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Gertrude's Holy Shield
  • Gertrude's Holy Shield item sprite
Tooltip4 defense
Increases damage absorption as health goes down, with a minimum of +5% damage absorption at full health to 25% at less than 15% health. Also increases dark damage defense by 18.
Gertrude was a strategist, and thus was frequently absent on the battlefield when his troops fought. However, when he did join them, he was notorious for cowering behind a shield.
RarityRarity level: 3

Gertrude's Holy Shield is a craftable accessory which increases the player's damage reduction based on how low on health they are ranging from 5% to 25% and increases Dark Damage defense by 18.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Gertrude's Holy ShieldGertrude's Holy Shield
Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil


  • It is one of the few items that provide dark defense.
  • Gertrude's Holy Shield provides a similar bonus to the Frozen Turtle Shell, although it can be obtained before hardmode.


  • Gertrude is a female name which originally derived from Germanic roots that meant "spear" or "strength".
    • Even though it is a female name, the shield's tooltip suggests that Gertrude was a man.
    • Furthermore, the origin of the name meant either "spear" or "strength", which is strange seeing as Gertrude used a sword in battle and is described as a cowardly fighter hiding behind his shield at all times.

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Equipable Items: Eternal Helmet (Pinkymod).png Armor (Old Hero's Helmet (Pinkymod).png Vanity)  • Imperial Escutcheon (Pinkymod).png Accessories