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Optimization Academy of Lore: Shields and Spells

What this guide will do and what it will not do:
This guide is meant to give guidance of what is available for a character - advice on the equipment of each category and strategies complementing builds. While the suggestions given within the guide will be adequate in generic situations, it may not answer specific questions that will present itself as you play.

To ask for specific advice visit AQ Questions and Answers, Equipment Comparison, or other guides within this forum.

Players are expected to make decisions on their own to build characters to their liking in terms of aesthetics and playstyle through guidance in general strategies, we acknowledge that a less optimized character is viable to a certain extent.

Ward_Point explains how to use the advice within this guide


*To quick find press ctrl + F on the keyboard and type the numerical code beside the section desired, view the example of [5] Shields for the decimal numbering system 1 to 96 that are associated with specific elements, for specific pairings in Multielement, type "." followed by from left to right lowest to highest value, for Compression type "/" between the two values*

[5] Shields
[5.0] No drop
[5.01] Fire
[5.02] Water
[5.03] Wind
[5.04] Ice
[5.05] Earth
[5.06] Energy
[5.07] Light
[5.08] Dark
[5.098] Multielement
[5.1] Fire
[5.2] Water
[5.3] Wind
[5.4] Ice
[5.5] Earth
[5.6] Energy
[5.7] Light
[5.8] Dark
[5.98] Multielement

[6] Spells
[6.0] Temporary
[6.096] Heal
[6.1] Fire
[6.2] Water
[6.3] Wind
[6.4] Ice
[6.5] Earth
[6.6] Energy
[6.7] Light
[6.8] Dark
[6.9] Void
[6.95] Harm
[6.96] Heal
[6.98] Multielement
[6.99] Omnielement


Shields are separated into Defensive or Offensive categories depending on the nature of the effect and available actions.
Built in Skills/Spells are either non-elemental or locked to an element with compensation determined by subtracting .25 from the lowest product between (select one of the armor's eight resistances - shield)/Expected resistance at player level and 130/locked element position relative to the selected resistance's element according to the Elemental Wheel Correct 130, Ally 115, Neutral 100, Poor 85 or Opposite 70.
Dual, Tri and Quad element shields have less resistance to better defend against less common dual or multielement monsters that otherwise hit harder on a single element shield with a secondary resistance.
Compression shields address an Adventurer's lack of a permanent single element no drop shield and a Guardian that selected None as the element of their no drops.

No Drop [5.0]
Fire [5.01]
Water [5.02]
Wind [5.03]
Ice [5.04]
Earth [5.05]
D S Eggshell
Energy [5.06]
D S Frankenshield
Light [5.07]
Dark [5.08]
Multielement [5.098]
D G Guardian Shield, G Shield of Awe, G UltraGuardian Shield
- Dual .14 S Tortilla Shield
- Oct Adventurer Shield

Fire [5.1]
D Fire Shield v> Grakma-Hide Shield from Mecha Knight, P Akriloth's Command, SP Heart's Defender, H Pyro Chrono Shield > Hatchling Dragon Knight's Scales
- Skill P Protoparagon Mk 3 Defender
O Vassal's Story, Shield of Agony's Blood > S Snuggle Hearts
- Skill Avenger's Bulwark: Stormfallen from Dragonlorn Keep II: The Frontier of Perdition, Z Storied Shield of the Warbringer
Water [5.2]
D Water Shield v> Transmorpher > Palette Protector from When Powers Collide, Figurehead, Sole, Z General of Cerberus Shield > Luna Shield from Haven
- Skill Avenger's Bulwark: Default from Dragonlorn Keep II: The Frontier of Perdition, Doray, Beast's Persistence
- Skill Mizuchi's Deference
Wind [5.3]
D Wind Shield, Rooted Flora Shield v> Mistral's Grace from Mistral's Request
- Skill Haunted Dragonlord's Will from Last of the Dragonlords
O Yata Mirror, SP Zombie Buddy Bulwark
- Skill Aura
Ice [5.4]
D Ice Shield v> Punisher's Protection, G Cryo Chrono Shield, P MegathÝrio Defender, P Tera'Suul's Scales > Cryocastellum Defender from Geocastellum Set Part 2 > Frostgale's Grace from Secret of the Lost Tower
- Skill S Father Time, P Protoparagon Mk 2 Defender
O S Broken Ornament > Horo-show Void Vindicator
- Skill Pies, Lt. Lore's Shield
Earth [5.5]
D Earth Shield v> Tectonic Tower Shield > Sol Shield from Haven, S Macka-Lot Buckler > Geocastellum Bulwark from Geocastellum Set Part 2, P Scales of Custosilva
- Skill Avenger's Bulwark: Deren from Dragonlorn Keep II: The Frontier of Perdition,
O Chimeran Squire Shield, Morningstar Bulwark
- Skill (Chieftain's) IronThorn
Energy [5.6]
D Energy Shield, Grounded Flora Shield v> Soothsayer's Taladosian Ward, P King's Reign Guard > Umazen Aspis from The Umazon Stirs, P Ironbloom Bulwark
O SP Hollowborn Evoker Defender
- Skill Asgardian Sparks' Accuracy
Light [5.7]
D Light Shield v> Illuminated Solaris Shield, Learning To Fly, Ikm of Seth, Moonfang Omen Shield from Hairy Situation, S Mutant Egg Shield, S School Bell Bulwark, S Broken Mirror Defender, P Light Realm Protector > Sol Defender from Haven > Emancipator's Radiance from The Last Umazen City
- Skill Avenger's Bulwark: Rennd from Dragonlorn Keep II: The Frontier of Perdition, Ethereal Shield, Eye of Naab, Paladin Defender from Halls of Honor, P Protoparagon Mk 4 Defender, P Strawberry Shieldcake
O Z Golden Dragon Head Shield
- Skill Scarab Shell
Dark [5.8]
D Darkness Shield, Corrupted Flora Shield v> Lantern of Souls from Death's Domain Nowhere, Shade's Symbol, Mecha Knight Defender from Mecha Knight > Luna Defender from Haven, G Undead Terror, SP Paragon Fiend Defender
- Skill Avenger's Bulwark: Granemor from Dragonlorn Keep II: The Frontier of Perdition, Z Anxiety Totem
O Bloodfang Omen Shield from The Red Fog, H ShadowWalker's Shield of Time > SP Hollowborn Conjurer Defender
- Skill S Box of Chocolates > S Eclipse Shield, S Lunar Eclipse Shield
Multielement [5.98]
D Kindheart Mirror
- Comp .1/.2 P Hydro Blaze Shield, .1/.8 Cerebus Ward from The Hunt for Hollow, .1/.7 S Fireworks Buckler, .2/.5 Bac-ler, Chameleon Shield, .2/.6 P Sinmaw's Guile, .3/.5 Gemini, .3/.8 War-Torn Heirloom from The Greatest Warrior II, .5/.6 P Elightus Guard, .7/.8 Daylight Savings Time
- Dual .12 Shifter, S Pumpkin Shield, .15 Nova Knight Shield, .17 Fate's Betrayal from When Powers Collide, .18 Demon Soul Prison, S Memorial Shield, .23 S Arm Floaty, P Paramount Shield, .28 Sunken Ship Wheel, .35 Shield of Sands, .57 Candy Floss Shield, S Tartan Shield .58 ShadowSlayer Shield, .78 Holy Paladin Guard
- Tri .167 Shimmering Shield, .348 Furtive Assassin Shield
- Quad .1245 Magnetic Bulwark, .1345 Imparted Mogloo, .1567 Sackelberry Buckler, .2345 Spell Stopper, .2346 Admirable Tower Shield, .2356 Glave Shield, Gyrate Shield
- Dual .14 Fur of Igneus


Skills are Sp and Spells are Mp, they are separated into Defensive or Offensive categories to identify the nature of the effects.
Guests are separated by the type of resource it consumes, Calls are Sp and Summons are Mp.
Multielement category items have numbers from 1 to 8 behind the decimal that corresponds to an element in numerical order, items of eight elements or more will be without numbers.

Discontinued after December 26, 2007 were spells of no stat damage, on June 12, 2008 they were updated to 100% stat dmg per hit.
Starting on January 1, 2008 spells released had stat damage that increases with spell level, the specific stat damage values' progression standard was discontinued after January 1, 2010.
Starting on February 11, 2010 spells have 30% less stat damage in a comparison of Dark Wings IV against Fwying Wonder.
Spells of greater stat damage are listed within the Equipment progression pathways and transitions to the modern standard once outleveled.

Temporary [6.0]
Heal [6.096]
D Spell Healing Light, Restful Night

Fire [6.1]
D Spell Cuddle Cube Pyre > Seeing Red, S Loco Eggsplosion from Egads, Exploding Eggs
Guest S Call Gourdon Ramshead from Scourge of the Pumpkin Spies
O Skill Blazing Phoenix from Tower of Techniques, Burning Question Warmaster's Burst, S Drop the MOAP, Z Dragonguard Invocation
Spell Fireball > Arrows v> 95 Fireball Z, Burning Question, Warmaster's Burst, Missile Barrage from Escape the Wicked King, S Liberty's Footsteps, Z Arms of the Dragonguard
Guest Call Firezard, Z Call Shadowscythe Floater > Call Poutine Golem, Z Call Blazing Legion Minion
Summon InfernoZard, Z Summon Shadowscythe Floater > Z Summon Blazing Legion Minion
Water [6.2]
D Skill P Sea Titan Slam
Spell Torrentacles from A Cavernous Chronicle, P Sea Titan Wave
Guest Call Abyssal Undead Hydra from Dragonlorn Keep V: Forlorn Wake, Call FruitcakeZard, S Call RhubZard
Summon Abyssal Undead Hydra from Dragonlorn Keep V: Forlorn Wake, S Summon Aquella from Season of Shipping, S Summon RhubZard
O Skill Aqua Edge from Tower of Techniques, Mighty Laundromash
Spell Rain Bolt > Rain Storm > Water Dragon Blast > Sticky Gumn > Goopy Gumn > Everlasting Guardian Gumn, 105 Blue Blazes, Whirl Tide, Mystic Laundromash, Dryad Aqua Blast from Trouble A-Poaches
Guest Call Tadzard > S Call Valencia from Raiders of the Lost Yolk, Z Call Hydro Badelaire, Z Call Underworld Legion Minion, SZ Pyre Rat Contract
Summon WhaleZard > S Summon Valencia from Raiders of the Lost Yolk, Z Summon Underworld Legion Minion
Wind [6.3]
D Spell Allergic Reaction, Green Envy, Biggest Fan
O Skill Gale Impact from Tower of Techniques, Warmaster's Burst, S Necromantic WAHHHHH
Spell Whirlwind > Sonic Boom > Chinook > Brilhado Feathers > 95 Warmaster's Burst
Guest Call Skeeter
Call Windzard, Call Rogue
Summon CloudZard, Summon Eukara Vox from Truphma World Jumping, Summon Wind Spirit
Ice [6.4]
D Spell Abominable Assault > Chocolate Syrup
Guest Nezujimbo Contract
Z Summon Icemaster Yeti
O Skill Arctic Impact from Tower of Techniques
Spell Frost > IceBall > Cool "Cupuncture > Algorstorm > Ice Nine > 105 Frigid Fury
Guest Call Icezard
Summon BlizZard > Summon Mirror Ryussei
Earth [6.5]
D Skill Terrapin Shell from A Cavernous Chronicle, Thorns, Hiding For Dummies from The Vision
Spell Salad Shooter > Sands of Suffocation
Guest S Call Sugar Gobbler from Candy Caverns
O Skill Terra Crunch from Tower of Techniques, Mighty Laundromash, Entangling Vines
Spell EarthStrike > Dinozard Bite > Earth Rage, G Earth Spikes > Dinozard Chomp, G Earth Fury > Dinozard NOMNOMNOM > 115 Gravity Crush, Mystic Laundromash, Earthen Werepyre Spirit, Sizzler 'Splosion from Geocastellum Set Intro, S Liberty's Footsteps, SZ Ebil Pencil
Guest Call Frogzard, Call Warrior
Summon ToadZard, Z Summon Doomquake Minions
Energy [6.6]
D Spell Thunder Wave, Blood Ruby Rain from Blood Ruby Rampage
Guest Call Mogdin, P Call Blood Ruby Rose
Summon Mogdin, P Summon Blood Ruby Rose
O Skill Electro Impact from Tower of Techniques, S Deck of Hearts
Spell Lightning > Current Event > BigZapAttack > Dr. Voltabolt's Lightning > Thunder Stalker Strike > Galvawk's > G MegaHyperGigaShock, Z Epoch Slice > Z Surge
Guest Call Energyzard, Call Mage
Summon StormZard, S Summon Loco
Light [6.7]
D Skill Your Body Heals at the Speed of Light from Out of Order
Spell Light of Mana > Wyrm Strike > S Dodgeball Z
O Skill Radiant Might from Tower of Techniques, Your Hand Glows with an Awesome Power from Out of Order, Your Soul Burns Bright as a Beacon from Out of Order, Scarab Swarm
Spell Ray of Light > Vanquish Shadows > Daybreak > Brilhado Pinions > Sunburst > Fwying Wonder > 115 Star Forge
Guest Call Rayzard > Z Call Mogsterio
Summon LightZard > Z Summon Mogsterio
Dark [6.8]
D Skill Absolute Darkness from Dragonlorn Keep III: The Far West, Z Iron Maiden
Spell Graveyard Smash from The Return of Artix, Absolute Darkness from Dragonlorn Keep III: The Far West, Death Chops
Guest Call Scion from Hostage to Misfortune > Call Death Flair, Call Sunless Undead Hydra from Dragonlorn Keep V: Forlorn Wake, Z Call Grimlord
Summon Sunless Undead Hydra from Dragonlorn Keep V: Forlorn Wake, Z Summon Grimlord
O Skill S Meteorbak > Umbral Impact from Tower of Techniques, Fleshreaver Strike, Tenacious Dracolich Claws from Arena of Enthusiasts
Spell Tendrils of Darkness > Bag O" Bones > Mayhem Blast > Darkness Dragon Ambush > Mayhem Beam v> 105 Soul Steal, Midnight Werepyre Spirit
Guest Call Darkzard > Call Zombie Director, S Ninja Lawyer Assassins Contract, Z Call Dread Fiend of Nulgath
Summon NightZard, Summon Brain Spider > Summon Undead Army, Z Summon Dread Fiend of Nulgath
Void [6.9]
N Spell Spellcraft
Harm [6.95]
O Skill Runic Binding from Dragonlorn Keep I: Darker Memories
Spell Runic Binding from Dragonlorn Keep I: Darker Memories, Archmage Research
Guest Summon Memet
Heal [6.96]
D Skill Catnip Senses, Recovery, Water of Immortality, Healing Seeds, Mending Vines, Purifying Pollen > Cure Toxic Poisons, GA Sisters of Mercy, Z Overcharged Recovery
Spell Cure Wounds > S Pumpkin Patch, Z Gandolphin, Z Kiss of the Angel of Darkness, Z Overcharged Cure Wounds
Multielement [6.98]
D Skill
- Dual .18 Invocation of the Mean AntiGuardian, .23 SZ Gravy Cannon, .78 Ultraviolent Light
Guest .13 S Summon Amoria
N Skill
- Comp .5/.96 Call Twilly from Forgotten Memories, .6/.96 S PikaTwilly
.2/.96 Summon Gaiden
O Skill
Spell Spellcraft
- Comp .1/.8 Fires of Desolation, Destruction Burst, .2/.5 Goggplant Parmesan from The Greatest Warrior I, .2/.6 P Cysero's Teleport Booth, P Cysero's Explosive Teleport Booth, .3/.4 P Glacial Gust, P Arctic Tornado, .5/.7 P Primordial Light, P Creation Burst, .7/.8 Embrace the Shadows, Charm, S Candy Hearts
- Dual .18 Tentdid Tentacular, Heckgate, .25 Jacques' Fury, .35 Sandicane, .37 S Candy Corn, .38 Nightbane's Howl, .58 Darkovian Powers, Fundead Ripping, .78 Luminous Blast, .796 Light Cross
- Tri .156 Dragonpact Strike > Giant Friends from War of the Giants Part 4
- Quad .1238 G PieRat's Retort, .1367 Elemental Rage, .2458 Elemental Scorn, .2578 Sol and Luna
- Oct Storm of Kus, Eye of Chaos, SZ Colored Pencils
- Comp .1/.3 P Shogun & Ansatsu Contract, .2/.5 GA Call Maple Beaver, .2/.8 Call Luna-Style Katshiro from Haven, S Call Chupacabra from Chupacabras From Outer Space, .3/.4 Call Katabar from Mistral's Request, .5/.7 Call Sol-Style Katshiro from Haven, .6/.8 Call Zorbot from Out of Order
.2/.8 SZ Summon Mason's Remains, .3/.4 Summon Katabar from Mistral's Request
- Dual .17 S Summon Dragonchaun, .25 S Summon Plant Dragon, .36 Summon Ramleoness, .37 Summon Necropunk, .37 S Summon LOCOmotive, .58 Summon Antlertops, .678 Summon WarLich, .78 Summon ElBhe
Omnielement [6.99]
D Skill Imanok Edoc, Purple Rain
Spell Imanok Edoc
N Skill P Buffalot's Beach Bod, P Arcane Amplification, P Una Poca de Gracia, SZ 2019 New Year's Surprise
Spell Moonwalker's Grace, SZ 2019 New Year's Surprise
O Spell Randomizing Blight, Scrambler Beacon
Guest Summon Essence of Carnage from The Greatest Warrior II, Z Call Dunamis, Z Call Thernda, Z Summon Poelala

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