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For shields in Dragon Age II, see Shields (Dragon Age II).

There are several shield types in Dragon Age: Origins:

  • Bucklers are small circular shields. They offer only little protection, but have no fatigue penalty and low strength requirements. They go well with a more offensive use of the Weapon and Shield talents.
  • Targes are large circular shields that have higher defensive bonuses than Bucklers, but also apply a fatigue penalty.
  • Kite shields have a triangular shape and offer even more protection, but have even more fatigue as tradeoff.
  • Heavy shields are square-shaped and have the highest defensive bonuses while also requiring more Strength to equip and giving a large fatigue penalty. They are the recommended choice for tanking party members.

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Bucklers Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Aeducan Shield
Iron (Tier 1)
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0 Inside a sarcophagus in the Thaig Chamber.
Bloodstained Shield
Elm
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 Found in the Arl of Denerim's Estate during the City Elf Origin.
Caridin's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 26 strength
1.50 0.0% 3.38 1.00 0 +10% cold resistance
+10% electricity resistance
+10% spirit resistance
Dropped by Caridin, if you side against him.
Carta Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 Dropped by some Carta Thugs during the Dwarf Commoner Origin.
Clan Shield
Elm
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0
Crow Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0
Dalish Shield
Ironbark
Requires: 24 strength
1.50 0.0% 3.00 1.00 0
Gorim's Shield
Iron
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 +0.25/+0.5 health regeneration in combat
Harrowmont Guard Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 Unobtainable via normal means.
Howe Guard Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 Cannot be acquired via normal means.
Mythal's Blessing
Whitewood
Requires: 18 strength
1.50 0.0% 2.63 1.00 0 +1% melee critical chance
+10%% to healing effects received
Obtained in East Brecilian Forest from looting a skeleton found near three Wild Sylvans.
Ruck's Shield
Steel
Requires: 14 strength
1.50 0.00% 2.25 1.00 0 +10% spirit resistance
+4 attack
Received as a reward for informing Filda about what happened to her lost son as part of A Mother's Hope quest.
Small Darkspawn Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 Randomly found on some darkspawn or in certain darkspawn treasure.
Small Metal Round Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0
Small Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0
Warden Recruit Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 +2 damage vs. darkspawn

Targes Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Aeducan Family Shield
Silverite
Requires: 30 strength
3.00 3.13% 5.06 1.00 2 +1 cunning
+1 constitution
+9 defense
+4 damage vs. darkspawn
Gorim gives this shield to Dwarf Noble Wardens upon reuniting with him in Denerim.
Branka's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 30 strength
3.00 3.13% 5.06 1.00 2 +4 damage vs. darkspawn
+2 damage vs. beasts
Looted from the corpse of Branka, if you side against her.
Champion's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 30 strength
3.00 3.13% 5.06 1.00 2 +12 defense Acquired by stealing from Vartag Gavorn in Orzammar.
Dead Coat of Arms
Silverite
Requires: 30 strength
3.00 3.13% 5.06 1.00 2 +1 constitution
+1/+2 stamina regeneration in combat
Dropped by the sixth Revenant in The Black Vials miniquest (Denerim back alley encounter).
Dwarven Large Round Shield
Varies
Requires: 14 strength
3.00 2.50% 2.25 1.00 0
Large Darkspawn Shield
Varies
Requires: 14 strength
3.00 2.50% 2.25 1.00 0 Randomly found on some darkspawn or in certain darkspawn treasure.
Large Wooden Round Shield
Varies
Requires: 14 strength
3.00 2.50% 2.25 1.00 0
Shield of the Legion
Dragonbone
Requires: 34 strength
3.00 3.25% 5.63 1.00 0 +10 mental resistance Sold by Ruck in the Ortan Thaig.
Tevinter Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
3.00 2.63% 3.38 1.00 0

Kite shields Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Bulwark of the True King
Red Steel
Requires: 32 strength
4.00 3.84% 6.00 1.00 0 +3 willpower
+2 constitution
+3 defense
+1 armor
Cailan's Shield
Varies
Requires: 32-38 strength
4.00 4.16% 7.50 1.00 0 +1 armor
Chance to avoid missile attacks (+20)
Looted from Hurlock Vanguard in the Return to Ostagar DLC
Cousland Guard Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0 Obtained from a chest in the treasury of Castle Cousland during the quest The Cousland Treasury in the Human Noble Origin.
Eamon's Shield
Steel
Requires: 22 strength
4.00 3.52% 4.50 1.00 0 +6 defense
+25 stamina
Found in the locked vault of Redcliffe Castle - Upper Floor.
Havard's Aegis
Yew
Requires: 22 strength
4.00 3.36% 4.50 1.00 0 +4 spell resistance
Chance to avoid missile attacks
Looted from the Ogre at the top of the Tower of Ishal.
Knight-Commander's Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0
Loghain's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 34 strength
4.00 4.00% 6.75 1.00 0 +20 physical resistance Restriction: Secret Companion
Metal Kite Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0
Redcliffe Elite Shield
Red Steel
Requires: 32 strength
4.00 3.84% 6.00 1.00 0 +1 willpower
+3 defense
+15% electricity resistance
+2 attack
Given by Arl Eamon as a reward after awakening him from his coma.
Redcliffe Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0 Found in the armory on the main floor of Redcliffe Castle.
Shield of Highever
Grey Iron
Requires: 20 strength
4.00 3.36% 3.75 1.00 0 +4 attack Obtained from the family chest in the treasury of Castle Cousland during the quest The Cousland Treasury in the Human Noble Origin.
Swiftrunner's Shield
Whitewood
Requires: 26 strength
4.00 3.44% 5.25 1.00 0 +10% nature resistance
+10% spirit resistance
Acquired by resolving Nature of the Beast with both sides still alive; Swiftrunner will give this shield if asked for a reward.
Templar Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0 Equipped by Alistair when he joins your party in Ostagar.
Wooden Kite Shield
Varies
Requires: 18 strength
4.00 3.20% 3.00 1.00 0

Heavy shields Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Denerim Guard Shield
Varies
Requires: 22 strength
6.00 4.80% 4.00 1.00 0
Duncan's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 38 strength
6.00 6.00% 9.00 1.00 0 +3 willpower
+6 defense
+1/+2 stamina regeneration in combat
Found on an Armor Stand in the Grey Warden Vault in Denerim.
Earthheart's Portable Bulwark
Red Steel
Requires: 36 strength
6.00 5.76% 8.00 1.00 0 +1 strength
+1 dexterity
+1 constitution
Sold by Bodahn Feddic at the party camp.
Fade Wall
Silverite
Requires: 38 strength
6.00 6.00% 9.00 1.00 0 +3 defense
+20% to healing effects received
+1/+2 stamina regeneration in combat
+25 stamina
Possible drop by Gaxkang at the Quaint Hovel in the end of the Unbound side quest.
Greagoir's Shield
Whitewood
Requires: 30 strength
6.00 5.16% 7.00 1.00 0 +6 defense
+10% fire resistance
+4% spell resistance
Unobtainable via normal means.
Heavy Metal Shield
Varies
Requires: 22 strength
6.00 4.80% 4.00 1.00 0
Heavy Wooden Shield
Varies
Requires: 22 strength
6.00 4.80% 4.00 1.00 0
Howe's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 38 strength
6.00 6.00% 9.00 1.00 0 +12 defense
+10% fire resistance
+10% cold resistance

-2 willpower
Found in the Arl of Denerim's Estate in the locked closet.
King Maric's Shield
Dragonbone
6.00 6.24% 10.00 1.00 0 +4 armor
High morale
Originally King Maric's Shield (gift), this requires Feastday Gifts pack.

Restriction: Secret Companion
Warden Tower Shield
Silverite
Requires: 38 strength
6.00 6.00% 9.00 1.00 0 +3 willpower
+6 defense
+1/+2 stamina regeneration in combat
Requires the Warden's Keep DLC

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

Bucklers Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Small Darkspawn Shield
Varies
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 +3 defense
Chance to avoid missile attacks

Targes Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Large Darkspawn Shield
Varies
Requires: 14 strength
3.00 2.50% 2.25 1.00 0 +3 defence
Chance to avoid missile attacks
Randomly found on some darkspawn or in certain darkspawn treasure.
Large Grey Warden Shield
Dragonthorn
3.00 2.88% 5.63 1.00 0 +3 defense
Chance to avoid missile attacks
Absorbs damage
Restriction: The Warden-Commander
Mage-Hunter
White Steel
Requires: 38 strength
3.00 3.75% 6.75 1.00 0 +4 willpower
+6 defense
+8% spell resistance
Absorbs damage
Sold by Herren at Vigil's Keep

Kite shields Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Bulwark of the True King
Dragonbone
Requires: 38 strength
4.00 4.16% 7.50 1.00 0 +5 willpower
+3 constitution
+3 defense
+1 armor
Absorbs damage
Griffon's Crest
Dragonbone
Requires: 38 strength
4.00 4.16% 7.50% 1.00 0 +1 armor
Chance to avoid missile attacks
Justice joins the party equipped with this shield.
Heartwood Shield
Ancestral Heartwood
Requires: 48 strength
4.00 4.16% 10.50% 1.00 0 +15 defense
+10% nature resistance
Chance to avoid missile attacks
+20 physical resistance
Absorbs damage
Landsmeet Shield
Volcanic Aurum
Requires: 48 strength
4.00 5.60% 10.50 1.00 0 +12 defense
+30% electricity resistance
+50 stamina
+15 physical resistance
Absorbs damage

Heavy shields Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Partha
White Steel
Requires: 46 strength
6.00 7.20% 12.00 1.00 0 +2 cunning
+15 defense
+5% chance to dodge attacks
Chance to avoid missile attacks
Absorbs damage
Looted from the remains of a dwarf called Dailan in Kal'Hirol - Trade Quarter.

Leliana's Song Edit

Heavy shields Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Half-Cask Ward
Veridium
6.00 5.52 % 7.0 1.00 0 +1 strength
+6 defense
Sold by Bonny Lem in the Chantry.

The Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

Bucklers Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Small Darkspawn Shield
Steel
Requires: 14 strength
1.50 2.25 1.00 0

Targes Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Large Darkspawn Shield
Steel
Requires: 18 strength
3.00 2.75% 3.38 1.00 0
Shield of the Legion
Red Steel
Requires: 28 strength
3.00 3.00% 4.50 1.00 0 +15% spirit resistance
+2 armor penetration
+4 attack
Chance to avoid missile atacks
Dropped by Kardol in the Palace District.

Kite shields Edit

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Redcliffe Shield
Red Steel
Requires: No requirement
4.00 3.84 6.00 1.00 0 +3 defense
+1 armor
+15 physical resistance
Looted from Bann Teagan in the Denerim Market District during the quest Kill Bann Teagan.

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