If you are new to Elden Ring, you might be tempted to use a shield. Yes, they don’t allow you to get the two-handed damage out of your weapon, but it does give you another way to defend yourself against enemy attacks. One mechanic you have probably noticed is the fact that you can actually upgrade your shields.
If you do use a shield, it is totally worth upgrading as much as possible. Depending on the shield, it might give you some serious bonuses and it will help increase your poise. There are many reasons to upgrade your shield, especially if you have a shield with a special skill built into it.
There are a ton of shields in the game, and they range from light, medium, or heavy classes. You can also get shields that give you attack bonuses when you use them. It just depends on your build and the weight of the armor you are using that will determine which one you want to use.
Why should you upgrade shields in Elden Ring?
There are a lot of good reasons to upgrade your shield, and we will go over the most important ones in this list. It does take a lot of materials to do, especially if you use regular Smithing Stones, but it is totally worth it if you use the shield a lot. If you do use a shield, remember that your weapon will do less damage because you aren’t two-handing it.
Here are 5 reasons you should upgrade shields in Elden Ring:
1. It gives you more defense
Defense is by far the most important stat you need to watch in the game. If you have low defense, every hit you take, you will have less poise and you will take a ton of extra damage. Let’s say If you are naked and you die in 2 hits, if you have a fully upgraded shield, you will most likely die in about 4-5 hits depending on the enemy you are fighting.
There is even a shield in the game that is literally a gravestone. It is by far the most overpowered shield in the game and is worth every upgrade on it. The more you upgrade a shield, the more defense the shield will get. This will help a lot, especially if you are close to beating the game. The endgame bosses aren’t easy by any means so you will need all the defense you can get.
2. It helps with shield skills
Shield skills are actually pretty good if you can find the right shields. Yes, you can place Ash of War on specific shields, but if you find something like the Jellyfish Shield, it will actually give you some good boosts. The Jellyfish Shield will give you an attack boost if you use it and keep the shield in your left hand. There are also a ton of shields that will shoot projectiles as well.
Every shield you get, you should look at it and see what it does. There are also shields that give you more defense against elements. All the information is there in the game so if you didn’t know that a specific shield that you had did something amazing, you aren’t reading and experimenting enough. Make sure you know what all the gear you get does so you know for future builds.
3. It will take less stamina to block
Stamina is by far the most important thing you need to watch out for when you are in a fight. If you aren’t careful, you will run out and it won’t allow you to dodge. You will then need to tank the hit and it could be deadly if you can’t recover fast enough. The plus to upgrading a shield is that it will actually use less stamina when you block with it.
Obviously, the heavier the shield, the less stamina it will take from every block. This gives you time to counterattack, and if you are using a thrusting weapon, you don’t even need to stop blocking at that point. If you build your character correctly and upgrade all your equipment, including your shield, you will be an unstoppable force.
4. It helps with increasing poise
Poise is the number of hits you can take before you can’t do anything about an oncoming attack. Basically, when you are able to riposte an enemy or a boss, this is the state you will be in. It goes along with defense in the fact that your Poise matters with all the equipment you have equipped. The heavier the shield, the more Poise you will have.
The more you upgrade it, the more Poise it will give you. Shields are by far the most useful thing if you are really struggling with taking a lot of hits from enemies. It is very useful if you have a heavy build because you can’t really back away fast enough. Just make sure your build is optimized perfectly to how you want it to be.
5. It is good for PVP
PVP is by far the hardest thing you can do in the game because you never know who you are going to face. You could go up against a bunch of Magic users, or you could go up against a single sword user. It is hit or miss on who you will be fighting, but one thing is for sure, you will definitely need a shield if you are newer to it.
Yes, there are weapons that can go through shields, but it is extremely important, especially if you go up against elemental weapons like Bleed. An upgraded shield is necessary to block all the hard-hitting attacks. Remember that you only get a certain number of Flasks and once you run out, you will be in big trouble.
Having an upgraded shield will help you use fewer Flasks so make sure if you are going to be playing PVP, take a good shield with you. You could also take a Parry shield with you and Parry them into oblivion. If you know how to Parry, then you won’t have too much trouble with them.