I clipped this from the Bow FAQ:But I also found this info on another site (whichwiki shallwiki remainwiki namelesswiki):Situational Damage
Attacking from the flanks of a target gives a small (perhaps 5%) damage bonus, while attacking directly behind a target gives about 10% damage bonus, and greatly increases the likelihood of a critical hit. Also, the opponent will not get the benefit of a shield when attacked from behind or the flanks.These two pieces of information seem to contradict one another. I've always held the most respect for Hahnsoo and his guides but I also find very accurate information on this other sitewiki. Anyone tested to find out which is the absolute truth? Thank you.Shields are items that can be equipped in a character's left hand (sometimes called the "offhand") to increase his or her armor level (AL). This AL is applied regardless of hit location or direction the character is facing.