The Best of Dark Souls 2′s Shield Design Contest

Namco Bandai and From Software are running a creative design contest for their upcoming game, Dark Souls 2. The contest was announced last month as a way to build up some hype for the title, and they’ve collected thousands of design entries since then.

The shield design contest allows gamers on Facebook to submit their own designs, and for others to vote for their favorite shield design entries to be implemented into Dark Souls 2. The winning entries will be fully added into the game, with credit given to their creators. The developers will be choosing two shield designs from each region to be in the game, out of the top 30 selected designs.

In addition to seeing their creations in-game, the chosen winners will receive an actual, real-world recreation of their shield. Not bad!

With only five days left on the clock to submit a design, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite designs, with links to their voting pages so you can go vote on them if you’d like to see them added into the game.

It’s not too late to submit your own designs, so be sure to read the following rules if you want to participate:

● Become a fan on the official Dark Souls II Facebook page
● Check out the Shield Design Facebook application
● Download the blank shield template
● Create up to three original masterpieces of heraldic design
● Submit your finished designs via Facebook before May 14, 2013

The submission and voting period for shield designs will begin today and run through May 13th. Beginning May 14th no further submissions will be taken and the contest enters into a “voting only” phase until May 20th. On May 20th the shield designs that receive the most fan votes will be submitted for a final round of judging by the Dark Souls II development team at FromSoftware in Japan. The FromSoftware development team will select the final six winning shield designs to be included within the final Dark Souls II game. The winners will be announced at San Diego Comic Con taking place from July 18th through the 21st.

The six lucky winners will be able to engage in battle with their friends online while proudly bearing the shield of their own design. Other players will also be able to carry the shields designed by their compatriots into battle.

Without further ado, here are 25 of our favorite designs.

1. Greatshield of the Raven Godess
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2. Green Man Shield
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3. Guardian Shield
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4. Ire
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5. Tide Warden
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8 Comments on The Best of Dark Souls 2′s Shield Design Contest


On May 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Wow, some really really nice designs here.


On May 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

These designs are really awesome, I hope most of the better ones end up in the game…wish there was a Sunbro shield though…

hi scores

On May 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

You went through the first two pages of the different templates and randomly took a few entries. Don’t get me wrong some decent work here, also some very overrated mediocre work, and the list is hardly comprehensive. Theres a bunch of low voted work which is better than alot of the top rated ones, which should get some attention. People seem to log on, take a look at the first 2-3 pages drop thier votes and log out, so the high rated ones just accumulate more votes, your helping that by posting links to shields with 500-1000 votes already.


On May 9, 2013 at 1:15 am

Epic, this is such a great display of how the Souls community are both included and dedicated to the universe

Pieter Sneep

On May 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

There’s not enough round shields on the list! Will this be updated?

In case, I hope you like mine. It’s doing alright in the top 30 round shields;


On May 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm
watch this Dark Souls 2 shield design promo on youtube, pretty awesome


On July 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

These are some very impressive designs. This game will redefine how games are made. Skyrim, Dragons Dogma, Borderlands I/II, every RPG ever made doesn’t hold a candle to this game. Really amazing work. Long live the passion for great games. Salud


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