Ancient wyvern shield

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Ancient wyvern shield
Ancient wyvern shield (uncharged).png
Released7 September 2017 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsWield, Inspect, Drop
Worn optionsCheck, Recharge
ExamineA magical shield with a wyvern visage.
Value2,000,000 coins
High alch1,200,000 coins
Low alch800,000 coins
Weight4.535 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange18,146,867 coins (info)
Buy limit8
Daily volume247
Advanced data
Item ID21634
Ancient wyvern shield (uncharged) detail.png
Ancient wyvern shield detail.png

The ancient wyvern shield is a magical shield requiring a Magic level of 70 and a Defence level of at least 75 to equip, as well as having started Dragon Slayer I. It is one of the best Magic shields in the game, with stats comparable to that of the arcane spirit shield when fully charged, although lacking the extra 5 Magic attack bonus while having negative Melee and Ranged attack bonuses. However, it provides far superior stab and slash defence.

The shield offers two special characteristics: it acts like a regular anti-dragon shield in terms of dragonfire protection, and it also protects against the icy breath of Wyverns, similar to the elemental, mind, and dragonfire shields. However, to the distinction of the elemental, mind, and other dragonfire shields, the ancient wyvern shield will also grant an immunity against the freezing effect from a wyvern's icy breath but does not prevent any damage taken from this attack. This immunity, on the other hand, does not extend to draconic creatures capable of producing a similar effect (KBD, Vorkath, etc).

When the shield is obtained, it is uncharged and offers similar defensive bonuses to those of an adamant sq shield. When fully charged, it offers melee and magic defensive bonuses slightly higher than those of the dragonfire shield while having far worse ranged defence.

 Attack bonusesAncient wyvern shield (uncharged) equipped female.png
 Defence bonuses
 Other bonusesSlot
StrengthRangedMagic damagePrayerShield slot

Creation[edit | edit source]

A player creating the ancient wyvern shield.
Smithing Smithing66 (b)2,000
Magic Magic66 (b)2,000
Member icon.png
Ticks3 (1.8s)
ToolsHammer.pngFacilitiesStrange Machine
Elemental shield.pngElemental shield11,648
Wyvern visage.pngWyvern visage117,759,463
Total cost17,761,111
Ancient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shield118,146,867

The ancient wyvern shield is created by using a wyvern visage on the northern strange machine in the House on the Hill while having a hammer and an elemental shield in the inventory. The creation process requires level 66 in Magic and Smithing, granting the player 2,000 Magic and Smithing experience, but the player's Magic level will be completely drained to 0. When this occurs, a chatbox message will appear, stating At a great cost to your personal magical energies, you have crafted the wyvern visage and elemental shield into an ancient wyvern shield.

The wyvern visage is dropped exclusively by Fossil Island Wyverns found in the Wyvern Cave, including the Spitting Wyvern, Taloned Wyvern, Long-tailed Wyvern and Ancient Wyvern. Skeletal Wyverns do not drop the wyvern visage; instead, they drop the draconic visage.

Icy breath charges[edit | edit source]

A player operating a charged ancient wyvern shield.

Charging[edit | edit source]

To charge the shield, players will need to use fossils or numulites on the shield, which are obtained from performing activities in Fossil Island. Players can right-click Recharge in the Worn Equipment tab to charge it, providing they have the required items in their inventory. Every charge increases its defence bonuses by +1, to a peak of a +50 Defence increase at the maximum of 50 charges. However, its Magic Defence will remain the same.

Fully charging the shield with numulites requires a total of 25,000, costing 775,000 coins. Alternatively, players may find it beneficial (and cheaper) to use fossils to charge the shield.

Different types of fossils will give differing amounts of charges, which correspond directly to the value of the fossil when given to the Fossil Collector. It is always more economical to use identified fossils to charge the shield rather than trade the fossils to the Fossil Collector and use the numulites received to charge the shield, as the table below demonstrates.

Notably, identified rare fossils cannot be used to charge the shield. Instead, they can be exchanged at the Fossil Collector for 500 Numulites, which can then be used to charge the shield.

Item Charges Numulites/Charge[a] Coins/Charge[b]
Numulite 25.png 500 numulites 1 Numulite 25.png 500 15,500
Small fossilised skull.png Small fossils 1 Numulite 25.png 100 3,100
Medium fossilised skull.png Medium fossils 2 Numulite 25.png 100 3,100
Fossilised mushroom.png Plant fossils 2 Numulite 25.png 100 3,100
Large fossilised skull.png Large fossils 3 Numulite 25.png 100 3,100
Unidentified large fossil.png Unidentified fossils (any size) 1 N/A N/A
Rare fossilised skull.png Rare fossils N/A N/A N/A
  1. ^ The value of fossils given to the Fossil Collector in exchange for numulites.
  2. ^ The GE value of numulites obtained from the Fossil Collector in exhange for fossils.

Discharging[edit | edit source]

A player emptying a charged ancient wyvern shield.

During combat, the ancient wyvern shield can be operated to expend one charge, unleashing a freeze blast attack (akin to those of wyverns) at a target, which can hit approximately 15 damage (slightly less than the melee and ranged variants). This attack can only be used once every two minutes, and each expended charge reduces the shield's Melee and Ranged defensive bonuses by one. The freeze blast can be used at range (up to 10 squares away) and over obstacles, after which the user will initiate a normal attack with their equipped weapon, if possible. The damage splat is rolled in accordance to the user's Defence level and target's Magic Defence bonus.

Players can drain all of the ancient wyvern shield's charges at once by right-clicking the shield in the inventory and selecting Empty. This will release all of the shield's charges in a harmless burst, returning none of the items used to charge the shield. This function is useful when selling or trading the shield, as it can only be traded when completely uncharged.

In addition, if dropped on death in an unsafe environment, when recovered, the ancient wyvern shield will be completely uncharged.

Used in recommended equipment[edit | edit source]

1Adamant dragon/Strategies (Magic)
5Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Ranged)
2Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Prayer)
1Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Melee)
1Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Magic)
1Drake/Strategies (Magic)
4General Graardor/Strategies (Solo (Magic))
2Gout tuber/Strategies (Tank)
2King Black Dragon/Strategies (Ranged BIS smuggle)
1Metal dragons/Strategies (Magic)
4The Mimic/Strategies (Magic)
3Mithril dragon/Strategies (Magic)
4Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Magic)
3Phantom Muspah/Strategies (Magic & Ranged)
2Rune dragon/Strategies (Magic)
3Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies (Magic)
1Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies (Melee)
3Smoke devil/Strategies
3The Whisperer/Strategies (Magic)

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
9 November 2017

The uncharged version was made darker to distinguish it from charged versions.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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7 September 2017 –
9 November 2017
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