As it is, Regular Shields are mostly metal. Such shields that are of defensive quality are made just to block, although all such shields also parry as well. The only shields that ignore such lessons include the Spiked and Piercing Shield, which replaces parrying with an attack with the R2 moveset on the left hand. As it is, the Spiked Shield also causes bleeding while hitting people, which immitates as a good wasp towards enemies, agitating those. Yet, since their resistance to physical is not whole, they are deemed usually unworty for combat in PvP. For players who do not use such parrying, they would use the bash to inflict a quick unexpected jab, against enemies that they deem of an annoyance, and making usage to a shield other than to hide behind. As it is, the most popular shields include the Black knight Shield and the Astora Knight Shields, as their resistances towards different things is high for that of a shield, while others fail to reach such expectations.
Many shields are ignored by magic, in which many players aim for the crest shield as the most popular, since they despise magic and depend upon the resistance the shield gives off, compared to other regular shields. Even so, shields can easily be removed with kicks and force magic, so be warned when using it for basic cover.
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