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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.



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


Name ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Upgrade Perk ID
Banded Iron Shield 22 12 100 Corundum Ingot None 0001394b
Blades Shield 26 12 225 Steel Ingot None 0004F912
Bonemold Shield DR 21 8 95 Bone Meal Steel Smithing xx026234
Daedric Shield 36 15 1600 Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing 0001396E
Dawnguard Shield DG 26 10 240 Steel Ingot Advanced Armors xx0150b8
Dented Iron Shield DR 15 12 30 N/A None xx03399c
Dragonplate Shield 34 8 1050 Dragon Bone Dragon Armor 00013968
Dwarven Shield 26 12 225 Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing 00013950
Ebony Shield 32 14 750 Ebony Ingot Ebony Smithing 00013964
Falmer Shield 28 15 10 Chaurus Chitin Steel Smithing or Advanced Armors 0005c06c
Hrolfdir's Shield 24 12 60 N/A None 00064b71
Imperial Shield 20 12 50 Steel Ingot Steel Smithing 000135ba
Improved Bonemold Shield DR 26 11 95 Bone Meal Steel Smithing xx03ab24
Iron Shield 20 12 60 Iron Ingot None 00012EB6
Nordic Shield DR 26.5 10 335 Quicksilver Ingot Advanced Armors xx026236
Orcish Shield 30 14 500 Orichalcum Ingot Orcish Smithing 00013946
Roggi's Ancestral Shield 25 12 60 Iron Ingot 0006901D
Steel Shield 24 12 150 Steel Ingot Steel Smithing 00013955


Name ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Upgrade Perk ID
Aela's Shield 24 12 150 Steel Ingot Steel Smithing 00013955
Aetherial Shield DG 26 12 2000 Dwarven Metal Ingot Arcane Blacksmith xx005759
Auriel's Shield DG 32 14 755 Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing xx00284d
Dawnguard Rune Shield DG 27 6 450 Steel Ingot Advanced Armors xx011baf
Herebane's Fortress 21 4 817 Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing 000F9649
Reflecting Shield DG 68 6 455 xx00488a
Shield of Solitude 26–32 12 40 N/A 0010EB65
Shield of Ysgramor 30 12 1715 N/A None 000E41D8
Spellbreaker 38 12 227 Dwarven Metal Ingot Arcane Blacksmith 00045F96
Targe of the Blooded 20 8 300 Steel Ingot Arcane Blacksmith 000FC5BF

Hold Guard Shields

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Upgrade Perk Item ID
Falkreath Guard's Shield 17 3 40 Iron Ingot None 000214ED
Hjaalmarch Guard's Shield 000214EF
Markarth Guard's Shield 000214DC
Pale Guard's Shield 000214F7
Riften Guard's Shield 000214BA
Solitude Guard's Shield 000214F4
Whiterun Guard's Shield 000214E0
Windhelm Guard's Shield 000214EB
Winterhold Guard's Shield 000214F1


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.
  •  360   PS4   Using a blacksmith forge with a shield equipped can cause the heated end of a metal bar to be stuck to the Dragonborn's left hand.
    • Solution: Exit the forge, unequip the shield, then draw and sheath the one-handed weapon. The animation should now function properly.