For parrying purposes, this is insane when paired with, surprisingly enough, the iron round shield. Highest stability small shield that can parry, 62 stability at lv10 so this spell gives it a whopping 97 stability. Turtle with the shield and this spell for a few hits until you get their attack rhythm right, then fish for an easy parry, all without losing almost any stamina no matter the weapon. Just make sure to use the lingering +2 to give you 45 seconds instead of 30. Bonus salty points for using the untrue dark ring which hides the visual effects of this spell. They won't have any *****ing idea why they can't break your guard. Hilarious.