Buckler
Buckler

In-Game Description

Very small round metal shield.
Parry attacks with large center protrusion.

Small shields are always less stable, but
landing critical hits after parry is easier.
This shield is specialized for parrying.

Availability

Drop from the rapier-wielding Balder Knights

Purchased from the Undead Merchant (Male) for 800 Souls

General Information

This shield has a special parrying animation with a longer parry window, similar to the Target Shield and Parrying Dagger.
The parry window is 8 frames instead of the regular 6.

Image Name Damage Durability Weight Stats Needed
Stat Bonuses
Damage
Reduction %
Stability
buckler.png Buckler 55/0/0/0

(Strike)
140 1.5 7/13/0/0

D/-/-/-
76/32/65/53 40

Move Set

Upgrades

Basic

Standard upgrade path.
Requires

Ascended by Andre of Astora with Large Ember (+6) and Very Large Ember (+11).

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction %
Stability Shard L. Shard Chunk Slab Souls
Buckler +0 55/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 40
Buckler +1 57/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 40 1 200
Buckler +2 60/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 41 1 200
Buckler +3 63/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 42 2 200
Buckler +4 66/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 43 2 200
Buckler +5 68/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 44 3 200
Buckler +6 72/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 44 1 200
Buckler +7 75/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 45 1 200
Buckler +8 78/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 46 2 200
Buckler +9 81/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 47 2 200
Buckler +10 85/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 48 3 200
Buckler +11 89/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 48 1 200
Buckler +12 92/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 48 1 200
Buckler +13 96/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 49 2 200
Buckler +14 100/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 49 3 200
Buckler +15 110/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 50 1 200

Crystal

Weapon durability reduced to 14. Base damage increased. Cannot repair weapon (except through reinforcement).
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction %
Stability Chunk Slab Souls
Crystal Buckler +0 85/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 50 1 200
Crystal Buckler +1 89/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 50 1 200
Crystal Buckler +2 92/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 50 1 200
Crystal Buckler +3 96/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 51 2 200
Crystal Buckler +4 100/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 51 3 200
Crystal Buckler +5 110/0/0/0 D/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 52 1 200

Lightning

Adds lightning damage. All stat bonuses removed.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction %
Stability Chunk Slab Souls
Lightning Buckler +0 85/0/0/85 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/59.4 40 1 200
Lightning Buckler +1 89/0/0/89 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/60.4 40 1 200
Lightning Buckler +2 92/0/0/92 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/61 40 1 200
Lightning Buckler +3 96/0/0/96 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/61.5 40 2 200
Lightning Buckler +4 100/0/0/100 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/62.5 40 3 200
Lightning Buckler +5 110/0/0/110 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/63.6 40 1 200

Magic

Adds magic damage. Moderate damage bonus from intelligence.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction %
Stability Green Titanite Shard Blue Titanite Chunk Blue Titanite Slab Souls
Magic Buckler +0 51/56/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 1 200
Magic Buckler +1 53/58/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32.6/65/53 40 1 200
Magic Buckler +2 56/61/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/33.3/65/53 40 1 200
Magic Buckler +3 58/64/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/33.9/65/53 40 2 200
Magic Buckler +4 61/67/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/34.6/65/53 40 2 200
Magic Buckler +5 63/69/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/35.2/65/53 40 3 200
Magic Buckler +6 66/72/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/35.8/65/53 40 1 200
Magic Buckler +7 69/76/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/36.5/65/53 40 1 200
Magic Buckler +8 72/79/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/37.1/65/53 40 2 200
Magic Buckler +9 75/82/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/37.8/65/53 40 3 200
Magic Buckler +10 82/90/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/38.4/65/53 40 1 200

Divine

Adds magic damage. Moderate damage bonus from faith.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction %
Stability Aux Effect Green Titanite Shard White Titanite Chunk White Titanite Slab Souls
Divine Buckler +0 46/56/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Buckler +1 48/58/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Buckler +2 50/61/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Buckler +3 52/64/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 2 200
Divine Buckler +4 55/67/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 2 200
Divine Buckler +5 57/69/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 3 200
Divine Buckler +6 59/72/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Buckler +7 62/76/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Buckler +8 65/79/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 2 200
Divine Buckler +9 67/82/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 3 200
Divine Buckler +10 74/90/0/0 E/-/D/- 76/32/65/53 40 0/0/110/- 1 200

Fire

Fire damage added. All stat bonuses removed.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction %
Stability Green Titanite Shard Red Titanite Chunk Red Titanite Slab Souls
Fire Buckler +0 68/0/68/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/65/53 40 1 200
Fire Buckler +1 72/0/72/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/66.3/53 40 1 200
Fire Buckler +2 75/0/75/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/67.6/53 40 1 200
Fire Buckler +3 78/0/78/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/68.9/53 40 2 200
Fire Buckler +4 81/0/81/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/70.2/53 40 2 200
Fire Buckler +5 85/0/85/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/71.5/53 40 3 200
Fire Buckler +6 89/0/89/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/72.8/53 40 1 200
Fire Buckler +7 92/0/92/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/74.1/53 40 1 200
Fire Buckler +8 96/0/96/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/75.4/53 40 2 200
Fire Buckler +9 100/0/100/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/76.7/53 40 3 200
Fire Buckler +10 110/0/110/0 -/-/-/- 76/32/78/53 40 1 200

Key

Damage:

The Damage stat dictates how much damage the shield does when used for bashing.

All shields have Blunt physical damage, apart from the Spiked shield's Slashing damage, but it is also more of a weapon than a shield.
Certain enemies are weak or strong against different damage types.

Damage Reduction %:

The Damage Reduction % of the shield. It dictates how much damage the shield mitigates while blocking.
The Damage Reduction % stats for shields are W / X / Y / Z:

  • W is Physical Damage
  • X is Magical Damage
  • Y is Fire Damage
  • Z is Lightning Damage
Stability: Determines the amount of stamina expended to block an incoming attack. A higher stability also allows players to block stronger attacks without breaking guard and reduces the amount of stamina depleted from blocking attacks.
Durability: The durability of the shield. The effectiveness of the shield will severely deteriorate when the durability falls below 30%.
Weight: The weight of the shield. Note that carrying over 50% of a character's Equip Weight will reduce the speed of their rolls, while going over 100% will reduce their regular speed to walking and attempts to roll or backstep will leave them momentarily stunned.
Requirements:

Determines how high various Stats must be in order to wield the shield effectively.
The requirement stats for shields are W / X / Y / Z:

  • W is the Strength required
  • X is the Dexterity required
  • Y is the Intelligence required
  • Z is the Faith required

While it is possible to use a shield with lower-than-required Strength, the character will suffer a severe penalty to stability, thus making it easier to break their guard.

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