Curse Ward Greatshield

125 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 100
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 63
100 icon-wp_stability.png 66
icon_weight.png 17.0
Requirements & Bonus
34 - - -
D - - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatshields damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Weapon Skill icon_fp_cost.png -

Curse Ward Greatshield is a Shield in Dark Souls 3.

Greatshield given to those who resisted the curse long ago.

Far too heavy for an ordinary person, perhaps it signifies the foolishness of resisting the curse.

And yet, those who bear the weight of this shield will not find its protections against curses wanting.

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

Notes and Tips:

  • Can NOT be Infused but can be Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • Provides an average block of 76.4%.
  • Despite the description, this shield doesn't block sources of curse build-up or increase the wielder's curse resistance. However, the "curse" could be referring to the Undead Curse, a major plot point in Dark Souls I and II.
  • This looks remarkably similar to the Pursuer's Greatshield. The cutout portions on the Pursuer's Greatshield are horizontal, whereas the cutouts on this shield are vertical. Both shields are mentioned as "unbearably heavy" and "protective against curses".


Location/Where to Find

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Curse Ward Greatshield Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 125 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 75 69 63 75 66
Regular +1 145 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 75 69 63 75 67 
Regular +2 166 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 75 69 63 75 67 
Regular +3 186 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 75 69 63 75 68
Regular +4 207 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 75 69 63 75 69
Regular +5 228 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 75 69 63 75 70


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

      Man, this shield is really good and it pairs REALLY well with the dark sword. It requires 34 str, but has superb defense against all elements and a stability value just behind black knight shield's. If you think you ll get stamina broken, use the dark sword's stomp to skyrocket your defense and unleash a devastating counter attack.

      • Anonymous

        The fact that the player holds this shield the WRONG way really demonstrates the ashen ones intelligence.

        • Anonymous

          Use this with the Follower's Javelin to awake your inner spartan. Bonus points by wearing Northern helm and Desert Pyromancer Garb.

          • Anonymous

            I use this shield to bait shield breaking WA in pvp then I hit em with the lothric knight greatswords upward slash. Gets em every time.

            • Anonymous

              It’s the best Greatshield for fashion soul if you are two-handing a big weapon. Other Greatshields clip horribly through big weapons, but not this one.

              • Anonymous

                I'm rolling with a Knight Galahad run, and this shield held me through so many invaders. Even with a greathammer, it is difficult to break through,

                • Anonymous

                  has anyone else noticed that the bridge in the background of the page looks a lot like some creepy teeth when on the gray comment section

                  • Anonymous

                    I love this shield so much, it is just that it is so big compared to the player that I don't feel comfortable with it. And also, I want to cosplay the Persuer. (Not sure if my spelling is correct there ) Any armor ideas?

                    • Anonymous

                      Personally my favorite greatshield for fashion. None of the other greatshields fit well, since UGS clip through when two-handing.

                      • Anonymous

                        This shield protects against curse, whatever this page may say.
                        BLOCKING with the shield slows down the curse build-up to around 1/3 of its normal speed, took me 30 secs to test by dropping in the farron swamp from the keep perimeter bonfire (2 basilisks just there).
                        Simply wielding it doesnt seem to have any side effect whatsoever.

                        • Anonymous

                          >Me Playing this game for the first time: "Why would anyone us this this thing, it sucks"

                          >Me, at 1040 hours into Dark Souls 3: "All-righty, finally got my Curse Ward Greatshield to +5, time to demolish every boss."

                          • Anonymous

                            Just to be clear the markings and patterns on the two shields are identical and consistent with the idea that someone modified it to be held in a fashion perpendicular to its original orientation, either on purpose so as to render the indents in its outline less of a vulnerability to the wielder or simply because they refurbished it and didn't know which way it went.

                            • Anonymous

                              It feels so cool to fight Aldrich with this shield and tank his soul spears using it, and they only really knock you backwards while your still blocking his attacks. Though it doesnt sound like much it looks awesome (at least to me) when i was doing it

                              • Anonymous

                                So it scales damage, but its skill is weapon skill. So does that mean it adds damage to your attack when equipped and using the skill?

                                • Anonymous

                                  I'm glad they brought back the Pursuer's Greatshield. I also noticed it bears a great similarity to the Greek Boeotian shields from the Antiquity era.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The Pursuer was my fav enemy from Dark Souls 2 so I hope that his armor somehow made its way into this game too

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