Loch Shield

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Damage
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- - - - -
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- - 100 100 160
Requirements & Scaling
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11 8 - - n/a

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

" 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 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.

 

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    • Anonymous

      14 Feb 2021 18:36  

      For those of you who like shields, and use kirk or ludwigs, you can throw out the wooden shield after obtaining this. Kirk and lug's can block with their backstep attacks, has phys damage reduction just like wood. Then this one can be used for everything non physhical. All bases covered!

      • Anonymous

        16 Nov 2020 21:29  

        So, uh... it looks cool? It blocks magic, so it isn’t completely useless?
        Good in NG+ against the jackoff bosses that use magic (lookin at you, Mico). Otherwise, just dodge. If this ends up in the right hands, you can really make it something special. Although, all it can be is for special occasions. 6/10.

        • Anonymous

          20 Feb 2019 05:18  

          this kinda needs to be nerfed as this sled can being glitch to be a sled outside the hoonter's dream smh from soft you forgot a good mechanic again

          • Anonymous

            01 Feb 2019 21:14  

            I was running through Bergynwerth(or however you spell it) and the hunter bell companion has it, is it obtainable in base game too? Or do I have the DLC and didn't know about it?

            • Anonymous

              21 Jan 2019 22:20  

              Thank you for the sled information. I had previously used this shield as a wheel, but found it very slow. Got my lap time down to 00:12" so far.

              • Anonymous

                07 Jun 2018 04:51  

                given the 70% damage reduction against everything except physical, has anyone tried using this for Laurence's boss fight?

                • Anonymous

                  17 Apr 2018 09:01  

                  With 25 VIT you can survive any attack from the defiled watchdog with this. Tanking obviously isn't option A, but it'll keep you from dying in one hit and let you heal up.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Mar 2018 22:28  

                    Trying to utilize this for Loran Darkbeast Paarl fight since he spams that bolt AoE attack like it's his only option. Better than any alternative since if you're too close there's no way to escape

                    • 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.

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