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A character can equip one shield, and they occupy 2x2, 2x3 or 2x4 inventory or stash space when not equipped:

Size
2x2 2x3 2x4
  • Buckler
  • Small Shield
  • Large Shield
  • Spiked Shield
  • Kite Shield
  • Bone Shield
  • Gothic Shield
  • Defender
  • Round Shield
  • Scutum
  • Barbed Shield
  • Dragon Shield
  • Grim Shield
  • Ancient Shield

Equipping some shields incurs a penalty to walk/run speed:

Penalty
0 5 10
  • Buckler
  • Small Shield
  • Spiked Shield
  • Kite Shield
  • Bone Shield
  • Large Shield
  • Gothic Shield
  • Tower Shield
  • Defender
  • Round Shield
  • Barbed Shield
  • Dragon Shield
  • Grim Shield
  • Scutum
  • Ancient Shield
  • Pavise

Every shield has a base Chance to Block, to which a class bonus is added:

Class(es) Druid / Necromancer / Sorceress Amazon / Assassin / Barbarian Paladin
Chance to Block +20% +25% +30%

This results in the following Chances to Block:

Shield Chance to Block
Base Dru / Nec / Sor Ama / Ass / Bar Paladin
Buckler 0% 20% 25% 30%
Small Shield 5% 25% 30% 35%
Large Shield 12% 32% 37% 42%
Spiked Shield 10% 30% 35% 40%
Kite Shield 8% 28% 33% 38%
Bone Shield 20% 40% 45% 50%
Tower Shield 24% 44% 49% 54%
Gothic Shield 16% 36% 41% 46%
Defender 10% 30% 35% 40%
Round Shield 12% 32% 37% 42%
Scutum 14% 34% 39% 44%
Barbed Shield 17% 37% 42% 47%
Dragon Shield 18% 38% 43% 48%
Grim Shield 20% 40% 45% 50%
Pavise 24% 44% 49% 54%
Ancient Shield 16% 36% 41% 46%

Shields can also be used to inflict damage by a Paladin using Smite.

Normal[edit]

Shield Quality Level Required Defense Durability Max sockets at Item Level
Level Strength Min Max < 26 26-40 > 40
Buckler 1 12 4 6 12 1 1 1
Small Shield 5 22 8 10 16 2 2 2
Large Shield 11 34 12 14 24 3 3 3
Spiked Shield 11 30 15 25 40 2 2 2
Kite Shield 15 47 16 18 30 3 3 3
Bone Shield 19 25 10 30 40 2 2 2
Tower Shield 22 75 22 25 60 3 3 3
Gothic Shield 30 60 30 35 40 3 3 3

Exceptional[edit]

Shield Quality Level Required Defense Durability Max sockets at Item Level
Level Strength Min Max < 26 26-40 > 40
Defender 34 22 38 41 49 68 1 1 1
Round Shield 37 25 53 47 55 64 2 2 2
Scutum 42 25 71 53 61 62 3 3 3
Barbed Shield 42 25 65 58 78 55 2 2 2
Dragon Shield 45 25 91 59 67 76 3 3 3
Grim Shield 48 25 58 50 150 70 2 2 2
Pavise 50 25 133 68 78 72 3 3 3
Ancient Shield 56 25 110 80 93 80 3 3 3

Affixes[edit]

Maximum Required Level (RLvl) for any magic or rare shield is 58 (maximum Affix Level (ALvL) 65).

The maximum bonuses available for magic and rare shields are summarized below. There are 10 prefix groups:

Prefix Group Bonus(es) Min Max Alvl RLvl Freq
Holy 101 Enhanced Defense 81% 100% 36 27 6
Vulpine 107 Damage Taken Goes to Mana 7% 12% 9 6 3
Glowing 112 Light Radius 2 2 6 4 1
Serpent's 115 Mana 11 20 14 10 3
Prismatic 116 All Resistances 16 20 39 31 4
Cobalt 117 Cold Resist 21% 30% 18 13 3
Garnet 118 Fire Resist 21% 30% 18 13 3
Coral 119 Lightning Resist 21% 30% 18 13 3
Jade 120 Poison Resist 21% 30% 18 13 3
Priest's 125 Paladin Skill Levels 2 2 65 58 2

There are 12 suffix groups:

Suffix Group Bonus(es) Min Max Alvl RLvl Freq
of Life 1 Damage Reduced 4 7 41 33 4
of Guarding 2 Magic Damage Reduced 3 3 32 24 4
of Spikes 6 Attacker Takes Damage 4 6 21 15 4
of Deflecting 8 Increased Chance of Blocking 20% 20% 11 8 6
Faster Block Rate 30 30
of Thawing 11 Half Freeze Duration 1 1 10 7 4
of Maiming 14 Maximum Damage 3 4 42 34 4
of Equilibrium 18 Faster Hit Recovery 17 17 9 6 4
of Regeneration 19 Replenish Life 3 5 40 30 4
of Light 25 Light Radius 1 1 6 4 1
Attack Rating 15 15
of Defiance 29 Poison Length Reduced 75% 75% 25 18 2
of Simplicity 30 Requirements -30% -30% 25 18 2
of the Ox 31 Strength 6 9 45 37 3

Prefixes[edit]

Prefix Group Bonus(es) Min Max Alvl RLvl Freq
Sturdy 101 Enhanced Defense 10% 20% 1 1 9
21% 30% 4 3 9
Strong 31% 40% 9 6 8
Glorious 41% 50% 19 14 8
Blessed 51% 65% 25 18 7
Saintly 66% 80% 31 23 7
Holy 81% 100% 36 27 6
Vulpine 107 Damage Taken Goes to Mana 7% 12% 9 6 3
Glimmering 112 Light Radius 1 1 1 1 1
Glowing 2 2 6 4 1
Lizard's 115 Mana 1 2 1-2 1 4
3 5 3 2 4
Snake's 5 10 6 4 4
Serpent's 11 20 14 10 3
Prismatic 116 All Resistances 16 20 39 31 4
Azure 117 Cold Resist 5% 5% 1-4 1 3
5% 10% 5 3 2
Lapis 11% 20% 12 9 4
Cobalt 21% 30% 18 13 3
Crimson 118 Fire Resist 5% 5% 1-4 1 3
5% 10% 5 3 4
Russet 11% 20% 12 9 4
Garnet 21% 30% 18 13 3
Tangerine 119 Lightning Resist 5% 5% 1-4 1 3
5% 10% 5 3 4
Ocher 11% 20% 12 9 4
Coral 21% 30% 18 13 3
Beryl 120 Poison Resist 5% 5% 1-4 1 3
5% 10% 5 3 4
Viridian 11% 20% 12 9 4
Jade 21% 30% 18 13 3
Monk's 125 Paladin Skill Levels 1 1 35 27 4
Priest's 2 2 65 58 2

Suffixes[edit]

Suffix Group Bonus(es) Min Max Alvl RLvl Freq
of Health 1 Damage Reduced 1 1 7 5 4
of Protection 2 2 24 18 4
of Absorption 3 3 32 24 4
of Life 4 7 41 33 4
of Warding 2 Magic Damage Reduced 1 1 7 5 4
of the Sentinel 2 2 24 18 4
of Guarding 3 3 32 24 4
of Thorns 6 Attack Takes Damage 1 1 1-13 1 4
1 3 14 10 4
of Spikes 4 6 21 15 4
of Blocking 8 Increased Chance of Blocking 10% 10% 1 1 7
Faster Block Rate 15 15
of Deflecting Increased Chance of Blocking 20% 20% 11 8 6
Faster Block Rate 30 30
of Thawing 11 Half Freeze Duration 1 1 10 7 4
of Maiming 14 Maximum Damage 3 4 42 34 4
of Balance 18 Faster Hit Recovery 10 10 5 3 4
of Equilibrium 17 17 9 6 4
of Regeneration 19 Replenish Life 3 5 40 30 4
of Light 25 Light Radius 1 1 6 4 1
Attack Rating 15 15
of Amelioration 29 Poison Length Reduced 50% 50% 18 13 3
of Defiance 75% 75% 25 18 2
of Ease 30 Requirements -20% -20% 15 11 3
of Simplicity -30% -30% 25 18 2
of Strength 31 Strength 1 2 12 8 3
of Might 3 5 33 25 3
of the Ox 6 9 45 37 3