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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.