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Shield Skill

Shield Skill determines your ability to block an Attack with your Shield, negating some or all Damage. The higher your Shield Skill, the more often you will block attacks with your shield (varying with enemy's level relative to your job level).

To activate Shield skill you must:

  • Have a shield equipped.
  • Fail your evasion and parry checks.
  • Be facing the mob (under ~60 degree angle).

Additional facts about blocking with shield:

  • Shields can block physical TP moves. A successful block with Ochain also prevents any additional effects from landing (e.g., Bukhis's Lethal Triclip won't dispel Cruor enhancements, Frypan won't stun, etc.)
  • Shields can block counters. A blocked counter functions the same as a missed or parried counter. The counter doesn't go off, and the log only shows your original melee hit. Since a blocked counter does not actually hit you, or deal damage, you do not receive TP for them via Shield Mastery.

Shield block rate is similar to Summoning magic skill in that the player receives a bonus to block % based on the amount of Shield Skill they have ABOVE their level's natural shield skill.

Block rate is also penalized by mob level, though you do not receive a bonus for being above the Mob's level.

The estimated formula for Shield Block rate is:

Shield Block Rate = Base_Block_Rate + [((Shield Skill – Base_Skill)/SkillDivider) – LevelCorrectionFactor]

Base_Block_Rate = Depends on shield type, ~50% for Type 3 (proposed, though it could be lower, as I'm oversimplifying the skill divider).

Skill_Divider = 1~6 (depending on skill level tiers, potentially a stepwise increase every 100skill or so).

LevelCorrectionFactor = (MobLevel-PlayerLevel)/2, and only applies to mobs above our level, similar to pdif level correction.

Damage_Absorption = BASE + Shield_Defense / 2

[ Research and Confirmation of Shield Block %s.]

Job Ratings[edit]

Job Skill Ranking Cap at Level 1 Cap at Level 47 Cap at Level 95
Paladin A+ 6 144 396
Warrior C+ 5 133 350
White Mage D 4 128 310
Beastmaster E 4 119 280
Red Mage F 4 109 249
Thief F 4 109 249

Equipment that Enhance this Skill[edit]

By Amount Added[edit]

Name Skill Increase
+15 +12 +11 +10 +7 +6 +5 +3
Fighter's Mufflers +1 CheckCheck.gif
Gallant Leggings +1 CheckCheck.gif
Acheron Shield +1 CheckCheck.gif
Warlock's Boots +1 CheckCheck.gif
Warlock's Boots CheckCheck.gif
Rogue's Culottes CheckCheck.gif
Master Shield CheckCheck.gif
Gallant Leggings CheckCheck.gif
Fighter's Mufflers CheckCheck.gif
Boxer's Mantle CheckCheck.gif
Acheron Shield CheckCheck.gif
Shield Torque CheckCheck.gif
Creed Armet +2 CheckCheck.gif
Kaiser Schaller CheckCheck.gif
Skeld Sword CheckCheck.gif
Storm Shield CheckCheck.gif
Sinfender CheckCheck.gif
Shield Belt CheckCheck.gif
Pilferer's Aspis CheckCheck.gif
Light Buckler CheckCheck.gif
Koenig Schaller CheckCheck.gif
Knight's Earring CheckCheck.gif
Creed Armet +1 CheckCheck.gif
Mu Necklace CheckCheck.gif
Fortified Chain CheckCheck.gif
Buckler Earring CheckCheck.gif
Creed Earring CheckCheck.gif

By Equipment Slot[edit]


Level Name Jobs Bonus
69 Sinfender PLD/DRK +5
90 Skeld Sword PLD/DRK +6


Level Name Jobs Bonus
30 Pilferer's Aspis All +5
40 Light Buckler WAR/WHM/RDM/THF/PLD/BST/SAM +5
52 Master Shield WAR/WHM/RDM/THF/PLD/BST/SAM +10
70 Storm Shield WAR/WHM/RDM/THF/PLD/BST/SAM Assault:+5
75 Acheron Shield WAR/RDM/DRK/BST/BLU +10
75 Acheron Shield +1 WAR/RDM/DRK/BST/BLU +11


Level Name Jobs Bonus
73 Koenig Schaller WAR/PLD +5
73 Kaiser Schaller WAR/PLD +6
85 Creed Armet +1 PLD +5
85 Creed Armet +2 PLD +7


Level Name Jobs Bonus
54 Fighter's Mufflers WAR +10
74 Fighter's Mufflers +1 WAR +15
77 Versa Mufflers WAR/PLD/DRK/BST/SAM/NIN +1~5


Level Name Jobs Bonus
60 Fortified Chain All +3
65 Shield Torque All +7
75 Mu Necklace All Salvage:+3


Level Name Jobs Bonus
56 Rogue's Culottes THF +10


Level Name Jobs Bonus
52 Gallant Leggings PLD +10
52 Warlock's Boots RDM +10
74 Warlock's Boots +1 RDM +10
74 Gallant Leggings +1 PLD +12


Level Name Jobs Bonus
30 Shield Belt All/active only if subjob is PLD +5


Level Name Jobs Bonus
70 Boxer's Mantle All +10


Level Name Jobs Bonus
35 Buckler Earring All +3
72 Knight's Earring All +5
90 Creed Earring PLD +3
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