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Skeletal Shieldbearers are the toughest skeleton family. Armed with a sword and shield, they deal low damage but are able to survive considerable punishment. Their shields block all damage throw at them but are flimsy so break after absorbing some damage. The shields of Elite variants cannot be broken but appear to block less effectively, if they can even block at all. Normal variants pose limited threat to parties as they are easily dispatched by using powerful skills such as Wave of Light that effortlessly destroy their shields and them. Due to their higher durability, Elite variants pose reasonable threat when combined with affixes like Arcane Enchanted or Frozen. Since their shields block a limited number of hits, damage over time skills are most effective.

A group of Skeletal Shieldbearer.


  • Shield
    • Uses a shield to block all incoming damage. Shield will block a limited amount of damage before breaking. No more damage is blocked once shield is broken. Effect is removed or different for Elite variants.






Image Name Affixes Variant Location Notes

Brother Karel.png

Brother Karel Ancient Nephalem Guardian

Returned Shieldman

Part of The Broken Blade quest.

Captain Cage.png

Captain Cage Commander of the Dead

Skeletal Shieldbearer

Required by A Unique Collection achievement series.

Captain Dale.jpg

Captain Dale Former Guard Captain

Skeletal Marauder

Required by A Unique Collection achievement series.


Enmerkar Ancient Hero

Skeletal Shieldman

Part of the event Last Stand of the Ancients.