Wooden Shield is a Shield in Bloodborne; it's the only non-DLC Shield in the game.
" A crude wooden shield used by the masses who have arisen to join the hunt.
Hunters do not normally employ shields, ineffectual against the strength of the beasts as they tend to be.
Shields are nice, but not if they engender passivity."
- The Wooden Shield cannot be upgraded nor fortified with blood gems.
- You can block attacks and reduce some damage by holding L2.
- It's found up the big stairs right after the Cathedral Ward Lantern.
- You can also pick it up as a rare drop from early enemies in the game with wooden shields.
- The Wooden Shield isn't an effective means of dealing with melee combat, especially against elemental damage.
- Although it can prevent damage, you can simply dodge the attacks and position yourself in an advantageous spot to counter-strike.
- Furthermore, you can Rally to make up some of the damage you might've taken from an attack.
- Finally, you lose stamina everytime you're attacked while blocking, which can lead you into a tricky spot if the enemy is aggressively attacking you while blocking.
- The main strength of the Wooden Shield is that it can minimize damage/stagger you might take from long ranged attacks.
- This is especially noticeable with non-explosive gunfire like pistols and shotshells.
- Furthermore, some gargantuan bosses can attack from a long distance yet inflict physical damage.
- The Wooden Shield might save you from these attacks if you fail to dodge them but block in time.
- It shouldn't be relied on for this reason, but if you feel that you won't make it in time, you can hold L2 as a panic button to try and reduce the damage taken.
- The Wooden Shield decreases natural stamina regeneration while blocking.
- It's recommended to carefully time your L2 blocks; this way you don't run out of stamina quickly.
- Keep in mind that after blocking attacks, you are free to recover some of your health via the rally mechanic; use this to your advantage.
- Overall, watch your stamina carefully and retreat if your stamina runs too low. It's not worth overextending a fight and becoming exhausted.
- Ultimately, the Wooden Shield is mainly used to prevent chip damage from opponents rather than prevent high damaging abilities.
- For this reason, the Wooden Shield can be thought of as a inferior choice when compared to other left-handed choices in terms of utility and damage.
- However, for those looking for a challenge, the Wooden Shield can be an interesting choice as well.
- The Loch Shield is considered an upgrade when compared to the Wooden Shield in terms of overall damage prevention.
- Scroll down below to see the differences in damage prevention.
- Keep in mind you will need the DLC in order to obtain this particular shield.
- You're vulnerable to frenzy even while blocking, and it will not decrease the rate of frenzy while under its effect.
- Blocking poison attacks will not prevent the poison status from building up either.
- In short, this shield (as well as all shields) isn't useful for preventing harmful status afflictions.
- Wooden Shield Damage Prevention:
- Physical: 50%
- Blood: 20%
- Arcane: 40%
- Bolt: 30%
- Fire: 20%
- Loch Shield Damage Prevention:
- Physical: 30%
- All Other Damage: 70%
- For those who are thinking about using this shield, keep in mind the warning issued in this sidearm's description, "Shields are nice, but not if they engender passivity."
- Miyazaki has been known to say that the Wooden Shield becomes more important as you continue to play through the game.
- That has been left to interpretation however, since many believe that the Wooden Shield was purposely designed to be awful, and thus be a reminder to players as they advance the game that you shouldn't cower behind a shield.
- The Wooden Shield looks make-shift rather than an actual designed shield.
- It's used by a Yahar'Gul Hunter in the Cathedral Ward, specifically speaking the one who wields a Tonitrus.
- The Wooden Shield and Torch Hunter mob carries this same sheild.