Last Epoch: Top 7 Shields [Handpicked Suggestions]

Here is my take on the best shield in Last Epoch after I have played the game for 30+ hours, and gathered many different shields.

In Last Epoch, each Shield has different types of prefixes and suffixes that make them uniquely better than one another. Block-effectiveness matters in all shields to protect your health bar, but I chose the best shield found in Last Epoch with various others ranked on behalf of defending you well and adding hit or stun chances or different elemental resistances! 

Key Takeaways
  • There are a total of 40 shields in the Last Epoch.
  • Shields help you stay mobile and tank the damage. 
  • You can forge shields and add affixes to upgrade them.
  • In my opinion, the Rending Wooden Shield Of The Defender is the best shield for the early eras of the Last Epoch.
  • Why Trust Us: My character level in Last Epoch is 49, which requires hours of farming, proving that I have plenty of knowledge on the best shield I found, making my guide a trustworthy source of information for you.
Level Image For Game
My Character Level In Last Epoch After Playing For 30 Hours – (Image credit: eXputer)

Best Shields In Last Epoch Picks And Comparison

I personally selected the best shields by defeating various bosses across two different eras. From there, I added different prefixes and suffixes to maximize their capabilities. 

Following is a table summarizing all the best possible shields you can find earlier in the Last Epoch:

RankingShield NameBest ForProsConsAdditional Notes
1Rending Wooden Shield Of SparksThe Best Shield In Last Epoch.- +9% Increased Melee Damage- Only sold for 13 GoldOffers good elemental resistance against lightning and void-based bosses with high block effectiveness. Can be utilized for Void Breaker.
2Protective Targe Of PurityThe Best Block Effectiveness Shield.- +7% Increased Physical Damage - +6% Element Resistance- Only sold for 14 GoldProvides excellent block effectiveness with additional resistances. Great for Sentinels and pairs well with Dark Regression.
3Warrior's Wooden Shield Of FrostThe Best Cold Resistant Shield.- +8 Armor - +16% Cold Resistance- Only sold for 12 Gold - Hard dropOffers high cold resistance, good block effectiveness, and pairs well with Shield Bash. Found in the second unlocked era.
4Warrior's Targe Of PurityThe Best Necrotic Resistant Shield.- +7% Increased Physical Damage - +6% Element Resistance- Only sold for 11 Gold - After dismantling won't really give much affixesProvides varied physical resistances and decent block effectiveness. Suitable for Sentinels and Shield Rush.
5Warrior's Targe Of The TurtleThe Best Elemental Resistant Shield.- +10% Physical Resistance - +10% Elemental Resistance - +26 Armor- Only sold for 12 Gold - Found after reaching second eraOffers excellent armor defense, elemental resistances, and high block effectiveness.
6Rending Targe Of SparksThe Best Melee Resistant Shield.- N/A- Only sold for 12 Gold - Found after reaching second eraSuitable for Shield Bash with additional melee damage bonus. Provides good block effectiveness.
7Warrior's Wooden Shield Of The DefenderThe Best Armor Stat. Shield.- +14% Increased Physical Damage - +93 Block Effectiveness - +18% Block Chance- Only sold for 10 Gold - After dismantling won't really give much affixesDecently protects against enemy attacks with increased physical damage and block-related bonuses. Requires only level 3.

7. Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of The Defender

The Best Armor Stat. Shield.
Warrior's Wooden Shield Of The Defender In Last Epoch
Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of The Defender Forged And Place In My Inventory – (Image Captured by Us)
  • Why I Chose This: It looks pretty good and decently protects you from enemy attacks, especially in the earlier stages of the Last Epoch.

I came across Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of The Defender while defeating one of the enemies at The Summit in the Divine Era. It was the first unique item that I found, and It can be used for quite a long time until reaching the middle of the Imperial Era. 

StatValue
Increased Physical Damage14%
Damage Taken On Block5%
Block Effectiveness+93
Block Chance+18%
Forging Potential14
  • 14 Forging Potential
  • Can Add More Affixes
  • Only Requires Level 3
  • Helps In Shield Attack Combos
  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Is Only Sold For 10 Gold
  • After Dismantling Won’t Really Give Much Affixes
  • Has Average Mod Range

6. Rending Targe Of Sparks

The Best Melee Resistant Shield.
Rending Targe Of Sparks Best Shield In Last Epoch
Rending Targe Of Sparks In My Stash Tab Inventory To Show You All- (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: I used it with skills like Shield Bash since its additional melee damage becomes a bonus with the shield attack-based skills.
StatValue
Lightning Resistance+18%
Elemental Resistance+8%
Increased Melee Damage+8%
Block Effectiveness+124
Block Chance+16%

My next choice of a good defense would be the Rending Targe Of Sparks. It is also of unique rarity, and I found it after entering the Imperial Era. Personally, I didn’t really use it for quite a while because. After using it, It blocked most of the strong enemy attacks thrown at me. 

  • Pairs Well With Shield Bash
  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Has Good Mod Range
  • After Dismantling Gives Lots Of Affixes
  • Has 20 Forging Potential 
  • Can Be Purchased For 24 Gold
  • Is Only Sold For 12 Gold
  • Is Found After Reaching Second Era
  • Hard Drop
  • Requires Level 12

5. Warrior’s Targe Of The Turtle 

The Best Elemental Resistant Shield.
Warrior's Targe Of The Turtle In Game
Warrior’s Targe Of The Turtle Being Forged And Added To M Inventory- (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Apart from having great armor defense and block effectiveness, it has the best elemental resistances.
StatValue
Physical Resistance+10%
Elemental Resistance+10%
Increased Physical Damage+10%
Block Effectiveness+214
Armor+26
Additional Block Effectiveness+42
Block Chance+16%

Warrior’s Targe Of The Turtle is an extremely effective shield in my opinion, since I could defend well while using the Juggernaut Stance skill. For me, it was a really handy shield, and you could benefit from it well, too since the Imperial Era demands you to be resistant to such damage. 

  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Has Really Good Mod Range
  • After Dismantling Gives Lots Of Affixes
  • Has 18 Forging Potential 
  • Requires Level 3 Only
  • Is Only Sold For 12 Gold
  • Is Found After Reaching Second Era

4. Warrior’s Targe Of Purity

The Best Necrotic Resistant Shield.
3. Warrior's Targe Of Purity
Warrior’s Targe Of Purity In My Stash Tab Inventory To Show You All – (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: It looks like a good hefty shield and even does the job well with its different physical resistances.

Skills like Shield Rush require you to have good defense and shields with good affixes. Warrior’s Targe of Purity is that shield from my experience with it. After getting the Shield Rush ability and upgrading it, I was able to use the true capabilities of the shield. You can easily get it by gambling at The Outcast Camp in the Imperial Era. 

StatValue
Increased Physical Damage+7%
Elemental Resistance+6%
Physical Resistance+8%
Block Effectiveness+107
Block Chance+16%
Necrotic Resistance+16%
  • 10 Forging Potential
  • Can Add More Affixes
  • Only Requires Level 3
  • Great For Senitels
  • Can Be Utilized For Shield Rush
  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Has Decent Mod Range
  • It is Only Sold For 11 Gold
  • After Dismantling Won’t Really Give Much Affixes

3. Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of Frost 

The Best Cold Resistant Shield.
Warrior's Wooden Shield Of Frost Shield In Last Epoch
Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of Frost First Added In My Inventory – (Image by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: I used Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of Frost the most in the second era, which is unlocked, and its cold resistance really came in handy in some situations.

Warrior’s Wooden Shield Of Frost will protect you from cold attacks that you encounter later on. My inventory was full from finding the shield because it was a crucial element in fighting off enemies in the Imperial Era. It is also a sign for you that you will find the shield a lot in your journey in the Last Epoch. 

StatValue
Armor+8
Cold Resistance+16%
Increased Physical Damage+13%
Block Effectiveness+173
Additional Block Effectiveness+62
Block Chance+18%
  • Only Requires Level 2
  • Pairs Well With Shield Bash
  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Has Really Good Mod Range
  • After Dismantling Gives Lots Of Affixes
  • Has 20 Forging Potential 
  • Can Be Found As A Gamble
  • Is Only Sold For 12 Gold
  • Is Found On The Second Unlocked Era
  • Hard Drop

2. Protective Targe Of Purity

The Best Block Effectiveness Shield.
Protective Targe Of Purity
Protective Targe Of Purity In My Inventory Next To All Of The Other Best Shields In Last Epoch – (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: You will find the best block effectiveness with the Protective Targe Of Purity with the additional block chances and resistant affix.
StatValue
Increased Physical Damage+7%
Elemental Resistance+6%
Physical Resistance+8%
Block Effectiveness+199
Additional Block Effectiveness+92
Block Chance+16%

Protective Targe Of Purity really protects you from any and every incoming damage well because of the block’s effectiveness. One thing I’ve learned by acquiring the shield is that physical damage evasion is a good thing for a shield to have, but more affixes are definitely needed to maximize a shield’s capabilities. 

  • Only Requires Level 4
  • Great For Senitels
  • Pairs Well With Dark Regression
  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Has Good Mod Range
  • After Dismantling Gives Lots Of Affixes
  • Is Only Sold For 14 Gold

1. Rending Wooden Shield Of Sparks

The Best Shield In Last Epoch.
Rending Wooden Shield Of Sparks In Last Epoch
Rending Wooden Shield Of Sparks – (Image by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Rending Wooden Shield Of Sparks gives good elemental resistance against lightning-based or void-based bosses and has a good overall block effectiveness.
StatValue
Increased Melee Damage+9%
Lightning Resistance+10%
Block Effectiveness+112
Damage Reflected To Attackers12
Void Resistance+8%

Rending Wooden Shield Of Sparks has been the ultimate choice of a shield for me. Based on what I experienced with it, you could say that It’s my favorite among all of the wooden, targe, and cavalier shields. It is a bit hard to find since it is an uncommon drop, but can be won as a gamble. 

  • Only Requires Level 4
  • Great For Senitels
  • Can Be Utilized For Void Breaker
  • Is Of Unique Rarity
  • Has An Amazing Mod Range
  • After Dismantling Gives Lots Of Affixes
  • Is Only Sold For 13 Gold

My Verdict On The Best Shield In Last Epoch

After playing for about 30+ hours and being on 40+ character levels, I can safely say that the Rending Wooden Shield Of Sparks is by far the best one. 

The void and lighting resistance and block effectiveness are good enough to counter different enemy attacks. I was able to use characters like Varuhn The Defiler

If you don’t have these specific affixes, you can extract them by dismantling different items, and this is very well explained in the guide. Many players are making builds without shields because they are at early levels, but once you get into the later eras, a shield is necessary!

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