The Best Defense

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The Best Defense [SSS]
Shield small LAX01 thebestdefense icon.png
Equipment slot
Shield type
Copper pands (cp)5,655
Shop value
Copper pands (cp)28,275
12 Deflection
Shield bonuses
Shield ID

The Best Defense is a small shield in Seeker, Slayer, Survivor. It can also be used as an off-hand weapon, dealing Pierce and Crush damage.

Description[edit | edit source]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
The vindictive contestants of the Crucible gave birth to this brutal buckler design. A barbed steel spike projects from its center, designed to punch through plate, chain, and skin. No amount of scouring will cleanse the bloodstains from its base. The buckler's presence inspires fearful cringes from combatants and sympathetic winces from gentler audience members, evoking uninvited tales of seemingly lost battles turned by a timely shield bash to the gut, groin, or eye.

Though none seem to know who first crafted this buckler, Kazuwari denizens attest that dozens have worn it into the pit over the years of fighting. Your inheritance of it suggest that its previous bearers have learned the cruel, final lesson of the Crucible: even those bearing the best arms inevitably pay the pit its due.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

Weapon stats[edit | edit source]

  • The weapon stats for The Best Defense are as follows:
    • Damage: 7-10 Pierce Crush
    • Penetration: 8
    • Chance to hit: Accuracy vs. Deflection
    • Attack time: 0.7 sec
    • Recovery time: 4.0

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Penetrating Bash / Sharpened Bash and Sickening to Watch / Terrifying to Face are mutually exclusive.
Mod Effect Cost Ingredients Mod removed
Penetrating Bash +2 Penetration Copper pands (cp)3,000 1 1 1 1
Sharpened Bash +25% Damage Copper pands (cp)3,000 1 1 1 1
Sickening to Watch 50% chance on scoring Kill to apply Sickened to nearby enemies for 8.0 sec Copper pands (cp)3,000 1 1 1 1
Terrifying to Face 50% chance on scoring Kill to apply Terrified to nearby enemies for 4.0 sec Copper pands (cp)3,000 1 1 1 1