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Loch Shield

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Loch Shield is a Shield in Bloodborne; it was added with The Old Hunters DLC.

 

Loch Shield Description

"An artisanal shield crafted with blue glass.
Originally used to safeguard the leader presiding over a sacred Healing Church ceremony, and later supplied to tomb prospectors, in particular those exploring the labyrinth of Isz.
The blue is fashioned after a lake, and the shield greatly reduces all forms of non-physical damage. "

 

Loch Shield Information

  • This shield cannot be upgraded nor fortified with blood gems.
  • You hold L2 to block attacks with the shield and prevent some damage from being taken.
  • The Loch Shield is considered an upgrade when compared to the Wooden Shield in terms of overall damage prevented.

 

Location

  • Research Hall: The Loch Shield can be seen right when entering on a platform together with one of the crawling experiments. It's obtained after activating the lever to raise the stairs, then dropping and following the path down.

 

Shield Tactics

  • The Loch Shield functions in a similar manner to the Wooden Shield.
    • However, because the Loch Shield prevents high amounts of non-physical damage, it can actually be incredibly useful when dealing with some powerful abiliites/attacks.
    • This means being able to potentially survive non-physical attacks that would normally deal high amounts of damage, such as A Call Beyond.
    • Likewise, it shouldn't be completely relied on for this reason, but it certainly can help in the event you feel that you won't successfully dodge the attack.
    • It also greatly reduces damage from gunfire, allowing you to more safely close the distance on opponents who use firearms with non-explosive projectiles.
    • In short, this shield is very good at preventing incidental long-ranged (and non-physical) damage.
    • Keep in mind that the Loch Shield can also be potentially useful against melee combatants who deal non-physical damage, such as PVPers who focused on arcane builds for instance.
  • This shield also shares many of the same weaknesses that the Wooden Shield had as well.
    • It doesn't prevent harmful status afflictions even while blocking (e.g. Frenzy).
    • The Loch Shield isn't useful for physical damage prevention, and is even weaker than the Wooden Shield in this regard.
  • Varying amounts of damage is reduced when blocking with the shield; testing done by gamefaqs user TMK showed the following results:

  No Shield Wooden Shield Loch Shield
physical_DEF.jpgPhys 259 129 (50%) 181 (30%)
arcane_DEF.jpgArcane 270 162 (40%) 81 (70%)
fire_DEF.jpgFire 491 393 (20%) 147 (70%)
bolt_DEF.jpgBolt 488 341 (30%) 146 (70%)
Blood 250 200 (20%) 75 (70%)

 

Trivia

  • Loch is the Irish and Scottish gaelic word for "lake". This reinforces the game's overall concept that bodies of water serve as a bulwark against various elements.
  • This shield, compared to the Wooden Shield, is actually competent and can be useful for some battles.
    • However, it can still be argued that you can effectively prevent all damage in Bloodborne by simply dodging the attacks and using Rally to survive battles of attrition.
    • Still, if you're looking to use a shield, either for protection or for thematic reasons, the Loch Shield is a better alternative overall than the Wooden Shield.

 




    • Anonymous

      21 Nov 2017 00:06  

      in certain situations if you roll or quickstep you may lose momentum so its better to just shield yourself in order to do more damage

      • Anonymous

        Gear09 Oct 2016 11:03  

        This might be useful as a crutch for someone who wants to wear a specific set of gear exclusively but might need the extra non physical defense. (Specific enemy, boss, etc). As someone whos building a character that focuses on skill and bloodtinge the idea of a Loch/ Reiterpallasch weapon set seems entertaining. A auxiliary tank of sorts since you could focus on ranged targets with little draw back from their counter. Im unaware of the Reiterpallaschs prowess however as I've only gotten so far.

        • Changes05 Jul 2016 14:39  

          Did some cleanup on the page, nothing special.<br /><br/><br /><br/>Ultimately I'm not a huge fan of this shield since I'm of the mindset that all attacks in Bloodborne can be dodged/prevented, but I also have to admit this shield will finally make my dreams of a paladin class come true. Anyways, this shield can actually be useful to a degree, so I suppose each to their own cuts.<br /><br/><br /><br/>Oh, I also removed that part about this shield being a sled in the Hunter's Dream. Unless we see some concrete proof from a youtube video, I very much doubt this was true.

          • Anonymous

            anti magic only?05 Jul 2016 14:39  

            so wait, it's a sidearm that only *****s with a small part of the community that is rather weak to begin with? what was the point in that?

            • Changes 3.005 Jul 2016 14:39  

              Did even more cleanup on this page after re-tackling the Wooden Shield.<br /><br/><br /><br/>Most importantly, I got rid of those charts regarding attack movesets and whatnot, which weren't useful at all for a piece of equipment that you can't even attack with.

              • Anonymous

                This shield is actually useful for 'cursed' chalice dungeon05 Jul 2016 14:39  

                Survived several one instra hit dead. <br/> <br/>Its have some use after all....

                • Anonymous

                  vs parasite of Kos05 Jul 2016 14:39  

                  What happens when this is hit by someone using the parasite of Kos' tentacles? Does it block most of the damage?

                  • Changes 2.005 Jul 2016 14:39  

                    I figure that I've been a bit too harsh on shield users, so I made this page a bit more &quot;friendly&quot; for people who want to play Dark Souls on a Bloodborne game. I have to admit though, it's thanks to this shield that I can finally make a true and thematic &quot;paladin&quot; character.

                    • Anonymous

                      Shield VS Kos Parasite05 Jul 2016 14:39  

                      Were you wondering why the developers of Bloodborne made such an incredibly OP tentacle-monster-weapon with seemingly now drawbacks? Well I was too, until I decided to use this in PVP against a Kos Parisite using player! Literally NO damage whatsoever was taken when I had the shield raised agasint his attacks! This thing also kicked butt when defending against Lady Maria's OP Royku or whatever in PVP as well - though you still take some damage - the OP little blades just bounce right off! Plus, it's just good practice in general not to be dependent on a firearm, and lean more heavily on evasion and your skills with the weapon itself.

                      • Anonymous

                        Effectiveness vs other damage types?05 Jul 2016 14:39  

                        Hmm... "all forms of non-physical damage" eh? Then could it be good versus poison, rapid poison, blood and frenzy attacks too? I'm curious if anyone's tested this.

                        • Anonymous

                          Give it up on the shield hate05 Jul 2016 14:39  

                          Whoever keeps needing to get their 2 cents in about shields not belonging in Bloodborne needs to give it up. It's not a hack or a mod, it's the devs giving players a tool. Looking at you note under trivia, and a certain someone in other comments who seems to need validation to an extent no wiki can give him.

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