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The Target Shield is a small shield in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

Small round metal shield. Four protrusions used to parry attacks.
Small shields are always less stable, but landing critical hits after parry is easier. This shield is specialized for parrying.

Availability[]

The Target Shield is the starting shield for the Thief class. It can also be found on a body inside a small room in Lower Undead Burg just before the Capra Demon and as an uncommon drop from the Hollow Thieves.

Characteristics[]

The Target Shield is weak defensively but has a special parry animation that increases the parry window, making it highly effective against parriable enemies. It has more stability than the Buckler but also weighs slightly more.

It is one of only four shields that has a Dexterity requirement, the other three being the Pierce Shield, the Spiked Shield and the Buckler. This shield has a light deflection and when upgraded to crystal its durability is 15.

Resistance Defense[]

Along with Physical and Elemental damage reduction, weapons also have hidden stats that reduce the amount of status build-up while blocking.

Resistance Reduction
Bleed 90%
Poison 76%
Toxic 76%
Curse 50%

Moveset[]

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
Diagonal swing to the left.
One-handed
Strong Attack
Strong horizontal swings alternating from left to right. Some starting lag.
Two-handed
Weak Attack
Shield Bash.*
Two-handed
Strong Attack
Holds shield up and runs forward, then slams it down at the end. Additional inputs yield a horizontal swing.*
Jump Attack Slams shield into the ground.
Running Attack Holds shield up and runs forward, then swings open at the end.*
Rolling Attack Downward swing.
Kick Push away with the shield.
Left-handed
Weak Attack
Block.
Left-handed
Strong Attack
Parry.

*While shield is up the player is actively blocking

Upgrades[]

Requires: Standard Target Shield, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Standard Standard Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Target Shield 56 D 78 30 65 50 45
Target Shield +1 (Titanite Shard ×1) 58 D 78 30 65 50 45
Target Shield +2 (Titanite Shard ×1) 61 D 78 30 65 50 46
Target Shield +3 (Titanite Shard ×2) 64 D 78 30 65 50 47
Target Shield +4 (Titanite Shard ×2) 67 D 78 30 65 50 48
Target Shield +5 (Titanite Shard ×3) 70 D 78 30 65 50 49
Target Shield +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 73 D 78 30 65 50 50
Target Shield +7 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 76 D 78 30 65 50 51
Target Shield +8 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 80 D 78 30 65 50 52
Target Shield +9 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 83 D 78 30 65 50 53
Target Shield +10 (L. Titanite Shard ×3) 86 D 78 30 65 50 54
Target Shield +11 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 90 D 78 30 65 50 54
Target Shield +12 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 94 D 78 30 65 50 54
Target Shield +13 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 98 D 78 30 65 50 55
Target Shield +14 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 102 D 78 30 65 50 55
Target Shield +15 (Titanite Slab ×1) 112 D 78 30 65 50 56

Requires: Standard Target Shield +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Crystal Crystal Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Crystal Target Shield
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
86 D 78 30 65 50 56
Crystal Target Shield +1
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
90 D 78 30 65 50 56
Crystal Target Shield +2
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
94 D 78 30 65 50 57
Crystal Target Shield +3
(Titanite Chunk ×2)
98 D 78 30 65 50 57
Crystal Target Shield +4
(Titanite Chunk ×3)
102 D 78 30 65 50 58
Crystal Target Shield +5
(Titanite Slab ×1)
112 D 78 30 65 50 58

Requires: Standard Target Shield +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Magic Magic Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Magic Target Shield
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
52 57 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
55 60 E D 78 30.6 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
57 63 E D 78 31.2 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
60 65 E D 78 31.8 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
62 68 E D 78 32.4 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
65 71 E D 78 33 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +6
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
68 74 E D 78 33.6 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +7
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
70 77 E D 78 34.2 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +8
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×2)
73 80 E D 78 34.8 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +9
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×3)
76 84 E D 78 35.4 65 50 45
Magic Target Shield +10
(Blue Titanite Slab ×1)
84 92 E D 78 36 65 50 45

Requires: Standard Target Shield +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Divine Divine Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Divine Target Shield
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
47 57 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
49 60 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
52 63 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
54 65 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
56 68 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
58 71 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +6
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
61 74 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +7
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
64 77 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +8
(White Titanite Chunk ×2)
66 80 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +9
(White Titanite Chunk ×3)
69 84 E D 78 30 65 50 45
Divine Target Shield +10
(White Titanite Slab ×1)
76 92 E D 78 30 65 50 45

Requires: Standard Target Shield +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Fire Fire Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Fire Target Shield
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
56 56 78 30 65 50 45
Fire Target Shield +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
58 58 78 30 66.3 50 45
Fire Target Shield +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
60 60 78 30 67.6 50 45
Fire Target Shield +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
62 62 78 30 68.9 50 45
Fire Target Shield +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
64 64 78 30 70.2 50 45
Fire Target Shield +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
67 67 78 30 71.5 50 45
Fire Target Shield +6
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
71 71 78 30 72.8 50 45
Fire Target Shield +7
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
75 75 78 30 74.1 50 45
Fire Target Shield +8
(Red Titanite Chunk ×2)
78 78 78 30 75.4 50 45
Fire Target Shield +9
(Red Titanite Chunk ×3)
82 82 78 30 76.7 50 45
Fire Target Shield +10
(Red Titanite Slab ×1)
86 86 78 30 78 50 45
The stats for the above upgrade path may be out of date. Efforts are currently underway to fix this issue. Thank you for your understanding.

Requires: Standard Target Shield +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Lightning Lightning Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Lightning Target Shield
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
67 67 78 30 65 56 45
Lightning Target Shield +1
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
71 71 78 30 65 57 45
Lightning Target Shield +2
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
76 76 78 30 65 57.5 45
Lightning Target Shield +3
(Titanite Chunk ×2)
80 80 78 30 65 58 45
Lightning Target Shield +4
(Titanite Chunk ×3)
85 85 78 30 65 59 45
Lightning Target Shield +5
(Titanite Slab ×1)
89 89 78 30 65 60 45

Trivia[]

  • The Target Shield is most likely modeled after the dhal, which was commonly used in India and Persia. Most of these shields had four bosses (or protusions) on the exterior.

Gallery[]

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