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Shields

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Shields
Also referred to as:

    Shields are an item class of armour equipment. They can contain up to 3 sockets and need to be equipped in the off-hand slot. All shields provide a chance to block attacks, and some also grant implicit modifiers. Like Body Armour, shields have an inherent 3% movement speed penalty.

    There are 6 sub-types of shields:

    • 3 pure sub-types which have a single attribute requirement and provide an associated defense type (i.e. strength-based providing armour, dexterity-based providing evasion, and intelligence-based providing energy shield).
    • 3 hybrid sub-types which have two attribute requirements and provide both of the associated defense types, although at a lower value than the pure counterpart.

    Summary

    Shield type Attributes Block chance Implicit
    Tower Shield StrengthIcon small.png ({{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Pure armour base items‎‎ |?Has block range minimum |format=min}} to {{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Pure armour base items‎‎ |?Has block range maximum |format=max}})% +(0 to 30) to Maximum Life
    Buckler DexterityIcon small.png ({{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Pure evasion base items‎‎ |?Has block range minimum |format=min}} to {{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Pure evasion base items‎‎ |?Has block range maximum |format=max}})% (3-9)% increased Movement Speed
    Spirit Shield IntelligenceIcon small.png ({{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Pure energy shield base items‎‎ |?Has block range minimum |format=min}} to {{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Pure energy shield base items‎‎ |?Has block range maximum |format=max}})% (0 to 20)% increased Spell Damage
    Round Shield StrengthIcon small.pngDexterityIcon small.png ({{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Hybrid evasion and armour base items‎‎ |?Has block range minimum |format=min}} to {{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Hybrid evasion and armour base items‎‎ |?Has block range maximum |format=max}})% (0 to 180)% increased Block Recovery
    Kite Shield StrengthIcon small.pngIntelligenceIcon small.png ({{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Hybrid armour and energy shield base items‎‎ |?Has block range minimum |format=min}} to {{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Hybrid armour and energy shield base items‎‎ |?Has block range maximum |format=max}})% +(0 to 12)% to all Elemental Resistances
    Spiked Shield DexterityIcon small.pngIntelligenceIcon small.png ({{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Hybrid evasion and energy shield base items‎‎ |?Has block range minimum |format=min}} to {{#ask: Has item class::Shields Concept:Hybrid evasion and energy shield base items‎‎ |?Has block range maximum |format=max}})% either (2 to 4)% Chance to Dodge Attacks
    or (2 to 4)% Chance to Dodge Spell Damage

    Strategy

    Capping block

    The standard block cap is 75%. Key shield block numbers include the following:

    • Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "aegis aurora". and Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "thousand teeth temu". both have a block chance of 32%, the highest for unique shields. This requires 43% additional block chance to reach the cap.
    • Non-unique shields can run from 22 to 33% depending on base and affixes, requiring 42% to 53% additional block chance to reach the cap.
    • Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "rathpith globe". is popular due to its spell block. Its block chance is 25%, requiring 50% additional to reach the cap. With Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "the anvil". this decreases to 45% (relative to the raised cap).
    • Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "saffell's frame". is popular due to its increase to maximum resistance, but blocks only spells. An average roll (75%) with a Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "stone of lazhwar". requires 36% additional block chance to reach the cap. With a perfect Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "rainbowstride". as well, this decreases to 26% additional block chance required.
    • Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "the bringer of rain". provides 6% additional block chance, legacy variants 15%, making it much easier to reach the cap.
    • Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "the anvil". provides 8% additional block chance, legacy variants 10%, and raises the cap by 3%; however, it precludes the use of Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "stone of lazhwar"..
    • Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "tempest shield". will provide 3% additional block chance.

    Spell block

    • With Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "rathpith globe". or Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "saffell's frame". it only requires Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "stone of lazhwar". to reach 100% of block chance applied to spells.
    • Without Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "stone of lazhwar". the best that can be done is 76% chance to block spells with a perfect Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "rathpith globe"., Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "rainbowstride"., and Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "the anvil". and 10% spell block on the passive tree. This requires 38% additional block chance from other sources.
    • Without either of these shields, the best that can be done is 66% with Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "stone of lazhwar". and Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "rainbowstride". and 10% spell block on the passive tree.

    List of Shields

    Armour Shields (Strength)

    ItemLvl.Str.ARBlockStats

    Evasion Shields (Dexterity)

    ItemLvl.Dex.EVBlockStats

    Energy Shield Shields (Intelligence)

    ItemLvl.Int.ESBlockStats

    Armour/Evasion Shields (Strength/Dexterity)

    ItemLvl.Str.Dex.AREVBlockStats

    Armour/Energy Shield Shields (Strength/Intelligence)

    ItemLvl.Str.Int.ARESBlockStats

    Energy Shield/Evasion Shields (Dexterity/Intelligence)

    ItemLvl.Dex.Int.EVESBlockStats

    Passive Skills

    There are passive skills that grant bonuses related to shields.

    Block Chance with Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Block
    • 2% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
    Block and Block Recovery
    • 30% increased Block Recovery
    • 1% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
    Block Chance and Melee Damage with Shield
    • 1% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 8% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    Shield Block
    • 2% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    Shield Block and Block Recovery
    • 2% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 30% increased Block Recovery
    Shield Block and Shield Defences
    • 1% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Command of Steel
    • 2% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 60% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Defiance
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 20% increased Melee Physical Damage
    Deflection
    • 4% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 40% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Precise Interception
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 60% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 15% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
    Sanctuary
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • +12% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield
    Slashing Comeback
    • 24% increased Physical Damage with Swords
    • 20% increased Accuracy Rating with Swords
    • 4% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
    Solidity
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 10% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    Testudo
    • 4% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 60% increased Block Recovery
    • +8 Mana gained when you Block
    Weapon Artistry
    • 4% increased Attack Speed
    • 2% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
    • 16% increased Physical Damage with Attacks
    • +10 to Strength and Dexterity

    Spell Block Chance with Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Shield Spell Block
    • 2% additional Chance to Block Spells with Shields
    Mind Barrier
    • 5% additional Chance to Block Spells with Shields

    Increased Energy Shield from Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Energy Shield on Shield
    • 40% increased Energy Shield from equipped Shield

    Increased Defences from Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Shield Defences
      • 40% increased Defences from equipped Shield
      • 50% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Shield Block and Shield Defences
    • 1% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Command of Steel
    • 2% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 60% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Defiance
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 20% increased Melee Physical Damage
    Deflection
    • 4% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 40% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    Precise Interception
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 60% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 15% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
    Retaliation
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 24% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    • 6% increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
    Solidity
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 10% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield

    Elemental Resistance with Shields

    Name Bonuses
    Elemental Resistance with Shields
    • +8% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield
    Sanctuary
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • +12% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield

    Increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Physical Attack Damage with Shield
    • 10% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
    Precise Interception
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 60% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 15% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield

    Increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Melee Damage with Shield
    • 12% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    Melee Damage and Attack Speed with Shield
    • 10% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    • 3% increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
    Block Chance and Melee Damage with Shield
    • 1% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 8% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    Retaliation
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 24% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    • 6% increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
    Solidity
    • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 10% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield

    Increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield

    Name Bonuses
    Melee Damage and Attack Speed with Shield
    • 10% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    • 3% increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
    Retaliation
    • 25% increased Defences from equipped Shield
    • 24% increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield
    • 6% increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield

    Miscellaneous

    The following passive skills are related to shields, but do not belong in any other category:

    Name Bonuses
    Art of the Gladiator
    • 12% increased Attack Speed
    • 20% increased Accuracy Rating
    • +20 to Dexterity
    • Ignore all Movement Penalties from Armour
    Necromantic Aegis
    • All bonuses from an equipped Shield apply to your Minions instead of you