Scholar's Shield

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Spell Type Glintstone Sorceries
FP Cost 30 Slots Used 1
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Enhances left-handed shield damage negation

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Int 12

Scholar's Shield is a Sorcery in Elden Ring. Scholar's Shield spell boosts the defensive capabilities of the Shield players equip on their left hand.


One of the glintstone sorceries of the Academy of Raya Lucaria.

Enchants shield held in the left hand with additional damage negation.
This sorcery can be cast while in motion.

Taught to the Knights of the Cuckoo by the academy as payment for their contract.


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Elden Ring Scholar's Shield Guide

  • Glintstone Sorcery
  • Cast this spell with a staff in your right hand, whilst a shield is equipped in your left hand.
  • Lasts 1 minute (60 seconds).
  • Guard Boost +25%
  • Guarded Damage Negation +30%
    • Magic Guarded Damage Negation +70%





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    • Anonymous

      lots of people forget this can go on literally any shield, somber or otherwise. lots of shields are pretty trash for blocking but otherwise have cool stuff about them

      • Anonymous

        Are the bonuses flat or a percentage of the existing stats?

        does +30% Damage Negation mean +30 or *1,3? The Information is useless otherwise...

        • Anonymous

          Wish this worked with weapons too, imagine how cool it would be if this made a new meta of blocking with weapons

          • Not mentioned anywhere here, but it also reduces status build up. Fought a greatshield turtle using this and I apparently did less than 25% of my opponents bar despite hitting them with approximately 450 bleed build up.

            (Yeah I know that sounds obnoxious on paper, but it's on a blood infused zwei. It's pretty impossible to repeat that on someone with a pulse).

            • Anonymous

              This is definetely worth considering even for faith builds. 12 INT is enough to apply this using a staff of the guilty.

              • PROS: Lasts much longer (60 sec) than other shield buffs (Immutable Shield = 30s; Barricade Shield = 5s). Increases guard boost by 25% = Less stamina damage on block. Low INT requirement (12) makes it very accessible to non-INT mains. CONS: Buff is removed if you sheathe your shield (i.e. switch weapons or 2h other weapon) use Barricade Shield (overwrites this & vice versa). The first one is a big issue since you can't use your main hand weapon art without losing this buff. Alternatively you could put "No Skill" on your shield, but IMO I'd take Parry/Carian Retaliation/Barricade Shield over this. It's not cheap FP-wise either, so losing the buff hurts. Given the sacrifices needed to use this, I personally found it not worth using in most situations.

                • Anonymous

                  With Greatshield Talisman nerfed on high guard boost Greatshields this might be the next best thing for pokey builds.

                  • Anonymous

                    Alright, I'm fairly sure I found the impact (take with grain of salt):
                    -Guard boost increase by 20%
                    -Non- physical damage reduction: 0.7x (0.3x for magic)

                    • Anonymous

                      Appears to be glitched. Like the other comment on here even at 95 damage reduction if you use this buff it still results in damage per testing on multiple sources that were clearly physical damage. Only appears to boost Guard Boost stat.

                      • Anonymous

                        Does anyone know how much damage resistance the Scholar's Shield spell raises? Like, is it a flat percentage increase or is it based on your current damage resistance on your shield?

                        • Anonymous

                          Does anyone know how much damage resistance the Scholar's Shield spell raises? Like, is it a flat percentage increase or is it based on your current damage resistance on your shield?

                          • Anonymous

                            Give a 25% multiplier on guard boost before flat 10 from talisman or flat 35 from barricade.

                            This means without talisman shield need a minimum of 80 guard boost.

                            With talisman it's 72

                            • Anonymous

                              tested on a visage shield (75 guard boost) + greatshield talisman (+10 guard boost) = did not lose any stamina while blocking so i assume this give atleast 15 guard boost, doesn't seems to scale with int as i tested with 12 int then 44 and nothing changed without the talisman i was still losing the same amount of endurance roughly

                              • Anonymous

                                THEY NERF THE HELL OUT OF THIS! OMG!

                                i used to be able to combine it with Barricade Shield. I would cast Scholar Shield first since it had a long casting time and last longer too. and then use Barricade Shield during battle since its near-instant and has a shorter duration.

                                YES. you heard me right. this spell shield can be used together with the weapon art shield. turning it into a a Super Shield!!! both give guard boost. so they add up. AND Scholar Shield helps to reduce magical damage taken while blocking. Barricade Shield doesn't.

                                IT WAS SO DAMN GOOD! MAN!

                                But after the 1.03 patch, i can no longer use them both together. because using Barricade Shield will cancel out/override Scholar Shield instead.

                                ........................oh well......

                                • Anonymous

                                  it may enhance guard boost 18
                                  tested with 81 guard boost shield (Fingerprint Stone Shield) -> lost very little stamina on block
                                  upgraded to 82 -> no stamina loss on block at all
                                  tested with int 19 character.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I guess it gives percent increment in guard boost.
                                    I tested with great shields.
                                    Guard boost 82 shield made no stamina loss.
                                    Tried with 73 which also lost some stamina but with guard boost 74 shield did not lose any stamina.

                                    guard boost 82 shield + SCHOLAR'S SHIELD -> 100 = increased 18 ~ over 22% increment
                                    guard boost 73 shield + 10 talisman + SCHOLAR'S SHIELD -> not 100
                                    guard boost 74 shield + 10 talisman + SCHOLAR'S SHIELD -> 100 = increased 16 ~ over 22% increment of the shield's base guard boost or 20% increment of the guard boost with talisman

                                    i guess it's around 22 to 23 percent increment of the shield's base guard boost.

                                    Since I only tested with int 19 character, it might be affected by stats.

                                    Tried with some other staves with different spell boost doesn't seem to affect though.(may be due to my low stats?)

                                    • can someone do comparison of the shield buffs and which ones do work together please ?
                                      Scholar Shield (Sorcery)
                                      Immutable Shield (Incantation)
                                      Shield Grease (Consumable)
                                      Baricade Shield (Ash of War)

                                      i will then edit it into the appropriate wiki pages, thx

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I'm about 30 Int into my build, and I tried it out with some basic physical damage and a staff with good scaling, even though I'm not sure it matters. I noticed a definite reduction in stamina cost for blocking physical attacks.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I´ve tested this on a turlte shield along with barricade shield, and god, I was almost not losing stamina while tanking, feels like a great combination for medium shields with barricade

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Tested with a 95 phys. shield, was still taking damage with this buff on. It might not affect physical damage types.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Tried stacking it with Barricade Wall. Resulted in no stamina being lost when blocking, even against bosses.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Did some further testing.

                                                Int for this was 15.

                                                Shield was Manor Towershield

                                                Tested in Divine Tower of Caeldid on the 2 Knights that occasionally throw firebombs.

                                                The damage reduction is about 15/20% against fire damage when applied.

                                                Boost was also increased, however not nearly as much as barricade shield. Manor Shield with Barricade has 100 Boost and doesn't lose stamina when hit. With Scholar's it did drains stamina upon hit, but less so.

                                                It'd be cool if someone could check whether it scales in any way with int.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  It seems to do what it says, boosting damage negation. This spell is NOT like the Barricade Shield Ash, in that it doesn't help your Guard Boost at all, so it doesn't reduce Stamina consumption per block. I did a brief test vs Glintstone Sorcery using monsters in Raya Lucaria, and it does to greatly increase the Magic Negation stat, allowing me to take much less chip damage. Thus this is a highly niche spell for specific situations. I have not tested it vs other damage types like fire and ice.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Anyone know the details on what this buffs? Does it improve stam consumption? Does it let you block stronger attacks? Or does it just improve some block % stats?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Does this actually increase damage negation at all?

                                                      I tried this and barely got it do anything. It does seem to increase "boost" and stacks with Barricade Shield. However it barely reduced damage from fire/light/physical attacks when testing. I tested with 12 Int, so maybe it scales the damage reduction?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        doesnt display any changes in game to any stats when cast. Seems to work ok though, tried against a giant crab

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