Unenchanted shields will begin to appear at level 25 and enchanted variants can be found at level 26. These locations include:
- Found as random loot in chests or as a world item.
- Worn by Bandit chiefs, Reaver lords and Reaver marauders.
- Worn by the Pirate Captain.
The Nordic shield is the only piece of Nordic armor that does not require an ebony ingot to be crafted.
It can be upgraded with a quicksilver ingot at a workbench and also benefits from the Advanced Armors perk, which doubles the improvement.