Shining Bulwark

Deflection Accuracy Type
+ 8  - 8 Large Shield
Shield Engagement: +1 Enemies Engaged
Exceptional: +4 Shield Deflection
Defensive Beacon: Grants Defensive Beacon

Shining Bulwark is a Shield in Pillars of Eternity 2.


The Shining Bulwark originated as the common shield of a guard captain of Old Vailia. While escorting her master and his delegation of nobles to negotiate with political dissidents in one of the colonies, the captain received word that the people of the region had risen in revolt, declaring themselves free of Old Vailia.

The entire city descended into chaos as populist rebels took to the streets against the few loyalist defenders. The captain suddenly found herself and those under her protection in hostile territory, surrounded by enemies eager for their blood.

Wasting no time, the captain organized her small force of house guards and led them towards the harbour, where a loyalist ship waited to evacuate her masters to the safety of Old Vailia. Beset by a mob of angry rebels, they fought through the streets and kept their shields between the rioters and their masters.

Upon reaching the harbour, the guard captain made a desperate last stand as her fellows and masters boarded the last ship out of the port. Those aboard later recalled watching the captain battle the furious multitude, her shield glowing like the sun.



Shining Bulwark Location/Acquisition



Shining Bulwark Quality

Players can only upgrade a Unique Shield's Quality to a higher tier level. Upgrading the Quality only affects its Deflection by 2 points.










Shining Bulwark Unique Enchantment Upgrades

Enchantments play a vital role in a player's equipment, these Enchantments provide different special effects that can be used as an advantage in battle. Some Unique Shields carry multiple Enchantments that players may equip and some Unique Shields only has one Enchantment. These Enchantments can only be found in Unique Items and can be upgraded if needed.

Players can unlock all of the upgrades listed for a Unique Shield's Enchantment, however, some upgrades replace the current enchantment, and some can be stacked as bonus effects. By doing this, players must have the required ingredients and sufficient Copper Pands (CP) to be able to craft their preferred upgrade.


Possible Upgrades below. You can choose only one.

Defensive Beacon

Rear Guard

Grants Captain's Favor: Allied AoE: +10 Health (increases with Diplomacy skill)   +10 Deflection against Flanking attacks
Cost: copper_pand_icon3,000
Ingredients needed: mother_of_pearl_sMother of Pearl x1, binding_copper_sBinding Copper x1, orlans_cradle_sOrlan's Cradle x1
Cost: copper_pand_icon3,000
Ingredients needed: reagent_sReagent x1, awakened_wood_sAwakened Wood x1, awakened_root_sAwakened Root x1



Shining Bulwark Notes/Tips

  • Price: copper_pand_icon957



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