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Shield of Courage

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Shield of Courage

Guardian icon small.png Guardian (skill list)
Dragonhunter icon small.png Dragonhunter
Profession mechanic
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Game link

30039, 30029
45 Recharge time  
Shield of Courage

Virtue: Grants aegis periodically.
Activate: Grant aegis to nearby allies and create a shield in front of you that blocks attacks. You are vulnerable from the sides and behind while this shield is active.

Aegis.png Aegis (20s): Block the next incoming attack.
Virtue of Courage.png Virtue of Courage: Gain aegis at a set interval.
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Miscellaneous effect.png Aegis Refresh: 40 seconds
Duration.png Duration: 3 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 180

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

See also: Virtue#Related traits

Zeal Zeal

Valor Valor

Honor Honor

Virtues Virtues

Dragonhunter Dragonhunter


  • The passive applies the Shield of Courage.png Virtue of Courage effect on the player character.
  • The active applies the Shield of Courage.png Shield of Courage effect to the player character and allies inside the shield cone.
  • Blocks attacks on the allies with the buff as long as the enemy attacking is not flanking the Dragonhunter.
The skill fact icon is Virtue of Courage.png instead of Shield of Courage.png.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the cooldown from 50 seconds to 45 seconds.
February 14, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 60 seconds to 50 seconds.
May 16, 2017
  • Shield of Courage: Decreased active duration of this skill from 4 seconds to 3 seconds.
  • The cooldown has been decreased from 75 seconds to 60 seconds.
December 13, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that allowed this ability to grant benefits without going on recharge.
November 22, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the user to gain certain benefits without the ability going on full cooldown.
October 18, 2016
  • The baseline duration of the blocking effect has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds.
July 26, 2016
  • With the Indomitable Courage trait equipped, this skill will now grant stability when the skill begins rather than when it completes.
February 23, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that prevented aegis from refreshing when it was stolen by a thief using the Bountiful Theft trait.
January 26, 2016
  • Added text to the effect description to indicate the active block.
December 01, 2015
  • The text of this ability has been updated to indicate that it blocks all attacks for allies in the area (and the guardian from the front) while leaving the guardian vulnerable from the flanks.
October 25, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that caused Shield of Courage to be unaffected by Courageous Return.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Shield of Courage has been added to the game.

See also[edit]