Kite Shield is a type of armor in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It can be equipped in the shield slot, similar to the Buckler of rogues and Talisman of mages. Designed for use by fighter-style characters, all kite shields will have a Might requirement to equip them. Being made of metal, they add the largest armor bonus and can negate the largest amount of damage with a successful block.
Note: Kite shields are most often referred to as simply "shields". However, the unique buckler Dvergan Kite Shield is actually for Finesse characters, as it is sized smaller for the diminutive dvergan who used it.
Unlike other armor types, kite shields can be used actively to reduce damage with a block, or negate it completely with a well-timed parry. To do this, the Fateless One must bring his or her shield to bear just before an enemy strikes. This will disrupt the attack and stagger the enemy, leaving them open for a subsequent counter-attack. It will also deal a small amount of physical damage, which is based on the armor value of the shield used.
However, this will only work on attacks made by human-sized assailants or smaller - trolls, bolgans, ettins, jottuns, and niskaru tyrants can break through any attempt to block or parry, so be wary around these larger creatures!
Crafting Kite ShieldsEdit
- Main article: Blacksmithing
The Fateless One can craft kite shields at any Blacksmithing Forge by using a metal guard and a grip; rivets and trims are optional components. With sufficient skill, mastercrafted kite shields that offer a bonus to block efficiency can be created.
Note: While there is a generic chainmail armor set, there is no matching kite shield