Ruinous shield

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Ruinous shield
DVI Ruinous Shield.png
Japanese はめつの盾
Romaji Hametsu no tate
Old localizations Same
Found in Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Effect Curses the person who wears it (effects vary)
Reduces dark damage (XI)

The ruinous shield is a recurring shield in the Dragon Quest series. This cursed black shield features an ominous design with multiple eyes similar to those found on the Mad cap. 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: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

Watch out! There's more to this shield than meets the eye.

The ruinous shield is cursed and will set the wearer's defence to 0, while also increasing damage taken from Frizz, Sizz, Bang, Crack, Woosh spells by 20 points. It is dropped by Dragon zombies at a rate of 1/32 in all versions and can bought on the Nadiria T'N'T board for 4,200 gold in the remakes.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The ruinous shield is sold in Greedmore Valley for 5,300 gold. It increases defence by +62, style by +5, and increases the damage taken from magic and breath damage by +50

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

The shield increases defence by +52, style by +5, and once more increases elemental damage taken. It can be equipped by the Hero, Kiefer, and Aishe, and it found at the end of the game in the Cave to Yet Another World. By this point it will have no purpose beyond the novelty, but it can be sold for 2,650 gold.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

An unlucky shield surrounded by an air of danger.

The ruinous shield is cursed and will increase damage taken from elemental attacks by 50 points. 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: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

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A sinister shield that emanates an ominous aura. Cursed.
Rarity Stats Vocations
★★☆☆☆ Defence +0
Charm -5
Block +6.5%
+50% damage from Blast/Lightning, Dark, Fire, Ice, & Wind
Dropped by Alarmours at 1/256
Upgrades into Saintess shield
Price Location
NA/2,580 1% chance of finding in rank 7 grotto treasure chests
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

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An unsettling, many-eyed aegis that for some reason protects particularly well against dark attacks
Stats with forge buffs
Defence +52/55/58/62
Block +11/13%
Darkness damage cut by 20/30/40/50%
Price Location
NA/14,000 See below
Forging difficulty
Hero XI sprite walk.gifHendrik sprite walk.gif

The ruinous shield is only dropped by Hell's gatekeepers and Headless horsemen at a rate of 1/256 and 1/128 respectively.

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