Shield Skill

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Shield skill is a combat skill that determines a player's ability to activate an equipped shield to block an incoming physical attack. When a physical attack is successfully blocked by a Shield, the damage taken from the attack is significantly reduced.

  • Shields can block any physical attacks coming from the front of the player
  • The player does not need to be engaged to an enemy to block an attack.
  • All shields have a hidden game statistic: Shield Size.
    • While not viewable in game, it is programmed into the game to each individual shield and can be seen on the individual wiki pages for each shield.
Shield Size Size Damage Reduction Size Base Block Rate
1 -20% 55%
2 -40% 40%
3 -50% 45%
4 -65% 30%
5 5 -55% 50%
6 -40% ~108%
Total Damage Reduced from a Shield Block = Base Damage × (1 - 0.PDTtotal) × (1 - 0.SizeDamageReduction - 0.(Shield'sDEF ÷ 2) - 0.Shield Defense Bonustotal)
  • This reduction is not subject to the -87.5% PDT cap.
  • A shield's block rate is determined by the attacking enemy's combat skill (determined by their level), the shield's Size Base Block Rate, and the player's shield skill, such that:
Total Block Rate = SizeBaseBlockRate + ((ShieldSkilltotal - Attacker'sCombatSkill) × 0.2325)
  • 0.2325 is the average skill:block rate conversion over all skill ranges. For example, some skill levels the conversion factor is 0.25, for others it is 0.2.
    This average is used as all the Shield Skill:Block Rate tiers are currently unknown and this yields fairly accurate observable results.
  • The spell Reprisal and the Job Ability Palisade artificially increases the shield block rate by a set percent independent of the above formula.
  • The job trait Shield Mastery prevents the casting of spells from being interrupted by a physical attack if all hits while casting are successfully blocked and allows successful blocks to generate additional TP return for the player.


While all jobs can equip certain shields and several jobs have innate shield skill (see below), Paladins are the shield masters with the widest and most powerful variety of equipable shields, as well as several job traits and abilities to enhance the use of shields.

Shield Skill Caps

Job Grade Level 49 Level 99
PLD A+ 150 424
WAR C+ 139 378
WHM D 133 334
BST E 124 300
RDM F 114 265
THF F 114 265

Equipment Bonuses

Item Level Slot Jobs Amount
Fighter's Mufflers +1 74 Hands WAR 15
Gallant Leggings +1 74 Feet PLD 12
Acheron Shield +1 75 Shield WAR RDM DRK BST BLU 11
Ker's Mask 99 Head WAR PLD DRK DRG 11
Testudo Mantle +1 99 Back WAR MNK RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC 11
Acheron Shield 75 Shield WAR RDM DRK BST BLU 10
Boxer's Mantle 70 Back All jobs 10
Fighter's Mufflers 54 Hands WAR 10
Gallant Leggings 52 Feet PLD 10
Master Shield 52 Shield WAR WHM RDM THF PLD BST SAM 10
Rogue's Culottes 56 Legs THF 10
Steadfast Shield 99 Shield PLD DRK 10
Testudo Mantle 99 Back WAR MNK RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC 10
Warlock's Boots 52 Feet RDM 10
Warlock's Boots +1 74 Feet RDM 10
Creed Armet +2 85 Head PLD 7
Fazheluo Radiant Mail 90 Body WAR PLD DRK BST SAM DRG 7
Shield Torque 65 Neck All jobs 7
Fazheluo Mail +1 90 Body WAR PLD DRK BST SAM DRG 6
Kaiser Schaller 73 Head WAR PLD 6
Skeld Sword 90 Weapon WAR PLD DRK 6
Creed Armet +1 85 Head PLD 5
Fazheluo Mail 90 Body WAR PLD DRK BST SAM DRG 5
Knight's Earring 72 Earring All jobs 5
Koenig Schaller 73 Head WAR PLD 5
Light Buckler 40 Shield WAR WHM RDM THF PLD BST SAM 5
Portus Annulet 94 Ring All jobs 5
Sinfender 69 Weapon PLD DRK 5
Storm Shield 70 Shield WAR WHM RDM THF PLD BST SAM 5 (Assault)
Pilferer's Aspis 30 Shield All jobs 5 (THF Sub job)
Shield Belt 30 Shield All jobs 5 (PLD Sub job)
Buckler Earring 35 Earring All jobs 3
Creed Earring 90 Earring PLD 3
Fortified Chain 60 Neck All jobs 3
Mu Necklace 75 Neck All jobs 3 (Salvage)
Shotel +1 42 Weapon WAR THF PLD DRK SAM DRG BLU -3
Shiva's Shotel 72 Weapon WAR THF PLD DRK SAM DRG BLU -5
Shotel 42 Weapon WAR THF PLD DRK SAM DRG BLU -5

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