I am always tempted to use the Grass Crest shield for the stamina regen buff (instead of having to waste a ring slot for Clothony ring, or my helmet for the stupid-looking mask of the child).......but that 95% damage absorption is a MAJOR turn-off. So I always go with Crest.
in PVP, I hate knowing that when I block an attack, it's still going to hurt me.
I want 100% damage absorption, no matter what.
Plus, I have a mage build, so Crest shield is about as heavy as I can wield anyway.
With my "tank" character, obviously, I'm going with Havel. That shield is beast. --- Cheetah Yee-HT Skip-OT no tso-p tsum ooh sen-o eht era s11ort Tenner-ettni laer eht.
Iron shield. 100 percent physical, can deflect AND parry at 5 weight. Pretty good against fire, too. It's worth killing Shiva. Best against Kallameet, surprisingly. I think his breath is mostly physical. --- Forest trees are greener.
I usually use buckler or target. But I've moved to duel weilding.
Two katanas is a challenge but viable. A sheild and a katana is too easy mode. But duel, it seems balanced... Once you have to dodge or parry- you'll get Better at both. I've set up parries with duel katanas and zero poise... So it can be done... Cause I ain't that good. You also get better at blind parries when you duel weild.
Oh- and I rarely two hand for the block effect. That's two handing, no duel weilding.
With my no sheild, no chest armor, two handed sword conan build I've successful bare handed parried before plenty of times. Just need to see if they're an r1 masher or not.
I also the parrying dagger and the rapier. But I hate rapiers in the right hand.
Before I went no sheild I was using a dark hand.
I've done the two bone sheilds before too. Wasn't fun for too long though... And people tend not to summon you too much when you look like a clown.