Shieldbanger

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Shieldbanger.png Statistics
Value Stat
Armor.png
14 Armor.png
Strength.png
10 Strength.png
Willpower.png
4 Willpower.png
Exertion.png
1 Exertion.png
Break.png
2 Break.png
Total
31
1
2
3
Movement Range
3
Passive Ability
Return the Favor
Shieldbanger


The Shieldbanger is the shield-carrying Varl starting melee unit. He can be recruited from the Mead House. Since he is a starting unit, his stats are already at their max when he is recruited.

Returnthefavor icon.png

Passive Ability: Return the Favor[edit | edit source]

A character who attacks a Shieldbanger loses 1 point of armor for each strike he makes.

Return the Favor triggers every time the Shieldbanger takes strength or armor damage from an adjacent enemy, which can make it devastating to hit him with attacks that strike multiple times. Ranged attacks do not Return the Favor.

Promotions[edit | edit source]

After achieving 5 total kills, the Shieldbanger is eligible for promotion to one of the following classes:

Provoker Shieldmaster Strongarm
Provoker
Shieldmaster
Strongarm

Lore[edit | edit source]

When the Dredge first arose and swarmed across the land like a black-armored plague, it soon became known that the sound of beating wooden shields in the distance either meant salvation, or an early death, depending on which side of the line you stood.


Notes[edit | edit source]

During The Banner Saga: Part 1, a lone generic Shieldbanger is part of the player's retinue in Chapter 1. He does not go on to play any role after the first couple of battles.