The Kaiser Shield is a mid-ranked shield in Final Fantasy XII that boosts the wearer's physical evade by 27. It is metallic for the purposes of the magnetize debuff present in the Vinuskar (though it is available only after the boss) and Ultima boss battles.
In the original PlayStation 2 version, the Kaiser Shield is bought for 8,300 gil from Balfonheim Port after the party has obtained the Treaty-Blade. Kaiser Shield is found as a treasure in Barheim Passage's Terminus No. 7 Adjunct (always appears, 10% chance for gil, the item treasure is Kaiser Shield with the Diamond Armlet equipped and the treasure never respawns ) and Cerobi Steppe's North Liavell Hills (50% chance to appear, 50% chance for gil, 10% chance the item treasure is the Kaiser Shield with the Diamond Armlet equipped ).
In the updated Zodiac versions, the Kaiser Shield is bought for 7,000 gil from Balfonheim, and is found as a treasure in Feywood's Ice Field of Clearsight (75% chance to appear, 50% chance for gil, 50% chance the item treasure is Kaiser Shield without the Diamond Armlet equipped).
The Kaiser Shield is a mid-ranked shield that helps the wielder evade physical attacks. In the Zodiac versions, the Kaiser Shield can be used by the jobs Red Battlemage, Knight, Foebreaker and Shikari.
The Kaiser Shield can be equipped by characters with one-handed weapons or no weapon in their available hand. It adds to the wearer's physical evasion. Shield Block augments also add +5% to physical evasion per augment purchased. Equipping a shield negates the Brawler augment, even if the character is still attacking bare-handed. Some enemies, especially all the toughest bosses and marks, have Ignore Evasion as a passive ability, which causes their attacks to ignore all blocking and parrying.
The chance to block granted by gloves and shields and Shield Block licenses is checked separately to, and before, the evade from one-handed weapons. If the shield block fails, the game checks for the weapon block, and if that fails, the game checks for parry.
Kaiser is the German title meaning "Emperor", derived ultimately from the name of Julius Caesar. Many languages use a descendant of the word Caesar to mean "emperor", such as Russian царь (tsar) and Greek Καῖσαρ (Kaîsar).