Shields (skill)

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Version 0.28: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

This page is about the skill. For general information see Shields.

The Shields skill denotes how effective your character is at blocking melee or ranged attacks with shields. A higher Shields skill raises your SH score and decreases the penalties to your EV, spellcasting, accuracy and attack speed. At 27 skill, all penalties will be removed.

For information on item use, see Shields.


Ba DD DE Dg Ds Dj Dr Fe Fo Gr Gh Gn HO Hu Ko Mf Mi Mu Na Op Og Pa Sp Te Tr Vp VS
1 1 -2 -1 -1 0 0 N/A 2 1 -1 8 1 0 -2 0 2 -2 -2 0 -1 -2 -3 0 -2 -1 -1


  • In 0.28, all shields' shield penalities are only fully removed at 27 shields skill.
  • Prior to 0.16, the Shining One's Divine Shield benefitted from Shields skill.
  • Prior to 0.15, you had to be wearing a shield to train the skill.
  • Prior to 0.12, Condensation Shield spell was affected by Shields skill.
  • Prior to 0.7, wearing shields didn't reduce attack speed.
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