When you're competing in the tournament, you pin your opponent under the shield, a snake strikes. Your opponent will be paralysed.
Devlin[[Valiant (episode)


The Serpent Shield was a shield painted with three snakes that were magically enchanted to come to life on command and strike an opponent of its bearer.

The Shield was acquired by a knight named Valiant prior to the Tournament in Camelot. As he accuiring the shield from the sorcerer, he invoked the snake for the first time to killing the sorcerer. He later invoked the snakes again during the Tournament: in the duel with Knight Ewan.


Valiant later invoked the snakes in his private quarters in order to feed them. He was seen by Merlin, who later returned and decapitated one of the snakes. Merlin delivered the snake's head to Gaius, who used it to create an antidote for Ewan. But the defeated knight was later killed by a subsequent snake attack before he could testify before the King.

The Shield was later rendered ordinary when, during the final duel between Valiant and Arthur Pendragon, the snakes were invoked by Merlin and slain by Arthur, who then killed Valiant to win the Tournament (Valiant).

What happened to the shield after that event is unknown. It is most likely that it was destroyed.


Series 1 Enemies
The Dragon's Call: Mary Collins † • Lady Helen (indirect) †
Valiant: Valiant † • DevlinSerpent Shield
The Mark of Nimueh: Nimueh † • Afanc
The Poisoned Chalice: Nimueh † • Balorian SpidersCockatrice
Lancelot: Griffin
A Remedy to Cure All Ills: Edwin Muirden † • Elanthia Beetles
The Gates of Avalon: Sophia † • Aulfric † • Sidhe elder
The Beginning of the End: Uther Pendragon
Excalibur: Nimueh † • Tristan de Bois
The Moment of Truth: Kanen
The Labyrinth of Gedref: Arthur Pendragon (indirect) †
To Kill the King: TaurenMorgana † • Uther Pendragon
Le Morte d'Arthur: Nimueh † • Questing BeastKilgharrah
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