Shield of the gong

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A heavy bronze gong that can be worn as a shield. According to some mystics, beating on such a gong can grant the wearer spiritual protection.

Shield of the Gong.png the +18 shield of the gong

+18 kite shield

-5 EV
+40 MR
Makes very loud noise whenever you block


Despite first appearances, the shield of the gong[1] is actually incredibly dangerous to use. Admittedly, its excellent enchantment level makes it very effective at defending against pure melee opponents, but its EV penalty renders you much more vulnerable to enemy bolt spells and other attacks that can't be blocked. Also, the intensity 40 noise it makes every time it blocks something is as loud as the Singing Sword at its loudest, and much louder than shouting (normally 12); using it will attract everything nearby to your position. Unless you're playing a brute force caster who's already making enough noise to wake the entire Dungeon, it is best to use this shield situationally, such as when facing dangerous sources of electricity damage.


  • Prior to 0.15, its enchantment was +27.
  • Prior to 0.14, its enchantment was only +6, and it did not reduce the wearer's EV. This change essentially combined the original shield of the gong with the now-retired shield "Bullseye."
  • Prior to 0.13, the shield of the gong also provided a spirit shield, making it a fairly iffy proposition for casters.