____^. If you want to go for a 50/50 ofensive/defensive probably a good shield that allow to use the weapon art is a better choice (black knight shield and silver eagle) or maybe the stone parma. For full turtle mode, greatshield of glory has the highest stability and very high resistances iirc. Infuse simple for more FP for your WA. Huh, didn't realize the wooden shield had decent stability. I would consider both upgraded shields' stats to be be pretty well balanced, to be about equal, so it would only take a hard fact of which one heals better to decide which to use. A few of the smaller Shields & most infused shields do gain just that little bit extra though, which is enough for the coveted 65 stability. Hi guys, I was wondering what you all think the best shield is, in terms of stability and damage reduction to weight ratio. Edit: Yhorms gets a poise buff if you're using hyperarmour a lot. Havel’s Greatshield is arguably the best shield in the game, but it’s also the heaviest single-slot item as well, and will wear your character down very easily. It's kinda funny actually, I never upgrade my shields, so when I read this I remembered "Oh yeah, shield upgrading is a thing"! If you wanna use weapon arts, Wolf knight greatshield is the best, followed by black knight shield if you want something lighter. Allows you to pair your 1-handed moveset with Weapon Arts. Are there things like this but with the other weapons/armors in the game? For full turtle mode, greatshield of glory has the highest stability and very high resistances iirc. Small Leather Shield Special Parry shield with no Dex requirement. Shield of Want, has 100% physical and above-average resistances across the board, second-highest stability among medium shields (62@+5), and very good for fashion souls. Pierce and Follower are kinda surprising too. Lothric Knight Shield - highest stability (66) of parrying shields, blocks 100% phys. Perfect for parry 1-shot Str builds. A medium shield with great stats and soul bonus? Lothric knight shield is the best shield with parry. Just put your stats into the Dark Souls3 Character Planner. You were literally a fortress. However, the Ethereal Oak Shield introduced in AoA has 100% physical block, though it weights a little more and has less stability. It also means that any shield with 65 Stability will now have infinite (100) stability. No turtling, as that is very easily punished and just begging to get guardbroken :). Meaning that you can't be guardbroken or attacked normally for the duration of the spell. The best resource for weapons would be /u/naiyt's Mugenmonkey - "Dark Souls 3 Weapon AR Calculator". Sunlight blade does a good job of explainng it in this video. Friede in NG++ changed that up for me real quick. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic help of /u/itztaytay, who did the VAST majority of the data gathering :D. The Soulsplanner website now has some great resources for shields: Character planner - with accurate % block and stability for every shield with every infusion, Weapon Defense Calculator - with all the data you could ever want to compare every shield and infusion all in one place. 19 Shields have 65+ Stability, Pair with Great Magic Shield, 2 Shields have 82+ Stability, Pair with Magic Shield, 5 Shields have Dex requirements - Bonewheel 10, Target 11, Spiked & Pontiff Knight 12, Buckler 13, 100% Physical Block shields highlighted in Green - Shut down those Washing pole Running R1s, 75+% Elemental Block shields highlighted in Green, When buffed with Great Magic Shield, any of these shields will have "Infinite" Stability and 100% Block to all main damage types (Physical, Lightning, Dark, Fire, & Magic). First tab is uninfused shields. You are in luck, I have just such a post that covers that exact question, among others: Though, to answer your question directly: Ethereal Oak Shield = 2 hp/s, Regardless of upgrade, Ancient Dragon Greatshield = 2 hp/s, Regardless of upgrade. :D. Wow that's a lot of hard work, good job sir! This is true, many of the shields gain no extra stability from the slab upgrade to +10. It doesn't gain any stability or block% going from +9 to +10, only damage, and that's not worth spending a Slab on. They can really help against casters, Washing pole Running attacks, crossbows, Gotthard Rolling L1s, etc. Then click the "Armour Optimiser" Button down in the bottom left. If you want to turtle, use either a greatshield or the black knight shield. level 1. js15. If you want to play a defensive guard up playstyle you better go for a greatshield (cathedral knight greatshield and stone greatshield are good early game choices i think). New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. From what I can tell, the lighter greatshields don't provide enough stability or defense for their weight and the ones that do are impossible to use properly unless you have godlike strength and vitality. I use the Black Iron Greatshield on multiple characters and I have to mention that there's absolutely no good reason to upgrade it to +10.