Ever since the very first Elden Ring was released, players have flocked to articles like this one to find the best weapons and armor for their brave tainted warrior.
Much has been written about Rivers of Blood and the Moonlight Greatsword – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Rivers of Blood may win online battles, but it’s the fun, unusual things that stick in your mind once you’ve finished the game.
Elden Ring has an incredible collection of shields, and they’re all way better than they were in Dark Souls III.
The following are 10 shields that will turn your Elden Ring build into something to remember in the game.
10 Perfumer’s Shield
We start off with a fairly standard selection in the Elden Ring meta.
Perfumer’s Shield is favored by players with lighter, more agile builds who can’t bring themselves to give up the protection of a shield – at least a small one.
It’s also one of the most attractive shields to put the Parry skill on.
What made me pick it up is the great looking design. The unique shape, golden color and intricate embellishment make it a fantastic addition to any elegant Elden Ring outfit.
Received from: Defeat perfumers wielding this shield. You can find many of these near the Shaded Castle Inner Gate Sanctuary.
9. Shield of the Guilty
Talk about a gnarly looking shield.
If you want something that will remind everyone you meet of the suffering that awaits your enemies, this is it.
According to lore, it is modeled after a maiden whose eyes were crushed by the Briars of Sin. Appropriately, this Shield of Thorns can inflict Bleeding through the weapon skill Shield Slam.
However, my favorite use is to replace Shield Bash with something else. Everyone expects you to use this for blood loss buildup, so it’s easy to surprise others with Parry or Carrian Retaliation.
Received from: On the way to the underground cellar in the Demi-Human Forest Ruins on the Weeping Peninsula. You must first defeat a Demi-Human Queen mini-boss.
8th. Ant skull plate
Do I really need to explain what’s cool and unique about it?
It’s literally the head of a giant ant!
The ant plate not only protects you from damage very effectively and makes you look like a monster hunter, but also increases your immunity.
Can’t be poisoned if your shield is poisonous I guess?
It’s also one of the best shields for repelling blows. Even a one-handed great ax could just bounce off of it, leaving your opponent open to a devastating counterattack.
Received from: Open a chest near Nokstella, the Place of Mercy in the Eternal City.
7. coil sign
Most people think of shields as a defensive tool – but as you’ll see several times in this ranking, they’re excellent weapons.
The Coil Shield doesn’t look too protective.
The beast is a decorative shield modeled after a snake. At worst, it’s literally just a snake coiled on a plate.
However, this lack of protection is largely compensated for by its ability: Viper Bite.
As you may have figured out by now, Viper Bite makes the coiled snake leap forward to bite and poison enemies in front of you. It’s an area of effect move, so it’s beneficial against crowds of weaker enemies.
Received from: Heading deep into the volcanic cave northeast of the Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite of Mercy.
6. Fingerprint Stone Shield
One of the best and best-documented strategies in FromSoftware games is to pair a heavy greatshield with a light thrusting weapon infused with a status affliction.
This allows you to deal passive damage without ever lowering your shield.
The Fingerprint Stone Shield is ideal for this strategy in Elden Ring. If you really like it, you can go even further and simply equip two of these giant stone slabs to drive your enemies crazy in front of an immovable object.
Received from: Overcome a grueling platform section in the Cathedral of the Forsaken, below Leyndell’s underground avoidance grounds.
5. Jellyfish Shield
Just as some people prefer the heaviest and most protective shields, others are willing to sacrifice defense in favor of chasing down attacks.
That’s the only logic I can see behind strapping not even a physical jellyfish to your arm but a spirit jellyfish and expecting it to protect you from dragons and demigods.
The Jellyfish Shield is one of the most widely used meta build picks thanks to its ability – Contagious Fury – which increases your overall damage by a whopping 20% for 30 seconds.
It’s also a decent choice for defense, so check it out if you haven’t already.
Received from: Investigate a broken chariot surrounded by ghost jellyfish north of the mercy site at the foot of the four belfries.
4. Visage shield
One of the most unique enemies in Elden Ring is the Flame Chariot – a medieval fantasy tank shaped like the head of a fire giant and armed with a powerful flamethrower.
The Visage Shield offers almost the same functionality on the go.
This shield looks like the face of a fire giant trying to smoke four cigars at once. If that ain’t hardcore, I don’t know what is.
All that heat is thrown back at your enemies with the Tongue of Fire ability.
Received from: Opening the chest behind the Mad Pumpkin Head Duo in the underground catacombs near the Caelem Ruins.
3. Earth Tree Big Shield
Reality in the Lands Between depends almost entirely on the Earth Tree.
It stands to reason that a shield crafted by its intrepid protectors – the Tree Sentinels themselves – would be one of the most powerful in the land.
The Earth Tree Greatshield offers great physical and magical protection, but what makes it special is how it can use your enemy’s strength against them.
Its ability, Golden Retaliation, turns the energy of any blocked spell or summoning into a golden burst of holy power that you can fire back at your enemies for massive damage.
Received from: Defeat the Tree Sentinel Duo guarding the westernmost entrance to Leyndell, just before the Outer Wall Phantom Tree, the Place of Mercy.
2. Big Turtle Shield
Years of living on this earth have taught me that nature knows best.
Turtles have evolved to retreat into their shells and ward off aggression until predators give up and disappear. Its shape has been optimized over thousands of years to offer the greatest possible protection with the lowest weight.
That means you won’t get this shield based on its stats. Instead, you want it because it looks fun when you wear it on your back.
Ever wanted to look like a Kappa? This sign will take you there.
Received from: Climbing a tower near the pilgrimage site of Castle Morne. You must be “git gud” in torrent platforming to get this one.
1. One-Eyed Shield
We’ve covered several “offensive” shields in this list – but the best is easily the One-Eyed Shield.
This Cyclops Gadget, modeled on the face of the Hell God worshiped by the Fire Giants, can launch a powerful fireball with its Flame Spitting ability.
To make the most of it, equip the Shard of Alexander, the Fire Scorpion Spell, and the Ritual Sword Talisman. You can also sip a Physick with the Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear and throw in a Flame, Grant Me Strength for good measure.
The result is a devastating one-hit KO that will devastate your enemies if you learn to cast it at just the right time.
Received from: Defeat the Head Warden Arghanthy miniboss in the Guardian Garrison on Giants’ Mountaintops.
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