I was playing Dark Souls 2 recently and noticed an odd symbol below my stamina bar (where my ring status effects usually are). It appeared to be a white shield in a red square.

I have played the game before and have never come across this symbol for 4 different characters.

I unequipped all my gear and it was still there. I had not used any consumables either.

I did a bit of looking around and found a similar thing which turned out to be a feature that set up an auto walk after pressing a designated key.

Note: I use a controller, the only time I use the keyboard is when I'm typing in my characters name.

Are there more than 1, and if so, what do they all mean?

2 Answers 2


It's a feature for Auto-Block, meaning, your character will always be blocking. The default key to enable or disable is "M".

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    Having never played on PC, 'autoblock' sounds horrendous. Jun 13, 2014 at 17:42
  • I have edited the question to cover more of these icons and their meaning
    – Ben
    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:36

Well, I don't know if these have symbols since i only used a controller this far (will check when i have the time if there are any) but there are 2 more things that are toggleable when using a PC though, one of them is Walking / running ( Z ), the other is running, sprinting ( X ).

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