For the Dark Souls II variant, see Havel's Greatshield (Dark Souls II).
For the Dark Souls III variant, see Havel's Greatshield (Dark Souls III).

Havel's Greatshield is a greatshield in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

Greatshield of the legendary Havel the Rock. Cut straight from a great slab of stone.
This greatshield is imbued with the magic of Havel, proves a strong defense, and is incredibly heavy. A true divine heirloom on par with the Dragon tooth.


Havel's Greatshield is found in a chest in Anor Londo, in the basement behind the illusory wall in the fireplace, along with Havel's Great Hammer, the Dragon Tooth, and other items.


Havel's Greatshield transforms the user into a living, near-impregnable wall. It also has heavy deflection. However, the shield has a 50 strength requirement, and is very heavy. Only those with the highest Strength and Endurance will be able to wield this shield effectively.

Using the heavy attack on the shield will grant the user a temporary defensive buff similar to Iron Flesh (but with no movement penalty or added defenses other than deflection). Using this attack drains the shield by 300 durability, however, so it can only be cast once before needing repairs (the shield has a total of 500 durability). The effect lasts for 40 seconds.

While it does not have as much stability as the Greatshield of Artorias, it makes up for this with its spectacular elemental defenses (including the highest magic defense of any shield, tied with the Crystal Ring Shield). This makes it useful against strong enemies with mixed elemental attacks (such the Sanctuary Guardian), or against mages (e.g. Bloathead Sorcerer).

Resistance DefenseEdit

Along with Physical and Elemental damage reduction, weapons also have hidden stats that reduce the amount of status build-up while blocking.

Resistance Reduction
Aux Bleed 100%
Aux Poison 60%
Def res toxic 60%
Def res cur 60%


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Shield Bash.*
Strong Attack
Holds shield up and applies the stone buff to the player. Very high duration time.*
Weak Attack
Same as one-hand weak attack.
Strong Attack
Same as one-hand strong attack.
Jump Attack Slams shield into the ground.
Running Attack Holds shield up and runs forward, then slams it down at the end.*
Rolling Attack Flips shield upside down and brings it down against the ground.
Kick Push away with the shield.
Weak Attack
Strong Attack
Holds shield up and applies the stone buff to the player. Very high duration time.

*While shield is up the player is actively blocking


HD Dark Souls Havel's Greatshield Special Ability00:41

HD Dark Souls Havel's Greatshield Special Ability

Demonstrating the shield's special ability


Upgrading this shield will only improve its damage characteristics.

Requires: Twinkling Titanite and 2,000 souls per upgrade.
Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght Dmgrd stbil
Havel's Greatshield 84 D 100 90 80 80 84
Havel's Greatshield +1 (Twinkling Titanite ×1) 88 D 100 90 80 80 84
Havel's Greatshield +2 (Twinkling Titanite ×1) 92 D 100 90 80 80 84
Havel's Greatshield +3 (Twinkling Titanite ×2) 96 D 100 90 80 80 84
Havel's Greatshield +4 (Twinkling Titanite ×2) 100 D 100 90 80 80 84
Havel's Greatshield +5 (Twinkling Titanite ×4) 105 D 100 90 80 80 84


  • If attempting to use the special attack while under the effect of another buff, the durability will be consumed but nothing will happen.


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