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While the shield does have the lowest durability of anything found in the game, it is a medium-weight shield that has stats comparable to that of the Rebel's Greatshield, while weighing far less, and even besting some of its elemental defenses (lightning and dark).
This ultimately makes it a "jack-of-all-trades" shield, as it is very effective at countering many situations, but there will always be something that will get a single thing done better.
While this shield has excellent all-around defences, it is quite heavy, and has the lowest durability and one of the lowest physical defence of all shields in Dark Souls II, making it a very bad choice for PvE.
This shield is far more useful in short PvP engagement, being able to protect against any spells or Bleed and Poison build up effectively. Caution should be used though, as a Corrosive Urn will break it in one hit, even when using the Bracing Knuckle Ring+2, and it will become useless.
Like the Rebel's Greatshield's saving grace, infusing this with any elemental type (fire, lightning, magic, or dark) once the shield is at maximum reinforcement (+10) will grant the shield a 100% reduction to the element chosen.
- It upgrades with regular Titanite.
- The durability issue can be mitigated to a degree through the use of a Bracing Knuckle Ring, having a large stock of repair powder, or the Repair sorcery.