Shield

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For other uses, see Shield (disambiguation).
A rune kiteshield, one of the oldest shields in the game.

A shield is a protective item wielded in the off-hand slot. A shield adds substantial bonuses to armour and to life points when wielded, and unlocks the use of some Defence abilities. Most shields carry a Defence level requirement to wield. Players who wield shields for extra endurance are commonly referred to as tanks.

History[edit | edit source]

For most of RuneScape's history, shields had largely been reserved for the melee class. Shields generally gave melee and Ranged defensive bonuses, making them most suitable for melee users, though rangers sometimes used shields with one-handed Ranged weapons. Mages had few options when it came to shield use, as most shields gave substantial penalties to Magic accuracy. Rangers and mages alike tended to wield books in the off-hand, if not wielding a two-handed weapon, for their accuracy and Prayer bonuses. Traditionally, shields were made with the Smithing skill, or received as monster drops.

Gradually, a more diverse selection of shields began to enter the game. The dragonfire shield, released on 18 June 2007, provided a viable defensive option for players of all classes, with its high defensive bonuses and reasonably low offensive bonuses for non-meleers. The release of Summer's End on 15 September 2008 also saw the release of the spirit shields, two of which, the arcane spirit shield and spectral spirit shield, provided high bonuses to Magic offence and Magic defence, respectively. Additionally, new high-level shields for each class were added with the release of Dungeoneering on 12 April 2010.

Many new shields were added to the game with the Evolution of Combat on 20 November 2012, particularly low- and mid-level shields for rangers and mages. Additionally, the update made shield usage more attractive by increasing the effectiveness of a shield, as well as adding powerful abilities that require them.

Usage[edit | edit source]

A player using a malevolent kiteshield to activate the Resonance ability.

The use of a shield has a more profound effect on a player's combat ability. Compared to a head-slot item of equal level, a shield adds the same amount of armour and more life points. Shields also allow for the usage of the strongest Defence abilities. Between a shield's extra armour, life point bonuses, and these abilities, players who choose to wield shields are significantly more capable of dealing with enemies' powerful attacks. Shield usage can be very helpful for players who are attempting to battle enemies with a much higher combat level.

Players who wield shields cannot use two-handed or off-hand weapons, both of which carry an extra 50% bonus to damage versus wielding a single one-handed weapon. Additionally, abilities that require a two-handed weapon or off-hand weapon cannot be used. This generally means that players must choose whether to focus on offence with a two-handed weapon or dual-wielded weapons, or focus on defence with a shield. Ideally, players should focus on offence while carrying the shield in their inventory, ready to equip and use when called for.

In a group bossing team, one player may serve as the tank by wielding a shield and using Provoke or activating Incite, which will draw the boss's attention to them. The shield makes it much easier for the tank to survive the boss's focus, and the remaining team members can attack the boss more freely. A similar strategy may be employed in PvP where Provoke decreases the target's damage against other players.

List of notable shields[edit | edit source]

For a comprehensive list of all shields in the game, see Category:Shields.

Melee[edit | edit source]

Each type of metal in RuneScape, from bronze to dragon, has a square shield and a kiteshield. Square shields give slightly lower armour bonuses than kiteshields, but have the same life point bonuses. Square shields tend to be slightly less expensive than kiteshields. Both square shields and kiteshields, with the exception of the dragon sq shield and dragon kiteshield, can be made through the Smithing skill. In the interest of brevity, only kiteshields are listed below.

Icon Name P2P? Skill
requirements
Armour bonus Life point bonus Notes
Bronze kiteshield.png Bronze kiteshield F2P icon.png 1 Defence 30 0
Anti-dragon shield.png Anti-dragon shield F2P icon.png 1 Defence 30 0 Provides strong protection versus dragonfire attacks.
Iron kiteshield.png Iron kiteshield F2P icon.png 10 Defence 40 0
Steel kiteshield.png Steel kiteshield F2P icon.png 20 Defence 63 0
Black kiteshield.png Black kiteshield F2P icon.png 25 Defence 76 0
White kiteshield.png White kiteshield P2P icon.png 25 Defence 76 0 +1 Prayer bonus. Requires completion of Wanted! in order to wield.
Mithril kiteshield.png Mithril kiteshield F2P icon.png 30 Defence 90 0
Adamant kiteshield.png Adamant kiteshield F2P icon.png 40 Defence 125 0
Spirit shield.png Spirit shield P2P icon.png 40 Defence
55 Prayer
125 0 +1 prayer bonus. Requires completion of Summer's End.
Adamant spikeshield.png Adamant spikeshield F2P icon.png 45 Defence 137 0 Obtained from Fist of Guthix. Degrades.
Adamant berserker shield.png Adamant berserker shield F2P icon.png 45 Defence 146 0
Rune kiteshield.png Rune kiteshield F2P icon.png 50 Defence 170 0
Rune spikeshield.png Rune spikeshield F2P icon.png 55 Defence 185 0 Obtained from Fist of Guthix. Degrades.
Rune berserker shield.png Rune berserker shield F2P icon.png 55 Defence 196 0
Granite shield.png Granite shield P2P icon.png 55 Defence
55 Strength
196 0
Dragon kiteshield.png Dragon kiteshield P2P icon.png 60 Defence 226 0
Toktz-ket-xil.png Toktz-ket-xil P2P icon.png 60 Defence 226 0
Third age kiteshield.png Third age kiteshield P2P icon.png 65 Defence 259 0 Obtained extremely rarely from Treasure Trails.
Crystal shield.png Crystal shield P2P icon.png 70 Defence
50 Agility
297 35 Requires completion of Roving Elves. Degrades.
Bandos warshield.png Bandos warshield P2P icon.png 70 Defence 297 35 +1 prayer bonus.
Blessed spirit shield.png Blessed spirit shield P2P icon.png 70 Defence
60 Prayer
297 35 +3 prayer bonus. Requires completion of Summer's End.
Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield P2P icon.png 70 Defence 297 35 Provides protection from dragonfire as an anti-dragon shield. Must first be charged with dragonfire attacks in order to reach its highest armour bonus.
Divine spirit shield.png Divine spirit shield P2P icon.png 75 Defence
75 Prayer
338 0 +3 prayer bonus. Absorbs 30% of incoming damage in exchange for draining 6% of the original hit in prayer points. Requires completion of Summer's End. This is currently the strongest non-degrading melee shield available.
Chaotic kiteshield.png Chaotic kiteshield P2P icon.png 80 Defence
80 Dungeoneering
384 385 Obtained from the rewards trader at Daemonheim. Degrades.
Attuned crystal shield.png Attuned crystal shield P2P icon.png 80 Defence
50 Agility
384 385 Requires 90 Smithing to make with Crystal Singing. Requires completion of Plague's End. Degrades.
Linza's shield.png Linza's shield P2P icon.png 80 Defence 384 385 Degrades.
Elder rune round shield.png Elder Rune Round Shield P2P icon.png 90 Defence 384.8-435.6 560 Degrades. Comes in +1, +2, +3, +4, and +5 forms, each with a higher defence rating. They all have a 90 Defence requirement, but the best one, Elder Rune Round Shield +5, is only tier 85.
Malevolent kiteshield.png Malevolent kiteshield P2P icon.png 90 Defence 491 735 This is currently the highest tier Melee shield available. Degrades.

Ranged[edit | edit source]

Many Ranged shields, particularly the lower- to mid-levelled shields can be made through the Crafting skill. Shieldbows are not included here, despite them allowing the use of shield abilities.

Icon Name P2P? Skill
requirements
Armour bonus Life point bonus Notes
Leather shield.png Leather shield F2P icon.png None 30 0
Hard leather shield.png Hard leather shield F2P icon.png 10 Defence
10 Ranged
40 0
Studded leather shield.png Studded leather shield F2P icon.png 20 Defence
20 Ranged
63 0
Green dragonhide shield.png Green dragonhide shield F2P icon.png 40 Defence 125 0
Blue d'hide shield.png Blue dragonhide shield F2P icon.png 50 Defence 170 0
Red dragonhide shield.png Red dragonhide shield P2P icon.png 55 Defence 196 0
Black dragonhide shield.png Black dragonhide shield P2P icon.png 60 Defence 226 0
Crystal deflector.png Crystal deflector P2P icon.png 70 Defence
50 Agility
297 35 Requires completion of Roving Elves. Degrades.
Armadyl buckler.png Armadyl buckler P2P icon.png 70 Defence
70 Ranged
297 35 +1 prayer bonus.
Dragonfire deflector.png Dragonfire deflector P2P icon.png 70 Defence 297 35 Provides protection from dragonfire as an anti-dragon shield. Must first be charged with dragonfire attacks in order to reach its highest armour bonus.
Elysian spirit shield.png Elysian spirit shield P2P icon.png 75 Defence
75 Prayer
338 0 +3 prayer bonus. Absorbs 30% of incoming damage in exchange for draining 6% of the original hit in prayer points. Requires completion of Summer's End. This is currently the strongest non-degrading Ranged shield available.
Eagle-eye kiteshield.png Eagle-eye kiteshield P2P icon.png 80 Defence
80 Dungeoneering
384 385 Obtained from the rewards trader at Daemonheim. Degrades.
Attuned crystal deflector.png Attuned crystal deflector P2P icon.png 80 Ranged
50 Agility
384 385 Requires 90 Smithing to make with Crystal Singing. Requires completion of Plague's End. Degrades.
Vengeful kiteshield.png Vengeful kiteshield P2P icon.png 90 Defence 491 735 This is currently the highest tier Ranged shield available. Degrades.

Magic[edit | edit source]

Many Magic shields, particularly the lower- to mid-levelled shields can be made through the Crafting skill.

Icon Name P2P? Skill
requirements
Armour bonus Life point bonus Notes
Imphide shield.png Imphide shield F2P icon.png 10 Defence 40 0
Batwing shield.png Batwing shield F2P icon.png 30 Defence 90 0
Splitbark shield.png Splitbark shield P2P icon.png 40 Defence 125 0
Mystic shield.png Mystic shield F2P icon.png 50 Defence 170 0
Grifolic shield.png Grifolic shield P2P icon.png 60 Defence 226 0 Does not degrade, unlike other grifolic armour.
Dragon ward.png Dragon ward P2P icon.png 60 Defence 226 0
Crystal ward.png Crystal ward P2P icon.png 70 Defence
50 Agility
297 35 Requires completion of Roving Elves. Degrades.
Ward of subjugation.png Ward of subjugation P2P icon.png 70 Defence 297 35 +1 prayer bonus.
Dragonfire ward.png Dragonfire ward P2P icon.png 70 Defence 297 35 Provides protection from dragonfire as an anti-dragon shield. Must first be charged with dragonfire attacks in order to reach its highest armour bonus.
Spectral spirit shield.png Spectral spirit shield P2P icon.png 75 Defence
75 Prayer
65 Magic
338 210 +3 prayer bonus. Requires completion of Summer's End. Does not absorb damage unlike other spirit shields, however has a life point bonus instead; this and the arcane spirit shield are currently the strongest non-degrading Magic shields available.
Arcane spirit shield.png Arcane spirit shield P2P icon.png 75 Defence
70 Prayer
65 Magic
338 0 +3 prayer bonus. Absorbs 30% of incoming damage in exchange for draining 6% of the original hit in prayer points. Requires completion of Summer's End. Lacks the life point bonus that the spectral spirit shield has; this and the spectral spirit shield are currently the strongest non-degrading Magic shields available.
Farseer kiteshield.png Farseer kiteshield P2P icon.png 80 Defence
80 Dungeoneering
384 385 Obtained from the rewards trader at Daemonheim. Degrades.
Attuned crystal ward.png Attuned crystal ward P2P icon.png 80 Magic
50 Agility
384 385 Requires 90 Smithing to make with Crystal Singing. Requires completion of Plague's End. Degrades.
Merciless kiteshield.png Merciless kiteshield P2P icon.png 90 Defence 491 735 This is currently the highest tier Magic shield available. Degrades.

In Daemonheim[edit | edit source]

Shields of all classes may be found and equipped while Dungeoneering.

Dungeoneering.png Tier
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Melee Name Novite kiteshield.png Bathus kiteshield.png Marmaros kiteshield.png Kratonite kiteshield.png Fractite kiteshield.png Zephyrium kiteshield.png Argonite kiteshield.png Katagon kiteshield.png Gorgonite kiteshield.png Promethium kiteshield.png Primal kiteshield.png
Reqs 1 Defence 10 Defence 20 Defence 30 Defence 40 Defence 50 Defence 60 Defence 70 Defence 80 Defence 90 Defence 99 Defence
Armour 22 40 63 90 125 170 226 297 384 491 606
HP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 385 735 1050
Level Smithing 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 --
Materials 3x Novite bar.png 3x Bathus bar.png 3x Marmaros bar.png 3x Kratonite bar.png 3x Fractite bar.png 3x Zephyrium bar.png 3x Argonite bar.png 3x Katagon bar.png 3x Gorgonite bar.png 3x Promethium bar.png This item may only be obtained as a drop from Shadow-forger Ihlakhizan.
Ranged Name Protoleather shield.png Subleather shield.png Paraleather shield.png Archleather shield.png Dromoleather shield.png Spinoleather shield.png Gallileather shield.png Stegoleather shield.png Megaleather shield.png Tyrannoleather shield.png Sagittarian shield.png
Reqs 1 Defence
1 Ranged
10 Defence
10 Ranged
20 Defence
20 Ranged
30 Defence
30 Ranged
40 Defence
40 Ranged
50 Defence
50 Ranged
60 Defence
60 Ranged
70 Defence
70 Ranged
80 Defence
80 Ranged
90 Defence
90 Ranged
99 Defence
99 Ranged
Armour 22 40 63 90 125 170 226 297 384 491 606
HP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 385 735 1050
Level Crafting 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 --
Materials 3x Protomastyx hide.png 3x Submastyx hide.png 3x Paramastyx hide.png 3x Archaemastyx hide.png 3x Dromomastyx hide.png 3x Spinomastyx hide.png 3x Gallimastyx hide.png 3x Stegomastyx hide.png 3x Megamastyx hide.png 3x Tyrannomastyx hide.png This item may only be obtained as a drop from Stomp.
Magic Name Salve shield.png Wildercress shield.png Blightleaf shield.png Roseblood shield.png Bryll shield.png Duskweed shield.png Soulbell shield.png Ectoshield.png Runic shield.png Spiritbloom shield.png Celestial shield.png
Reqs 1 Defence
1 Magic
10 Defence
10 Magic
20 Defence
20 Magic
30 Defence
30 Magic
40 Defence
40 Magic
50 Defence
50 Magic
60 Defence
60 Magic
70 Defence
70 Magic
80 Defence
80 Magic
90 Defence
90 Magic
99 Defence
99 Magic
Armour 22 40 63 90 125 170 226 297 384 491 606
HP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 385 735 1050
Level Crafting 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 --
Materials 3x Salve cloth.png 3x Wildercress cloth.png 3x Blightleaf cloth.png 3x Roseblood cloth.png 3x Bryll cloth.png 3x Duskweed cloth.png 3x Soulbell cloth.png 3x Ectocloth.png 3x Runic cloth.png 3x Spiritbloom cloth.png This item may only be obtained as a drop from the runebound behemoth.

Additionally, there are two Magic-class shields dropped by Spiritual guardians.

Icon Name P2P? Skill
requirements
Armour bonus Life point bonus Notes
Protector's ward.png Protector's ward P2P icon.png 65 Defence 259 0 Only dropped by Spiritual guardians, which require 63 Slayer to defeat.
Guardian's ward.png Guardian's ward P2P icon.png 94 Defence 540 875 Only dropped by Spiritual guardians, which require 63 Slayer to defeat.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 1 December 2010 (Update):
    • Wielding shields with a scimitar no longer causes the shield to move erratically.
  • patch 2 November 2010 (Update):
    • Players’ shields no longer show when the player is performing the Puppet Master emote.

See also[edit | edit source]