Elden Ring overwhelms players with a vast selection of shields, making the choice for the perfect defense a daunting task. The new Shadow of the Erdtree DLC throws another contender into the mix with a powerful shield option. But here's a crucial tip many Tarnished overlook: shields can be upgraded! This doesn't just improve their overall defense, but also reduces the stamina cost of blocking attacks, making your defense truly unshakeable.

How to buff Black Steel Greatshield

A Reddit user named SpaceEvent shared a surprising fact on the Elden Ring subreddit about a shield from Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree. They revealed that the Black Steel Greatshield can completely block all holy damage if players enhance it. This is important because many Elden Ring fans have been worried about holy attacks, like the Elden Stars used by the Elden Beast in the game. These attacks are still a challenge in the DLC expansion.

Elden Ring Black Steel Greatshield Buff
SpaceEvent shared a surprising fact on the Elden Ring

The final boss in the expansion is known for its incredibly strong holy attacks. In Elden Ring, many players have relied on the Haligtree Crest Greatshield, which blocks 98.75% of holy damage when fully upgraded. Although this shield is quite effective, players will likely switch to the Sacred Black Steel Greatshield more often now, especially because of how tough the final boss in the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC can be.

How to get Black Steel Greatshield in Elden Ring

To get the Black Steel Greatshield in Elden Ring, players should go to Fog Rift Fort. You can reach this fort from Scadu Altus, West Site of Grace, which is west of Castle Ensis.

Elden Ring Black Steel Greatshield
Let's go to Fog Rift Fort to find the Black Steel Greatshield.

In this area, you'll encounter Black Knight Garrew, an optional boss who drops 80,000 runes when defeated. The Black Steel Greatshield is given as a reward for defeating this boss.

Remember, you'll need to upgrade the Black Steel Greatshield to achieve 100% holy damage negation in Elden Ring, so keep that in mind as you play.

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