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)

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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)

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    • Anonymous

      03 Sep 2021 12:23  

      to the poeple saying that vendrick didn't have a thirst and he was deceived by nashandra, that is 100% true but the way nashandra deceived him was by manipulating his thirst for a way to cure the curse (which he never achieved and went hollow after hiding his soul) in order to make him invade the giants

      • Anonymous

        15 Mar 2021 21:52  

        They really did my boy Vendrick dirty with this item description (as with the rest of DS2’s lore.) I think he was the greatest king in the Souls games aside from maybe the Ivory King.

        • Anonymous

          04 Mar 2021 17:48  

          Holy god just tell me how much souls I get with the shield alone not how much I get with the silver ring and other stuff

          • Anonymous

            10 Oct 2020 08:30  

            Left un-upgraded and in terms of value for weight, this is one of the best shields. It has 100% physical block a whopping 58 stability for a shield at 5.5, and the shields around its weight class, from 4-7 units, either have 100% block but low stability, or 60-90% block with fairly high stability. Several shields come close such as the Lothric, Black, and Silver Knight Shields, and a few lighter standard shield, like the Wargod Wooden Shield and Spider Shield perform great considering the weight values. The Shield of Want just gives so much at +0, but the disappointment here is that it only gets +4 stability when fully upgraded. Worse than the Stone Parma and Pontiff Knight Shield, which both only gain 6.

            • Anonymous

              24 Aug 2020 12:25  

              Actually I've looked over it many times and I have concluded that it is the king's shield from dark souls 2 because the pattern on the king's shield and the shield of want are the same with the shield of want being older and more faded.

              • Anonymous

                06 Jun 2020 00:05  

                If you are farming bosses co op with this Don't gesture before gaining the souls from bosses. It'll count as nothing equipped and will negate the souls plus.

                • Anonymous

                  07 Feb 2020 17:08  

                  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 03:37  

                    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 04:38  

                      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 15:44  

                        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 07:08  

                          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 00:03  

                            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.

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