Wooden Shield

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Wooden Shield is a Shield in Bloodborne; it's the only non-DLC Shield in the game.


Wooden Shield Description

"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."


Wooden Shield Information

  • The Wooden Shield cannot be upgraded, nor fortified with blood gems.
  • You can block attacks and reduce some damage by holding L2.
    • However, keep in mind that you cannot parry with a shield in this game.



  • 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.


Shield Tactics

  • 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.
    • However it can deflect/ bounce some smaller weapon strikes, such as: the Threaded Cane in whip mode, Blades of Mercy, Beast Claws, and allow for a follow up parry with the Reiterpallasch and possibly Augur of Ebrietas- needs testing.
  • 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 shotgun pellets.
    • Furthermore, some gigantic bosses can attack from afar yet still 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 down 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 too quickly.
    • Keep in mind that after blocking attacks, you are able 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 and becoming exhausted.
  • Ultimately, the Wooden Shield is mainly used to prevent chip damage from opponents rather than nullify high-damage attacks.
    • 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 reduction.
    • Scroll down to see the differences in damage prevention.
    • Keep in mind you will need The Old Hunters 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 buildup while under its effect.
    • Blocking poison attacks will not prevent the poison status from building up either.
    • In short, this shield and other shields aren't useful for preventing status effects.





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Wooden Shield vs Loch Shield

  • 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 item'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.
    • This statement is open to interpretation, however, since many believe that the Wooden Shield was purposely designed to be awful, as a reminder to players that to advance in the game they must play aggressively, instead of hiding behind a shield, as was possible in past Souls games.
  • The Wooden Shield appears to be makeshift, rather than an actual, purpose-built shield.
  • It's used by a Yahar'Gul Hunter in the Cathedral Ward, specifically the one who wields the Tonitrus.



Cannon  ♦  Church Cannon  ♦  Evelyn  ♦  Flamesprayer  ♦  Gatling Gun  ♦  Hunter's Torch  ♦  Hunter Blunderbuss  ♦  Hunter Pistol  ♦  Loch Shield  ♦  Ludwig's Rifle  ♦  Piercing Rifle  ♦  Repeating Pistol  ♦  Rosmarinus  ♦  Torch


    • Anonymous

      09 Feb 2019 05:39  

      I consider this shield a blessing against enemies with very fast counter attacks, or if do not want to dodge for some reason... (maybe like when to close to a ledge, or other environmental hazards, or trying to block access to a doorway in multiplayer).

      • Anonymous

        02 Feb 2019 19:43  

        Would've been interesting to have a heater shield with a bit more damage reduction on all fronts and stability, but with a decent strongth requirement. I guess that might ruin the while point of shields in this game however so :/.

        • Anonymous

          27 Dec 2018 06:09  

          So I take half physical damage while blocking? Might be handy, especially if I don't need a gun in my magic hand.

          • Anonymous

            12 Mar 2018 10:12  

            “You can also pick it up as a rare drop from early enemies in the game with wooden shields.”

            How rare is it exactly? I’ve never seen it being dropped and so far this is the only page that mentions this.

            • Anonymous

              08 Oct 2017 19:20  

              Maybe it would be more effective against the strength of the beasts if they hadn't built it like an asshole.

              • Anonymous

                This shield is actually really good in pvp05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                I've been playing around with the shield and it actually is very nice in pvp at times. The best use so far I've seen is when fighting someone who is a dex building using weaker but faster weapon. Like if you are being combo'd by a blade of mercy user just bust out this shield and it will stop the combo. Also most hits from a faster weapon will do no damage to you can cost not a lot of stamina. Another nice thing to use it for is people who spam there gun. The shield is one of the best defense against people who do this. Sure it might not be as good as the ones in Dark Souls but it still has it use and at times can be very useful.

                • Anonymous

                  Stamina Regen Decrease05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                  Holding the shield with L2 decreases your stamina regen rate pretty significantly. Yet another reason to avoid the shield.

                  • Anonymous

                    something wrong05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                    I think something is wrong with the information. I've been using it for awhile each time I fight a boss. And it's pretty good. Just by equipping it, you can halve the received damage. I use this while fighting Rom and every boss ever, it's pretty effective

                    • Anonymous

                      anti-blunderbuss shield05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                      the douchebag with a speargun (next to the one with a tontrious) to the right of the grand cathedral can be easily nullifed with the shield

                      • Anonymous

                        ugly shield05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                        why did they have to make this shield's design so ugly? couldn't they have made a hunter leather shield made out of wood and beast hide? its just a plank with a handle.

                        • Anonymous

                          Joke sidearm05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                          I think Fromsoft put this in the game as a joke because so many Souls players relied on shields. First time I found it I thought it was pretty funny.

                          • Anonymous

                            Anti-Rom05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                            Yeah, pretty much halves the damage received from Rom's death from above spell, and stops you from getting staggered. As long as you're facing towards his aerial attacks when he fires them, it's great.

                            • Anonymous

                              New Meta05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                              I use the shield not only to block bullets, but if I get the chance I'll switch it for a stake drive or a cannon for a surprise mid fight, it's hilarious and effective

                              • Updates05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                                Made some changes and cleaned up the page a bit. The title claimed that it was the only shield in Bloodborne which technicaly isn't true anymore with the DLC; granted that you own the DLC to begin with.

                                • Changes 4.005 Jul 2016 14:54  

                                  4th time changing this up, but I looked through some older pages I worked on in the past. One thing I wanted to do was flesh out more properly how and why you'd use this thing in the first place, and to be honest, it's pretty much a joke. But....rather than just straight up say this, it's better to explain better all the nuances of how this thing can be used and so forth.Ultimately, for my paladin "no guns" character I finally finished, this piece of garbage wasn't very useful, but it certainly does add more challenge until you finally get that Loch Shield.

                                  • Changes 3.005 Jul 2016 14:54  

                                    Ok, so I found out that the shield doesn't do a thing against frenzy. I tested this out on a winter lantern. Then the winter lantern acted unamused and grabbed me and did horrible, horrible things to my hunter. I had a nightmare that evening when I went to sleep regarding it. All in the name of information gathering I guess.....enjoy folks![Also did some a bit more cleanup to make the page a bit more organized]

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Actually useful to a degree....05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                                      For the Bloody Crow, the Wooden Shield nearly negates all the damage from his gun shots. I don't know what made to test it, but when I did he turned into one of the easiest fights in the game.... for a npc hunter that is.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Defence against being jumped on?05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                                        I used this against Amygdala due to my Bloodtinge being terribly low and a few instances of being one-shotted from its jump. That was due to my low Vit, but I know there's one of these in a Chalice Dungeon later, which will do much more damage. I wasn't able to figure out if the shield helped against the jump, though it was useful when it went crazy in third form. But if anyone can figure out if it helps against jumping attacks in particular let me know! Hate one-shot moves, horrible memories of the Ancient Dragon...

                                        • Changes 2.005 Jul 2016 14:54  

                                          I couldn't figure out how to create a table, but I managed to insert the numbers regarding damage prevention when comparing the Wooden Shield to the Loch Shield. I borrowed the numbers from the table on the Loch Shield page that did a side-by-side comparison between the two shields, so I'm not 100% certain that they're correct, but I don't have any reason to doubt they are wrong unless someone can show evidence.

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