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Shields 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. They block melee attacks in a 90 degree beam infront 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 actualy 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.

StatsEdit

Shield stats
Example stats.
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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. The Modifiers of the shield (Thick, Reinforced, etc.) indicate the strength of the shield. Avoid shields (if possible) with prefixes like Cracked, Old, etc.
  • 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.
  • 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 when dealing damage. 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 interrupt your block. 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.
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Some shields cannot be used from horseback (it will say so in the stats of the shield, in yellow text). Most of these shields are called "Board shields". They are preferable if the player does not fight on horseback. These shields usually have one of the highest durability ratings and size.

The durability and resistance stats seem to be inversely proportional. Nord 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 shield is heavily affected by 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.

Shield ModifiersEdit

Modifier Durability Resistance Cost
Reinforced +63 +4 +110%
Thick +47 +2 +60%
Battered -26 -2 -15%
Cracked -56 -4 -40%

Deformation Edit

Shields
The initial siege area is where a lot of equipment is likely to be found.
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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 (see image).

List of ShieldsEdit

The following table contains shields available in Warband.

Shield Durability Weight Resistance Size Speed True Value Other
Wooden Shield
Wooden Shield
360 2.0 1 100 100 42 -
Nordic Shield
Nordic Shield
440 2.0 1 100 100 95 -
Fur Covered Shield
Fur Covered Shield
600 3.5 1 162 76 227 -
Steel Shield
Steel Shield
700 4.0 16 79 61 697 -
Leather Covered Round Shield
Leather Covered Round Shield
310 2.5 8 79 96 80 -
Hide Covered Round Shield
Hide Covered Round Shield
260 2.0 3 79 100 40 -
Heater Shield
Heater Shield wCrest
410 3.5 2 100 80 227 -
Old Round Shield
Old Round Shield
195 2.5 4 100 93 26 -
Plain Round Shield
Plain Round Shield
260 3.0 8 100 90 65 -
Round Shield
Round Shield
310 3.5 12 100 87 105 -
Heavy Round Shield
Heavy Round Shield
350 4.0 15 100 84 210 -
Huscarl's Round Shield
Huscarl's Round Shield
410 4.5 19 100 81 430 -
Old Kite Shield
Old Kite Shield
165 2.0 5 72x105 96 33 -
Plain Kite Shield
Plain Kite Shield
215 2.5 10 72x105 93 70 -
Kite Shield
Kite Shield
265 3.0 13 72x105 90 156 -
Heavy Kite Shield
Kite Shield
310 3.5 18 72x105 87 320 -
Horseman's Kite Shield
Horseman's Kite Shield
165 2.0 14 59x79 103 205 -
Knightly Kite Shield
Horseman's Kite Shield
225 2.5 23 59x79 100 360 -
Old Heater Shield
Heater Shield
160 2.0 6 72x105 96 36 -
Plain Heater Shield
Heater Shield
210 2.5 11 72x105 93 74 -
Heater Shield
Heater Shield
260 3.0 14 72x105 90 160 -
Heavy Heater Shield
Heater Shield
305 3.5 19 72x105 87 332 -
Horseman's Heater Shield
Horseman's Heater Shield
160 2.0 16 59x79 103 229 -
Knightly Heater Shield
Horseman's Heater Shield
220 2.5 23 59x79 100 390 -
Old Board Shield
Old Board Shield
280 3.5 4 85x143 89 60 Cannot be used on horseback
Plain Board Shield
Old Board Shield
360 4.0 8 85x143 85 114 Cannot be used on horseback
Board Shield
Board Shield
430 4.5 10 85x143 81 210 Cannot be used on horseback
Heavy Board Shield
Board Shield
550 5.0 14 85x143 78 370 Cannot be used on horseback
Plain Cavalry Shield
Plain Cavalry Shield
160 2.0 8 79 105 96 -
Round Cavalry Shield
Round Cavalry Shield
200 2.5 14 79 103 195 -
Elite Cavalry Shield
Elite Cavalry Shield
250 3.0 22 79 100 370 -
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