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 VIII|
Dragon Quest IX
|Sell for||2,900 gold|
The ruinous shield is cursed and will set the wearer's defence to 0!
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 the Metal king shield in the Alchemy Pot when combined with an Orichalcum and Saint's ashes. The shield is rarely dropped by Hell's gatekeepers.
|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.)