Despite its overt fantasy leanings, CD Project Red’s Witcher series has always lacked a noticeable combat element, namely, shields. Of course, when you’re a Witcher who walks around with two different swords at all times and who can utilize a variety of magic spells and supernatural attacks, there probably isn’t much need for a shield in the first place, but if you think protagonist Geralt would be better off putting a physical wall between himself and his foes’ attacks, a new mod for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has exactly what you’re looking for.
The mod, which is aptly titled ‘Shields,’ adds in over 40 different shields to The Witcher 3, many of which are adorned with the heraldry of the game’s various factions. Even better, the shields aren’t just a cosmetic addition, they can actually block both ranged and melee attacks, giving players a bit of added protection during combat encounters. As an added bonus, the mod also adds in new wearable armor sets, hoods, and cloaks, allowing players to customize Geralt’s look a bit more as he faces down his foes, shield in hand.
You can download the Shields mod here, and you can also watch the below video to see the mod in action.