The Shield Dragon is an enemy in Final Fantasy V. Extremely powerful when first encountered, this creature attacks quickly with its Knock Silly attack, which inflicts Confuse and hits two party members at a time. It also has Reflect status from the beginning of the battle. Worse still, Dispel will not remove it as the Reflect status is automatic. When considerable damage has been inflicted on the Shield Dragon, it will flee from battle. If the Shield Dragon is defeated, the player is rewarded with massive experience.
One way to stop it from fleeing is by Controlling it and using its Blaze attack on itself to defeat it. Blaze will deal about 5,000 damage to the Shield Dragon.
Catching and releasing a Shield Dragon will give the player access to the extremely powerful Almagest spell.