Shield of Want

104 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 100.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 43.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 58
icon_weight.png 5.5
Requirements & Bonus
D - - -
18 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Standard Shields damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Weapon Skill icon_fp_cost.png -

Shield of Want is a Shield in Dark Souls 3.

Shield of an ancient king who was cursed by an all-consuming thirst. In the end, he was no king.

The residue of the king's lust still smolders within this shield, increasing the number of souls absorbed when enemies are defeated.

Skill: Weapon Skill
Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon.

Notes and Tips:

  • Can NOT be Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • Provides an average damage block of 65.6%. Second highest stability among standard shields, but a whole 2 units lighter. Fields a rather high 18 strength requirement but is remarkably effective, in addition to its passive ability. One of the best general use shields in the game.
  • Increases souls gained by 20%. Stacks with other items.
  • Wearing Covetous Silver Serpent Ring provides 32% more Souls, if also wearing Symbol of Avarice you gain 98% more Souls.
  • Shield must be held for the souls to count. Will still count if you dual wield or two-hand a weapon.
  • You do not need to meet the Strength requirement to gain the 20% bonus.
  • Belongs to King Vendrick from Dark Souls II.

Location/Where to Find

  • Looted from a dead corpse in the lake with a giant worm at Smouldering Lake. (Video- Part 5 - 1:57:29)

Youtube Moveset and Location Videos:

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Shield of Want Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 104 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 61 63 43 61 58
+1 121 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 61 63 43 61 59
+2 138 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 61 63 43 61 59
+3 155 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 61 63 43 61 60
+4 172 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 61 63 43 61 61
+5 190 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 61 63 43 61 62


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. 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)

    • Anonymous

      01 Aug 2017 07:17  

      Where do you get the shield of want +1? On NG+1 bc im having so much trouble no one has made a video that ive found and ive looked EVERYWHERE. PLEASE HELP and thanks

      • Anonymous

        07 Jul 2017 20:27  

        When you say "shield must be held for the souls to count" does that mean you have to be holding it for the entire fight or just the kill? I'm thinking about equipping both the shield of want and the ethereal oak shield (to counter the health drain of the symbol of avarice) and then switching near the end

        • Anonymous

          11 Jun 2017 19:01  

          "Shield of an ancient king who was cursed by an all-consuming thirst. In the end, he was no king.
          The residue of the king's lust still smolders within this shield."

          This doesn't make much sense. Vendrick did everything to help his people survive, even making an ultimate sacrifice to (probably) save the land. This description identifies him as some sort of obsessed maniac.

          • Anonymous

            10 Jun 2017 17:44  

            hey guys just wanted to add this. using the shield of want you can wear both covetous golden and silver rings in one slot. Ezio96

            • Anonymous

              13 Jan 2017 03:53  

              My favorite greed item! Seriously though this is my favorite shield as I can't parry for anything and prefer weapon skill shields and this just happens to have a nice bonus to it.

              • Anonymous

                04 Dec 2016 07:48  

                This looks real clean with my sunset armor eastern leggings black leather gloves wolnir crown and of course my Claymore

                • Anonymous

                  26 Nov 2016 19:17  

                  The Silver Serpent Ring gives +10% souls, not +32%. Wearing the Silver Serpent Ring, the Symbol of Avarice, and the Shield of Want gives you +80% souls in total.

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Nov 2016 03:21  

                    This page is wrong. This is the forth most stable standard shield, not the second. The Black Knight shield is the most stable at 69 stability. The second and third is a tie between the Silver Knight and Stone Parma shield at 63 stability. This shield maxes out at 62 stability.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Nov 2016 11:27  

                      Confirmed that if you dual-wield two shields, the effects still stack. This might seem pointless, but if you're quick, you can equip a bunch of soul-boosting items right after killing a boss and get the bonus souls, because there a long lag between landing the final blow and actually getting the soul reward. Two Shields of Want, a Symbol of Avarice, and a Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2 result in an effective 181% soul bonus on top of your regular reward (e.g. from 100,000 souls you'd earn 281,000). You can get the same effect with a Mendicant Staff (and might, you know, actually be able to fight with it), but if you're in NG+ and too lazy to farm for that Staff, you're essentially guaranteed a second Shield of Want in Smouldering Lake.

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Nov 2016 00:48  

                        My favorite shield. 100% phys, awesome stability:weight ratio, good elemental protection, and gives you plus souls. 10/10 would dual-wield again.

                        • Anonymous

                          "Second highest stability among standard shields, but a whole 2 units lighter."30 Sep 2016 12:29  

                          Lighter than what ? I'm assuming the author is talking about the Black Knight Shield, but I think its name should be mentioned, especially for newer players who are not yet familiar with all the shields in the game.

                          • Reinforcement18 Aug 2016 01:29  

                            Does reinforcing it increase the amount of extra souls it gives? I doubt it since I haven`t seen ANYONE mention ANYTHING about it being a thing or not but if it does then that`ll help make farming easier.

                            • Anonymous

                              Two shields11 Jul 2016 19:56  

                              I got the shield in both ng and ng+. If I equip both shields in both hands, does the effect stack.?

                              • Anonymous

                                souls05 Jul 2016 05:49  

                                does the passive of getting souls work if you just have it on your back or do you have to have it equipped?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Stability?30 May 2016 16:58  

                                  I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that someone replaced the dark defence column with the shield's stability.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    It has the 3rd highest stability of medium shields not the second highest (as described above, is incorrect)12 May 2016 01:46  

                                    The Black Knights and Lothric Knights shields have better stability.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This is from Dark Souls 226 Apr 2016 04:36  

                                      The "Shield of Want" has the same graphic as the King's Shield from Dark Souls 2, but it looks really beat up now.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Nice touch, fromsoft.

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