The Best Defense

Deflection Accuracy Type
+ 12 -- Small Shield
Shield Engagement: +1 Enemies Engaged
Legendary: +4 Shield Deflection
Cruel Design: Shaken (-5 Resolve, -3 All Power Levels) for 8.0 sec on scoring Crit
Piercing Bash: This shield can be used as a weapon to deal Pierce/Crush damage.

The Best Defense is a Shield in Pillars of Eternity 2.


The vindictive contestants of the Crucible gave birth to this brutal buckler design. A barbed steel spike projects from its center, designed to punch through plate, chain, and skin. No amount of scouring will cleanse the bloodstains from its base. The buckler's presence inspires fearful cringes from combatants and sympathetic winces from gentler audience members, evoking uninvited tales of seemingly lost battles turned by a timely shield bash to the gut, groin, or eye.

Though none seem to know who first crafted this buckler, Kazuwari denizens attest that dozens have worn it into the pit over the years of fighting. Your inheritance of it suggest that its previous bearers have learned the cruel, final lesson of the Crucible: even those bearing the best arms inevitably pay the pit its due.



The Best Defense Location/Acquisition

  • Received from The Seeker's Path - The Tomb of Vathor Cadhu



The Best Defense 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.










The Best Defense 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.

Penetrating Bash

Sharpened Bash

+2 Penetration +25 Damage
Cost: copper_pand_icon3,000
Ingredients needed: aquamarine_sAquamarine x1, durgan_iron_ingot_sLiving Iron x1, stag_horn_sAntler x1, razor_gill_sRazorgill x1
Cost: copper_pand_icon3,000
Ingredients needed: agate_sAgate x1, Tusk x1, vessel_flesh_sVessel Bone x1, river_reed_sRiver Reed x1


Sickening to Watch

Terrifying to Face

50% chance on scoring Kill to apply Sickened to nearby enemies for 8.0s. 50% chance on scoring Kill to apply Terrified to nearby enemies for 4.0s.
Cost: copper_pand_icon3,000
Ingredients needed: peridot_sPeridot x1, vithrack_brain_sVithrack Brain x1, xaurip_tongue_sXaurip Tongue x1, beraths_bell_sBerath's Bell x1
Cost: copper_pand_icon3,000
Ingredients needed:  scoria_sScoria x1, spirit_residue_sSpirit Residue x1, skuldrear_sSkuldr Ear  x1, glaive_berries_sGlaive Berries x1



The Best Defense Notes/Tips

  • Price: copper_pand_icon5,807



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