Dragonslayer Greatshield

134 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 100.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 95.0
- icon-wp_stability.png 74
icon_weight.png 26.0
Requirements & Bonus
D - - -
38 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatshields damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Shield Bash icon_fp_cost.png 16

Dragonslayer Greatshield is a Shield in Dark Souls 3.

Melted iron shield that once formed part of the Dragonslayer Armour.

The shield offers high protection to lightning, which the Dragonslayer commanded as his own, and its Skill has faint echoes of the Dragonslayer's own fighting style.

Skill: Shield Bash
Without lowering your guard, strike the enemy with the shield to knock them back or stagger them. Works while equipped in either hand.

Notes and Tips:

  • Can NOT be Infused.
  • Can be Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • Provides an average block of 82.6%, the second highest in the game, but also stands as the second heaviest greatshield, weighing 6 units more than the majority of greatshields. The smaller of the two "ultra greatshields". 
  • Especially signifficant because it has the highest lightning resist of all greatshields, which on average let in more lightning damage than any other type.
  • Stability is 79 at +5
  • Has a unique shield bash technique. Anchors shield in the ground without lowering guard and rams with it, knocking many enemies down. It also negates most attacks during the shield bash.


 Location/Where to Find

Youtube Moveset and Location Videos:

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Dragonslayer Greatshield Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 134 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 71 70 95 77
+1 156 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 71 70 95 77
+2 178 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 71 70 95 77
+3 200 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 71 70 95 77
+4 220 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 71 70 95 77
+5 244 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 71 70 95 77


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

      I'm doing a greatshield only run with this shield rn, just 2 handing it and smacking people and bosses with it, this is the most fun I've had in a run so far.

      • Anonymous

        I constantly get hit by performing shield bash which cancels the animation. Do I have to time it? I also tried pressing l2 while holding l1 but it did not work.

        • Anonymous

          Despite all of the older comments regarding the nameless king, this shield is especially punishing in PVP. The shield bash in particular, It allows you to knock people back and stagger them when they go to attack. 75% don’t expect it. This, paired with a heavy weapon, can deal some serious damage. Effectively making you nearly impossible to predict if you mix your attacks. It’s a great way to counter. Beware anyone who uses this shield, as with every attack, you need to worry about getting countered yourself.

          • Anonymous

            Lifesaver in the Nameless King fight, especially against his lightning strike (you know, the attack where he charges up his spear, then raises it in the air, calling a lightning bolt down upon you). If you're having trouble dodging this attack, just stand still and tank it. It'll likely cost you all your stamina, but the damage you take is trivial.

            • Anonymous

              the morne shield is better, much more stability and dont have a ton of free weight, but the lightnin damage defence is just insane

              • Anonymous

                Kinda ironic how this "Dragonslayer Greatshield" is actually a Dragonslayerslayer Greatshield, perfect for Nameless King and Dragonslayer Armor(in DLC or NG+)but sucks against dragons.

                • Anonymous

                  From really nerfed this? Why dont they correct the bs description then. Faint echoes got reduced to jack next to***** echoes. What the hell you cryptic bastards.

                  • Anonymous

                    For some reason it got nerfed, now it has a plain and simple Shield Bash with no knockdown effect.
                    Because the real problem in DS3's pvp was totally this shield's weapon art.

                    • I would actually have loved to bash with this shield like its owner. It would make for a great protective sidearm. But no, we only get the cool wind gust effects with no change to it at all. Disappointed:-(

                      • Anonymous

                        ... The Nameless King. While it won't trivialize him, you can block several of his combos with effectively no damage taken and thwack him a couple times.

                        • This shield is only viable in PvE against hordes of enemies, which is uncommon later game when you get it. Equipping it with a bestoc or partizan works, if you don't want to be ridiculed for holding a squashed clam. Used it in PvP twice, and my opponents used the black separation crystal both times upon looking at me.

                          • Anonymous

                            The back of it actually had three handles, the topmost one of which you hold it by. Also, your hand is chained to it, which looks rather cool.

                            • Anonymous

                              I fought a few bosses with the shield and is great. Pairs well with thrusting weapons (rapiers, lance, etc)

                              • Anonymous

                                but wouldn't it make more sense to have high fire defence (which is, ironically, the weakest defence this shield has) to fight fire breathing dragons? This is more like a Dragonslayerslayer Greatshield.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I would really like to use this shield, but i have already transposed the boss soul into the greataxe(i make bad decisions lol)i could trade a moonlight greatsword, profaned greatsword, or yhorms machete.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Got great stats, but it looks not nearly as good as the dragonslayer armour looks like. It isnt round, its like an egg

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This Shield fully upgraded makes the Nameless King a joke. He can barely hurt you and his hits just bounce off the shield meaning free hit with a quick weapon

                                      • Anonymous

                                        It´s a bit heavy, but great defense stats and stability. And the best, it has an unique Shild Bash! It kicks enemies down (as a sample red eye knights).I´ve upgraded it on +5, does also a lot of damage with that bash. In combination with a heavy +10 Dark Sword just hell yeah...

                                        • Anonymous

                                          What does it mean by "its Skill has faint echoes of the Dragonslayer's own fighting style"? Is it different from the normal Shield Bash? I'm not sure if I want to make this or the axe, but if this has a special shield bash, I want this for sure.

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