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 | edit source]

Bucklers[edit | edit source]

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Aeducan Shield
Iron
Requires: 10 strength
1.50 0.0% 1.50 1.00 0 +1 strength Unobtainable via normal means.
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 | edit source]

Name
Defense Fatigue Missile deflection Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Aeducan Shield
Steel
Requires: 18 strength
3.00 2.75% 3.38 1.00 0 +3 defense This item cannot be acquired via normal means.
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 Warden upon reuniting with him in Denerim's Market District.
Branka's Shield
Silverite
Requires: 30 strength
3.00 3.13% 5.06 1.00 0 +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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Bucklers[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 (-6%)
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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Heavy shields[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Bucklers[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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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