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Shields are off-hand devices used to protect the user from harm in combat. Due to the way the game's mechanics are structured, shields are categorized together with weapons in inventory. They increase the wielder's Deflection against ranged and melee attacks, but slow down his attack rate. Heavier more cumbersome shields offer greater Deflection bonuses at the cost of Accuracy penalties. Small shields have no Accuracy penalty.[1][2]

In Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, all shields have the enchantment Shield Engagement which allows then to Engage one more enemy than usual.

Shield types

Type Name Deflection Accuracy Description
Small shield
Shield small fine icon.png
Small shields

Small shields
8 Deflection icon.png 0 Accuracy icon.png
Icon parchment.png

Though they don't offer much protection, small shields do not interfere with a warrior's accuracy at all. Unlike larger shields, which are worn on the forearm, small shields are held in the hand.

Poe2 shield small icon.png
Small shields (Deadfire)

Small shields (Deadfire)
4 Deflection icon.png 0 Accuracy icon.png
Medium shield
Shield medium heater icon.png
Medium shields

Medium shields
12 Deflection icon.png -4 Accuracy icon.png
Icon parchment.png

Medium shields offer a moderate improvement in protection with a small reduction to accuracy. They are the most commonly-used shields in the Dyrwood and come in a variety of shapes.

Poe2 shield medium basic icon.png
Medium shields (Deadfire)

Medium shields (Deadfire)
8 Deflection icon.png -4 Accuracy icon.png
Large shield
Shield large icon.png
Large shields

Large shields
16 Deflection icon.png -8 Accuracy icon.png
Icon parchment.png

Large shields are used when a warrior needs the best protection possible, even if that means sacrificing some accuracy in exchange. Though they typically taper like an inverted "teardrop", large shields come in a variety of shapes, often emblazoned with heraldry.

Poe2 shield large icon.png
Large shields (Deadfire)

Large shields (Deadfire)
12 Deflection icon.png -8 Accuracy icon.png

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