Loch Shield

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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.



  • 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%)



  • 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

      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.

                    • Changes05 Jul 2016 14:39  

                      Did some cleanup on the page, nothing special.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.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.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. 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 "friendly" 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 "paladin" character.

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