Shields in Arena provide additional protection from enemy attacks, adding to your Armor Rating like armor. Shields require one hand to use, thus they cannot be used alongside two-handed weapons.
Armor Rating and Weight
There are four basic types of shields with increasing coverage and damage reduction. The trade off is that more effective shields weigh more.
|Shield Type||Base Armor Rating||Weight (kg)||Protected Area|
|Buckler||-1||2||Hands and Left Shoulder|
|Round Shield||-2||5||Hands, Left Shoulder, and Waist|
|Kite Shield||-3||8||Hands, Left Shoulder, Waist, and Upper Legs|
|Tower Shield||-4||10||Hands, Left Shoulder, Waist, Upper Legs, and Head|
The type of metal a shield is made of alters the level of protection it provides. Unlike armor and weapons, the color of most shields is not changed by their metal. Tower shields are the exception, with the boss and rim of the female version and the flame design of the male version taking on the metal's color. Most shields have no metal in their name, these have the armor rating of steel (and in the case of tower shields, the appearance of iron).
|Metal Type||Armor Rating
|Steel||0||Dark, cold gray|
|Adamantium||-4||Dark blueish gray|
|Ebony||-5||Dark, warm gray|
All Shields by Type
The following sections provide an exhaustive listing of each shield in the game by type, including its material, effects, cost, and location.
|Show complete listing of Bucklers|
|Show complete listing of Round Shields|
|Show complete listing of Kite Shields|
|Show complete listing of Tower Shields|
- Artifacts — A list of special magical items, including unique shields.