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The Ancient Dragon Greatshield is a greatshield in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

A wooden shield bearing the image of an ancient dragon. Very slowly regenerates HP.
The painting is the result of an exquisite but painstaking technique.
Lingering, undying traces of the ancient dragons can still be seen in their descendants, the man-serpents, though they have fallen far from grace.
Skill: Weapon Skill
Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the skill of the right-hand weapon.


Found in Archdragon Peak, behind the first Giant Man Serpent standing on top of a big archway, just before the entrance to the Ancient Wyvern's boss battle.


The Ancient Dragon Greatshield has the lowest defenses of any greatshield, as well as the lowest Stability, making it ineffective for blocking. However, it is also the lightest greatshield available.

This shield's main redeeming factor is the 2 HP per second regeneration effect it possesses. Even when not reinforced, the HP regeneration is equally powerful to that of a fully reinforced weapon or shield with the Blessed infusion. This is good for players trying to stack HP regenerating items.


Upgrade Level Attack Values Aux. Effects Bonuses Damage Reduction
Physical Magic Fire Lightning Dark Bleed Poison DSIIIWFrost Strength Dexterity Intelligence FaithPhysical absorption Magic absorption Fire absorption Lightning absorption Dark absorptionDSIIIWStability
Ancient Dragon Greatshield 87 D 77.0 45.0 43.0 46.0 45.0 54
Ancient Dragon Greatshield +1 (Twinkling Titanite ×1 & 680 souls) 97 D 77.0 45.0 43.0 46.0 45.0 55
Ancient Dragon Greatshield +2 (Twinkling Titanite ×2 & 952 souls) 104 D 77.0 45.0 43.0 46.0 45.0 57
Ancient Dragon Greatshield +3 (Twinkling Titanite ×4 & 1224 souls) 121 D 77.0 45.0 43.0 46.0 45.0 58
Ancient Dragon Greatshield +4 (Twinkling Titanite ×8 & 1496 souls) 136 D 77.0 45.0 43.0 46.0 45.0 60
Ancient Dragon Greatshield +5 (Titanite Slab ×1 & 2040 souls) 152 D 77.0 45.0 43.0 46.0 45.0 62

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


  • This shield is functionally and visually similar to the Adjudicator's Shield from Demon's Souls.
  • The shield appears to be a pavise; a pavise is a large shield that was used by European crossbowmen during the late 14th to early 16th centuries.[1]
    • However, the Ancient Dragon Greatshield notably lacks the spike used to make the shield stand on its own while the user is reloading their crossbow.


  1. [1] Pavise

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