XIVKite Shield is an item level 48 shield equippable by Gladiator and Paladin at level 48. It has a block strength and block rate of 85; when at high quality, these are both at 106. In addition, it provides 3 Strength, 3 Vitality and 5 Parry; when high quality, this becomes 4 strength, 4 Vitality and 6 Parry.
A kite shield was a distinct type of shield from the 10th–12th centuries. It was either a reverse teardrop shape or later on, flat-topped. The tapering point extended down to either a distinct or rounded point. The term is a neologism, created by Victorian antiquarians due to the shape's resemblance to an early European kite.