Ethereal Oak Shield

103 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 100.0
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 70
100 icon-wp_stability.png 50
icon_weight.png 5.0
Requirements & Bonus
D - - -
12 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Standard Shield damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Weapon Skill icon_fp_cost.png -

Ethereal Oak Shield is a Shield in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Charbronze shield used by Millwood Knights that slowly regenerates HP.

This shield appears to be blessed by a great, if faded, image of the ethereal oak.

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 be Buffed but not Infused.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Comes with an innate HP regen much like a Blessed infusion. It heals 2 HP per tick, each tick interval being 1 second. Upgrading the shield doesn't decrease the tick interval, unlike Blessed infusions. However, the healing over time is equal to a +10 blessed infusion (3 HP per 1.5s) without any upgrades. Stacks with the Sun Princess Ring and other HP regen items and weapons.
  • The regen occurs as soon as the shield is equipped. So if you swap rapidly between this shield and another item you'll gain health more quickly.

Location/Where to Find

  • Looted from: Painted World of Ariandel - Corpse located on bottom half of the tower after you go up a ladder then go down the stairs. The tower itself is located in the Millwood Ruins after either of the two giant wolf encounters.
  • Fextralife Video: Ethereal Oak Shield location
  • Video - video starts in the Millwood Ruins. Go into the tower past the first enemy in there, up the round stairs. Climb up the ladder there, then follow the round stairs down. 

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Ethereal Oak Shield Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 103 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 65 35 70 60 50
Regular +1 115 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 65 35 70 60 51
Regular +2 123 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 65 35 70 60 51
Regular +3 144 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 65 35 70 60 52
Regular +4 162 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 65 35 70 60 52
Regular +5 180 - - - - D - - - - - - 100 65 35 70 60 53


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

      Good shield for ng 4 or higher. Along with aniris and sun Prinzess ring you can heal up full between fights with bit of patience. Also its 100% dmg block

      • Anonymous

        humm... there someone can drop this to me? I don't have it nor in the inventory, nor where it should be found in ariandel, and yes i have already checked the bonfire storage, it's not even there

        • Anonymous

          thought it was just a lame shield with free blessed infusion, but no, its actually pretty good.
          100 phys absorption, and 70 just in case those fth builds get too cocky.

          • Anonymous

            The biggest down side to this shield is that the value trade for upgrading is minuscule to the point of negligence. Only getting 2 stability for 10 Twinkling Titanite is seriously pathetic for an upgrade, let alone a Slab for the last 1 stab. Sure, 3 points is still an increase, but you're better off wearing base Ring of Favor at max NG. Go ahead and max it out if you have the ore to waste. But the difference is so small, you might as well leave it unupgraded.

            • Anonymous

              Looks a lot like the Chaos Shield from DS2. Tbh this shield is my favorite amongst the medium ones. Good HP regen, very useful in early runs and it has 100% physical absorption and weapon art ability as well. What more do you want? Sure, it's a bit sad that the shields regen tick doesn't decrease with upgrades but that's okay for a good Allrounder.

              • Anonymous

                Tested it out: it heals you even if worn on the back, like Grass Crest Shield, which recovers your stamina.

                • Anonymous

                  Gotta echo the comments to do a blind run to get the Shield. Some friends suggested I do so and it was the best thing I could have done. For later runs it may not be as useful but it's so helpful for early on in the game...especially since you can get it before the Farron Woods and not have to worry about constant poison.

                  • Anonymous

                    PvE best shield in the game hands down, not even close for all reasons mentioned. For new players especially, as soon as you reach the cleansing chapel bonfire you get access to the Ashes of A DLC. At which point I highly recommend making a suicide run for this shield. Google where to find it. It might take a few tries because the enemies here are end game level, but you don't need to fight any bosses to get it and you can quickly homeward bone out as soon as you pick it up. Your life will then get considerably easier the rest of the way. Not really necessary to upgrade it, so save you Twinks for something better, and this will save you a lot of healing resources, especially in combo with the Sun P ring you get later. I really wish I knew about this shield my first playthrough. And you only need 12 str to wield it!!!!

                    • Anonymous

                      In my opinion a very nice shield for everyone who barely has the strength requirement or has to watch his weight. I prefer this on my sorcerer. With enough stamina it also protects quite solid against magic, lightning and dark. Cant complain, it has its mentioned strengths and weaknesses, which are low stability and low fire resistance. Also looks good.

                      • Anonymous

                        Why would I use ever bother with Ancient Dragon Shield with this thing in the game? All the best equipment are found in the DLCs, it's borderline pay2win

                        • Anonymous

                          The reason this shield is highly rated is that it's the only shield in the game that can have full 100% physical block and regen simultaneously. If you were to infuse other shields, their physical block would drop to 95% or so. That doesn't seem like a big deal, but it will be the difference between life and death when your Tears of Denial pops and they start spamming Throwing Knives, Church Guardian Shiv, Splintering Bolts, Lothric SS/Twin Princes' GS beam WA, and other types of physical damage before you can get enough HP from another Blessed shield. Plus this shield has wonderfully low requirements (12 STR, 5 units weight) to get use out of.

                          • Anonymous

                            Is it just me or does not meeting the strength requirement for this shield basically not even matter? I just fought Pontiff with a base level sorcerer (SL 6) and this shield kept me from getting one-shot multiple times.

                            • Anonymous

                              Every tryhard's favourite shield because dlc has the best weapons of their class, yes i'm salty i already spoiled the dlc for myself and i don't want it just because of the op***** it has... the dlcs kinda ruined the balance of weapons and rings, i'll gladly go trough the game twice

                              • Anonymous

                                Hmmmmmm... Hp regain as soon as the item is equipped... It tells me to swap between 2 hp regainers, but.. Would it also work if I spammed the equip - unequip button....
                                Hmmm.... A riddle for the ages .....

                                • Anonymous

                                  Does this stack with other blessed items? If i was equipped with a right handed blessed item, for example.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    honestly think this shield is insane in a hp regen build. not as much stability as the BKS maybe but you get 100% physical block, 120 hp/min, and it weighs 2.5 less. take this with anri's straight sword, blessed weapon, and sun princess ring? PHEW it's some good stuff. an actually viable choice over the ancient dragon greatshield which doesn't have 100% physical block and weighs more.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      120hp per min (+10 blessed parrying dagger, 3 per tick)
                                      120hp per min (unupgraded shield, 2 per tick, ticks faster than dagger)

                                      +5'd the shield since I'mma use it anyways, still 120hp per tick.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Yes! I use a blessed health regen build and now I can use a lighter cooler looking shield than the Ancient Dragon Shield.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Location: On the lower half of the tower near the ruins just after the first greatwolf encounter. Nearest bonfire is most likely Snowfields or possibly Rope Bridge Cave.

                                          • someone please edit this in: Upgrades with twinkling titanite
                                            Phys atk. : 103 / 115 / 123 / 144 / 162 / 180
                                            stability : 50 / 51 / 51 / 52 / 52 / 53
                                            Str Scaling : D / D / D / D / D

                                            HP Regen is 2hp/sec, same as ancient dragon shield.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              100% physical block AND a built-in healing factor? If that information is correct, then that would rank this shield as a straight upgrade over the Ancient Dragon Greatshield. The only thing that the greatshield does better is negligibly higher elemental resistances, slightly higher stability, and reasonably higher durability.

                                              • I highly doubt this shield has 103% physical block, and it looks like whoever edited it put the defense stats in the wrong column, too. I'm just going to assume they got everything backwards and switch them around?

                                                I also doubt it has 100 physical block. At least, I seriously hope it doesn't. Will see for myself in either 2 days or 24 minutes, I guess.

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