Crystal shield

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This article is about the present day Crystal shield. For the item as it functioned before 2019, see Crystal shield (historical).
Crystal shield
Crystal shield.png
Released25 July 2019 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsWield, Check, Revert
ExamineA nice sturdy crystal shield.
Value300,000 coins
AlchemyNot alchemisable
Weight2.721 kg
Advanced data
Item ID23991
Crystal shield detail.png

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. Alternatively, the crystal shield can be purchased from Islwyn for 750,000 coins even if the player chose the crystal bow as their initial quest reward for completing Roving Elves. 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, beaten only by the elysian spirit shield due to its damage reduction.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesCrystal shield equipped male.pngCrystal shield equipped female.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.pngShield slot.png

Creation[edit | edit source]

Smithing Smithing78 (b)2,000
Crafting Crafting78 (b)2,000
Member icon.png
Ticks3 (1.8s) [r 1]
ToolsNoneFacilitiesSinging bowl icon.png Singing bowl
Crystal weapon seed.pngCrystal weapon seed1370,324
Crystal shard 5.pngCrystal shard40N/A
Total Cost370,324
Crystal shield.pngCrystal shield1N/A
  1. Takes 3 ticks to create an entire inventory

Degradation[edit | edit source]

The crystal shield starts with 2,500 charges but degrades 1 charge for every non-zero hit while it is equipped, in which it reverts into a crystal weapon seed and must be recharged before it can be used again.

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 from Islwyn – which doesn't require a seed, or having the seed converted back into a full shield or bow for a fee (see Recharging below).

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
First 750,000 300
Second 600,000 240
Third 450,000 180
Fourth 300,000 120
Fifth and thereafter 150,000 60

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 on the shield 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]

Date Changes
1 August 2019

Crystal shields and armour no longer degrade when taking a 0 hit.

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.

16 April 2015

A "Check" option was added to see the remaining charges.

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.

22 February 2013

This content was included when the Old School RuneScape servers officially launched.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The crystal shield replaced a previous item, also named Crystal shield.