Blockenspiel is a technique in the Dragon Quest series. Allows the user to attack at reduced damage while holding a defensive stance and halving his or her own damage.
This ability is learned with 6 skill points allocated into Shield skill. Damage dealt is half that of a normal attack, and requires 4 MP to use.
Hendrik will learn the skill for 9 points in his shield path. It cost 3 MP to perform and works as it did in the previous appearance.
The Hero's forward-tilt attack resembles blockenspiel, being a shield bash followed up with a sword slash. The first hit deals 5% damage and can block attacks, and the second hit deals 8% damage.