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Modifier Base cost Durability Resistance
Cracked 60% -56 -4
Battered 85% -26 -2
Thick 160% +47 +2
Reinforced 210% +63 +4

The bigger a shield is the slower it is to respond to blocking, however the better the blocking it provides. A kite or tower shield will even protect the legs, which a round shield cannot (even if it visually appears to). Note that the shield's hitbox is not the same as its protective range: if you shoot at the head of a foe with a raised shield the projectile will hit his shield even if you are actually aiming at his helmet visible just above it.

Shield hit points are fully restored after each battle. The shield's resistance value is subtracted from each blow that is blocked before it is applied to the shield's hit points. Putting points in the Shield skill will also reduce the damage your shield receives and improve the shield speed and coverage. As with other items, shields are available in varying qualities; Cracked and Battered shields provide less protection but are cheaper, while Thick and Reinforced shields offer more protection but cost much more.

These tables are raw data extracted from item_kinds1.txt using the M&B Item Editor. In practise, merchants will normally charge more for shields they sell and pay less for those they buy. Putting points in Trade will bring these amounts closer to the item's true value.

Name Cost Weight Speed Size Hit points Resistance Note
Plain Cavalry Shield 96 2.0 105 40 310 3
Round Cavalry Shield 195 2.5 103 40 370 9
Elite Cavalry Shield 370 3.0 100 40 420 14
Horseman's Heater Shield 229 2.0 103 40 300 12
Knightly Heater Shield 390 2.5 100 40 360 18
Horseman's Kite Shield 205 2.0 103 40 310 10
Knightly Kite Shield 360 2.5 100 40 370 16
Steel Shield 697 4.0 61 40 700 17
Wooden Shield 42 2.0 100 50 360 1
Nordic Shield 95 2.0 100 50 440 1
Old Round Shield 26 2.5 93 50 350 0
Plain Round Shield 65 3.0 90 50 460 2
Round Shield 105 3.5 87 50 540 4
Heavy Round Shield 210 4.0 84 50 600 6
Huscarl's Round Shield 430 4.5 81 50 690 8
Old Heater Shield 36 2.0 96 60 280 1
Plain Heater Shield 74 2.5 93 60 360 3
Heater Shield 160 3.0 90 60 430 6
Heavy Heater Shield 332 3.5 87 60 510 9
Old Kite Shield 33 2.0 96 60 285 0
Plain Kite Shield 70 2.5 93 60 365 2
Kite Shield 156 3.0 90 60 435 5
Heavy Kite Shield 320 3.5 87 60 515 8
Fur Covered Shield 227 3.5 76 81 600 1
Old Board Shield 60 3.5 89 84 510 0 can't be used on horseback
Plain Board Shield 114 4.0 85 84 640 1 can't be used on horseback
Board Shield 210 4.5 81 84 760 2 can't be used on horseback
Heavy Board Shield 370 5.0 78 84 980 3 can't be used on horseback