Ruinous shield

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Ruinous shield
DVI Ruinous Shield.png
Japanese はめつの盾
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations Ruinous shield
Found in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Effect Curses the person who wears it (effects vary).

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.


Dragon Quest V[edit]

The ruinous shield is cursed and will set the wearer's defence to 0. They can bought on the Nadiria T'N'T board for 4,200 gold in the remakes.

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

The Shield can be found for sale in Greedmore for 5,300 gold.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

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. In the 3DS version, another shield can be obtained in Memories Lane.

Recipe: Metal King Shield = Ruinous Shield + Orichalcum + Saint's ashes.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

DQIX Ruinous shield.png  Ruinous shield  (DS)
Block Chance 6.5%
Found 1% chance of finding in rank 7 grotto treasure chests.
Rarely dropped or stolen from Alarmours.
Rarity ★★☆☆☆
Equipable by Warrior, Priest, Mage, Minstrel, Paladin, Armamentalist, Sage, Luminary, Omnivocational Shieldmaster
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price 2,580
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.


  • Watch out! There's more to this shield than meets the eye. (Description of the Ruinous shield in Dragon Quest V.)
  • An unlucky shield surrounded by an air of danger. (Description of the Ruinous shield in Dragon Quest VIII.)