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Shield slot

The shield slot icon

There are several types of shields in RuneScape, including other items that can be worn in the shield position, but the most common are the metal square and kite.

Shields can be made with the Smithing skill and some can be purchased or sold to the shield shop identified with a shield Shield shop icon icon on the map.

Square shield Edit

Square shields are actually rectangular in shape, and may be smithed in all metals and also found in black. It is weaker in all areas than the kite shield, but has lower magic penalties. The smithing level required is 8 above the base level for any metal, and the highest shield available in free-to-play region stores is the mithril square shield.

The Anti-dragon shield also has the same shape as a "square" and is an excellent shield for the pure mage, since it has no penalty to magic attack and a small amount of magic defence, otherwise comparable to an iron square shield.


Kiteshield Edit

Kiteshields are better in all areas than the square shield, other than the magic penalty. Getting hold of a good kite shield in free-to-play requires a high smithing level, or trading with other players who are either members or accomplished smiths of high level. The smithing level required is 12 above the base level for any metal, and at 62 for a mithril kiteshield, the gap between levels is already becoming large.


Shield Trim Edit

There once was a time when the brown trim on the shields was red.

Other shields Edit

Other items in shield slotEdit

Book of balance equipped

A player wielding a Book of Balance, or a Guthix god book

BooksEdit

DefendersEdit

Comparison table Edit

For a full list of items and their stats worn in the shield slot, see this table.
Shield Defence-icon level Smithing-icon level Attack stats Defence stats Notes
MagicRangeStabSlashCrushMagicRange
Wooden shieldWooden shield1 N/A 0 0 +4 +5 +3 +1 +4A gift from Tutorial Island, also sold at Cassie's in Falador.
Training shieldTraining shield1 N/A 0 0 +4 +5 +3 +1 +4A decorative kiteshield obtained from the Melee tutor, east of the castle wall in Lumbridge.
Anti-dragon shieldAnti-dragon shield1 N/A 0 0 +7 +9 +8 +2 +8Available from Duke Horacio at Lumbridge castle after starting the Dragon Slayer quest. May be traded.
Elemental shieldElemental shield120 0 0 0 0 0 +6 0 Members only, Elemental Workshop I quest required. Excellent against magic. Required to reduce the damage of Skeletal Wyvern's icy fire attacks.
Mind shieldMind shield120 0 0 0 0 0 +9 0 Members only, Elemental Workshop II quest required. Excellent against magic. Required to reduce the damage of Skeletal Wyvern's icy fire attacks.
Bronze sq shieldBronze square shield18 -6 -2 +5 +6 +4 +0 +5A common Goblin drop; also sold at Cassie's.
Bronze kiteshieldBronze kiteshield112 -8 -2 +5 +7 +6 -1 +6Sold at Cassie's in Falador.
Iron sq shieldIron square shield123 -6 -2 +8 +9 +7 0 +8
Iron kiteshieldIron kiteshield127 -8 -2 +8 +10 +9 -1 +9
Steel sq shieldSteel square shield538 -6 -2 +12 +13 +11 0 +12
Steel kiteshieldSteel kiteshield542 -8 -2 +13 +15 +14 -1 +14
Black sq shieldBlack square shield10 N/A -6 -2 +15 +16 +14 0 +15Dropped by Moss Giant.
Black kiteshieldBlack kiteshield10 N/A -8 -2 +17 +19 +18 -1 +19Dropped by Ice giant, available to members in Keldagrim.
Mithril sq shieldMithril square shield2058 -6 -2 +17 +19 +13 0 +14The highest shield available from Cassie's, but often out of stock.
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield2062 -8 -2 +18 +22 +20 -1 +20
Adamant sq shieldAdamant square shield3078 -6 -2 +24 +26 +22 0 +24
Adamant kiteshieldAdamant kiteshield3082 -8 -2 +27 +31 +29 -1 +29
Rune sq shieldRune square shield4093 -6 -2 +38 +40 +36 0 +38
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield4097 -8 -2 +44 +48 +46 -1 +46Most often seen as part of a "full Rune" set made only by the most accomplished smiths.
Spirit shieldSpirit shield45*N/A00+39+41+50+1+45 Also requires 55 Prayer. Dropped by Corporeal Beast and provides no negative attack bonuses.
Granite shieldGranite shield50* N/A -12 -8 +40 +42 +38 0 +65 Also requires 50 Strength. Possible drop from Troll generals
Dragon sq shieldDragon square shield6060* -6 -2 +50 +52 +48 0 +50Members only; smithing is used to join the two halves, one a rare monster drop, the other from the Legends guild.
Toktz-ket-xilToktz-ket-xil (or Obsidian shield)60 N/A -12 -8 +40 +42 +38 0 +65TzHaar-Kets will drop it as a rare drop or can be bought for 67,500 Tokkul.
Odium wardOdium ward601 -8 +12 000 +24 +52Created from three components: the Odium shard 1Odium shard 2 and Odium shard 3, all dropped by different bosses within the wilderness.
Malediction wardMalediction ward60 1 +12 -8 +50 +52 +48 +15 0Created from three components: the Malediction shard 1Malediction shard 2 and Malediction shard 3, all dropped by different bosses within the wilderness.
Crystal shieldCrystal shield70 N/A -10 -10 +51 +54 +53 0 +80Reward choice from Roving Elves quest. Degrades and requires recharge, stats are for full charge (10/10). Can be temporarily imbued at Nightmare Zone to reduce stat reductions when degrading.
Blessed spirit shieldBlessed spirit shield70*85*00+53+55+73+2+52 Also requires 60 Prayer. Combine a holy elixir with a spirit shield requiring 85 Prayer.
Dragonfire shieldDragonfire shield7590 -10 -5 +20 (+70) +25 (+75) +22 (+72) +10 +22 (+72)Forge an anti-dragon shield and a Draconic visage together on an anvil, or pay Oziach at Edgeville 1,250,000 to smith it. The shield comes uncharged with its basic stats. It is charged by absorbing a dragon's firebreath, and provides protection from it as well as wyvern breath. Also provides the highest Strength bonus of any shield, +7. Only tradeable in its uncharged state.
Arcane spirit shieldArcane spirit shield75*85*200+53+55+73+2+52 Also requires 70 Prayer and 65 Magic. Combine an Arcane sigil with a Blessed spirit shield at an anvil with 90 Prayer and 85 Smithing, or pay Abbot Langley in the Edgeville Monastery 1,500,000. Provides the highest Magic attack bonus of any item worn in the offhand slot.
Spectral spirit shieldSpectral spirit shield75*85*00+53+55+73+30+52 Also requires 70 Prayer and 65 Magic. Combine a Spectral sigil with a Blessed spirit shield at an anvil with 90 Prayer and 85 Smithing, or pay Abbot Langley in the Edgeville Monastery 1,500,000. Provides the highest Magic defense bonus of any item worn in the offhand slot. Also reduces the Summoned Souls prayer drain by 50% when Cerberus summons them.
Elysian spirit shieldElysian spirit shield75*85*00+63+65+75+2+57 Also requires 75 Prayer. Combine an Elysian sigil with a Blessed spirit shield at an anvil with 90 Prayer and 85 Smithing, or pay Abbot Langley in the Edgeville Monastery 1,500,000. Has a passive effect which has a 70% chance to reduce damage taken by 25%. This on average means 17.5% damage is reduced.

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