Small Shields  in Dark Souls 3 are a type of Shield that usually weigh very little and have the least form of protection from attacks. They are often used by players who prefer Parrying rather than Blocking.

 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From

Buckler

67

49.0

-

35.0

-

30.0

-

11.0

-

28.0

100

33

 

-

 

7

E

13

-

0

-

0

-

30

1.5

-

Parry

Sold by Greirat for 2000 souls.

Red and White Shield

69

52.0

-

58.0

-

46.0

-

36.0

-

32.0

100

39

 

-

 

 10

E

0

-

0

-

-

 ??

1.5

-

Parry 

Looted from a hanging corpse in Undead Settlement, in the pit near Irina. Must be shot down with a projectile.

 Elkhorn Round Shield

69

59.0

-

63.0

-

33.0

-

36.0

-

25.0

100

39.0

 

-

 

8

E

0

-

0

-

0

-

55

1.5

-

Parry 

Sold by Greirat for 1500 souls

Target Shield

69

61.0

-

36.0

-

31.0

-

12.0

-

29.0

100

36

 

-

 

8

E

11

-

0

-

0

-

40

2.0

-

Parry 

Sold by Greirat for 2500 souls
(after being sent to scavenge Undead Settlement)

Iron Round Shield 

71

67.0

-

44.0

-

38.0

-

19.0

-

36.o

100

47

 

-

 

5

E

0

-

0

-

0

-

55

2.0

 

0

Parry

Starting shield for Thief class /

Dropped by Hollow Soldiers at Lothric Castle and High Wall of Lothric.

 

Warrior's Round Shield

74

62.0

-

68.0

-

45.0

-

46.0

-

36.0

100

41

 

-

 

10

E

 0

-

 0

-

 0

-

55

1.5

-

Weapon Skill 

Sold by Shrine Handmaid for 600 souls. 

 

Caduceus Round Shield

69

52.0

-

63.0

-

46.0

-

36.0

-

25.0

100

39

 

-

 

10

E

 0

-

0

-

 0

-

55

1.5

-

Parry

Looted from a corpse in the Undead Settlement

 

Crimson Parma

69

52.0

-

63.0

-

40.0

-

36.0

-

39.0

100

39

 

-

 

 7

E

0

-

0

-

0

-

55

1.5

 

-


Parry

Sold by Shrine Handmaid for 800 souls. 

 

Leather Shield

69

52.0

-

38.0

-

40.0

-

42.0

-

32.0

100

39

 

-

 

7

E

 0

-

0

-

0

-

55

1.5

-

Parry

Sold by Shrine Handmaid for 500 souls. 

Sacred Bloom Shield

82

54.0

-

81.0

-

49.0

-

44.0

-

47.0

100

38

 

-

 

10

D

0

-

0

-

0

-

85

1.5

Spell Parry

Behined an Illusory Wall in Lothric Castle (up the ladder in the room with the Winged Knight with Twinaxes)

 

Small Leather Shield

70

42.0

0

42.0

0

50.0

0

38.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 7

E

0

-

 0

-

 0

-

 55

2.0

-

Parry

 Looted from hanging corpse in the house just to the left of the Undead Settlement bonfire.

 

Golden Falcon Shield

74

59.0

0

45.0

0

39.0

0

20.0

0

37.0

100

48

 

-

 

 10

D

 0

-

 0

-

 0

-

 85

2.5

-

Parry

Found on a ledge near the ladder leading to the lower swamp in Road of Sacrifices. Accessed by dropping down from the building above, but can also be reached from below by jumping up the rocks at the end of the ledge/path 

 

Plank Shield

53

41.0

0

24.0

0

27.0

0

23.0

0

25.0

100

34

 

-

 

8

E

0

-

0

-

0

-

40

1.0

12 

Shield Bash

Dropped by Large Undead with planks on their backs. 


Looted from a corpse next to where you find Cornyx at the Undead Settlement.

 

Llewellyn Shield

76

68.0

0

69.0

0

63.0

0

44.0

0

61.0

100

45

 

-

 

12

D

0

-

0

-

0

-

70

3.0

-

Parry 

 Dropped by Horace the Hushed.

 

Ghru Rotshield

78

62.0

-

43.0

-

39.0

-

34.0

-

37.0

100

44

 

33

 

5

E

 0

-

0

-

0

-

55

1.5

 

12 

Shield Bash

Dropped by Ghru enemies in Smouldering Lake and Farron Keep. 

 

Eastern Iron Shield

81

85.0

-

40.0

-

41.0

-

22.0

-

39.0

100

48

 

-

 

8

D

0

-

0

-

0

-

 100

3.0

-

Weapon Skill 

 Sold by Shrine Handmaid for 3,000 souls after recieving the Easterner's Ashes.

 

Hawkwood's Shield

72

56.0

-

35.0

-

58.0

-

45.0

-

55.0

100

41

 

-

 

 5

E

0

-

0

-

0

-

60

2.0

 

-

Parry 

 Appears on the ground by a gravestone outside of Firelink Shrine, near where the dog spawns.

Dragonhead Shield

116

70.0

-

65.0

12

90.0

-

35.0

-

55.0

100

40

 

-

 

12

D

0

-

11

E

12

E

85

4.5

12

Dragon Breath

Found after completing the "Show Your Humanity" puzzle in next to The Ringed City Streets bonfire.

 




    • Anonymous

      19 Feb 2019 02:06  

      The small shields as listed in game have two different parry animations because they have different start up and active parry frames. The "Parry Shields", the ones that have the animation of performing a rotating wrist flick up and to the left, start active parry frames sooner. However, they still end the active parry frames the same time as other small shields, and come out with just a few more active frames. They start active parry frames on par with fist weapons though fists and claws end their active frames much sooner with less recovery frames. The "Small Shields", the ones thats parry animation is a left to right swipe, start up slower. But they share the same end of active parry frames and recovery frames. Medium shields have the slowest start up frames, and lowest active parry frames. Either way, if you want the quickest start up, longest active parry frames, and highest physical defences, use the Target Shield. The Llewelyn Shield has the most balanced attributes, roughly 60% average defences across the board (highest physical with a lot of 2nd and 3rd bests in elemental defences) with the second highest stability, at the cost of slightly slower start up. Really the start up frames are negligible, the only weapon class that can be reaction parried by the parry shield and not the small shields, is the Straight Swords. And even that requires a perfect connection and a hair trigger, as you must parry IMMEDIATELY as the weapon moves. All other weapon classes can be parried by starting a parry when their weapon reaches the highest point of it's swing, before it starts traveling towards you (I.e, fraction of a second delay). One handed great axes, hammers, and ultra weapons can be reaction parry but have an unintuitive slight delay before you parry, as the weapon has to have already started moving about 1/3-1/2 of the way towards you. When two handed Great Axes, Great hammers, and Ultra Great swords as a general rule, the R1 and weapon arts cannot be parried. However, Rolling attacks can (Except the Twin Knight Paired Great Swords rolling L1 attack), as can the entirety of the Farron Great swords moves.

      • Edit to the initial paragraph.13 Jun 2016 00:30  

        I clipped out a piece of incorrect information from the initial paragraph, and removed a sentence that constituted nothing more than ill-informed editorialisation. There're many reasons somebody might want to choose a different small shield than the 2 the sentence suggested were the only ones worth using, for example:- Higher stability- Different absorption ratings- Weapon skill rather than parry- Different parry frames/windows

        • Anonymous

          Buckler Query16 Apr 2016 00:19  

          Why does the buckler have a different parry animation from the other small shields? Does anyone know?

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