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by Ari Ibarra
A Shardbearer wearing Shardplate, summoning a Shardblade
Shardwielding is a term used to refer to the act of using a Shardblade or a suit of Shardplate. If someone holds both a Shardblade and Shardplate, they are considered to be a full Shardbearer.

Although the term generally refers to true Shardblades and Shardplate, the term Shardbearer is also applied to those who hold Shardblade-like weapons, such as the Honorblades. The blade Nightblood is also referred to as a Shardblade, similarly any other type IV BioChromatic entities would be as well. Highmarshall Azure's Shard blade is suspected of being a type IV BioChromatic entity, as it is called a "Sprenless Shardblade".

The term "Shardbearer" is not to be confused with "Shard" or "Shardholder," which is a non-canon term for a Vessel of the shattered power of Adonalsium.

Notable Shardbearers[edit]

Full Shardbearer
Single shard
Former Shardbearers


  1. Shallan can use Pattern as a blade
  2. a b c Killed by Szeth
  3. a b Highprince Dalinar Kholin traded Oathbringer and his Shardplate for the lives of Sadeas warcamp's bridgemen at the end of The Way of Kings.
  4. a b Kaladin killed the Helaran, protecting Amaram. Amaram then took both Plate and Blade for himself, and later had possession of Oathbringer.
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