Small shield

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Appearance small shield
Slot shield
AC 1
Special (none)
Base price 3 zm
Weight 30
Material wood

The small shield is the cheapest and lightest kind of shield.

Unless made fireproof or rotproof, it can burn or rot when faced with fire or a black pudding/brown pudding's attack.

It does not inhibit spellcasting as much as the other shields due to its small weight.[1]


Knights and priests start out with one, as well as valkyries (theirs is enchanted +3 from the beginning).

Mercenaries are also generated with small shields sometimes.


Main article: Shield#Strategy

The small shield is the best shield for spellcasters and characters with low carrying capacity.

A Valkyrie's starting small shield is worth wearing for a long time due to its high enchantment. Eventually, Valkyries will probably want to ditch the shield so they can twoweapon.


  1. src/spell.c in NetHack 3.6.6, line 1802: extra shield penalty doesn't apply for small shields