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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. However, use of a shield carries a price of not being able to wield a two-handed weapon or an off-hand weapon, resulting in a lower damage per second (DPS) value. Most shields carry a Defence level requirement to wield. Players who wield shields for extra endurance are commonly referred to as tanks.

HistoryEdit

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 offhand, 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.

UsageEdit

Resonance

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

Since the Evolution of Combat, the use of a shield has a more profound effect on a player's combat ability than before. 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.

Shield usage carries a tradeoff. Players who wield shields cannot use two-handed weapons or offhand weapons, both of which carry an extra 50% bonus to DPS versus wielding a single one-handed weapon. Additionally, abilities that require a two-handed weapon or offhand 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. In general, it is recommended to use a two-handed weapon or to dual-wield unless a shield is required for survivability.

In a group bossing team, one player may serve as the tank by wielding a shield and 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 player-vs-player combat by a player who uses Provoke.

Notable shieldsEdit

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

MeleeEdit

Each type of metal in RuneScape, from bronze to dragon, has a square shield and a kiteshield. Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the two types of shields were more distinct, giving slightly different defensive bonuses. Now, however, square shields give slightly lower armour bonuses than kiteshields, though with the same life point bonuses. Square shields also tend to be slightly less expensive than kiteshields. 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
Defence-icon Constitution-icon Notes
Bronze kiteshield Bronze kiteshield F2P icon 1 Defence-icon 30 0
Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield F2P icon 1 Defence-icon 30 0 Provides strong protection versus dragonfire attacks.
Iron kiteshield Iron kiteshield F2P icon 10 Defence-icon 40 0
Steel kiteshield Steel kiteshield F2P icon 20 Defence-icon 63 0
Black kiteshield Black kiteshield F2P icon 25 Defence-icon 76 0
Mithril kiteshield Mithril kiteshield F2P icon 30 Defence-icon 90 0
Adamant kiteshield Adamant kiteshield F2P icon 40 Defence-icon 125 0
Spirit shield Spirit shield P2P icon 40 Defence-icon
55 Prayer-icon
125 0 +1 prayer bonus. Requires completion of Summer's End.
Adamant spikeshield Adamant spikeshield F2P icon 45 Defence-icon 81 675 Obtained from Fist of Guthix. Degrades.
Adamant berserker shield Adamant berserker shield F2P icon 45 Defence-icon 90 675
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield F2P icon 50 Defence-icon 170 0
Rune spikeshield Rune spikeshield F2P icon 55 Defence-icon 99 825 Obtained from Fist of Guthix. Degrades.
Rune berserker shield Rune berserker shield F2P icon 55 Defence-icon 110 825
Granite shield Granite shield P2P icon 55 Defence-icon
55 Strength-icon
196 0
Dragon kiteshield Dragon kiteshield P2P icon 60 Defence-icon 226 0
Toktz-ket-xil Toktz-ket-xil P2P icon 60 Defence-icon 226 0
Third-age kiteshield Third-age kiteshield P2P icon 65 Defence-icon 259 0 Obtained extremely rarely from Treasure Trails.
Bandos warshield Bandos warshield P2P icon 70 Defence-icon 297 35 +1 prayer bonus.
Blessed spirit shield Blessed spirit shield P2P icon 70 Defence-icon
60 Prayer-icon
297 35 +3 prayer bonus. Requires completion of Summer's End.
Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield P2P icon 70 Defence-icon 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 Divine spirit shield P2P icon 75 Defence-icon
75 Prayer-icon
338 0 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 Chaotic kiteshield P2P icon 80 Defence-icon
80 Dungeoneering-icon
384 385 Obtained from the rewards trader at Daemonheim. Degrades.
Malevolent kiteshield Malevolent kiteshield P2P icon 90 Defence-icon 491 735 This is currently the strongest Melee shield available. Degrades.

RangedEdit

Many Ranged shields, particularly the lower- to mid-leveled shields, were added to the game with the Evolution of Combat and 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
Defence-icon Constitution-icon Notes
Leather shield Leather shield F2P icon None 30 0
Hard leather shield Hard leather shield F2P icon 10 Defence-icon
10 Ranged-icon
40 0
Studded leather shield Studded leather shield F2P icon 20 Defence-icon
20 Ranged-icon
63 0
Green d'hide shield Green d'hide shield F2P icon 40 Defence-icon 125 0
Blue d'hide shield Blue d'hide shield F2P icon 50 Defence-icon 170 0
Red d'hide shield Red d'hide shield P2P icon 55 Defence-icon 196 0
Black d'hide shield Black d'hide shield P2P icon 60 Defence-icon 226 0
Armadyl buckler Armadyl buckler P2P icon 70 Defence-icon
70 Ranged-icon
297 35 +1 prayer bonus.
Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield (ranged) P2P icon 70 Defence-icon 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 Elysian spirit shield P2P icon 75 Defence-icon
75 Prayer-icon
338 0 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 Eagle-eye kiteshield P2P icon 80 Defence-icon
80 Dungeoneering-icon
384 385 Obtained from the rewards trader at Daemonheim. Degrades.
Vengeful kiteshield Vengeful kiteshield P2P icon 90 Defence-icon 491 735 This is currently the strongest Ranged shield available. Degrades.

MagicEdit

Many Magic shields, particularly the lower- to mid-leveled shields, were added to the game with the Evolution of Combat. A few can be made through the Crafting skill.

Icon Name P2P? Skill
requirements
Defence-icon Constitution-icon Notes
Imphide shield Imphide shield F2P icon 10 Defence-icon 40 0
Mystic shield Mystic shield P2P icon 30 Defence-icon 90 0
Splitbark shield Splitbark shield P2P icon 40 Defence-icon 125 0
Batwing shield Batwing shield F2P icon 50 Defence-icon 170 0
Grifolic shield Grifolic shield P2P icon 60 Defence-icon 226 0 Does not degrade, unlike other grifolic armour.
Dragon ward Dragon ward P2P icon 60 Defence-icon 226 0
Crystal ward P2P icon 70 Defence-icon
50 Agility-icon
297 35 Requires completion of Roving Elves. Degrades.
Ward of subjugation Ward of subjugation P2P icon 70 Defence-icon 297 35 +1 prayer bonus.
Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield (magic) P2P icon 70 Defence-icon 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 Spectral spirit shield P2P icon 75 Defence-icon
70 Prayer-icon
65 Magic-icon
338 210 Requires completion of Summer's End. Does not absorb damage unlike other spirit shields, however has a lifepoint bonus instead; this and the arcane spirit shield are currently the strongest non-degrading Magic shields available.
Arcane spirit shield Arcane spirit shield P2P icon 75 Defence-icon
70 Prayer-icon
65 Magic-icon
338 0 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 lifepoint bonus that the spectral spirit shield has; this and the spectral spirit shield are currently the strongest non-degrading Magic shields available.
Farseer kiteshield Farseer kiteshield P2P icon 80 Defence-icon
80 Dungeoneering-icon
384 385 Obtained from the rewards trader at Daemonheim. Degrades.
Merciless kiteshield Merciless kiteshield P2P icon 90 Defence-icon 491 735 This is currently the strongest Magic shield available. Degrades.

In DaemonheimEdit

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


Dungeoneering Tier
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Melee-icon Name Novite kiteshield Bathus kiteshield Marmaros kiteshield Kratonite kiteshield Fractite kiteshield Zephyrium kiteshield Argonite kiteshield Katagon kiteshield Gorgonite kiteshield Promethium kiteshield Primal kiteshield
Reqs 1 Defence-icon 10 Defence-icon 20 Defence-icon 30 Defence-icon 40 Defence-icon 50 Defence-icon 60 Defence-icon 70 Defence-icon 80 Defence-icon 90 Defence-icon 99 Defence-icon
Armour 10 20 32 53 86 140 229 373 608 991 1537
HP 14 150 300 450 600 755 900 1050 1200 1350 1485
Level Smithing-icon 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 --
Materials 3x Novite bar 3x Bathus bar 3x Marmaros bar 3x Kratonite bar 3x Fractite bar 3x Zephyrium bar 3x Argonite bar 3x Katagon bar 3x Gorgonite bar 3x Promethium bar Shadow forger icon
Ranged-icon Name Protoleather shield Subleather shield Paraleather shield Archleather shield Dromoleather shield Spinoleather shield Gallileather shield Stegoleather shield Megaleather shield Tyrannoleather shield Sagittarian shield
Reqs 1 Defence-icon
1 Ranged-icon
10 Defence-icon
10 Ranged-icon
20 Defence-icon
20 Ranged-icon
30 Defence-icon
30 Ranged-icon
40 Defence-icon
40 Ranged-icon
50 Defence-icon
50 Ranged-icon
60 Defence-icon
60 Ranged-icon
70 Defence-icon
70 Ranged-icon
80 Defence-icon
80 Ranged-icon
90 Defence-icon
90 Ranged-icon
99 Defence-icon
99 Ranged-icon
Armour 10 20 32 53 86 140 229 373 608 991 1537
HP 14 150 300 450 600 755 900 1050 1200 1350 1485
Level Crafting-icon 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 --
Materials 3x Protomastyx hide 3x Submastyx hide 3x Paramastyx hide 3x Archaemastyx hide 3x Dromomastyx hide 3x Spinomastyx hide 3x Gallimastyx hide 3x Stegomastyx hide 3x Megamastyx hide 3x Tyrannomastyx hide Stomp icon
Magic-icon Name Salve shield Wildercress shield Blightleaf shield Roseblood shield Bryll shield Duskweed shield Soulbell shield Ectoshield Runic shield Spiritbloom shield Celestial shield
Reqs 1 Defence-icon
1 Magic-icon
10 Defence-icon
10 Magic-icon
20 Defence-icon
20 Magic-icon
30 Defence-icon
30 Magic-icon
40 Defence-icon
40 Magic-icon
50 Defence-icon
50 Magic-icon
60 Defence-icon
60 Magic-icon
70 Defence-icon
70 Magic-icon
80 Defence-icon
80 Magic-icon
90 Defence-icon
90 Magic-icon
99 Defence-icon
99 Magic-icon
Armour 10 20 32 53 86 140 229 373 608 991 1537
HP 14 150 300 450 600 755 900 1050 1200 1350 1485
Level Crafting-icon 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 --
Materials 3x Salve cloth 3x Wildercress cloth 3x Blightleaf cloth 3x Roseblood cloth 3x Bryll cloth 3x Duskweed cloth 3x Soulbell cloth 3x Ectocloth 3x Runic cloth 3x Spiritbloom cloth Runebound icon

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