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For the Dark Souls variant, see Small Leather Shield.
For the Dark Souls II variant, see Small Leather Shield (Dark Souls II).

The Small Leather Shield is a Small Shield in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

A small, leather-covered round shield.
It features a large central protrusion designed for parrying attacks.
Skill: Parry
Repel an attack at the right time to follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand.



With a low stat requirement and very light weight, the Small Leather Shield can be easily equipped by most any build in the game for almost no consequence. As it is a Small Shield, it provides pitiful defense when used to block attacks, even after upgrades.

However, it is one of three shields in the game (along with the Buckler and the Target Shield) classified as a Parrying Shield, with active parry frames that begin sooner than those of other Small Shields. This makes it an ideal tool for parrying enemy attacks on reaction, rather than on prediction.


Reinforced with regular Titanite.


  • The parry type is Special (Long).
  • In Dark Souls 1, this shield originally used the parry type: Fast
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