For other uses, see Shield.

Shields are pieces of armor held in the hand to deflect blows from weapons or unarmed attacks. Available in both heavy and light variants, the shield is favored by many warriors and other offensive classes.

The effectiveness of shields is governed by the Block skill and the corresponding armor type—Light or Heavy. All three contain customizable perk trees. When allocated with the right perks, shields are able to block not only direct melee attacks, but also incoming arrows, power attacks, and even fire, frost, and shock damage. Their bash ability can be used to stagger and even knock down opponents.



Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Upgrade Perk Item ID
Chitin Shield DR 24.5 8 215 Chitin Plate Elven xx026235
Dragonscale Shield 29 6 750 Dragon Scales Dragon 00013941
Elven Shield 21 4 115 Refined Moonstone Elven 0001391E
Glass Shield 27 6 450 Refined Malachite Glass 0001393C
Hide Shield 15 4 25 Leather None 00013914
Imperial Light Shield 19 4 40 Leather Steel 00013AB2
Stalhrim Shield DR 29.5 10 600 Stalhrim Ebony xx026237


Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Upgrade Perk Item ID
Aela's Shield 24 12 150 Steel Ingot Steel 00013955
Banded Iron Shield 22 12 100 Corundum Ingot None 0001394B
Blades Shield 26 12 225 Steel Ingot None 0004F912
Bonemold Shield DR 21.5 8 95 Bone Meal Steel xx026234
Daedric Shield 36 15 1600 Ebony Ingot Daedric 0001396E
Dawnguard Shield DG 26 10 240 Steel Ingot Steel xx0150b8
Dented Iron Shield DR 15 12 30 N/A - xx03399c
Dragonplate Shield 34 8 1050 Dragon Bone Dragon 00013968
Dwarven Shield 26 12 225 Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven 00013950
Ebony Shield 32 14 750 Ebony Ingot Ebony 00013964
Falmer Shield 28 15 10 Chaurus Chitin Steel or Advanced DG 0005C06C
Falkreath Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214ED
Hjaalmarch Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214EF
Hrolfdir's Shield 24 12 60 Steel Ingot Steel 00064B71
Imperial Shield 20 12 50 Steel Ingot Steel 000135BA
Improved Bonemold Shield DR 26 11 95 Bone Meal Steel xx03ab24
Iron Shield 20 12 60 Iron Ingot None 00012EB6
Markarth Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214DC
Nordic Shield DR 26.5 10 335 Quicksilver Ingot Advanced xx026236
Orcish Shield 30 14 500 Orichalcum Ingot Orcish 00013946
Pale Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214F7
Riften Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214BA
Roggi's Ancestral Shield 20 12 60 Iron Ingot None 0006901D
Steel Shield 24 12 150 Steel Ingot Steel 00013955
Solitude Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214F4
Whiterun Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214E0
Windhelm Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214EB
Winterhold Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214F1


Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Upgrade Perk Item ID
Dawnguard Rune Shield DG 27 6 450 Steel Ingot Advanced xx011baf
Herebane's Fortress 21 4 817 Refined Moonstone Elven 000f9649
Aetherial Shield DG 26 12 2000 Dwarven Metal Ingot None xx005759
Auriel's Shield DG 32 14 775 Refined Moonstone Elven xx00284d
Shield of Solitude 32 12 1540 N/A - 0010EB65
Shield of Ysgramor 30 12 1715 N/A - 000E41D8
Spellbreaker 38 12 227 Dwarven Metal Ingot None 00045F96
Targe of the Blooded 20 8 300 Steel Ingot Steel 000FC5BF


The following is a list of enchantments that can be applied to shields.


This section contains bugs related to Shields (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   The Ebony Shield may occasionally appear invisible if the Dragonborn is a vampire.
  •  PS3   When a shield is dropped, there is a chance that whenever a follower picks it up it will respawn.
  •  PC   360   If the Block skill tree has Quick Reflexes unlocked, the player can sidestep a power attack instead of blocking or counter-attacking, and lock themselves into a slow motion state, in which the player can move and attack normally but their magicka, stamina, and health will not regenerate, their shouts will not refresh, and all enemies are in the slow motion state. To exit this, one must simply cause the game to load. Traveling to a fast travel point or entering another area through a door solves this problem. This has not been tested on PS3.confirmation needed
  •  PS3   When riding a horse with a shield equipped, the game will freeze. In addition to this, the Dragonborn may glitch and appear to be standing with its lower legs inside the horse rather than sitting on the horse.
  • For certain enchanted shields, such as Spellbreaker, power attacks will sometimes not work; they will take up no stamina, and not do the damage that the attack would normally do.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Shields (Skyrim)

  • Shield or Dual Wield?

    32 messages
    • not trying to be rude, im just gonna say before some a**hole is rude about it, NPC stands for: Non Player Character
    • Im thinking of doing a different playstyle then I usually do, being a one handed + restoration combat at first but switching to dual weildin...
  • Spellbreaker+Light armor

    13 messages
    • Use the steed stone adds carry weight and removes the weight of armor you are wearing
    • would using the ebony mail with light armour reduce my sneak by a lot. And i do have the steed stone