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#1 Jul 30 2009 at 8:33 AM Rating: Decent
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I was reading the sticky about gear and they mentioned shield sizes. I don't know what that is, does it refer to the model size in-game? I hope this is the right forum to post this on.
#2 Jul 30 2009 at 8:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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There are 4(5) different types of shields in the game. Each type generally dictates how it's blocking behavior is.

Size 1's are the smallest, such as a Buckler shield. They have the highest block frequency, but they also provide the lowest damage reduction.

Size 2's are the next size up from size 1's. They are round shields like the Numinous or Master shields. They block less often than size 1's, but they reduce more damage.

Size 3's are the next size up, and are the main shield type. They block less often than size 1's or 2's, but they also reduce damage taken by a significant amount. An example of this size is the Kite shield, or the Koenig shield.

Size 4's are the largest size, and they block infrequently. They are not highly reliable. However they offer the largest damage reduction of all the other sizes. An example of this size is the Tatami shield, or the Tower shield.

The final size is the relic shield Aegis, which has the damage reduction of a Tower shield and blocks as frequently as the size 1 Buckler shields. Some incorrectly label it as the 5th size, but since Aegis is the only shield at this size rating I don't think it really deserves its own size rating...unless you really want to say it as such. Lol

Hope that helped!
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#3 Jul 30 2009 at 9:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Also, there is a cap to the chance of blocking.

The reason you will see PLDs run around with mostly size3 shields is because it is the biggest shield PLDs can cap the block rate with. And it is no coincidence that those are the best PLD shields statwise.
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#4 Aug 19 2009 at 2:04 AM Rating: Good
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It's not the size of the shield that matter, but how you use it.
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OOooohhh gag. lol
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