from imminent attacks, shields are widely avaiable in various sizes which allow a player to mesh their main-hand weapons into a personalized playstyle. With offensive applications in addition to their apparent defensive application, strategic use of the shield allows for more than simple damage reduction.

 

How to choose the right shield

 

  • Shields grant the ability to parry attacks, block incoming damage (Physical , etc.), and depending upon the type, may have Unique abilities during their strong attacks.
  • Damage reduction depends upon the shield's stats against each element. Resistances may increase slightly as the shield is upgraded.
  • The value of stability: stability seems to work as % decrease of a hidden "stability dmg" modifier tied to enemy attacks. [It may be directly tied to dmg , but further testing needed] So if an enemy attack would deplete 20 points of stamina, shield with 50 stability means it will only deplete 10 points. This means that 75 stability shield is 2x better then 50 stability shield just as 60 and 20 stability respectively. Highest value is 2 handing[+5 stability on great shields/+10 on smaller ones?] +5 havel shield/+10 gyrm shield with 2nd dlc ring that adds 5 points more. That caps the stability at 90/90%. Probably the reason of nerfing havel from 88 to 80 [without nerf we would have 98/98% stability which would mean almost infinite blocking. [Any further data with exact testing results are welcomed here.]
  • The offensive properties of a shield have no effect on its defensive abilities. 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. While two-handing a shield, its stability will be raised by 10 unless it is a greatshield, in which case, stability will increase by 5. (this actually shows up on the shields properties on the equipment screen)
  • Magic shield spells do not increase stability. Otherwise, stability could reach levels beyond 100%, allowing for a complete lack of stamina depletion.

 

 

 

Strike/Parry Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Aux
Aux Res
Counter Damage
Poise Damage
Stability
Requirements
ParamBonus
Durability / Weight
Image &
Name
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png
icon-wp_physicaldef.png
icon-magicbonus.png
icon-wp_magicdef.png
icon-firebonus.png
icon-wp_firedef.png
icon-lightningbonus.png
icon-wp_lightningdef.png
icon-darkbonus.png
icon-wp_darkdef.png
Poison-Bleed-Damage.png
Poison-Bleed-Resist.png
Petrify-Curse-Resist.png
icon-CounterStrength&PoiseDamage.png
icon-wp_stability.png
icon-strength.png
icon-dexterity.png
icon-intelligence.png
icon-faith.png
Icon-Durability&Weight.png
Acquired From
icon-strengthscale_green.png
icon-dexscale_green.png
icon-magicbonus_green.png
icon-firebonus_green.png
icon-lgtngbonus_green.png
icon-darkbonus_green.png
Buckler.png
Buckler
60
75
0
30
0
65
0
50
0
50
0 - 0
50 - 40
40 - 40
100 - 10
30
7
D
13
-
-
-
-
-
- - 50
1.5

Forest of Fallen Giants near Cardinal Tower bonfire

Small Leather Shield.png
Small Leather Shield
50
75
0
35
0
50
0
60
0
40
0 - 0
50 - 40
40 - 40
100 - 10
30
5
D
-
-
-
-
-
-
- - 70
0.5

Forest of Fallen Giants

Target Shield.png
Target Shield
60
80
0
30
0
65
0
50
0
45
0 - 0
50 - 40
40 - 40
100 - 10
35
8
D
12
-
-
-
-
-
- - 50
2.0

Found inside fake wall in the 3 Sentinels boss room in Lost Bastille

Crimson Parma.png
Crimson Parma
50
75
0
40
0
20
0
45
0
45
0 - 0
30 - 25
25 - 25
100 - 10
35
6
D
-
-
-
-
-
-
- - 40
1.0

In a chest on the way to Heide's Tower of Flame from Majula

Iron Parma.png
Iron Parma
65
85
0
30
0
65
0
65
0
50
0 - 0
30 - 30
30 - 30
100 - 10
45
10
D
-
-
-
-
-
-
- - 80
3.0

Warrior Starting Equipment

Purchased from Maughlin the Armorer

Foot Soldier Shield.png
Foot Soldier Shield
42
60
0
55
0
20
0
35
0
20
0 - 0
30 - 25
25 - 25
100 - 10
20
6
D
-
-
-
-
-
-
- - 40
1.5

Drops from Armored Skeleton

Drops from Hollowed Infantry

Manikin Shield.png
Manikin Shield
35
85
0
35
0
35
0
35
0
35
0 - 0
65 - 65
65 - 65
100 - 10
40
9
C
12
C
-
-
-
-
- - 40
1.5

Dropped from male manikins who wield a shield in Earthen Peak

Golden Falcon Shield.png
Golden Falcon Shield
45
80
0
65
0
65
0
65
0
65
0 - 0
20- 20
20- 20
100 - 10
35
7
D
10
D
- - - - 50
2.0

Shaded Woods

Shrine of Winter

Benhart's Parma.png
Benhart's Parma
52
80
0
50
0
40
0
50
0
50
0 - 0
50 - 50
50 - 50
100 - 10
40
7
D
-
C
-
-
-
-
- - 60
2.0

Purchased from Merchant Hag Melentia

Benhart of Jugo (quest)

Llewelyn Shield.png
Llewellyn Shield
73
90
0
75
0
70
0
70
0
70
0 - 0
50 - 50
45 - 45
100 - 10
45
9
C
7
B
-
-
-
-
- - 60
2.5

Drops from Stone Soldiers

Cleric's Parma.png
Cleric's Parma
47
50
0
70
0
75
0
75
0
65
0 - 0
30 - 30
30 - 30
100 - 10
20
7
-
7
E
-
-
-
-
- - 50
1.5

Drops from Dark Priestesses

Drops from Dark Spirit: Peculiar Kindular

Drops from male priests (for example, at Dragon Shrine)

Cleric's Small Shield.png
Cleric's Small Shield
25
75
0
70
0
75
34
90
0
65
0 - 0
40 - 40
40 - 40
100 - 10
30
8
-
12
D
-
-
-
-
-
C
- 60
2.5

Brightstone Cove Tseldora

Magic Shield.png
Magic Shield
22
75
40
95
0
70
0
70
0
70
0 - 0
10 - 10
10 - 10
100 - 10
25
8
-
14
D
-
C
-
-
- - 60
2.0

Drops from Leydia Pyromancer

Cursed Bone Shield.png
Cursed Bone Shield
23
85
0
70
27
85
0
70
0
70
0 - 0
30 - 30
60 - 60
100 - 10
30
12
E
12
D
-
-
-
C
- - 70
3.0

Drops from Dark Spirit: Merciless Roenna

Varangian Shield.png
Varangian Shield
52
80
0
40
0
40
0
40
0
20
0 - 0
60 - 60
60 - 60
100 - 10
40
9
D
11
E
-
-
-
-
- - 70
3.0

Rare drop from shield-wielding varangian warriors in No-man's Wharf.

Watcher's Shield.png
Watcher's Shield
40
95
0
65
0
65
0
90
0
80
0 - 0
40 - 40
50 - 50
100 - 10
40
8
C
11
C
-
-
-
-
- - 70
3.0

Soul trade Weaponsmith Ornifex

Phoenix Parma.png
Phoenix Parma
22
70
0
40
34
90
0
40
0
40
0 - 0
45 - 45
45 - 45
100 - 10
40
9
C
10
-
-
-
-
C
- - 50
2.5

Iron Keep

Sunlight Parma.png
Sunlight Parma
50
65
0
45
0
30
0
45
0
40
0 - 0
70 - 70
70 -70
100 - 10
35
7
D
11
C
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
1.5

Heirs of the Sun (Rank 1)

Transgressor's Leather Shield.png
Transgressor's Leather Shield
25
75
0
35
0
50
0
60
34
90
0 - 0
50 - 40
40 - 40
100 - 10
45
7
D
-
-
-
-
-
-
- -
C
70
0.3

Pre-order & Black Armour Edition DLC

Sold by Chancellor Wellager in Drangleic Castle after he updates his inventory.




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