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

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, making it a better choice if spellcasters choose to wear shields.[1]


  1. spell.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 1674: extra shield penalty doesn't apply for small shields