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FESOV Dracoshield.png
Artwork of a Dracoshield from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

A shield with high defense against all attacks.



First game

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

The Dracoshield (Japanese: 竜の盾 Dragon Shield), known as the Dragonshield in earlier English-language games, is a stat-boosting item which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. It permanently increases its user's defense stat when used. It is available in every game of the series other than the Jugdral duology, where the Shield Ring performs a similar function instead.

In Gaiden and its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the Dracoshield is not a stat-booster but an equipment item in the shield category. It is the strongest shield in both games, giving high boosts to both the defense and resistance of units who equip it. It also restores small amounts of HP to its user every turn.


Game Icon Uses Worth Effects and notes
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Is nes01 accessory.png 1 2,250 Permanent +3 defense when used.
Gaiden Is nes02 shield.png -- -- +13 defense, +13 resistance when equipped.
Restores 5 HP to the equipper at the beginning of their phase.
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 dracoshield.png 1 10,000 Permanent +4 defense when used.
The Binding Blade Is gba dragonshield.png 1 8,000 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Fire Emblem Is gba dragonshield.png 1 8,000 Permanent +2 defense when used.
The Sacred Stones Is gba dragonshield.png 1 8,000 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Path of Radiance Is gcn dracoshield.png 1 8,000 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Radiant Dawn Is wii dracoshield.png 1 8,000 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Shadow Dragon Is ds dracoshield.png 1 2,500 Permanent +2 defense when used.
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds dracoshield.png 1 2,500 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Awakening Is 3ds dracoshield.png 1 2,500 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Fates Is 3ds02 stat booster.png 1 10,000 Permanent +2 defense when used.
Sells for 1,000 gold.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 dracoshield.png -- Is 3ds03 silver mark.png 50 +13 defense, +13 resistance when equipped.
Grants Recovery when equipped.
Weight: 10


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Secret shop Chapter 24


Dropped by Alm's party: Act 1, Zofia Gate, enemy Desaix
Celica's party: Act 4, The Swamps of Duma, enemy Jedah • Any enemy Necrodragon (0.055% chance)

Mystery of the Emblem

Dropped by Book 1: Chapter 13, enemy Hollstadt
Book 2: Chapter 19, enemy Paladin
Treasure Book 1: Chapter 18, chest
Book 2: Chapter 11, hidden treasureChapter 15, village
Secret shop Book 1: Chapter 19
Book 2: Final Chapter-1

The Binding Blade

Treasure Chapter 10B, villageChapter 11A, villageChapter 20B, chestChapter 22, chest
Secret shop Chapter 21

Fire Emblem

Dropped by Hector's Tale: Chapter 15, enemy Sealen (Hard Mode only)
Treasure Eliwood's Tale: Chapter 11, villageChapter 29, chest
Hector's Tale: Chapter 19x pt2, chestChapter 31, chest
Transfer data After receiving the data from the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus disc,US[1] transfer it into a savefile through the Transfer Data menu. Only one can be transferred per save file, and the transfer can only be done from Chapter 12 onward.

The Sacred Stones

Inventory Ewan (Ephraim's route only)
Dropped by
Elder Bael*Maelduin*Draco Zombie*Cyclops*
Stolen from Chapter 17, enemy Berserker
Treasure Chapter 5, villageChapter 9A, village
Secret shop
(world map)
Rausten Court

Path of Radiance

Treasure Chapter 11, villageChapter 16, chest

Radiant Dawn

Steal Part 2: Endgame, enemy General
Bargains Part 3: Chapter 3

Shadow Dragon

Dropped by Chapter 16, enemy Hollstadt
Treasure Chapter 17, chest
Secret shop Chapter 24 (×3)

New Mystery of the Emblem

Dropped by Chapter 19, enemy Wolf/HorsemanNew Archanea War Chronicles episode 4, enemy Thief
Treasure Chapter 11, hidden treasureChapter 15, village
Secret shop Chapter 21 (×3)


Dropped by Chapter 9, enemy CampariChapter 20, enemy CervantesParalogue 8, enemy CassiusParalogue 19, enemy Walhart
Treasure Paralogue 13, village*
Any location
Higher chance at: Mount PrismOrigin PeakSea-King's ThroneConqueror's WhetstoneMountain VillageWarriors' TombWellspring of TruthGarden of Giants
Renown bonus 3,500 Renown points; only one copy can be obtained through this means per save file.


This list may be incomplete.
Dropped by Birthright: Chapter 12, enemy ??? • Chapter 22, enemy ???
Treasure Conquest: Chapter 10, village
Event Conquest and Revelation: Paralogue 21, 4 or more mercenaries survive
Vendor Rod Shop: Level 3 (limit 1)
Staff Store: Level 3 (limit 1)
Rank rewards Battle Rank: 1500 (limit 1) • Visitor Rank: 100 (limit 1)

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Dropped by Alm's party: Act 1, Zofia Gate, enemy Desaix
Celica's party: Act 4, The Swamps of Duma, enemy Jedah
Treasure The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.13% chance in large urns)
Sub-quests Rigel Village: "The Unbreakable Shield" (Give a Blacksmith 4 Dragon Scales; repeatable task)
Forging Rusted Shield (Is 3ds03 gold mark.png 1, Thabes Labyrinth Ninth Basement chest, and certain random instances, only)


  • Although it is not present as an item in Genealogy of the Holy War, the Dracoshield is referenced in Chapter 9 when Janne or Femina meets the Shanan imposter. The imposter attempts to pass off a shield with a dragon pattern as Balmung, and when Janne/Femina keeps it at the end of the conversation, she receives a three-point defense increase, the same amount of defense given by the Dracoshield in Shadow Dragon NES.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Dragonshield

• Dracoshield

• This name is used in Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones.

Draco is Latin for "dragon". This name is used from Path of Radiance onward.

Japanese 竜の盾 Romanized as DRAGONSHIELD in its internal file names in Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Shadow Dragon, and New Mystery. In all games prior to The Binding Blade, it is spelled entirely in hiragana as りゅうのたて.
Spanish Escudo dragón Dragon shield. Abbreviated Escu dragón in Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones, Esc dragón in Path of Radiance and Shadow Dragon, and Esc. dragón in Radiant Dawn.
French • Pyrobouclier

• Écu dragon

• Fireshield. Used in Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones.

• Dragon shield. Used from Path of Radiance onward.

German Draco-Schild Draco-Shield. Shadow Dragon spells it without the hyphen as Dracoschild.
Italian Dragoscudo Dragonshield
Dutch Dracoschild Dracoshield
Simplified Chinese 龙盾 Dragon Shield
Traditional Chinese 龍盾 Dragon Shield


  1. VincentASM, Download Events, Serenes Forest, Published: 2013, Retrieved: 2012-05-31

See also

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Stat boosters Afa's DropsAllegro HarpAsugi's ConfectArms ScrollBody RingBootsDefense BondDefense TonicDracoshieldDragon HerbsEmblem SealEnergy DropEnergy RingFilla's MightGaius's ConfectGoddess IconGrowth DropHP TonicKris's ConfectLeg RingLife RingLuck BondLuck RingLuck TonicMagic BondMagic RingMagic TonicManualMetis's TomeNaga's TearNinis's GracePure WaterRainbow TonicResistance BondResistance TonicSecret BookSeraph RobeSet's LitanyShell HornShield RingSkill BondSkill RingSkill TonicSpeed BondSpeed RingSpeed TonicSpeedwingSpirit DustStatue FragStrength BondStrength TonicTalismanThor's IreTiki's Tear
Healing items AntitoxinAsugi's ConfectAzura's SalveConcoctionElixirEnergy DrinkGunter's PotionHerbPanaceaS DrinkSweet TinctureUsed PotionVulnerary
See also: Provisions
Promotion and reclassing items Bishop RingDragon WhipDread ScrollEarth SealEbon WingElysian WhipExalt's BrandFell ContractFell BrandFriendship SealGuiding RingHeart SealHeaven SealHero CrestHero's BrandHoly CrownKnight CrestKnight ProofLunar BraceMaster CrownMaster SealOcean SealOffspring SealOrion's BoltPartner SealPitchforkSecond SealSighting LensSolar BraceVanguard BrandWedding BouquetWitch's Mark
Regalia and personal items Astral ShardsAum FragmentCircletCrusader ScrollsDarksphereFire Emblem (Binding Shield) • GeosphereLifesphereLightsphereRudol GemStarsphere
Valuable items Black GemBlue GemBullionCoinGold BarGold GemGold PurseGold MarkRed GemSilver MarkSilver PurseSupreme EmblemWhite Gem
Other items A Son's JournalBear CarvingBlack PearlBond DropBonewalker OilBridge KeyChest KeyCardsCell KeyCogCoinCoral FragmentDaemon CardDoor KeyDragon ScaleDuma CarvingEternal SealFirst BloodGargoyle EarGossamer HairHandmade DollJuna FruitLaguz GemLaguz StoneLima ArmletLockpickMaster KeyMemory PrismMila CarvingMila's TurnwheelMineObstacleOlivi GrassOutrealm ItemReaper CardReeking BoxRift DoorSatori SignSeed of TrustShine BarrierSilver CardSilver KeySpectre CardTorchVIP CardWarp PowderWild Stone