Tower shield

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Version 0.28: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Name Tower shield
Size to wear Medium, Large, Giant
Shield Value 13
Base shield penalty 15
Maximum Enchantment +8
Grants nothing
Time to Wear 5
A large 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.

The largest of the shields, tower shields provide high SH but require a high Shields skill in order to handle its significant attack penalties. They are too large for spriggans or kobolds to use at all, but large species find them more comfortable to use than most.

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 Large shield 1.png
Magical Large shield 2.png
Artifact Large shield 3.png
tower shields
Tower shield of Ignorance Shield of ignorance.png


  • Prior to 0.28, tower shields had a base EV penalty of 5, negated completely by 25 Shields skill.
  • Tower shields were known as "large shields" until 0.25.
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