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Version 0.28: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Name Buckler
Size to wear little, small, medium
Shield Value 3
Base shield penalty 5
Maximum Enchantment +3
Grants nothing
Time to Wear 5
A small piece of wood and metal, to be strapped on one arm for defence. It is cumbersome to wear, and impedes the evasion, spellcasting ability, and attack speed of an unskilled wearer.

Bucklers are the smallest kind of shield. Although they offer significantly less defense than the larger shields, the attack and spellcasting penalties they cause are negligible. You can also improve their effectiveness by raising your Shields skill, by improving your dexterity, or by enchanting them. Bucklers are the only shields that spriggans can wield, but ogres and trolls find them too small to handle.

They can be found with the following egos:

Egos such as cold and fire resistance are fairly rare, usually only found in mini branches such as the Volcano or through a scroll of acquirement.

Mundane Buckler 1.png
Magical Buckler 2.png
Artefact Buckler 3.png
The Warlock's Mirror Warlock.png


  • Prior to 0.28, bucklers' penalties were negated completely by 4 Shields skill.
  • Shield penalties increased in 0.27.
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