The ruinous shield is a recurring shield in the Dragon Quest series. This cursed black shield features an ominous design on the front. True to its name, equipping this shield will typically cause the wearer to take increased damage from many sources. In later games, it is possible to remove the curse from the shield with the use of Alchemy and some Saint's ashes.
|Old localizations||Ruinous shield|
|Found in||Dragon Quest V|
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
|Sell for||2,900 gold|
|Effect||Curses the person who wears it (effects vary).|
The ruinous shield is cursed and will set the wearer's defence to 0.
The Shield can be found for sale in Greedmore for 5,300 gold.
The ruinous shield is cursed and will increase damage taken from elemental attacks. It can be sold for 2,900 gold or be turned into a Metal king shield in the Alchemy Pot. The shield is rarely dropped by Hell's gatekeepers, and can also be found in a chest on the Dark Ruins Island, only accessible with the Godbird's soulstone.
|Ruinous shield (DS)|
|Found||1% chance of finding in rank 7 grotto treasure chests.|
Rarely dropped or stolen from Alarmours.
|Equipable by||Warrior, Priest, Mage, Minstrel, Paladin, Armamentalist, Sage, Luminary, Omnivocational Shieldmaster|
|Flavor text||A sinister shield that emanates an ominous aura. Cursed.|
|Notes||Increases damage taken from fire, ice, wind, lightning, and darkness attacks by 50%.|
Upgrades into Saintess shield.
- An unlucky shield surrounded by an air of danger. (Description of the Ruinous shield in Dragon Quest VIII.)