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Dawnguard Rune Shield

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Dawnguard Rune Shield
Base Armor:
27 ArmorIcon
6 WeightIcon
Base Value:
450 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
+10 Bash damage against vampires, and sustained blocking creates a minor sun shield doing 10 points of damage while draining the wielder's stamina.
Class: Light Armor, Shield
Upgrade Material: Steel Ingot
Perk: Advanced Armors
"A magical shield that when blocked with, surrounds it's wielder with a holy aura that harms the undead. Might come in handy."
Florentius Baenius
The Dawnguard Rune Shield is a unique light shield and a variant of the Dawnguard Shield. The "sun-shield" effect is similar to Stendarr's Aura, and has similar effects; however, no benefit is gained by using both the shield and restoration spell simultaneously. Stendarr's Aura cancels out the effects from the Rune Shield.


It is obtained from a radiant location during the quest Lost Relic. Possible locations include:


The Dawnguard Rune Shield can be upgraded at a workbench with a steel ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, and also benefits from the Advanced Armors perk, which doubles the improvement.


The Dawnguard Rune Shield has a unique enchantment:

  • Fortify Bash: 10 points (against vampires only)
  • Sun-Shield: 10 points of damage (after a sustained period of blocking)

Using the sun-shield capability expends Stamina, and adds to the Destruction skill.


 360   If the Dragonborn switches to this shield via a shortcut in the favorites menu (i.e. left or right on the D-Pad), the enchantment will no longer work. A known fix for this is to unequip the shield and requip the shield. (Confirmed 360, PC and PS3 unknown).

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