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An orcish shield is a type of shield that appears in NetHack. It is made of iron and appears as a red-eyed shield when unidentified. The Uruk-hai shield is a near-identical shield with a different appearance.
Mordor orcs have a 1⁄3 chance of being generated with an orcish shield, and orc-captains have a 1⁄2 chance of being generated with Mordor orc armor, giving them an effective 1⁄6 chance of generating with orcish shields.
When worn, an orcish shield grants 1 base AC.
Orcish shields are heavier than small shields while providing the same amount of AC, and significantly inhibits spellcasting more than the small shield does. An orcish shield may suffice to fill out the shield slot momentarily, but should ideally be replaced with a lighter or better shield as soon as possible.
The orcish shield first appears in NetHack 3.0.0.
The red eye is the symbol of Sauron, the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Sauron's forces included armies upon armies of orcs, whose shields all bear the red-eye symbol as a mark of their servitude to him - the Uruks of Mordor that serve the wizard Saruman are a notable exception, as their shields bear the White Hand of Saruman, which was a deliberate imitation of Sauron's red eye.
Some variants may further distinguish the orcish and Uruk-hai shields, and others give orcs (including the player) an AC bonus for wearing orcish shields.
The Shield of the All-Seeing is an unaligned artifact orcish shield that favors orcs and can be enchanted to +7. While worn, it grants fire resistance along with searching, adds its enchantment as a bonus to search attempts, and warns of elves and minions. Invoking the artifact cures blindness and hallucination, and grants blindness and hallucination resistance, protection from shape changers, and x-ray vision for 30 turns (or 40 if your base race is an orc).
In xNetHack, orcish shields do not count as bulky for purposes of spellcasting penalties, while Uruk-hai shields do.
- An orcish shield can be combined with ring mail to create orcish chain mail.
- An orcish shield can be combined with an orcish helm to create orcish ring mail.
- Two orcish shields can be combined to create an Uruk-hai shield.
In Hack'EM, orcish shields grant +1 AC to orcish monsters that wear them, including player orcs.
Upgrading an orcish shield will produce a dwarvish roundshield and vice versa.