- "I was alarmed to hear a mighty demon lay trapped within the shield, yet I know it is stronger for it."
- —Description, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
The Aegis Shield (イージスのたて, Ījisu no Tate?), also known as the Aegis Armlet, Aegis Glove, or Aegis, is a recurring equipment piece in the Final Fantasy series. It usually protects the user from the Petrify status, or has a great bonus of Magic Defense.
- "A shield that guards against stone."
The Aegis Shield protects against Stone and Poison. It is tied for the second strongest shield in the game, in terms of Defense, but is only the fourth strongest shield overall, boosting a Defense of 16. It is found in the Mirage Tower.
- "Legendary shield that affords protection against special attacks."
The Aegis Shield is the best shield in the game. It grants the user 20% Evasion and resistance to special attacks. It is found at Jade Passage.
The Aegis Shield, like all the other shields, protects from all status ailments in addition to granting the wielder a bonus of +4 Mind, +16 Defense (all versions), and +17 Magic Defense (DS)/+25 Magic Defense (NES). It can be found in Saronia Catacombs, Sunken Cave and Lake Dohr and can be equipped by the Freelancer, Onion Knight, Red Mage, Knight, Dragoon and Viking.
- "Shield that prevents petrification."
The Aegis Shield grants protection against petrification and can be purchased at the Feymarch for 20,000 gil. It grants +4 Defense, +5 Magic Defense, +34 Evasion, +4 Magic Evasion, and +3 Intelligence. This armor is metallic. It can also be found in the Lunar Ruins, as well as dropped by Catoblepas.
Aegis Shield returns in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV. It can be equipped by Cecil and Cid. It can be found in the Lower Section of the Tower of Babil. It has a defense of 4, magic defense of 5, evasion of 34, and magic evasion of 4 with a bonus of +3 Intelligence. It grants protection to Petrify and Gradual Petrify while providing resistance from Mages.
The Aegis Shield returns as a shield that cannot be purchased and provides the exact same bonuses as in Final Fantasy IV. It is also strong against attacks from Mages. It is a possible reward for the Lunarian's Tale Challenge Dungeon.
- "Shield that sometimes absorbs magic spells."
The Aegis Shield grants protection against petrification and grants +5 Defense, +33 Evasion, and +1 Magic, and can sometimes block magic attacks. It is found in Istory Falls, and can be gotten in the Great Forest of Moore during the fire event, before entering the cave a Moogle creates.
- "Powerful shield that sometimes repels magic attacks."
The Aegis Shield gives the wearer a great bonus of MBlock and Magic Defense, surpassed only by the Force Shield. It is one of the few pieces of equipment that comes in a limited quantity, as they cannot be acquired from any common enemy and cannot be won in the Coliseum. It gives +46 Defense, +52 Magic Defense, 20% Evasion and 40% Magic Evasion. It can be found in: Mt. Zozo and Kefka's Tower. General Leo has one equipped for the brief time the player controls him, but it cannot be removed from his inventory.
The Aegis Armlet increases vitality and spirit statistics by 20% and protects the player from Silence and Stun. It can be obtained as mission reward in mission 9-1-1 and found in a treasure chest in missions 3-3-4, 9-3-1 and 9-5-2.
Aegis Amulet is not an accessory, but an item used to teach a GF the Eva-J ability, and 10 can be used to refine into a Giant's Ring. It can be acquired either by Angelo Search (1/288 chance), won from UFO?, or by refining 50 Barriers.
- "Gloves worn exclusively by knights"
The Aegis is the Relic Shield of the Paladin Job, available only to Level 75 Paladins after having completed an immensely lengthy and expensive quest (often taking months of time, hundreds of millions of gil, and the full assistance of an entire Linkshell community to obtain difficult Dynamis drop items). The Aegis is by-and-large the greatest shield available in all of Final Fantasy XI, and as such is also, by a great margin, the most frequently upgraded Relic Weapon in the game as well.
The main appeal being that it reduces all Magic Damage incurred by the user by 25%, adds 200 base Damage to the Shield Bash Job Ability, and has a 75% chance of blocking a physical attack, which mitigates that damage by 75%. The Aegis is one of the less-expensive Relic Weapons to upgrade, and as such, due to its profound functionality, is often an upgrade sponsored by a Linkshell group to an elected, deserved member, and not a private job as most of the offensive weapons are.
So many exist now that it has become unusual to see competitive endgame Linkshells performing without at least one member wielding an Aegis. Almost all legitimate attempts made on both the Pandemonium Warden and Absolute Virtue are generally not considered serious unless an item like this plays a role somehow in magical damage mitigation.
- "This shield resembles a breastplate worn by a god. It enhances the user's magickal capabilities."
The Aegis Shield gives the wearer a bonus of 50% Magic Evasion and increases Magic Attack by 1. Aegis Shields are sold in many shops for 10,000 gil after completing the battle at Lesalia in Chapter 3.
- "Holy shield once used against a horrible foe."
The Aegis Shield is a high-rank shield that grants immunity to Stone. It provides +5 to Defense, +5 to Resistance and +10 to evade. It is gotten as a reward for raising Appraise up to level 20.
The Aegis Shield is a Holy-elemental shield that grants immunity to Stone. It is obtained by placing Gemsteel, Tanned Tyrant Hide, and a Spiral Incisor on the bazaar, then buying it in the shop for 2200 Gil. The Aegis Shield provides +2 to Defense, +5 to Magic, and +10 to Evade.
Aegis is a Defense-raising artifact that increases Defense by 5. It is won in Daemon's Court after defeating the boss with a score of 161 or more.
Aegis Shield is a level 95 shield that provides 67 Defense and is bought for 7,929 gil.
The Aegis Shield is the best shield in the game, found inside a remote location in Doom Castle. In order to reach it, the player must head to the far northwestern section at the entrance of the castle, then in the sandpit room, take the the top and rightmost stairs. The player should then head south until they run into fossils, then bomb the fossils and defeat the monster guarding the chest. It resists Petrify and Paralyze, and has a Defense of 14.
The Aegis Shield is the strongest shield in the game, and must be won from Elephants in the Temple of Mana.
The Aegis Shield is the second-strongest shield in the game (after the Speed shield), created by bringing the Oil and Metal to Juba on the Talon. Increases Agility +5, and resists Petri.
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The Aegis Shield is a level 92 shield that provides +67 Defense and boosts Magic Counter Strength by 40%. It can be traded for at the shop for 29,570 gil, an Ice Shield, five Djinn Scales, and a Purple Gem.
Aegis Shield returns as a level 100 Shield that provides +39 Bravery, -1 Attack, +73 Defense, and +60% Warp Defense. It can be obtained by trading 175,360 Gil, Dynamis Shield, Ancile, and Sinspawn.
Aegis was the shield wielded by the Greek goddess Athena, who grafted the head of Medusa upon the front plate.