Shields are a type of equipment in Dark Souls II. They are a defensive weapon. Shields; like their Dark Souls counterparts have much more damage reduction and Stability than other weapons of their weight. Small and Medium Shields have another unique ability of having a block and parry with only one hand.
Although Disc Chime functions as a shield, it's not listed here because in the game it's only classified as a chime, plus none of its blocking characteristics increase with reinforcement.