For the Dark Souls II variant, see King's Shield.

The Shield of Want is a medium shield in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

Shield of an ancient king who was cursed by an all-consuming thirst. In the end, he was no king.
The residue of the king's lust still smolders within this shield, increasing the number of souls absorbed when enemies are defeated.
Skill: Weapon Skill
Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon.


Found in the Smouldering Lake, guarded by the Carthus Sand Worm.


Returning from Dark Souls II, the Shield of Want is an all around well-balanced shield. It provides respectable elemental absorption in all categories save for Lightning, along with very good stability for a medium shield. As a cost, the shield requires an unusually high amount of Strength to carry, and is among the heavier of the medium shields. It allows the wielder to perform the weapon art of the right-hand weapon, which can be used to create various deadly combinations while protecting the player from damage as needed.

The Shield of Want's most notable feature is that it boosts the soul gain of the wielder, granting 20% more souls when defeating any enemy, including bosses and other players. It fully stacks with other soul-boosting accessories, such as the Symbol of Avarice and Covetous Silver Serpent Ring.


Upgrade Level Attack Values Aux. Effects Bonuses Damage Reduction
DSIIIWPhysical DSIIIWMagic DSIIIWFire DSIIIWLighting DSIIIWDarkness DSIIIWBleeding DSIIIWPoison DSIIIWFrost DSIIIWStrength DSIIIWAgility DSIIIWInteligence DSIIIWFaithDSIIIWPhysiaclDef DSIIIWMagicalDef DSIIIWFireDef DSIIIWLightingDef DSIIIWDarknessDefDSIIIWStability
Shield of Want 104 D 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 58
Shield of Want +1 (Titanite Scale ×1 & 740 souls) 121 D 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 59
Shield of Want +2 (Titanite Scale ×2 & 1184 souls) 138 D 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 59
Shield of Want +3 (Titanite Scale ×4 & 1628 souls) 155 D 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 60
Shield of Want +4 (Titanite Scale ×8 & 2072 souls) 172 D 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 61
Shield of Want +5 (Titanite Slab ×1 & 2960 souls) 190 D 100.0 61.0 63.0 43.0 61.0 62

The data displayed above are current as of Patch App 1.15 Regulation 1.35.


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