Great Magic Shield is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Sorcery you must use a Staff or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries.

Great Magic Shield

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 60
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 18 Intelligence
Duration 30 seconds
Type Buff



Sorcery which improves upon Magic Shield. Greatly reinforces left shield with magic. 

Only sorcerer-swordsmen with special duties are permitted the use of this spell, which temporarily grants even the smallest of shields fortitude more akin to that of a greatshield. 


Acquired From

  • Dropped from the Corpse-grub in its cell inside Irithyll Dungeon near the first bonfire. To get there, head straight out from the first bonfire and drop down to the lower level. The cell containing the grub will be to your left, as well as one of the jailers (video location).




  • Adds 35 Stability and enough Absorption that any shield in the game can block 100% of all damage (e.g. Buckler will block all Lightning damage even with base Lightning absorption of 11%, which is the lowest of any absorption value on any shield). Shields with at least 65 Stability will reach 100 Stability, resulting in blocking depleting no stamina, including from kicks.
  • Can't be used with a catalyst in the left hand to buff a shileld equipped in the right hand.
  • Simple & Blessed infused Shields CAN be buffed with this and the regular Magic Shield sorcery
  • Lasts 39 seconds with the  Lingering Dragoncrest Ring  equipped.
  • The effect will dissipate if you two-hand your right weapon or switch the shield out. You can still buff your right hand weapon with the use of resins.
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    • Anonymous

      10 Apr 2019 10:24  

      If you use the pierce shield (has 65 stability on +10) with this you have a small shield that seriously can block a insanely have hit from yorm. Logics.

      • Anonymous

        18 Jan 2019 15:25  

        Just a thought, do weapons with shield priercing (reapers, murky hand scythe, Shotel, shield splitter, etc.) Counter this spell? Surely GMS doesn't negate shield piercing... right?

        • Anonymous

          12 Aug 2018 20:02  

          Imagine if you could put this on the fume ultra greatsword (the non-shield weapon with the highest defense)

          • Anonymous

            10 May 2018 14:43  

            could be rather useful for fighting bosses in co-op. You can cast this and just stand there and tank the boss for 40 seconds, only having to dodge maybe 1 specific attack (grabs), while others DPS it down.

            • Anonymous

              31 Dec 2017 05:53  

              When used with most Greatshields, this will make you have 100 stability (and you will not lose any health or stamina), very useful if you like tanking Ringed City archers (for some reason).

              • Anonymous

                19 Nov 2017 22:49  

                I feel its lesser counterpart is superior if used with tower shields. The stability and absorption is smaller true but tower shields already have enough stability as is, plus the normal magic shield last twice as long.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Apr 2017 03:51  

                  Possible glitch?

                  When I use the sorcery the actual effect doesn't appear on my shield but it is still active

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Mar 2017 18:28  

                    This Needs an update.

                    The spell Can buff all Simple and blessed shields too.

                    Does not prevent status buildup. Aka bleed, poison, toxic, frostbite

                    • 02 Dec 2016 13:14  

                      There's a mistake in notes (atm):

                      Shields with any non-physical infusion (such as Simple) can't be buffed with this spell.

                      i can cast it on a Simple Twin Dragon Greatshield +6

                      • Anonymous

                        100% Block on Partial Parry21 Sep 2016 20:16  

                        Something I noticed when using this is that partial parries resulted in my taking 0% physical damage. I tested this with a non-reinforced grass crest shield while fighting Champion Gundyr. If I messed up the parry timing and got a partial parry, I'd still lose all the stamina I normally would, but I wouldn't take the partial damage. As such, it was less risky going for parries because I wouldn't get hurt from a partial parry.I haven't tested this very extensively though, so it could depend on the particular shield, damage types, or enemy strength. I'm also if this effect of damage blocking on partial parries is intentional or not. I also didn't test this with the regular version of the spell to see if that one had some kind of similar effect.

                        • Anonymous

                          Malfunction?02 Sep 2016 11:24  

                          Last time I played the game the buff didn't apply on the Black Knight Shield (I have all the requirements to cast the spell, wield the staff and the shield); maybe a new bug after the patch?

                          • Anonymous

                            How to be a scrub in PvP or PvE:23 Aug 2016 21:11  

                            Scrub in PvP:Step 1: Use Black Knight Shield (Or echantable greatshield)Step 2: Cast this OP Great Magic Shield on your shieldStep 3: Tank their attacks with your shield and magic (doesn't stop bleeding and poison)Step 4: Ran out of buff? Recast it!Scrub in PvE:Step 1-3: See aboveStep 4: Disrespect the bosses and enemies in Lothric and rekt themStep 5: Get your RAGE out for the "Nameless King Meme Lord" And then kil him and his dragonNot enough fun? Up your vitality equip Havel's Set, cast Great Magic Shield, and then cast your Iron Flesh or "Swaglord Skin" there.....You're now the profesional Dark Souls 3 Meme Lord Montage Creator Player!

                            • Anonymous

                              but what can it do in combat?08 Aug 2016 18:34  

                              does this spell increase shield damage output or just give absorption and stability

                              • Anonymous

                                Tank Everything17 Jul 2016 11:06  

                                As noted previously, this spell only grants 35 stability, not 45. This spell, when using a twin dragon great shield +10(uninfused = 70 stability), will allow you to tank an inane number of bosses insanely easily(0 stam damage, through full face-wrecking combos like soul of cinder's 5-hit). In fact, the only bosses said combo does not utterly trivialize are the Crystal Sage, High King Wolnir, and Curse-Rotted Greatwood. Everything else you can tank every single hit and combo they can dish out.

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