Just some more info about shields.
You can check your Sentinel skill points progress in the player website here: http://players.finalfantasyxiv.com/rc/personal/home
Hopefully they add it in game eventually.
As for stats, Block, is how much damage is blocked, not sure if it is a direct reference or not. And I am assuming Wield rate, is how often it blocks.
If you look at tarnished hoplon and notched buckler. Tarnished hoplon blocks more, but has less attack power, and does not block as often as notched buckler.
So at 1st glance you might think Tarnished hoplon is better for tanking but the increased Wield rate of the notched buckler can mean the difference in getting off a phalanx or not, what sets it apart though is increased, acc, eva, and crit. Edited, Sep 19th 2010 6:10am by MaFi0s0