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Shield Skill

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When a physical attack is successfully blocked by a Shield, the damage taken from the attack is significantly reduced.

Overview

Shield skill is a combat skill that determines a player's ability to activate an equipped shield to block an incoming physical attack. Shields can block any physical attacks coming from the front of the player, and the player does not need to be engaged to an enemy to block an attack. The amount of damage reduction from a successful shield block is based on the shield size and its DEF rating. The block rate is determined by the attacking enemy's level, shield size, and shield skill (the greater a player's shield skill, the greater the probability the attack will be blocked by a shield proc). Larger shields block less frequently, but for more damage, and vice versa. The only exceptions to this are for Ochain and Aegis which both block frequently and for significant damage reductions (Aegis is size 5 but has a block rate between a size 2 and 3 shield and Ochain is size 6 and has a block rate significantly greater than a size 1 shield).

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 equippable shields, as well as several job traits and abilities to enhance shield utilization.

Notes

  • The hard cap on shield block rate is 65%. Ochain has a large block rate bonus and is not susceptible to this cap (block rate can reach 100% with sufficient shield skill).
  • Generally, shield skill increases block rate by approximately 1% when adding 4 skill below 400 or 5 skill above 400.
  • Shield size is not a visible game statistic but is programmed into the game to each individual shield and can be seen on the individual wiki pages for each shield.
  • 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.
  • The job trait Shield Defense Bonus increases the damage reduction capability of all shields.
  • The spell Reprisal temporarily increases the shield block rate.

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

References