Skill shieldbearer
Return with your shield - or under it? For the defense-minded adventurer.
Level Icon Bonuses Effect
Skill shieldbearer
Squire of the ShieldPractice carrying so many other people's shields has made you rather good at handling your own.
Stat block+8
Shieldbearer1 64
Duck And Cover!Fight smarter, not better! Can increase your defense for a while after you are hit.
Stat block+2 20% chance of enabling the Duck And Cover! buff when hit.
Shieldbearer2 64
Defensive BashSometimes the best defense is to hit the other guy really hard on the head with your shield. Deal a large, cruching impact to an enemy, perhaps stunning them. Damage scales to your Stubborness.
Stat block+1 Ability: Defensive Bash
Shieldbearer3 64
Tortoise ManeuverThe Tortoise Maneuver is not particularly feared by anyone because it mostly involves just holding your shield over your head and cowering, but it might help you survive a little longer. Using this skill enhances your defense until you get hit enough that you lose focus.
Stat block+1 Ability: Tortoise Maneuver buff
Shieldbearer4 64
Shield SavantIt's like the shield is a part of you. If a part of you didn't get hurt when it got hit by things, and it was really tough, and you held it between you and bad guys. So it's really more like you're really good with shields. Grants a chance to execute the Defensive Bash in combat.
Stat stubborness+1
Dmg piercing resist+2
Stat block+8 Stat armourabsorption+1


  • You can wear a shield together with a staff, something unusual for the genre. This makes the skill very useful for mages who generally have lower armor values. Duck And Cover adds +2 absorb, which is useful on early levels. It sacrifices Melee attack strength for it, not exactly a primary stat for mages.
  • Confirmed you don't need a shield to gain Passive bonuses OR to have duck and cover trigger. Possible that this will change in the future but for right now.
  • You can also use shields in both hands and use Unarmed Combat fully.