Shields in Dark Souls 3 are an integral part of your survival as you learn the game, since even a single blow past your guard can lead to your untimely demise. 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 obvious defensive applications, shield strategy can easily become far deeper than simply blocking damage. If you'd like to see comparisons of the different shield types, please click the the link above each list.

For the shields in the DLC, see the Ashes of Ariandel Shields and The Ringed City Shields.


Small Shields

Small Shields  in Dark Souls 3 are a type of Shield that usually weigh very little and have the least form of protection from attacks. They are often used by players who prefer Parrying rather than Blocking. Players cannot use their Weapon's Skill without first putting a Small Shield away or without two-handing their Weapon





Standard Shields

These types of Shields usually weigh very little and offer a mediocre amount of protection. They are often employed by players who need a shield, but don't have a lot of points into the Strength stat.








These types of Shields usually weigh a decent amount and provide the best protection in the game. They are often used by players who have high Strength, as they require a good amount to use.



    • Anonymous

      17 Dec 2017 23:27  

      " Players cannot use their Weapon's Skill without first putting a Small Shield away or without two-handing their Weapon"
      You should prolly fix that, as Warrior's Round Shield and Eastern Iron Shield both have Weapon Art instead of Parry.

      • Anonymous

        16 Dec 2017 06:53  

        Hol' up, in the beginning of the game, some of the hollows with hoods have pikes, and what seems to be a round shield. Except, the shield is a bit broken and ragged. Is it a NPC-only item or is it obtainable?

        • Anonymous

          16 Aug 2017 16:38  

          why do i take damage with a 100% physical shield even when i put it up when i block a pure physical attack???

          • Anonymous

            06 Jul 2017 19:59  

            Missing the "Ethereal Oak Shield" from the first DLC which has 100 physical and 50 stability. Also slowly regenerates HP which makes it better than an average shield.

            • Anonymous

              08 Jun 2017 00:29  

              I'm currently going through the game with a 10Str and 10Dex build. So I have 2 questions.
              1: is there a shield with 100% physical in the game that I can wield?
              2: if I don't have the stats to properly wield the shield does that affect damage absorption? Or just damage if I punch them with it?

              • Anonymous

                30 May 2017 13:30  

                Been looking for a shield that will cast sorceries for its WA, kinda like the Clerics Candleholder or whatever it's called(straight sword). Any such thing?

                • Anonymous

                  29 May 2017 12:14  

                  I am trying to remove the Large Leather Shield from my inventory but I can't find the section that has "shields" in it, please help!

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Apr 2017 18:39  

                    shield recommended for blessed infusion? I want one that can have weapon skill ability mostly and high stability. Going for a paladin build

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Apr 2017 15:23  

                      Does anyone ever read comments before where they post on this wiki? Once you get so far, it's about 5 comments strait of "the cathedral knights greatshield is missing!!" For the love of through before you post.

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Apr 2017 17:32  

                        want to experiement with shields a little more but that shoulder button doesn't work how it should be. 0,5 sec delay. Also annoying that you cannot shield up when getting hit fast. great shields at least should ignore the backlash and go up no matter what. but you get chain staggered over and over again by the smallest toothpicks.

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