Ancient Dragon Greatshield

87 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 77.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 46.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 54
icon_weight.png 6.5
Requirements & Bonus
D - - -
16 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatshields damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Weapon Skill icon_fp_cost.png -

Ancient Dragon Greatshield is a Shield in Dark Souls 3.

A wooden shield bearing the image of an ancient dragon. Very slowly regenerates HP.

The painting is the result of an exquisite but painstaking technique. Lingering, undying traces of the ancient dragons can still be seen in their descendants, the man-serpents, though they have fallen far from grace.

Notes and Tips:

  • Can NOT be Infused.
  • Can be Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Provides an average block of 51.2%.
  • The lightest greatshield in the game, and the one with the lowest STR requirement, but at the cost of having the lowest overall defense and imperfect physical defense.
  • This shield applies the same buff as the Sun Princess Ring, which regenerates 2 HP/s. The effects of each stack with each other.
  • Heals 2 HP/s. Does not increase with reinforcement.
  • Likely a reference to the Adjudicator's Shield, from Demon's Souls, which bore the same shape, heath regen effect, and also had a painting on the front (albeit depicting the judgement of the dead, rather than a great dragon).


Location/Where to Find

  • Looted from a corpse in Archdragon Peak, on the arch just after the first bonfire and before the boss fight.

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Ancient Dragon Greatshield Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 87 - - - - D - - - - - - 77 45 43 46 45
Regular +1 97 - - - - D - - - - - - 77 45 43 46 45
Regular +2 104 - - - - D - - - - - - 77 45 43 46 45
Regular +3 121 - - - - D - - - - - - 77 45 43 46 45
Regular +4 136 - - - - D - - - - - - 77 45 43 46 45
Regular +5 152 - - - - D - - - - - - 77 45 43 46 45


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)

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    • Anonymous

      21 Jul 2021 19:23  

      Ethereal Oak shield is just a straight upgrade since it has 100 phys resist, which is especially important if you're doing regen.

      • Anonymous

        09 Jun 2021 08:05  

        Pros; lightest greatshield, better than a Blessed Twin Dragon Greatshield, 2hp regen, WA skill.

        Cons; Worst block & stability of any greatshield, 2hp regen barely enough to offset chip damage, overall performance even compared to other shields.

        Conclusion: Sorcerers or low INT builds with Magic Shield can make use of this. Great Magic Shield sucks because--while OP--it only lasts a measly half minute, while costing double that of Magic Shield. There are medium shields that perform better than this. Better off infusing those with blessed or simple than using this. Or you can just put up with the additional 1.0 unit of weight & lack of regen, and use the exceptionally better Black Knight Shield.

        • Anonymous

          15 Apr 2021 08:57  

          Works nicely if you use it with Great Magic Shield: At +6 you get to wield a shield with 100 STABILITY and you only need 16 strength! Also you get to use the heavy Shield Bash skill with very little stat investment needed!

          • Anonymous

            21 Nov 2020 10:32  

            This is worthless outside of fashion. There are many better shields you can get the same healing from (at full upgrade) with a blessed infusion. It is found so late in the game that by the time you find it you can easily have an already maxed bless shield. Not sure what the devs were thinking here.

            • Anonymous

              10 Jun 2020 22:48  

              [insert your favourite +10 infuseable weapon here] infused with blessed gem + ancient dragon greatshield + sun princess ring + any chime with the gentle prayer chant = health regeneration build with tiny FP cost and sometimes no FP cost at all

              • Anonymous

                27 Dec 2019 04:53  

                I've yet to be killed as a church guardian boss, this plus the ring and a single miracle makes people straight up ds. Im using paired gs and one mistake is anought for me to start a one kill combo.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Apr 2018 12:51  

                  do you need to meet the strength requirement to get the hp regen? Will not meeting the strength requirement reduce or hinder the hp regen in anyway? thanks in advance

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Dec 2017 06:43  

                    original Patches from Demons Souls is using that shield (the Adjudicator shield version) instead of the Twin Dragon great shield.

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Nov 2017 00:17  

                      to make a regen build remotly viable you're forced to use every regen item that there is in the game + regen miracles and even then I would say you are better of with Evil Eye Ring+3 and the parting pyro flame. In PvP it doesn't matter anyway because they usually don't wait until you are full health again.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Aug 2017 01:26  

                        this shield just looks clean son, if you're not wit it you got no taste plus chits got hp regen ( and forget about that stupid ugly ethereal oak shield looks like a mf'in piece)

                        • Anonymous

                          08 Mar 2017 05:26  

                          I've been using this on a caster build I've been experimenting with, making use of greater magic shield. Since this thing allows for the use of the weapon skill from the right hand weapon, I can wield the staff in my right hand and apply the staff weapon arte buff without two-handing it. This means that if I cast greater magic shield on this shield (making it have 100% block on everything and extremely high stability), I don't have to then lose greater magic shield when I want to apply my staff buff (greater magic shield doesn't benefit from the staff buff, so no point in doing the staff buff first).

                          I've been using the sage's crystal staff with it since the weapon arte buff for that staff can make it deal more damage than the court sorcerer's staff. It's more convenient for me to keep that staff buff up since I don't need to two hand it to do so with this shield and thus don't have to lose greater magic shield when I do. Additionally, the sage's crystal staff provides good range for farron flashsword, so I can have a somewhat potent, long range straight sword-like weapon while having a virtually impenetrable shield (when it's buffed, at least). However, this is dependent on keeping the staff buff up though, which can be hard on FP over time, so the court sorcerer staff can still be better if you just want those high damage CSS shots or whatnot, and you can still just keep greater magic shield up without having to lose it when you use your staff buff.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 May 2016 00:40  

                            A friend made me notice it's basically the ancient dragon on the castle of DarkSouls II, look at the base of the shield's illustration.

                            • Anonymous

                              19 May 2016 16:03  

                              The twin dragons great shield has higher defence and also with a blessed gem has a faster rate of regeneration

                              • Anonymous

                                06 May 2016 03:23  

                                It's back! Regen miracles + ring + shield + Blessed weapon, omg, my very first Souls build can be reborn!

                                • Anonymous

                                  27 Apr 2016 11:49  

                                  the design size of the shield resembles abit like the Abjudicator's Shield from demon's Souls but except for the Dragon in the middle of it.

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