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ShellShield-ffxii

The Shell Shield in Final Fantasy XII.

Shields (, Tate?) are a recurring type of Armor in the Final Fantasy series. They generally increase Defense and may also have a random chance to block an attack. Examples of recurring shields from the series include the Aegis Shield and the Hero's Shield.

Shields tend to have two subdivisions: "heavy" shields and "light" or "universal" shields. "Heavy" shields can only be used by physical attackers like Warriors and Dragoons. "Light" or "universal" shields can be used by any class, including mages.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

I

Diamond Shield FFII Art

The Diamond Shield.

Shields give high Defense boosts and increase the chance of blocking an attack. Most shields can only be used by the Warrior, Knight, and Ninja classes.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy IIEdit

II

Golden Shield FFII Art

The Golden Shield.

Shields can be equipped by every character, unless they have a bow equipped, as bows are two-handed weapons. They increase the Evasion of the character based on the quality of the shield and their skill level with shields. A character can equip a shield in both hands for greater defense, but will not be able to use physical attacks.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

III

Onion Shield FFIII Art

The Onion Shield

Shields are exclusive to melee jobs, though most are only available to the heaviest ones. They grant Defense and Evasion bonuses, as well as protection against certain status ailments. Two can be equipped for a greater Defense boost, but the character will have no Attack power.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy IVEdit

IV

Dark Shield FFIV DS Render

The Dark Shield (3D).

Shields are exclusive to Cecil, Kain, and Cid, except for the Hero's Shield, which can be equipped by any character. They cannot be equipped at the same time as a two-handed weapon, like a Hammer or a Knightsword. Dark Shields can only be equipped by Dark Knight Cecil, while Light Shields can only be equipped by Paladin Cecil.

Shields:

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

FFIV-I-

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

FFIVTAY

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy VEdit

V

Flameshield

The Flame Shield

FFV Shield Icon iOS

Shields can be equipped by the heavier melee jobs, but they can also be equipped by any job, as long as the character has equipped the ability Equip Shields.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy VIEdit

VI

FFVI Diamond Shield Artwork

The Diamond Shield

There are two types of shields available: universal shields, that can be equipped by every character with the exception of Umaro, and heavy shields, that can only be equipped by Terra, Edgar, Celes, Cyan, Setzer, and Mog.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy XEdit

X

FFX Armor - Shield 1

The Buckler

Tidus, Rikku and Wakka use shields, targes, and armguards as armor. The other party members use types of armlets instead. The Shield is a basic armor for Tidus, two-slot with no abilities.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

XI

FFXI Shield 12

The Faerie Shield

Shields are items equippable in the sub-equipment slot. They may only be wielded when using either a one-handed weapon or no weapons. When equipped, the shield will decrease damage taken and occasionally block attacks. The chance of blocking an attack is governed by the player's Shield Skill, with Paladins having the best aptitude by far. Shields are available at different sizes and block rates. Shields are also the basis for many Paladin abilities and spells, such as Shield Bash or Reprisal.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

XII

RoundShield-ffxii

The Round Shield

Shields can be equipped by any character as long as they possess the required License to equip them, and have not equipped a two-handed weapon. Equipping a shield only adds to evasion, not to defense.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

FFXIIRW

The only shield that appears, "Ba'Gabuckler", can only be equipped by Ba'Gamnan. It slightly increases his group's Stamina.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

LR

LRFFXIII Twilight Lotus

The Twilight Lotus

Shields are a type of equipment available to Lightning. Their abilities and stats are varied, but they commonly boost her HP and reduce damage when Lightning guards against enemy attacks. Uniquely in the series, there are many types of shields, each type defined by several key attributes.

List of Shields:
Well-Balanced Shields
  • Night Lotus
  • Ultima Shield
  • Hesperides
  • Juno Sospita
  • Megalesia
  • Nemesis
Large Shields
  • Prytwen
  • Pendragon
  • Dame du Lac
  • Guard of Avalon
  • Knight's Pledge
Tactical Shields
  • Double Cross
  • Infidel
  • Renegade
  • Blasphemy
  • Deicide
Ensorcelled Shields
  • Deirdre's Tears
  • Iseult's Lament
  • Kore Soteira
  • Juliet's Sorrow
  • Cleopatra's Praise
Light Shields
  • Ghostly Bloom
  • Il Nome Della Rosa
  • Nobless Veronique
  • Gilded Lily
  • Les Fleurs du Mal

Valuable Shields
  • Amethyst Anthem
  • Aquamarine Waltz
  • Carnelian Choir
  • Emerald Ensemble
  • Dark Discord
  • Crystal Silence
Crest Shields
  • Lominsan Escutcheon
  • Ul'dahn Crest
  • Gridanian Sigil
Other Shields
  • Guardian Corps Shield*Light shield properties. (FFXIII save import)
  • Goddess's Grace (FFXIII-2 save import)
  • Summoner's Shield (DLC)
  • Guardian's Protector (DLC)
  • Flower Bearer (DLC)
  • Thunderstruck (DLC)
  • Final Border (DLC)
  • Nightwalker (DLC)
  • Fealty (DLC)
  • Kaminari (DLC)
  • Warning Sign (DLC)
  • Rasa (DLC)
  • Abyss Gate (DLC)
  • Aegis Shield (DLC)
  • Mog's Shield (DLC)
  • Riot Shield (DLC)

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

XIV

FFXIV Holy Shield

The Holy Shield.

Shields are a type of armor available to Gladiators, Conjurers and Thaumaturges. They are equipped to the off-hand slot and, as such, may only be equipped while wielding a one handed weapon.

Shields specialize in boosting a character's block rate and block strength.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

FFT

FFT Mythril Shield

Shields can be equipped by Knights, Archers, Geomancers, Dragoons, Dark Knights, Onion Knights, and any other job, as long as the character has equipped the Equip Shields ability.

Many special jobs, like the Sword Saint or the Sky Pirate can also equip shields by default. There is also a second escutcheon called by the same name but this one has the highest evasion stats of all shields and has a different color than it's counterpart.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

TA

FFTA Sacri Shield

Shields can be equipped by every job, as long as they have equipped the Shieldbearer ability, taught by the Soldier, Warrior, Fencer, Mog Knight, and Sage jobs.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2

FFTA2 Ensanguined Shield

In this sequel, shields can be, again, equipped by any job, as long as the character as equipped the Shieldbearer ability. The gria and the seeq can learn the ability too, by the Raptor and Viking jobs.

List of Shields:

Vagrant StoryEdit

VS

List of shields:

Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesEdit

FFCC

Shields are the tribe-specific armor of the Clavat.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a KingEdit

FFCCMLaaK

FFTA Buster SwordThis article or section is a stub about equipment in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King. You can help the Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it.

Final Fantasy Mystic QuestEdit

FFMQ

MQVenusShield

Benjamin is the only one who can equip shields, and Phoebe uses the Ether Shield.

Final Fantasy AdventureEdit

FFA

FFA Shield Icon

Shields works differently from other games, if Sumo's level is high enough, he'll be able to push the enemy out of his way. Shield do not increase defense power, but can block and neutralize some weapon and magic attacks by the enemies.

List of shields:

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

FFL

FFL Shield Icon

Shields are a piece of equipment available for the party.

List of Shields:

  • Bronze
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Flame
  • Ice
  • Dragon
  • Aezis
  • King

Final Fantasy Legend IIEdit

FFL2

FFLII Shield Icon

Shields are a piece of equipment available for the party.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

FFL3

FFLIII Shield

Shields can be equipped by all four main characters.

List of Shields:

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

4HoL

Hide-Shield

The Hide Shield

List of Shields:

Bravely DefaultEdit

BD

List of Shields:

FFTA Buster SwordThis article or section is a stub about equipment in Bravely Default. You can help the Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

FFD

FFTA Buster SwordThis article or section is a stub about equipment in Final Fantasy Dimensions. You can help the Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia

Dissidia-WarriorEXShield

The Warrior of Light's Shield in EX Mode.

Shields focus on increasing Wall Rush HP defense. They can be equipped by Warrior of Light, Garland, Firion, Cecil, Golbez, Bartz, Exdeath, Cloud, Sephiroth, Squall, Tidus, Jecht and Gabranth.

The Warrior of Light and Firion utilize shields in combat.

List of Shields:

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012

D012 Leather Shield

Vaan's Leather Shield.

Shields again specialize in Wall rush HP defense, and can be equipped by Warrior of Light, Garland, Firion, Cecil, Kain, Golbez, Bartz, Exdeath, Gilgamesh, Cloud, Sephiroth, Squall, Laguna, Tidus, Jecht, Vaan, Gabranth, and Lightning.

Newcomer Vaan uses shields in combat in addition to the returning Warrior of Light and Firion.

List of Shields:


There is also a new set of equipment, large shields. They focus on increasing warp defense, and can be equipped by Warrior of Light, Garland, Cecil, Kain, Golbez, Bartz, Exdeath, Gilgamesh, Cloud, Squall, Gabranth, and Feral Chaos.

List of Large Shields:

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK

FFRK Shield Icon
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