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This is a list of all unique shields found in the game. Click each unique name for more details.

Shields are incredibly useful items in Diablo II. They work to block all physical and many types of elemental attacks, completely negating those attacks when successfully blocked. Shields are also an excellent source of resistance, when socketed with gems or various runes.

Unique shields have the most beautiful graphics of any items in the game. Every one of them has a customized unique appearance, and all are great. The larger canvas of a shield appears to give the Blizzard artists more room to work, and with that comes more inspiration.


Blocking Basics[edit]

Main article: Blocking

Blocking % in Classic: Characters block at the % listed on the shield (when equipped) + any other bonuses. Total blocking is capped at 75%. A character can get more than this with a good shield + Twitchthroe, or a Paladin can use his Holy Shield skill, but no matter how high the display is, 75% is all that can be blocked. This is while standing still, running, walking, fighting, casting spells, etc.

Blocking % in the Expansion: The way blocking works is changed in the expansion. The new formula for blocking is:

Total Blocking % = [Blocking x (Dexterity – 15)] / (Character Level x 2)

This formula basically means that if you have less than half of your stat points into Dexterity, you will have a lower block rating than your shield displays, but if more than half of your stat points are in Dex, then you will have a higher blocking %. Blocking is capped at 5% minimum and 75% maximum and displays if you hover on your Defense in the Character window. Sorcs and Necros who do not devote considerable resources to raising their dexterity will find their blocking at a very low level above Clvl 50, so should pick shields based on their magical bonuses, not for the blocking percent.

  • Blocking is reduced to 33% of this value when running, but uses regular values when walking, standing still, or melee attacking.


Notes[edit]

A few unique items have changed with the release of patches. All new unique items found will have the same stats as the ones in the table below, items found in 1.09 or earlier may have slightly different stats. Items that have had changes will marked with a * and the change will be listed under the table.

  • In 1.10 of the Expansion the odds of gambling a Unique is 1 in 2000.
  • Item Level: Chests and monsters must be at least this level to drop the item. Ilvl is used in gambling, sales and other calculations as well.
  • Clvl Req: Your character must be this level or higher to equip the item. No Uniques had Clvl requirements prior to v1.07 D2.
  • Listed Blocking: All shields vary in blocking percent by character. The Paladin's is always 5% higher than an Amazon/Assassin/Barbarian, and 10% higher than a Druid/Sorceress/Necromancer.
  • Weight: All shields are light, medium, or heavy. Light shields have no negative effects, medium have a -5% speed and -5% stamina regen rate, and heavy have -10% speed and -10% stamina regen.
  • Speed: A penalty governed by weight; 0 is no penalty, 5 is slightly slower running and stamina regen (but rounds to 0 anyway) and 10 is a bigger running speed and stamina regen penalty. % Faster Block Rate can lower this number to below zero.
  • Smite Damage: Only Paladins have the Smite skill, so only they see this damage. It's only of importance to other characters when considering a trade.


Normal[edit]

Normal Uniques are identical in Diablo II and the Expansion.

Spawn in 1.09 or later[edit]

Image Name Properties Special Properties Shield Stats
Shield-pelta lunata.gif
Pelta Lunata *
Buckler
39 Defense
20-24 Durability
12 Str Required
Item Level: 3
Clvl Req: 2
+30 Defense
+10 to Vitality
+2 to Strength
+10 to Energy
+30-40% Enhanced Defense
+20% Increased Chance to Block
+40% Faster Block Rate
+8-12 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: -40
1-3 Smite Dmg
Shield-umbral-disk.gif
Umbral Disk *
Small Shield
45-46 Defense
26-31 Durability
22 Str Required
Item Level: 12
Clvl Req: 9
Hit Blinds Target +1
+10 to Dexterity
+30 Defense
+20 to Life
-2 to Light Radius
+40-50% Enhanced Defense
+30% Increased Chance to Block
+10-15 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 65%
Am/As/B: 60%
D/S/N: 55%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
2-3 Smite Dmg
Shield-stormguild.gif
Stormguild *
Large Shield
52-54 Defense
34-39 Durability
34 Str Required
Item Level: 18
Clvl Req: 13
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 1
Lightning Resist +25%
+30 Defense
Adds 1-6 Lightning Damage
+50-60% Enhanced Defense
+30% Increased Chance to Block
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 3
+10-15 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 72%
Am/As/B: 67%
D/S/N: 62%
Weight: Medium
Speed: 5
2-4 Smite Dmg
Shield-swordback hold.gif
Swordback Hold *
Spiked Shield
43-51 Defense
40 Durability
30 Str Required
Item Level: 20
Clvl Req: 15
Attacker Takes Damage of 10
+20% Increased Chance to Block
+50% Chance of Open Wounds
+30-60% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 60%
Am/As/B: 55%
D/S/N: 50%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
5-9 Smite Dmg
Shield-steelclash.gif
Steelclash *
Kite Shield
50-58 Defense
45-50 Durability
47 Str Required
Item Level: 23
Clvl Req: 17
+25% Increased Chance to Block
+1 To Paladin Skills
Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 3
+3 to Light Radius
+60-100% Enhanced Defense
+20% Faster Block Rate
All Resistances +15
+20 Defense
+15-20 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 63%
Am/As/B: 58%
D/S/N: 53%
Weight: Light
Speed: -20
2-5 Smite Dmg
Shield-wall-eyeless.gif
Wall of the Eyeless *
Bone Shield
50-53 Defense
40 Durability
25 Str Required
Item Level: 27
Clvl Req: 20
+5 to Mana After Each Kill
3% Mana Stolen Per Hit
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Poison Resist +20%
+30-40% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
3-6 Smite Dmg
Shield-bverrit-keep.gif
Bverrit Keep *
Tower Shield
71-87 Defense
140-160 Durability
75 Str Req
Item-Level:-26
Clvl Req: 19
+30 Defense
Fire Resist +75%
+5 to Strength
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 5
+80-120% Enhanced Defense
+10% Increased Chance to Block
+80-100 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 54%
Am/As/B: 49%
D/S/N: 44%
Weight: Heavy
Speed: 10
1-5 Smite Dmg
Shield-the-ward.gif
The Ward *
Gothic Shield
112 Defense
40 Durability
60 Str Required
Item Level: 35
Clvl Req: 26
+40 Defense
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 2
+10 to Strength
+10% Increased Chance to Block
+100% Enhanced Defense
All Resistances +30-50
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 56%
Am/As/B: 51%
D/S/N: 46%
Weight: Medium
Speed: 5
2-6 Smite Dmg

1.08 Statistics[edit]

Many Uniques changed stats in v1.09. If the item was found prior to v1.09 it will have different stats. Items not listed below didn't have any changes.

  • Pelta Lunata: +40 Defense, +10 to Life, +2 to Strength, +10 to Mana.
  • Umbral Disk: Hit Blinds Target +1, +10 to Dexterity, +40 Defense, +20 Life, -2 to Light Radius.
  • Stormguild: Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 1, Lightning Resist +25%, +30 Defense, +1-6 Lightning Damage.
  • Swordback Hold: Attacker Takes Damage of 5, +20% Increased Chance to Block, +50% Chance of Open Wounds, +20 Defense.
  • Steelclash: +25% Increased Chance to Block, +3 to Light Radius, +1 to Paladin Skills, Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 3.
  • Wall of the Eyeless: +5 to Mana After Each Kill, 3% Mana Stolen Per Hit, +20% Faster Cast Rate, +20% to Poison Resist, +30 Defense.
  • Bverrit Keep: +30 Defense, Fire Resist +25%, +5 to Strength, Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 4.
  • The Ward: +40 Defense, Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 2, +10 to Strength, +10% Increased Chance to Block.


Exceptional[edit]

These Exceptional Uniques are only found in the Diablo II Expansion, not in Diablo II.

Spawn in 1.09 or later[edit]

Image Name Properties Special Properties Shield Stats
Shield-visceratuant.gif
Viscerataunt *
Defender
83-124 Defense
68 Durability
38 Str Required
Item Level: 36
Clvl Req: 28
+1 To Sorceress Skills
30% Faster Block Rate
+30% Increased Chance to Block
+100-150% Enhanced Defense
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage Of 10
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 60%
Am/As/B: 55%
D/S/N: 50%
Weight: Light
Speed: -30
8-12 Smite Dmg
Shield-mosers-blessed.gif
Moser's Blessed Circle *
Round Shield
133-179 Defense
64 Durability
53 Str Required
Socketed (2)
Item Level: 39
Clvl Req: 31
All Resistances +25
+25% Increased Chance to Block
+180-220% Enhanced Defense
30% Faster Block Rate
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 60%
Am/As/B: 55%
D/S/N: 50%
Weight: Light
Speed: -30
7-14 Smite Dmg
Shield-stormchaser.gif
Stormchaser *
Scutum
139-198 Defense
62 Durability
71 Str Required
Item Level: 43
Clvl Req: 35
Adds 1-60 Lightning Damage
+20% Increased Chance to Block
Half Freeze Duration
Lightning Resist +50%
+150 to Attack Rating
+160-220% Enhanced Defense
10% Faster Block Rate
4% Chance of casting slvl 6 Blizzard When Struck
4% Chance of casting slvl 5 Tornado When Struck
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 62%
Am/As/B: 57%
D/S/N: 52%
Weight: Medium
Speed: -5
11-15 Smite Dmg
Shield-lance-guard.gif
Lance Guard *
Barbed Shield
99-173 Defense
55 Durability
65 Str Required
Item Level: 43
Clvl Req: 35
+50 to Life
30% Faster Hit Recovery
+15% of damage taken goes to mana
Attacker Takes Damage Of 47
+70-120% Enhanced Defense
+20% Chance of Deadly Strike
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 38%
Am/As/B: 33%
D/S/N: 27%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
18-35 Smite Dmg
Shield-tiamats-rebuke.gif
Tiamat's Rebuke *
Dragon Shield
143-204 Defense
106 Durability
91 Str Required
Item Level: 46
Clvl Req: 38
Adds 27-53 Cold Damage, 6 Seconds Cold Length
Adds 35-95 Fire Damage
Adds 1-120 Lightning Damage
All Resistances +25-35
+140-200% Enhanced Defense
5% Chance of casting slvl 9 Frost Nova When Struck
5% Chance of casting slvl 7 Nova When Struck
3% Chance of casting slvl 6 Hydra When Struck
+40 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 40%
Am/As/B: 35:
D/S/N: 30%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
15-24 Smite Dmg
Shield-lidless-wall.gif
Lidless Wall *
Grim Shield
91-347 Defense
70 Durability
58 Str Required
Item Level: 49
Clvl Req: 41
+1 Light Radius
+1 to All Skills
20% Faster Cast Rate
+3-5 Mana After Each Kill
+80-130% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Energy
+10% Maximum Mana
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
14-20 Smite Dmg
Shield-kerkes-sanctuary.gif
Gerke's Sanctuary *
Pavise
192-268 Defense
172 Durability
133 Str Required
Item Level: 52
Clvl Req: 44
Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 11-16
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 14-18
Replenish Life +15 (1.46 Life Per Second)
+180-240% Enhanced Defense
+100 Increased Durability
+30% Increased Chance to Block
All Resistances +20-30
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 84%
Am/As/B: 79%
D/S/N: 74%
Weight: Heavy
Speed: 10
10-17 Smite Dmg
Shield-radaments.gif
Radament's Sphere *
Ancient Shield
210-282 Defense
100 Durability
110 Str Required
Item Level: 57
Clvl Req: 49
Adds 79 Poison Damage Over 4 Seconds
5% Chance of casting slvl 5 Poison Nova When Struck
Poison Resist +75%
+160-200% Enhanced Defense
+20% Increased Chance to Block
20% Faster Block Rate
Level 6 Poison Explosion (40 Charges)
+20 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 66%
Am/As/B: 61%
D/S/N: 56%
Weight: Medium
Speed: -15
12-16 Smite Dmg

1.08 Statistics[edit]

Many Uniques changed stats in v1.09. If the item was found prior to v1.09 it will have different stats. Items not listed below didn't have any major changes.

  • Visceratuant: +2 To All Necromancer Skills, +80 Life, 30% Faster Block Rate, +25% Increased Chance to Block, +80% Enhanced Defense.
  • Moser's Blessed Circle: All Resistances +25, +25% Increased Chance to Block, Socketed (2), +200% Enhanced Defense.
  • Stormchaser: +35 Maximum Damage, +20% Increased Chance to Block, Half Freeze Duration, Lightning Resist +35%, +150 Attack Rating, +60% Enhanced Defense.
  • Lance Guard: +35% Maximum Mana, Attacker Takes Damage Of 25, +60% Enhanced Defense, other stats are same, but no Deadly Strike.
  • Tiamat's Rebuke: +5-10 Cold Damage 6 Second Duration, Adds 10-25 Fire Damage, Adds 14-28 Poison Damage over 5 Seconds, +8-16 Lightning Damage, +10% Chance to Block, All Resistances +25-30, Adds 10-20 Damage.
  • Lidless Wall: +0.5 Absorb Poison Damage per Clvl, +4 Light Radius, +5 Strength, +5 Dexterity, +5 Vitality, +5 Energy, +80% Enhanced Defense, 50% Faster Block Rate.
  • Gerke's Sanctuary: +1 To Vitality per Clvl, Replenish Life +15 (1.46 Life Per Second), Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 15, Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 15, +125% Enhanced Defense, +25% Increased Chance to Block.
  • Radament's Sphere: Adds 12-23 Poison Damage Over 3 Seconds, 4% Chance of casting slvl 4? (based on ilvl) Poison Nova When Struck, Resist Poison +20%, +85% Enhanced Defense, +25% Increased Chance to Block.


Elite[edit]

These Elite Uniques are only found in the Diablo II Expansion, not in Diablo II.

Spawn in 1.10 or later[edit]

Image Name Properties Special Properties Shield Stats
Elite-shield-troll-nest.jpg
Head Hunter's Glory
Troll Nest
158-173 Defense
478-593 Total Defense
74 Durability
106 Str Required
Item Level: 83
Clvl req: 75
+320-420 Defense
+300-350 Defense vs. Missiles
Poison Resist +30-40%
Socketed (1-3)
Fire Resist +20-30%
+5-7 Life After Each Kill
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
24-38 Smite Damage
Elite-shield-aegis.jpg
Medusa's Gaze
Aegis
145-161 Defense
365-453.6 Total Defense
292 Durability
219 Str Required
Item Level: 84
Clvl req: 76
+150-180% Enhanced Defense
Slows Target by 20%
10% Chance to cast level 7 Lower Resist when struck
5-9% Life stolen per hit
100% Chance to cast level 44 Nova when you Die
Cold Resist +40-80%
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 54%
Am/As/B: 49%
D/S/N: 44%
Weight: Heavy
Speed: 10
18-28 Smite Damage
Elite-shield-blade-barrier.jpg
Spike Thorn
Blade Barrier
147-163 Defense
325.6-410 Total Defense
333 Durability
118 Str Required
Item Level: 78
Clvl req: 70
+120-150% Enhanced Defense
Attacker Takes Damage Of 1.375 per clvl
+250 Durability
30% Faster Hit Recovery
Damage Reduced by 15-20%
Socketed (1)
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
26-40 Smite Damage
Shield-the-ward.gif
Spirit Ward
Ward
153-170 Defense
354.2-478.8 Total Defense
333 Durability
185 Str Required
Item Level: 76
Clvl req: 68
+130-180% Enhanced Defense
+6-11 Cold Absorb
All Resistances +30-40
20-30% Increased Chance of Blocking
25% Faster Block Rate
5% Chance to cast level 8 Fade when struck
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 74-84%
Am/As/B: 69-79%
D/S/N: 64-74%
Weight: Medium
Speed: -20
11-35 Smite Damage

Spawn in 1.09 or later[edit]

Image Name Properties Special Properties Shield Stats
Shield-elite-blackoak.gif
Blackoak Shield *
Luna
282-372 Defense
129 Durability
100 Str Required
Item Level: 67
Clvl req: 61
+0.5 Dexterity per clvl
+160-200% Enhanced Defense
+0.625 Cold Absorb per clvl
4% Chance of casting slvl 5 Weaken When Struck
+45 Increased Durability
+1.25 Life per clvl
50% Faster Block Rate
Half Freeze Duration
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 35%
Am/As/B: 30%
D/S/N: 25%
Weight: Light
Speed: -50
17-29 Smite Damage
Shield-tiamats-rebuke.gif
Stormshield *
Monarch
133-148 +3.75*Clvl Defense
Indestructible
156 Str Required
Item Level: 77
Clvl req: 73
+3.75 Defense per Clvl
Physical Damage Reduced by 35%
+30 to Strength
Indestructible
35% Faster Block Rate
Lightning Resist +25%
+25% Increased Chance to Block
Cold Resist +60%
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage Of 10
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 77%
Am/As/B: 72%
D/S/N: 67%
Weight: Light
Speed: -35
12-34 Smite Damage

1.08 Statistics[edit]

Many Uniques changed stats in v1.09. If the item was found prior to v1.09 it will have different stats. Items not listed below didn't have any major changes.

  • Blackoak Shield: +30 To Dexterity, +2.5 Defense per clvl, +0.75 Cold Absorb per clvl, 4% Chance of casting slvl 5 Weaken When Struck, Indestructible, +100 To Life, 50% Faster Block Rate, Half Freeze Duration.
  • Stormshield: Base item of Aegis, +3 Defense per Clvl, no lightning damage, rest is same.


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