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The Phalanx Shield was the standard service shield for the infantry of Ptolemaic Egypt.


As a professionally forged shield, the Phalanx Shield was not only rare in the Egyptian markets but also superior in quality to average shields. Typical of shields of this era, it was circular in design and made with an outer, metal shell. The shell was polished but not decorated, and overall the shield could withstand a barrage of blows more effectively than other contemporary shield designs.[1]


The aptly named Phalanx Shield was regularly employed by the Ptolemaic Egyptian army's heavy infantry; their rectangular formations were conventionally called phalanx. Accordingly, the shield became iconic to them and remained in service to the reign of their last pharaoh, Cleopatra VII.[1]

These shields were rare among the common people, and as a consequence, it was considered a specialty item by the Siwan blacksmith Benipe when he chanced upon one in 48 BCE. When his tools and products were confiscated by the local authorities on suspicions of his rebel sympathies, he managed to hide his Phalanx Shield, Pilum, Gruesome Mattock, and Bitter Bow. After the Medjay Bayek helped retrieve his tools and assassinate the captain who had harassed him, Benipe allowed him to choose one among these four as his reward.[2]

Weapon statistics

Rarity Quality (Max Level 40) Damage (Max Level 40) Attributes Availability
Rare Melee Resistance II

Damage Absorption Rate II

Blacksmith, Loot