|Released||7 February 2005 (Update)|
|Examine||A nice sturdy crystal shield.|
The crystal shield is a powerful degradable shield available after a player completes the Roving Elves quest, and a possible reward from this quest along with the crystal bow. To wield the crystal shield, a player must have 70 Defence and 50 Agility, as well as the Roving Elves quest completed. It can be made by combining 40 crystal shards with one crystal weapon seed at a singing bowl in Prifddinas. It can be considered similar to the Barrows rewards due to its substantial power and pricey repair costs. The crystal shield's melee defence bonuses are comparable to those of a dragon square shield. However, its ranged defence bonus is the highest of any one-handed shield.
Once the crystal shield has reverted to a crystal seed, a player has the option of either buying a new crystal shield for the cost of 750,000 coins or having the seed converted back into a full shield or bow for a fee (see Recharging below).
Because it has to be repaired fairly often, and offers less melee protection than a Dragonfire shield, the crystal shield is generally used sparingly by players. However, it is still a more economical option in the short-term, especially when used in PvP scenarios.
Degrading[edit | edit source]
The crystal shield degrades over time. After 2,500 hits taken, it reverts into a crystal weapon seed, and must be recharged before it can be used again.
Taking non-combat damage splats used to count towards degrading the shields charges. However this was changed in a recent update.
Recharging[edit | edit source]
Ilfeen will recharge crystal weapon seeds into crystal bows, crystal halberds, or crystal shields. She can be found teleporting back and forth between two clearings in Isafdar. After completing Song of the Elves, she can be found in the south-west part of Prifddinas.
Initially, Ilfeen charges 750,000 coins to re-enchant a crystal seed into a crystal shield. However, the price is decreased by 150,000 coins each time Ilfeen re-enchants a seed for a player, in the following manner, until reaching the minimum recharge cost of 150,000 coins:
|Enchantment||Cost for re-enchantment||Cost per hit|
|Fifth and thereafter||150,000||30|
The amount that Ilfeen charges is dependent on the number of crystal seeds she has re-enchanted, not the number of crystal shields she has recharged. For example, a player who pays Ilfeen 750,000 coins to re-enchant a crystal seed into a crystal bow will only have to pay her 600,000 coins to recharge a seed into a crystal shield.
For players who have completed Song of the Elves, an alternative way of making crystal weapons and shields is using a crystal weapon seed and 40 crystal shards along with 78 Smithing and 78 Crafting on a singing bowl in Prifddinas. Players who do not meet the skill requirements can pay a nearby elf to create the weapon for an additional 20 shards. Crystal shards can be used to recharge the shield to a maximum of 20,000 charges, with each shard providing 100 charges.
However, it is far more cost efficient in the long term to instead use the crystal shards on potions and use the money from selling them to re-enchant your crystal equipment.
Changes[edit | edit source]
|25 July 2019
(update | poll)
|Crystal equipment stats no longer become gradually lower as the weapon degrades, converting all imbued crystal shields into crystal weapon seeds and removing the ability to imbue them through Nightmare Zone. The crystal shield can now alternatively be made through crystal shards instead of paying Ilfeen.|
|13 March 2014
|Crystal equipment now reverts to a seed when dropped on death.|
|26 September 2013
(update | poll)
|Crystal bows and shields can be imbued, making them keep their combat stats unchanged as they degrade.|