Shields

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Shields are a type of defensive accessory. The Shields shown on this page slightly increase the player's Defense, grant immunity to Knockback, and/or synergize with the Brand of the InfernoDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and the Sergeant United ShieldDesktop and Mobile versions.

Types[edit | edit source]

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

In Pre-Hardmode, the Brand of the Inferno is not available, but Shields can still be useful for their buffs and defense boosts. Later in Hardmode, the Brand of the Inferno can be used to synergize with them, however.

The Cobalt ShieldCobalt Shield, found in Gold Chests in the Dungeon, provides immunity to knockback and 1 defense. This can be combined with the Obsidian Skull at a Tinkerer's Workshop to craft an Obsidian ShieldObsidian Shield, which provides 1 more defense (for a total of 2), keeps the knockback immunity, and also grants immunity to Burning.

In Expert Mode, the Shield of CthulhuShield of CthulhuDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions is dropped by the Eye of Cthulhu's Treasure Bag. It allows the player to dash, and dashing into enemies will deal 30 (Melee) damage to the enemy and give the player invincibility frames. It also grants the player 2 defense. However, it does not grant knockback immunity.

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

In Hardmode, many more options are available, and the Pre-Hardmode Shields can be used in the Ankh Shield.

The Ankh ShieldAnkh Shield is crafted by combining the Obsidian Shield with the Ankh Charm, and, along with the abilities from the Obsidian Shield, grants immunity to most debuffs and an additional 2 defense (for a total of 4). Like the Obsidian Shield, it synergizes with the Brand of the Inferno, obtained later on from the Old One's Army event.

Back at the Dungeon, the Paladin's ShieldPaladin's Shield dropped by Paladins grants knockback immunity, but also absorbs damage taken by nearby players on the same team in Multiplayer. This can be combined with Flesh Knuckles or a Frozen Turtle Shell at a Tinkerer's Workshop to craft the Hero ShieldHero ShieldDesktop and Mobile versions and Frozen ShieldFrozen ShieldDesktop and Mobile versions, respectively. Both the Paladin's Shield and the Frozen Shield grant 6 defense to the wearer, while the Hero Shield grants 10 in the Desktop version Desktop version and 7 in the Mobile version Mobile version. All three of these Shields can synergize with the Brand of the Inferno and the Sergeant United Shield.



While not an item in itself, the set bonus of the Solar Flare armorSolar Flare armorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions makes a shield-like visual effect and enables dashing as well as a Thorns-like effect. Dashing into enemies or getting hit will use up charges in the form of the spikes on the shield, which stack up to 3. This set bonus will not synergize with the Brand of the Inferno or the Sergeant United Shield

Summoner Shields[edit | edit source]

Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.

These Shields do not grant the usual boosts from Shields, but provide boosts to Summon weapons and are dropped by the Ogre during the Old One's Army event. The Huntress's BucklerHuntress's BucklerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and Squire's ShieldSquire's ShieldDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions allow the player to summon an additional sentry and increase minion damage. The Squire's Shield synergizes with the Brand of the Inferno and the Sergeant United Shield, but the Huntress's Buckler does not.

Shields Table[edit | edit source]

Shields Source Effects Equipped
Pre-Hardmode
Cobalt ShieldCobalt Shield Gold ChestGold Chests in the Dungeon Cobalt Shield (equipped).png
Obsidian ShieldObsidian Shield Cobalt Shield + Obsidian Skull ( @ Tinkerer's Workshop ) Obsidian Shield (equipped).png
Shield of CthulhuShield of CthulhuDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
  • Treasure Bag (Eye of Cthulhu)
  • Increases defense by 2
  • Grants a damaging dash attack
Shield of Cthulhu (equipped).png
Hardmode
Ankh ShieldAnkh Shield Obsidian Shield + Ankh Charm ( @ Tinkerer's Workshop ) Ankh Shield (equipped).png
Paladin's ShieldPaladin's Shield
  • Paladin
  • While health is above 25%, redirects 25% of the damage taken by nearby team members to the wearer
  • Grants immunity to knockback
Paladin's Shield (equipped).png
Hero ShieldHero ShieldDesktop and Mobile versions Paladin's Shield + Flesh Knuckles ( @ Tinkerer's Workshop )
  • Increases aggro by 400
  • While health is above 25%, redirects 25% of the damage taken by nearby team members to the wearer
  • Grants immunity to knockback
Hero Shield (equipped).png
Frozen ShieldFrozen ShieldDesktop and Mobile versions Paladin's Shield + Frozen Turtle Shell ( @ Tinkerer's Workshop )
  • While health is below 50%, reduces damage taken by 25%
  • While health is above 25%, redirects 25% of the damage taken by nearby team members to the wearer
  • Grants immunity to knockback
Frozen Shield (equipped).png
Huntress's BucklerHuntress's BucklerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
  • Ogre
  • Increases max number of sentries by 1
  • Increases minion damage by 10%
Huntress's Buckler (equipped).png
Squire's ShieldSquire's ShieldDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
  • Ogre
  • Increases max number of sentries by 1
  • Increases minion damage by 10%
Squire's Shield (equipped).png

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.4:
    • Added Huntress's Buckler and Squire's Shield.
    • Most Shields now synergize with the Brand of the Inferno.
  • Desktop 1.2.3: Sprites and graphics of the Cobalt, Obsidian, and Paladin's Shields updated.
  • Console 1.06: Sprites and graphics updated to match Desktop 1.2.3.
  • Switch 1.0.711.6: Introduced with Shields, sprites, and graphics up to Desktop 1.3.0.1.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced Cobalt, Obsidian, Ankh, and Paladin's Shields.