Martial artists don’t rely on armor to protect them, and instead gain increased power through their Soul Shield.
Martial artists rarely rely on the protection of armor, but instead draw their power through training, meditation, and mastery of the elements that surround them. While you won’t be equipping armor, or at least any that imparts any additional defense beyond its appearance, your Soul Shield—a medallion of immense power—will instead increase your offensive and defensive capabilities.
Your Soul Shield is made up of eight individual pieces, each angled in a specific direction around it. Throughout your adventures, you’ll collect the pieces that can be used in your Soul Shield, which then increase your performance. Each piece is also a part of a set, and additional bonuses can be gained by using 3, 5, or all 8 pieces of a set—which also allows 3 and 5 piece choices of different sets to be mixed and matched.
The most powerful and versatile martial artists seek out Soul Shield pieces and attempt to complete each of the sets in their entirety. It should also be stated that, while attacking without any clothing on can be an imposing sight for your enemy, it’s required that you be clothed for your Soul Shield to be active.
Stats, Set Effects & Acquisition
While some dungeons drop their unique set of Soul Shields, the best Soul Shield sets are only available from Raids, customized to fit your chosen Class Specialization. Typically, Soul Shields can be acquired as a drop from the boss encounters in each Raid or by purchasing them from the Elusive Merchants stationed close to the entrance of the Raid.
To find details on each of the available Soul Shield sets, visit BnS YAST.
After unsealing a Soul Shield piece, you'll find that while HP is a guaranteed stat, the other attributes (like Critical, Accuracy, Block and Evasion) are randomly provided. In addition, how much you get of each attribute is also random. Therefore, it's often needed to obtain several Soul Shields of the same slot to get the best attributes. The best ones are most often considered to be Critical and Accuracy.
On the raid Soul Shield pieces 1, 3, and 7, aim to get the Critical attribute.
On the raid Soul Shield pieces 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8, aim to get both the Critical and Accuracy attributes.
Once you have the attributes of your choice, you'll want to reach the maximum stats of each attribute. To do so, you can use the Reinforcement Sacrifice feature. Found in the Manage Equipment UI, Reinforcement Sacrifice will consume a Soul Shield of the same type and slot number to increase the stats. Note that the attributes themselves need to match in order for the attribute's stats to increase. For example, a Soul Shield piece with Critical and Accuracy will not have their stats increased if you sacrificed a Soul Shield piece with Block and Evasion.
You can also make use of Fuse Sacrifice. By either crafting a Shield Base or purchasing the Shield Base Bundle from the Marketplace (F5), you can then choose different bases for which attribute you wish to add. Exchanged through the Dragon Express, the Shield Base item can be exchanged for a Soul Shield Primer of the same tier. You can choose whichever attribute of the following 7 when buying a Soul Shield Primer:
Critical Soul Shield Primer
Accuracy Soul Shield Primer
Block Soul Shield Primer
Evasion Soul Shield Primer
Piercing Soul Shield Primer
Defense Soul Shield Primer
Reflex Soul Shield Primer
Generally, the Critical Soul Shield primer is considered the best.
Depending on which Shield Base tier you choose, you'll receive different amounts of stats. You can also exchange Shield Bases from the Elusive Merchants stationed outside of each raid entrance in exchange for even better Soul Shield Primers.