Kratos has a new shield this time as well which is retractable and when not in use, sits in Kratos’s left gauntlet all folded up. A single button quickly deploys this shield to protect Kratos from harm. Just like other weapons in the game, this shield also comes with plenty of skills that make it even better. We have curated this God of War Guardian Shield Guide in which we will focus on all the skills available for the Guardian Shield in God of War.
The shield serves many purposes in God of War. The best thing about the Guardian Shield is that it does not hinder the way you fight and does not use a weapon slot as well because it is built in the gauntlet and can be folded away easily.
You cannot only use the shield for protection but also as a weapon and it also has the ability to deflect enemy projectiles back at them.
You can also check out our individual guides for Leviathan Axe, Talon Bow, and Blades of Chaos for more information on these weapons including Skills, Upgrades, Runic Attacks Locations, Pommels, and more.
God of War Guardian Shield
You can use the Guardian Shield to protect yourself from enemy attacks. If you press the shield button right before an enemy attacks, you use it to parry enemy attacks which if upgraded can deal some serious damage to enemies.
Apart from parrying, you can send enemy projectile back at them. Kratos also uses this shield as a weapon along with his mighty fists to crack open some skulls in combat.
The shield works exceptionally well during combat especially for parrying enemy attacks and then counterattacking with your mighty fists. You will find below all various skill upgrades that you can purchase in God of War to make the Guardian Shield even more powerful.
Some of the skills are used in normal combat while some of the skills only work during Spartan Rage. We have categorized them accordingly.
Guardian Shield Combat Skills
These skills are used during the normal combat and does not require Spartan Rage. They will work very well with the already owned fist combat moves.
|Skill||Cost||Bonuses and Requirements|
|Block Break: Double tapping L1 will allow you to break an enemy’s block. This will send smaller enemies flying in the air. You can then follow up with some punches using your fists. This also works against enemies who block with a two-handed weapon.||500||On impact, it will create a huge concussion blast that sends enemies flying. Requires 300 defense stat.|
|Countering Strike: Press R1 on the last second before getting hit to counter the attack. This attack is a powerful shield strike that sends smaller enemies backwards and if they hit a wall, they sustain extra damage.||1000||N/A|
|Countering Crush: Block right before being hit and press R2 to have Kratos smash the shield in the ground with a powerful slam. This has splash damage and sends smaller enemies flying in the air.||1500||N/A|
|Countering Blast: Block as soon a projectile is about to hit you to send it back to its sender. You can also aim it another enemy if you want to. The time slows down at this point allowing you to aim it.||3000||N/A|
|Guardian Sweep: While in barehanded stance, pressing R1 will make Kratos land a powerful fist attack on the enemies and then sweep them off their feet using the shield.||1500||This will add a medium-range concussive blast, which deals additional stun damage. it needs 250 defense stat.|
|Guardian’s Justice: Holding R2 during the barehanded stance will allow Kratos to spin and lunge towards the enemy putting all his energy in the shield for a powerful shield bash.||2000||This will add a medium-range concussive blast, which deals additional stun damage. it needs 250 defense stat.|
|Guardian’s Judgement: After successfully performing Guardian’s Justice, press R2 again to add a powerful concussive blast at the end of the move.||3000||N/A|
|Agile Strike: While evading during the barehanded stance, press R1 and hold the left stick forward to perform a quick agile strike against enemies.||1500||This will add a medium-range concussive blast which deals additional stun damage. it needs 250 defense stat.|
|Haymaker’s Crush: While sprinting during the barehanded stance, press R1 to perform a powerful haymaker attack on the enemies making them stumble. Might not work against powerful enemies.||1500||This attacks has increased resistance to interruption and it requires 75 Vitality|
|Shoulder Barrage: While sprinting during the barehanded stance, press R2 to run into enemies shoulder first for a powerful shoulder base sending them back flying.||2000||N/A|
|Guardian’s Revenge: After a barehanded attack, you can switch your stance quickly to perform a powerful attack. In the new stance, pressing R1 will allow Kratos to launch an upper cut attack.||3000||This attacks has increased resistance to interruption and it requires 200 Vitality|
|Guardian’s Fury: During the same stance, pressing R2 will allow Kratos to perform a leaping shield attack.||2000||This attacks has increased resistance to interruption and it requires 200 Vitality|
Rage Mode Skills
The following skills can only be used while the Spartan Rage is activated. Outside the Spartan Rage, these skills cannot be used so you must keep this in mind.
|Fury Strike: In Spartan rage, perform a powerful fist attack with R1 and then press it repeatedly to land more punches.||0|
|Fury Drive: Hold R1 in Spartan Rage to land a powerful haymaker attack that keep pin enemies to walls for added damage.||500|
|Fury Beatdown: Increases the duration of the punches you can land after a Fury Strike attack.||1500|
|Spartan Stomp: In Spartan Rage, pressing L1 will make Kratos stomp the ground pushing enemies back and dealing them damage at the same time.||1000|
|Spartan Surge: During Spartan Rage, hold L1 to land a powerful stomp attack that makes enemies airborne.||3000|
|Raging Smash: Pressing R2 while in Spartan Rage allows Kratos to jump in the air and slam an enemy to the ground in more enemies to deal damage.||0|
|Raging Ultimatum: Pressing R2 while in Spartan rage causes Kratos to land an even more powerful raging smash attack.||4500|
|Seething Earth: In Spartan Rage, press L2 to pick up a large boulder and throw it on enemies to cause great amounts of damage to multiple enemies.||10,000|
This concludes our God of War Guardian Shield Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below!