Shields in Salt and Sanctuary are typically carried by trained swordsmen skilled in agile fighting . All players can use Class 0 Shields but you must put points into the Shields Skill in order to be able to use their higher Classed counterparts. The values listed in the tables below represent the percentage of damage blocked when blocking an attack with said shield. Please keep in mind that some Bosses can damage through shields that are 100 percent mitigation of a certain type, so 100 percent does not guarantee zero damage received.

 

With a Shield, you may block damage by pressing and holding the blocking button, reducing incoming damage by a percentage as shown in the shield stats, and it costs some stamina and be pushed back a little. You can hold the blocking button even when jumping and rolling, providing extra safe time, even though the blocking may not successful.

 

Stamina is depleted according to type of shield, its Stagger Reduction value and enemy damage and poise damage, for each attack. If Stamina is depleted, the character will still block the last attack and will be staggered for a 2 seconds animation, defenseless and open to enemy attacks.

 

You may not use a shield in primary hand, just in the second hand/shield slot, so it cannot be used with wands, guns and torches.

 

If pressing the Light Attack button while blocking, you will peform a Parry. Time it correctly to negate an enemy attack completely and putting it open to a finisher move (you will be able to press the Use Object button to do it). Tower shields can do a Bash instead of a Parry, staggering enemies and damaging them. You can use your weapon Heavy attack while blocking with any weapon, like with a spear resulting in a slow but effective fight style.

 

Note that Shields resistances values are calculated separately and differently from Armor. A shield with 100 protection, will negate all damage when blocking.

 

There are four types of shield in game:

  • Tower, these shields are usually heavier and offers great protection. When Blocking and pressing the Attack button it will perform a Bash attack instead of the normal parry, damaging enemy according to your Strength
  • Heater, this is the second largest category of shields, they have balanced stats and some of them have additional properties
  • Buckler, the lightest and simplest shields are usually bucklers. They have the lowest stagger reduction values, meaning that blocking with these shields will cost higher use of Stamina
  • Kite, a small amount of shields falls in this category with balanced stats, but nothing impressive [may have large wider parry time window, to confirm]

 

Shields in Salt and Sanctuary

Name & Icon Stagger Reduction

Shield Type

Strk Slsh Fir Lit Psn Holy Arc Wgt Special Class
Wooden Targe 49 Buckler 100 85 25 74 33 30 41 4   0
Buckler 51 Buckler 92 85 52 45 50 43 42 5   0
Heater Shield 52 Shield 90 95 53 57 65 53 60 9   0
Escutcheon 65 Shield 86 100 50 53 40 45 53 10   0
Palatine Kite Shield 50 Kite 100 85 53 40 45 50 90 8   0
Cleric's Kite Shield 54 Kite 82 92 20 48 51 82 83 8   0
Teuthis Shield 72 Heater 100 100 39 45 25 41 30 10   1
Raider's Targe 69 Heater  99 64 76 75 57 80 73 14   1
Vinemesh Peltarion 56 Heater 89 71 21 31 95 30 35 4.5 HP Regen 1
Sunset Kite Shield 58 Kite 90 90 41 100 39 42 41 10   1
Gangplank Mantlet 93  Tower 98 81 52 79 75 59 63 22   1
Askarian Scutum 71 Tower 100 71 44 75 74 52 48 12   1
Silver Shield 52 Buckler 90 95 46 -38 47 100 100 10   2
Phoenix Rondache 63 Heater 70 71 100 71 58 64 43 10   2
Bloodbrow Scutum 60 Heater  84 81 38 95 38 36 43 8 Reflect 2
Mirror Shield 55  Heater 60 85 59 95 44 49 56 7 Reflect 2
Kraekan Greatshield 73  Tower 100 99 76 76 62 45 85 18   2
Boeotian Greatshield 94 Tower 68 100 82 75 50 64 77 22   2
Flayer's Rack 92 Tower  87 87 100 80 81 60 83 26   2
Pendragon Targe 65 Kite 98 78 88 62 100 50 51 15   3
Type 46 Tower Shield 95 Tower 99 94 93 70 73 78 82 28   3
Carapace Pavise 87 Tower 86 85 31 79 80 50 59 16   3
Umbral Aegis 74 Heater  90 94 46 42 36 95 95 16   4
Oppressor's Greatshield 91 Tower 98 100 78 69 64 77 79 24   4
Ashen Effigy 87 Tower 96 95 87 80 79 100 100 32 Thorns 4
Iron Rampart 90 Tower 100 100 97 97 99 98 97 36   4
Pruina Scutum 79 Tower 97 94 46 68 40 95 97 20   4
Tainted Greatshield 93 Tower 100 100 84 80 50 95 75 30 Tainted 5



    • Anonymous

      01 May 2018 22:38  

      Would love if there was some way to tell what shields have special properties, like they do with primary weapons. The Ashen Effigy for example, has "extra spikes". Would be nice if that would show up here.

      • Anonymous

        27 Nov 2017 09:27  

        With tower Shield you can do bashing insted of parry use it to stun enemy that blocking with or without shield, i try it to the heavy armored guy in salt alkymancery while he was blocking i bash my tower shield agains his shield and he got stun after that you can use your finishing move or something by pressing O (sry bad english)

        • Anonymous

          27 Aug 2017 15:12  

          After some testing, I can confirm that there is indeed different parry windows between the shield categories and the Buckler class has the longest parry window among them. Now, if I had to order them from best to worst it would be like this => Buckler > standard Shield > Kite Shield / 2-handed weapon / fist . Just keep in mind that I don't have the actual numbers of frames, so take this with a grain of salt.

          I'd like to thank my friend, the Blade Wraith of the Village of Smiles, for its cooperation and helping me figure this out. May you rest in peace you beautiful bastard.

          • Anonymous

            Types of Shields?03 Apr 2016 02:31  

            I see there are four different types of shields; Buckler, Kite, Heater, and Tower Shields.I would assume the Buckler type shield would be optimized for parrying, given the description of the Buckler shield.And Tower Shields optimized for maximum defense and shield bashing.But I am unsure on the differences between the Kite and Heater type shields.(Strangely, Palatine Kite Shield and Cleric's Kite Shield have "Kite Shield" in their titles, but are placed in the Heater Shield category)Also is there an actual difference in parry frames with the different types of shields?

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