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See the Speculation Shields page for shields seen in screenshots and vids.

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.

Read more about shields, their properties and usage

Small Shields | Standard Shields | Greatshields | Key

Small Shields


Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Aux Effects
Requirements
ParamBonus
Durability / Weight - Attack Type
Image
Name
07_phyATKDEX.png06_phyATKSTR.png
14_phyDEF.png
08_spelldmg.png
15_spellDEF.png
09_fireDMG.png
16_fireDEF.png
10_lightningDMG.png
17_lightningDEF.png
icon_dmg_cbonus.png
icon_prot_stab.png
12_poisongDMG.png13_bleedDMG.png11_darkDMG.png
icon_aux_toge2.png
05_strength.png
06_dexterity.png
09_intelligence.png
10_faith.png
durability + weight icon here
Attack
Type
Acquired From
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Small Leather Shield











Strike/Parry
Hunter starting class shield

Target Shield












Strike/Parry
Dual Swordsman starting class gear


Standard Shields


Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Aux Effects
Requirements
ParamBonus

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_aux_toge1.png
icon_aux_toge2.png
icon_strength.png
icon_dexterity.png
icon_intelligence.png
icon_faith.png
icon_other_dura.png
icon_other_weig.png
Attack
Type
Acquired From
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Silver Eagle Kite Shield
99
100
0
45
0
45
0
45
0
45

8
5
0
0
41
2.3
Slashing/Parry
Starting Soldier equip in network test beta. Can be bought from the Melentia.

Dragonknight's Shield
79
100
0
40
19
50
0
45
0
40

8
11
0
0
41
2.3
Strike/Parry
Temple Knight starting gear

Golden Wing Shield










150
2.3
Strike/Parry
Warrior starting gear



Greatshields


Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Aux Effects
Requirements
ParamBonus

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_aux_toge1.png
icon_aux_toge2.png
icon_strength.png
icon_dexterity.png
icon_intelligence.png
icon_faith.png
icon_other_dura.png
icon_other_weig.png
Attack
Type
Acquired From
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Imperial Shield
175
100
0
70
0
70
0
70
0
70

20 STR
0
0
0
61
5.2
Strike
Corpse in the Executioner's Chariot boss arena






































Key

Shields in Dark Souls II are very different from Dark Souls, they have more resistances and damage types.
Shield setup.PNG

As you can see there are additional block percentages for dark/poison/bleed/and what appears to be crystal or some other element along with the original 4 damage types from the first game.
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