Greatshield of Artorias
Greatshield of Artorias

In-Game Description

Shield born from the soul of the great grey
wolf Sif, guardian of the grave of the
Abysswalker Knight Artorias.
Boasts consistent defense and divine
protection against various status effects.


Created by the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo from the Soul of Sif and any +10 Non-unique, non-demon Shield for 5,000 Souls

General Information

100% Poison, Toxic, and Bleed blocking. Status meter won't build up when blocked with this shield. However this does not include area of effect, such as Blighttown's poison swamp or Toxic Mist's effect and does not block build-up of Status Ailments dealt by other players

This shield has the best stability of any non-upgraded shield in the game (Only a +4 or +5 Crystal Tower Shield is more stable, but at the cost of impractically low durabilty).

Requires only 34 strength and has a 16 weight rating, compared to Havel's Greatshield 50 strength requirement and weight rating of 26.

Especially effective when combined with Strong Magic Shield. Blocking drains almost no stamina.

Image Name Damage Durability Weight Stats Needed
Stat Bonuses
Reduction %
greatshield-of-artorias.png Greatshield of Artorias 80/0/0/0

600 16 34/0/0/0

100/50/80/40 88

Move Set




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

All shields deal Strike physical damage, except for the Pierce Shield's Thrust damage. Augmented (Fire, Lightning, Magic, Divine) shields also deal damage with their respective element.
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.

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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