Expertise in the use of a shield, both as a weapon and as a defensive tool.
Shield Mastery (refered as "Shield" in the Skills panel) is an advanced skill that is taught by Tyler Green after earning sufficient favor with him. As such this skill is not available to new players, even if Tyler can be found in the Tutorial Cave.
Stunning Bash, the level 1 ability, is received automatically once you reach Friend relationship with Tyler Green.
Shield Mastery skills covers the following mechanics:
|Stun opponent||Stunning Bash [L 1]|
|Sprint||One of the main draws of this skill (Take the Lead [L 8] +6 sprint speed for 10 seconds).|
|Rage control||Flat reduction (Disrupting Bash [L 2] -60 Rage)|
|Knockback||Zero power cost, but long cooldown (Emergency Bash)|
|Slash Damage +%||Slashing Damage boosted +5% for 20sec (Strategic Preparation [L 13])|
|Taunt||Temporary taunt power increases|
|Recover Armor||Reinforce [L 10] (+50 armor)|
|Dodge Projectiles||Evade 40% projectiles for 10sec|
Unknown yet if there are additional Abilities available in the world.
Lucky Belt of the Soldier (currently limited to Sword+Shield) attunes the random-generated treasure to this skill.