Shield of Want

104 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 100.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 43.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 58
icon_weight.png 5.5
Requirements & Bonus
D - - -
18 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Standard Shields damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Weapon Skill icon_fp_cost.png -

Shield of Want is a Shield in Dark Souls 3.

Shield of an ancient king who was cursed by an all-consuming thirst. In the end, he was no king.

The residue of the king's lust still smolders within this shield, increasing the number of souls absorbed when enemies are defeated.

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 NOT be Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • Provides an average damage block of 65.6%. Second highest stability among standard shields, but a whole 2 units lighter. Fields a rather high 18 strength requirement but is remarkably effective, in addition to its passive ability. One of the best general use shields in the game.
  • Increases souls gained by 20%. Stacks with other items.
  • Wearing Covetous Silver Serpent Ring provides 32% more Souls, if also wearing Symbol of Avarice you gain 98% more Souls.
  • Shield must be held for the souls to count. Will still count if you dual wield or two-hand a weapon.
  • You do not need to meet the Strength requirement to gain the 20% bonus.
  • Belongs to King Vendrick from Dark Souls II.

Location/Where to Find

  • Looted from a dead corpse in the lake with a giant worm at Smouldering Lake. (Video- Part 5 - 1:57:29)

Youtube Moveset and Location Videos:

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Shield of Want Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 104 - - - - D - - - - - - 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 58
+1 121 - - - - D - - - - - - 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 59
+2 138 - - - - D - - - - - - 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 59
+3 155 - - - - D - - - - - - 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 60
+4 172 - - - - D - - - - - - 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 61
+5 190 - - - - D - - - - - - 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 62


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)

    • Anonymous

      31 Dec 2018 21:01  

      This shield is way too good. High resistances, 100 physical, high stability, extra soul gain, and a good weapon art.

      • Anonymous

        08 Mar 2018 23:51  

        the desc is not about Vendrick - it's about the boftc from DS2. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director and general designer of first and last DS wasnt directing the development of DS2 and its storyline has almost nothing in common with original plot so he didnt give a ***** about the second game in series when he returned in control during the development of 3rd part.

        • Anonymous

          31 Oct 2017 20:54  

          Ever since I picked it up my first playthrough, I've never unequipped it. It's got 100% physical defense, why not make a few extra $ouls with every kill? (i mean besides in PvP ofc)

          • Anonymous

            28 Oct 2017 22:12  

            I tend to think the name "of Want" is just a coincidence, and that perhaps the shield is describing the sand worm that guards it. Unless Vendrick got his ass munched by the worm, idk.

            • Anonymous

              25 Oct 2017 02:38  

              If you somehow have two (NG+) of these and duel wield them the soul buff stacks. I have tested this myself, and with a +5 SOW (For damage) and the other soul income items grinding is a breeze. Wasn't sure if someone had mentioned this already.

              • Anonymous

                21 Oct 2017 07:44  

                It would look much better without the flags that look like cheap stickers. Come to think of it, much of this games textures look like repeating stickers...

                • Anonymous

                  01 Aug 2017 07:17  

                  Where do you get the shield of want +1? On NG+1 bc im having so much trouble no one has made a video that ive found and ive looked EVERYWHERE. PLEASE HELP and thanks

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Jul 2017 20:27  

                    When you say "shield must be held for the souls to count" does that mean you have to be holding it for the entire fight or just the kill? I'm thinking about equipping both the shield of want and the ethereal oak shield (to counter the health drain of the symbol of avarice) and then switching near the end

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Jun 2017 19:01  

                      "Shield of an ancient king who was cursed by an all-consuming thirst. In the end, he was no king.
                      The residue of the king's lust still smolders within this shield."

                      This doesn't make much sense. Vendrick did everything to help his people survive, even making an ultimate sacrifice to (probably) save the land. This description identifies him as some sort of obsessed maniac.

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Jun 2017 17:44  

                        hey guys just wanted to add this. using the shield of want you can wear both covetous golden and silver rings in one slot. Ezio96

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Jan 2017 03:53  

                          My favorite greed item! Seriously though this is my favorite shield as I can't parry for anything and prefer weapon skill shields and this just happens to have a nice bonus to it.

                          • Anonymous

                            04 Dec 2016 07:48  

                            This looks real clean with my sunset armor eastern leggings black leather gloves wolnir crown and of course my Claymore

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Nov 2016 19:17  

                              The Silver Serpent Ring gives +10% souls, not +32%. Wearing the Silver Serpent Ring, the Symbol of Avarice, and the Shield of Want gives you +80% souls in total.

                              • Anonymous

                                12 Nov 2016 03:21  

                                This page is wrong. This is the forth most stable standard shield, not the second. The Black Knight shield is the most stable at 69 stability. The second and third is a tie between the Silver Knight and Stone Parma shield at 63 stability. This shield maxes out at 62 stability.

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Nov 2016 11:27  

                                  Confirmed that if you dual-wield two shields, the effects still stack. This might seem pointless, but if you're quick, you can equip a bunch of soul-boosting items right after killing a boss and get the bonus souls, because there a long lag between landing the final blow and actually getting the soul reward. Two Shields of Want, a Symbol of Avarice, and a Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2 result in an effective 181% soul bonus on top of your regular reward (e.g. from 100,000 souls you'd earn 281,000). You can get the same effect with a Mendicant Staff (and might, you know, actually be able to fight with it), but if you're in NG+ and too lazy to farm for that Staff, you're essentially guaranteed a second Shield of Want in Smouldering Lake.

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