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A Crystal Shield is a possible reward from completing the Roving Elves quest.
Additionally, a new Crystal Shield may be purchased from Islwyn for a static price of 750,000 coins.
Ilfeen, secluded deep in Isafdar, can also be paid to re-enchant Crystal Weapon Seeds into Crystal Shields. The price this costs is initially 750,000 coins, dropping linearly to 150k permanently upon the fifth re-enchanted seed.
Where is Islwyn? (Buy New)
Islwyn can be found travelling with Eluned, south of the western entrance of Lletya.
Upon completion of Song of the Elves, Islwyn will move to reside in south-east Prifddinas near the bank.
After Song of the Elves, an elven scout will replace Islwyn and Eluned at the former location, and will be functionally identical for purchasing Crystal Shields.
No matter your quest state, it will cost 750,000 coins to buy a Crystal Shield in this way.
If Islwyn or her elven scout replacement is not there, simply hop worlds to find her.
Where is Ilfeen? (Re-enchant Crystal Weapon Seeds)
Ilfeen is located west of Lletya in Isafdar.
And since you must cross agility obstacles and traps to get to her, you need at least level 56 Agility to navigate to her.
To receive a Crystal Shield from Ilfeen, you need to provide a Crystal Weapon Seed and 750,000 coins.
However, this price will reduce from 750,000 → 600,000 → 450,000 → 300,000 → 150,000 coins after five re-enchantments, stabilizing at a price of 150,000 coins from thereon.
Upon completion of Song of the Elves, Ilfeen will move to reside in west Prifddinas near the house portal.
After Song of the Elves, an elven scout will replace Ilfeen at the former location, and will be functionally identical for re-enchanting Crystal Shields.
If Ilfeen or her elven scout replacement is not there, simply hop worlds to find her.
Why Use a Crystal Shield in OSRS?
To equip a Crystal Shield you’ll need at least level 50 Agility and 70 Defence, and serves as a useful degradable shield specializing in high ranged defence bonus.
The Crystal Shield holds 2,500 charges, and will revert back into a Crystal Weapon Seed after reaching the hit limit.
From there it can be re-enchanted at Ilfeen to create a new one.
Keep in mind, the charges on the Crystal Shield only diminish when hit by a non-zero hitsplat.
The Crystal Shield has the second highest ranged defence bonus in the game, only beaten out by the Elysian Spirit Shield due to its damage mitigation effect.
The Dinh’s Bulwark is also better, but that’s a 2-handed shield.
Common uses for the Crystal Shield include Dagannoth Kings, tanking sections in quests (think Monkey Madness I & II tunnels, Contact, Mourning’s End Part II), and learning Zulrah (useful for slip ups in prayer and no loss in magic attack bonus).