# Dinh's bulwark

Dinh's bulwark
Released5 January 2017 (Update)
MembersYes
Quest itemNo
Properties
EquipableYes
StackableNo
NoteableYes
OptionsWear
DestroyDrop
ExamineIs it... looking at me?
Values
Value560,000 coins
High alch336,000 coins
Low alch224,000 coins
Weight30 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange10,543,734 coins (info)
Daily volume520
Item ID21015

Dinh's bulwark is a two-handed shield created by Dinh, a Lovakengj smith of unparalleled skill. It requires 75 Attack and Defence to wield and is obtained as a rare reward from the Chambers of Xeric.

As the strongest shield in-game (barring any passive effects), it is often equipped alongside magically defensive armour (such as black dragonhide armour) while doing non-combat activities in the Wilderness to defend against player killing and/or dangerous monsters. As a two-handed shield, the bulwark is also capable of attacking opponents. In order to attack with the bulwark, it must be set to the pummel option. This also allows it to perform its special attack.

 Attack bonuses +0 +0 +124 +0 +0 +106 +109 +109 -10 +148 +38 +0 +0% +0 List 1square

## Combat styles

Category: BulwarkCombat StyleStyle typeWeapon StyleExperienceInvisible Boost
PummelCrushAccurateAttack and Hitpoints+3 Attack
BlockNoneNoneNoneNone

## Passive effects

The animation upon equipping the bulwark.

Dinh's bulwark has two different passive effects depending on the combat style chosen: A strength bonus buff when in the Pummel style, and a damage reducing effect when in the Block style.

### Strength buff

While the Pummel attack style is chosen, the player's strength bonus is increased based on the player's average defence bonus.

{\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}{\text{Extra Strength Bonus}}&={\frac {{\frac {\left({\text{Stab Defense + Slash Defence + Crush Defence + Ranged Defence}}\right)}{4}}-200}{3}}-38\approx {\frac {\left({D_{St}+D_{Sl}+D_{C}+D_{R}}\right)}{12}}-104.66\\\end{aligned}}}

### Damage reduction

While the Block attack style is chosen, players lose the ability to attack, but incoming damage is reduced by 20% (except in PvP). There is an 8-tick (4.8 seconds) delay before the damage reduction applies after switching to the bulwark, to prevent players from equipping it on a defence tick and switching back to a more damaging weapon for the attack tick. Changing attack style from 'Block' attack style to the 'Pummel' attack style, will cause a 10-tick (6.0 seconds) delay when trying to attack.

Furthermore, players wielding the bulwark will not be able to cast any combat spells; players attempting to do so will receive the message "Your bulwark gets in the way". When in defensive mode, the dwarf multicannon will not fire, but it will still rotate, with a filterable message stating "Your bulwark shuns your cowardliness; stopping your cannon from firing."

## Special attack

A player performs the special attack of Dinh's bulwark, Shield Bash.

Dinh's bulwark has a special attack, Shield Bash, which hits up to 10 enemies (in both PvM and PvP) in a 11×11 area around the player (thus up to five tiles away from the player) with 20% increased accuracy, consuming 50% of the player's special attack energy. The targeted monster gets hit twice by the attack, while all other monsters get hit once. These effects only occur in multicombat areas.

In addition, the target's highest offensive stat will be reduced by 5% on a successful hit. If all stats are equal, it will drain both Attack and Strength, then Ranged, or Magic.

This special attack is useful for players in a multicombat area to attack multiple monsters simultaneously to get their attention, such as for dust devils and greater nechryael in the Catacombs of Kourend; as the special attack is considered a melee attack against all affected monsters, it can be useful to use in tandem with the serpentine helm due to its passive chance to inflict venom on hit.

## Item sources

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here (include RDT).
SourceLevelQuantityRarity
Chambers of XericN/A 13/69

## Changes

Date Changes
1 December 2021
(update)

The special attack no longer drains the main target's stats twice per attack due to the double-hit, which occurred due to a bug.

22 September 2021
(update)

Dinh's bulwark has received the following changes:

• A passive effect has been added to Dinh's bulwark when in the Pummel combat style.
• Attack speed increased from 7 (4.2 seconds) to 5 (3.0 seconds).
• Crush Attack bonus increased from +110 to +124.
• Stab Defence bonus decreased from +141 to +106.
• Slash Defence bonus decreased from +145 to +109.
• Crush Defence bonus decreased from +145 to +109.
• Magic Defence bonus decreased from +0 to -10.
5 September 2019
(update)

The Dinh's bulwark Magic defence bonus was reduced from +18 to 0.

## Trivia

• The special attack of Dinh's bulwark can be used to damage aviansies, which normally cannot be harmed by melee attacks, if used on a nearby ground NPC.
• Despite the special attack description stating that it can hit surrounding enemies in a 10 × 10 area, the actual range is 11 × 11.
• The shield's animation will play when the wielder fails to block an incoming attack. This can alert the wielder to heal as it occurs prior to the hit landing.