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. (See King's Shield.)

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

      07 Feb 2020 23:08  

      Shield wont add 20% souls gained if its in your back while dual wielding. You need to use it for it to work.

      • Anonymous

        08 Jan 2020 09:37  

        I ran into a cheater the other day. He was using this shield. This wasn't an ordinary cheater. He didn't mod in infinite health or anything obvious like that. He either gave himself infinite stability or stamina (I'm guessing the latter). He wasn't bad at the game. I was better, but I would say he was pretty good at PVP. Which is why I was surprised when he kept blocking my ultra with his shield. I was even more surprised when he didn't get guard broken after like 8-10 blocks in a short time frame (with him rolling and attacking the whole time). I just pointed down and BC out. I probably could have killed him even with his cheats, since I was up on estus (though, he could have modded in infinite estus as well), but I think it's better to just not engage with cheaters at all. It's really pathetic, though. I bet he gave himself infinite stamina so that nobody can tell he's cheating. Imagine winning being so important that you have to cheat and trying to hide your shame like that. I've met a lot of cheaters in Souls games, that one was probably the most disgusting, though. Considering he tried to hide it and he was good enough to not really need to cheat in the first place. I wonder how many cheaters like that I've come across without ever knowing it. I hope not many. I hope there aren't too many players that are THAT pathetic.

        • Anonymous

          22 Nov 2019 10:38  

          This is my favourite shield in the game. It has never failed me. I only parry on Champion Gundyr and never in pvp, so this is great.

          • Anonymous

            15 Jul 2019 21:44  

            I would say that the Shield belongs to High Lord Wolnir of Carthus. 1st - He was a king, since he wore a crown (as is seen in the boss fight, as well as in the goblet) 2nd - The thirst is for souls. In the description of his soul, it says that he took many peoples lives in order to live longer. This also matches the power that the shield has of absorbing more souls. 3rd - Lord Wolnir Tome says that the Lord succumbed to the Abyss, becoming the grave warden. This matches the description of him being king no more.

            • Anonymous

              18 Apr 2019 13:08  

              I think the lore description is too harsh on Vendrick, it better describes Nashandra anyway. DS3 kind of*****s on DS2's lore just in general which I think is a shame. For all the game's nitpicks I like 2's lore more than 3

              • Anonymous

                28 Mar 2019 05:03  

                When fully upgraded it's not even close to having second highest stability among standard shields. There's like 5 or 6 with higher stability, I think? And you get half of them before this one, so you can start upgrading them earlier. Some people just love inserting their worthless trivia.

                • Anonymous

                  18 Feb 2019 21:15  

                  It looks like a damaged drangleic shield. Also there is a location in drangleic called, the throne of want. Shield of an ancient king who was cursed by an all-consuming thirst. In the end, he was no king. Vendrick to a T. He thought he was creating the greatest kingdom on the DS world, then suddenly, he learned that he was being manipulated by Nashandra and went to exile until he went hollow.

                  • 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.

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