Unique Shields

Unique Shields Unique Items

Unique Shields Notes

Shields are incredibly useful items in Diablo II. They work to block all physical and many types of elemental attacks, completely negating those attacks when successfully blocked. Unique shields are also an excellent source of resistance when socketed with gems or various runes.

Unique shields have the most beautiful graphics of any items in the game. Every one of them has a customized unique appearance, and all are great. The larger canvas of a shield appears to give the Blizzard artists more room to work, and with that comes more inspiration.

  • The odds of gambling a Unique is 1 in 2000.
  • Item Level: Chests and monsters must be at least this level to drop the item. Ilvl is used in gambling, sales and other calculations as well.
  • Clvl Req: Your character must be this level or higher to equip the item. No Uniques had Clvl requirements prior to v1.07 D2.
  • Listed Blocking: All Unique shields vary in blocking percent by character. The Paladin’s is always 5% higher than an Amazon/Assassin/Barbarian, and 10% higher than a Druid/Sorceress/Necromancer.
  • Weight: All shields are light, medium, or heavy. Light shields have no negative effects, medium have a -5% speed and -5% stamina regen rate, and heavy have -10% speed and -10% stamina regen.
  • Speed: A penalty governed by weight; 0 is no penalty, 5 is slightly slower running and stamina regen (but rounds to 0 anyway) and 10 is a bigger running speed and stamina regen penalty. % Faster Block Rate can lower this number to below zero.
  • Smite Damage: Only Paladins have the Smite skill, so only they see this damage. It’s only of importance to other characters when considering a trade.

Blocking Basics

Main article: Blocking

Blocking % in Classic: Characters block at the % listed on the shield (when equipped) + any other bonuses. Total blocking is capped at 75%. A character can get more than this with a good shield + Twitchthroe, or a Paladin can use his Holy Shield skill, but no matter how high the display is, 75% is all that can be blocked. This is while standing still, running, walking, fighting, casting spells, etc.

Blocking % in the Expansion: The way blocking works is changed in the expansion. The new formula for blocking is:

Total Blocking % = [Blocking x (Dexterity – 15)] / (Character Level x 2)

This formula basically means that if you have less than half of your stat points into Dexterity, you will have a lower block rating than your shield displays, but if more than half of your stat points are in Dex, then you will have a higher blocking %. Blocking is capped at 5% minimum and 75% maximum and displays if you hover on your Defense in the Character window. Sorcs and Necros who do not devote considerable resources to raising their dexterity will find their blocking at a very low level above Clvl 50, so should pick shields based on their magical bonuses, not for the blocking percent.

  • Blocking is reduced to 33% of this value when running, but uses regular values when walking, standing still, or melee attacking.

Normal

ImageNamePropertiesSpecial PropertiesShield Stats
Diablo 2 Pelta Lunata Shield

Pelta Lunata *

Buckler

39 Defense
20-24 Durability
12 Str Required
Item Level: 3
Clvl Req: 2
+30 Defense
+10 to Vitality
+2 to Strength
+10 to Energy
+30-40% Enhanced Defense
+20% Increased Chance to Block
+40% Faster Block Rate
+8-12 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: -40
1-3 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Umbral Disk Shield

Umbral Disk *

Small Shield

45-46 Defense
26-31 Durability
22 Str Required
Item Level: 12
Clvl Req: 9
Hit Blinds Target +1
+10 to Dexterity
+30 Defense
+20 to Life
-2 to Light Radius
+40-50% Enhanced Defense
+30% Increased Chance to Block
+10-15 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 65%
Am/As/B: 60%
D/S/N: 55%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
2-3 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Stormguild Shield

Stormguild *

Large Shield

52-54 Defense
34-39 Durability
34 Str Required
Item Level: 18
Clvl Req: 13
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 1
Lightning Resist +25%
+30 Defense
Adds 1-6 Lightning Damage
+50-60% Enhanced Defense
+30% Increased Chance to Block
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 3
+10-15 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 72%
Am/As/B: 67%
D/S/N: 62%
Weight: Medium
Speed: 5
2-4 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Swordback Hold Shield

Swordback Hold *

Spiked Shield

43-51 Defense
40 Durability
30 Str Required
Item Level: 20
Clvl Req: 15
Attacker Takes Damage of 10
+20% Increased Chance to Block
+50% Chance of Open Wounds
+30-60% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 60%
Am/As/B: 55%
D/S/N: 50%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
5-9 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Steelclash Shield

Steelclash *

Kite Shield

50-58 Defense
45-50 Durability
47 Str Required
Item Level: 23
Clvl Req: 17
+25% Increased Chance to Block
+1 To Paladin Skills
Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 3
+3 to Light Radius
+60-100% Enhanced Defense
+20% Faster Block Rate
All Resistances +15
+20 Defense
+15-20 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 63%
Am/As/B: 58%
D/S/N: 53%
Weight: Light
Speed: -20
2-5 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Wall of the Eyeless Shield

Wall of the Eyeless *

Bone Shield

50-53 Defense
40 Durability
25 Str Required
Item Level: 27
Clvl Req: 20
+5 to Mana After Each Kill
3% Mana Stolen Per Hit
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Poison Resist +20%
+30-40% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
3-6 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Bverrit Keep Shield

Bverrit Keep *

Tower Shield

71-87 Defense
140-160 Durability
75 Str Req
Item-Level:-26
Clvl Req: 19
+30 Defense
Fire Resist +75%
+5 to Strength
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 5
+80-120% Enhanced Defense
+10% Increased Chance to Block
+80-100 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 54%
Am/As/B: 49%
D/S/N: 44%
Weight: Heavy
Speed: 10
1-5 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 The Ward Shield

The Ward *

Gothic Shield

112 Defense
40 Durability
60 Str Required
Item Level: 35
Clvl Req: 26
+40 Defense
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 2
+10 to Strength
+10% Increased Chance to Block
+100% Enhanced Defense
All Resistances +30-50
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 56%
Am/As/B: 51%
D/S/N: 46%
Weight: Medium
Speed: 5
2-6 Smite Dmg

Exceptional

ImageNamePropertiesSpecial PropertiesShield Stats
Diablo 2 Pelta Lunata Shield

Viscerataunt *

Defender

83-124 Defense
68 Durability
38 Str Required
Item Level: 36
Clvl Req: 28
+1 To Sorceress Skills
30% Faster Block Rate
+30% Increased Chance to Block
+100-150% Enhanced Defense
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage Of 10
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 60%
Am/As/B: 55%
D/S/N: 50%
Weight: Light
Speed: -30
8-12 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Mosers Blessed Circle

Moser’s Blessed Circle *

Round Shield

133-179 Defense
64 Durability
53 Str Required
Socketed (2)
Item Level: 39
Clvl Req: 31
All Resistances +25
+25% Increased Chance to Block
+180-220% Enhanced Defense
30% Faster Block Rate
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 60%
Am/As/B: 55%
D/S/N: 50%
Weight: Light
Speed: -30
7-14 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Stormchaser Shield

Stormchaser *

Scutum

139-198 Defense
62 Durability
71 Str Required
Item Level: 43
Clvl Req: 35
Adds 1-60 Lightning Damage
+20% Increased Chance to Block
Half Freeze Duration
Lightning Resist +50%
+150 to Attack Rating
+160-220% Enhanced Defense
10% Faster Block Rate
4% Chance of casting slvl 6 Blizzard When Struck
4% Chance of casting slvl 5 Tornado When Struck
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 62%
Am/As/B: 57%
D/S/N: 52%
Weight: Medium
Speed: -5
11-15 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Lance Guard Shield

Lance Guard *

Barbed Shield

99-173 Defense
55 Durability
65 Str Required
Item Level: 43
Clvl Req: 35
+50 to Life
30% Faster Hit Recovery
+15% of damage taken goes to mana
Attacker Takes Damage Of 47
+70-120% Enhanced Defense
+20% Chance of Deadly Strike
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 38%
Am/As/B: 33%
D/S/N: 27%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
18-35 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Steelclash Shield

Tiamat’s Rebuke *

Dragon Shield

143-204 Defense
106 Durability
91 Str Required
Item Level: 46
Clvl Req: 38
Adds 27-53 Cold Damage, 6 Seconds Cold Length
Adds 35-95 Fire Damage
Adds 1-120 Lightning Damage
All Resistances +25-35
+140-200% Enhanced Defense
5% Chance of casting slvl 9 Frost Nova When Struck
5% Chance of casting slvl 7 Nova When Struck
3% Chance of casting slvl 6 Hydra When Struck
+40 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 40%
Am/As/B: 35:
D/S/N: 30%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
15-24 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Lidless Wall Shield

Lidless Wall *

Grim Shield

91-347 Defense
70 Durability
58 Str Required
Item Level: 49
Clvl Req: 41
+1 Light Radius
+1 to All Skills
20% Faster Cast Rate
+3-5 Mana After Each Kill
+80-130% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Energy
+10% Maximum Mana
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
14-20 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 Bverrit Keep Shield

Gerke’s Sanctuary *

Pavise

192-268 Defense
172 Durability
133 Str Required
Item Level: 52
Clvl Req: 44
Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 11-16
Magical Damage Taken Reduced by 14-18
Replenish Life +15 (1.46 Life Per Second)
+180-240% Enhanced Defense
+100 Increased Durability
+30% Increased Chance to Block
All Resistances +20-30
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 84%
Am/As/B: 79%
D/S/N: 74%
Weight: Heavy
Speed: 10
10-17 Smite Dmg
Diablo 2 The Ward Shield

Radament’s Sphere *

Ancient Shield

210-282 Defense
100 Durability
110 Str Required
Item Level: 57
Clvl Req: 49
Adds 79 Poison Damage Over 4 Seconds
5% Chance of casting slvl 5 Poison Nova When Struck
Poison Resist +75%
+160-200% Enhanced Defense
+20% Increased Chance to Block
20% Faster Block Rate
Level 6 Poison Explosion (40 Charges)
+20 Increased Durability
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 66%
Am/As/B: 61%
D/S/N: 56%
Weight: Medium
Speed: -15
12-16 Smite Dmg

Elite

ImageNamePropertiesSpecial PropertiesShield Stats
Diablo 2 Wall of the Eyeless Shield

Head Hunter’s Glory

Troll Nest

158-173 Defense
478-593 Total Defense
74 Durability
106 Str Required
Item Level: 83
Clvl req: 75
+320-420 Defense
+300-350 Defense vs. Missiles
Poison Resist +30-40%
Socketed (1-3)
Fire Resist +20-30%
+5-7 Life After Each Kill
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
24-38 Smite Damage
Diablo 2 Bverrit Keep Shield

Medusa’s Gaze

Aegis

145-161 Defense
365-453.6 Total Defense
292 Durability
219 Str Required
Item Level: 84
Clvl req: 76
+150-180% Enhanced Defense
Slows Target by 20%
10% Chance to cast level 7 Lower Resist when struck
5-9% Life stolen per hit
100% Chance to cast level 44 Nova when you Die
Cold Resist +40-80%
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 54%
Am/As/B: 49%
D/S/N: 44%
Weight: Heavy
Speed: 10
18-28 Smite Damage
Diablo 2 Swordback Hold Shield

Spike Thorn

Blade Barrier

147-163 Defense
325.6-410 Total Defense
333 Durability
118 Str Required
Item Level: 78
Clvl req: 70
+120-150% Enhanced Defense
Attacker Takes Damage Of 1.375 per clvl
+250 Durability
30% Faster Hit Recovery
Damage Reduced by 15-20%
Socketed (1)
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 50%
Am/As/B: 45%
D/S/N: 40%
Weight: Light
Speed: 0
26-40 Smite Damage
Diablo 2 The Ward Shield

Spirit Ward

Ward

153-170 Defense
354.2-478.8 Total Defense
333 Durability
185 Str Required
Item Level: 76
Clvl req: 68
+130-180% Enhanced Defense
+6-11 Cold Absorb
All Resistances +30-40
20-30% Increased Chance of Blocking
25% Faster Block Rate
5% Chance to cast level 8 Fade when struck
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 74-84%
Am/As/B: 69-79%
D/S/N: 64-74%
Weight: Medium
Speed: -20
11-35 Smite Damage

ImageNamePropertiesSpecial PropertiesShield Stats
Diablo 2 Mosers Blessed Circle

Blackoak Shield *

Luna

282-372 Defense
129 Durability
100 Str Required
Item Level: 67
Clvl req: 61
+0.5 Dexterity per clvl
+160-200% Enhanced Defense
+0.625 Cold Absorb per clvl
4% Chance of casting slvl 5 Weaken When Struck
+45 Increased Durability
+1.25 Life per clvl
50% Faster Block Rate
Half Freeze Duration
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 35%
Am/As/B: 30%
D/S/N: 25%
Weight: Light
Speed: -50
17-29 Smite Damage
Diablo 2 Steelclash Shield

Stormshield *

Monarch

133-148 +3.75*Clvl Defense
Indestructible
156 Str Required
Item Level: 77
Clvl req: 73
+3.75 Defense per Clvl
Physical Damage Reduced by 35%
+30 to Strength
Indestructible
35% Faster Block Rate
Lightning Resist +25%
+25% Increased Chance to Block
Cold Resist +60%
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage Of 10
Listed Blocking:
Pal: 77%
Am/As/B: 72%
D/S/N: 67%
Weight: Light
Speed: -35
12-34 Smite Damage


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