Scutum is a type of Glyph that can be found in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Its primary intent is to directly shield Shanoa from hostile attacks, a direct contrast to the rest of the game's glyphs, which are offensive in nature. Due to this, equipping a Scutum glyph may prolong battles rather unnecessarily, especially if in the hands of a player who is skillful in avoiding attacks.
One should note that while a Scutum glyph is in effect, Shanoa's CON and MND attributes will increase by a large amount, the exact numbers depending not only on the stats in question, but also on what tier of glyph is in effect, with higher tiers granting a higher increase. Also, there are certain projectiles that will be rendered useless if it hits a Scutum glyph, yet cannot be destroyed by weapon glyphs. In certain situations, such as during the battle with Dracula, players may find themselves seeing use in a Scutum glyph to at least provide a larger window of opportunity for offensive tactics.
The Scutum Glyph Union temporarily encases Shanoa in an all-powerful shield, rendering her completely invincible until it wears off. It comes at great cost, however; for it to be available at a moment's notice, both arms must have a Scutum glyph occupying them. As a result of this, the only ways for Shanoa to even damage enemies, let alone manage a considerable and reliable offense, will be through sliding and dive-kicks, both of which are rather weak in strength in comparison to even normal tier weapon glyphs. An exception to this is to equip the Shield Helm after obtaining it from the Boss Rush Mode.
|Item Data: Scutum|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|A shield glyph.|| Glyph|
|Consume: 5 MP|| No stats|| Find: Kalidus Channel|| Effect: Blocks/reduces damage|
|A powerful shield glyph.|| Glyph|
|Consume: 5 MP|| No stats|| Drop: Lizardman|| Effect: Blocks/reduces damage|
|Superior shield glyph.|| Glyph|
|Consume: 5 MP|| No stats|| Find: Arms Depot (Dracula's Castle)|| Effect: Blocks/reduces damage|
|'|| Glyph Union|
| Attrib: None|
Consume: 20 Hearts
| Effect: Temporary Invulnerability.|
Notes: Scutum is Latin for "Shield".