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For (With Fire & Sword) Shields, see Shields (With Fire & Sword).
Round Shield

The Round Shield is a common example of Calradian shields.

Shields are a type of Armor held in the hand that can block ranged and melee attacks, unlike blocking with a weapon which can only block melee from the correct angle. Shields can be used with One-handed Weapons, Thrown Weapons and most Polearms.

BlockingEdit

Shields block melee attacks in a 90 degree arc in front of you, (meaning that the attack can hit the front or rim of the shield) though when an attack is ranged, the projectile has to actually hit the shield. When slung over your back, they can still block ranged attacks coming from the rear. Kicks will always stun a block regardless of the shield skill of the user or shield that is used. Only Board Shields cannot be used on horseback, though they usually have one of the highest durability ratings and size and are preferable if the player only fights on foot.

StatsEdit

Shield stats

Example stats.

Different shields have widely differing stats, so you should choose the one that fits your playing style best.

Here's an explanation of what these stats mean:

  • Name: This is the name of the shield. Modifiers of the shield indicate its strength. Thick and Reinforced ones are stronger, but avoid shields with the negative prefixes, Cracked or Battered.
  • Shield Durability: This is the "health" of the shield; it determines how much damage it can take before it breaks. If it runs out, the shield will be dropped and can no longer be used for the remainder of the battle. The quality of a shield can deteriorate if it breaks.
  • Sell Price: The selling price for the item. Like all other non-trade goods, this value will almost always be lower than the purchase value.
  • Weight: This affects your overall encumbrance. The higher it is, the slower you move. Watch out for your encumbrance if you want to move fast on foot.
  • Resistance: This is the damage subtracted from every hit the shield takes (the shield's armor). For example, a 0 Resistance shield hit by a blade will take 20 damage, which will drain its Durability; instead, a 10 Resistance shield hit by the same blade will take only 10 damage (20 minus 10). Resistance also factors against a successful Guard Crush. This parameter can be quite important for a shield. Certain weapons, mainly axes and axe-like weapons, ignore this value as well as dealing double damage to shields. Ranged weapons with sufficient damage and missile speed can penetrate shields that have a low resistance. This damage is always reduced, however a hard enough hitting attack will still stagger you and force you to lower your shield. Shields appear to take an absolute minimum of 1 point of damage per hit while held regardless of how high its resistance, how high the shield skill of the wielder is or how weak the enemy's weapon is.
  • Size: This determines how much of your body is covered by your shield. For example, a 79 Size shield will cover only the upper part of your body, leaving the legs and the head exposed; instead, a 85x143 size shield will cover your whole body, leaving you vulnerable only from the back. Angling the shield up or down will change its coverage of either your feet or your head, be careful when looking down from high positions when there are enemy archers at the same elevation.
  • Speed Rating: This affects how quickly you can move your shield. Higher numbers are obviously better, especially when the character's Shield skill is low or non-existent.
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A little illustration of how useful shields can be.

The durability and resistance stats seem to be inversely proportional. Nordic Shields and Heater Shields have higher durability but low resistance, while shields designed to be used mounted are the opposite. Only cumbersome shields like the Huscarl's Round Shield, Board Shield and Steel Shield are exceptions, but these shields balance their greater protection with reduced speed and increased weight.

Shield and Shield skillEdit

Note that use of a shield is heavily affected by the shield skill. Higher skill means higher shield resistance, speed and coverage. With high skill spent on it, you can expect your Steel Shield to be moved as fast as wooden ones and catch projectiles out of coverage as if it were a missile magnet.

ModifiersEdit

The following Modifiers are available on all shields:

Modifier Durability Resistance Cost
Reinforced +83 +4 +110%
Thick +47 +2 +60%
Battered -26 -2 -15%
Cracked -56 -4 -40%

Note that words not listed here (Plain, Old, Heavy, etc.), are not modifiers, but part of the actual names of some shields.

Deformation Edit

Shields

A lot of equipment can be found at the initial siege area, including extra shields.

If your shield were to be broken, the game may display the message Shield Deformed. If this happens, it means that your shield lost its good trait, or earned a bad trait. Unlike horses which heal back, shields don't; if your board shield became "Battered", there's no way to fix it. So manage your shield well; if your shield has taken heavy damage, it is better to throw your shield around to your back and block with your weapon (if you can) rather than damage a rather expensive shield such as a steel shield, unless of course it's a pick up weapon from the field.

You can never in any way destroy an allied troop's shield.

List of ShieldsEdit

The following table contains all shields available in Warband.

Click [Expand] to see the whole table. Tables can be sorted by clicking on one of the boxes on the top row.

Shield Durability Weight Resistance Size Speed Base Value Other
Wooden Shield
Wooden Shield
3602.0110010042 -
Hide Covered Round Shield
Hide Covered Round Shield
2602.037910040 -
Leather Covered Round Shield
Leather Covered Round Shield
3102.58799680 -
Nordic Shield
Nordic Shield
4402.0110010095 -
Old Round Shield
Old Round Shield
1952.541009326 -
Plain Round Shield
Plain Round Shield
2603.081009065 -
Round Shield
Round Shield
3103.51210087105 -
Heavy Round Shield
Heavy Round Shield
3504.01510084210 -
Huscarl's Round Shield
Huscarl's Round Shield
4104.51910081430 -
Plain Cavalry Shield
Plain Cavalry Shield
1602.087910596 -
Round Cavalry Shield
Round Cavalry Shield
2002.51479103195 -
Elite Cavalry Shield
Elite Cavalry Shield
2503.02279100370 -
Old Heater Shield
Heater Shield
1602.0672x1059636 -
Plain Heater Shield
Heater Shield
2102.51172x1059374 -
Heater Shield
Heater Shield
2603.01472x10590160 -
Heavy Heater Shield
Heater Shield
3053.51972x10587332 -
Horseman's Heater Shield
Horseman's Heater Shield
1602.01659x79103229 -
Knightly Heater Shield
Horseman's Heater Shield
2202.52359x79100390 -
Heater Shield
Heater Shield wCrest
4103.5210080227 -
Fur Covered Shield
Fur Covered Shield
6003.5116276227 -
Old Kite Shield
Old Kite Shield
1652.0572x1059633 -
Plain Kite Shield
Plain Kite Shield
2152.51072x1059370 -
Kite Shield
Kite Shield
2653.01372x10590156 -
Heavy Kite Shield
Kite Shield
3103.51872x10587320 -
Horseman's Kite Shield
Horseman's Kite Shield
1652.01459x79103205 -
Knightly Kite Shield
Horseman's Kite Shield
2252.52359x79100360 -
Old Board Shield
Old Board Shield
2803.5485x1438960Cannot be used on horseback
Plain Board Shield
Old Board Shield
3604.0885x14385114Cannot be used on horseback
Board Shield
Board Shield
4304.51085x14381210Cannot be used on horseback
Heavy Board Shield
Board Shield
5505.01485x14378370Cannot be used on horseback
Plate Covered Round Shield
Plate Covered Round Shield
3304.0167990140 -
Steel Shield
Steel Shield
7004.0167961697 -
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