Low-shield pack

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Low-shield pack

Low-shield pack

A single-use man-portable low-shield projector. Deployed on the ground, it generates a circular shield that allows bullets out but not in. The unit is designed to last only a short time before burning out.
Many ultratech combat squads owe their lives to a shield pack deployed at just the right time.


Type
GearArmor
HP
100
Market Value
430 Silver.png
Mass
3 kg
Coverage
Waist
Layer
Belt
Work To Make
14,000 ticks (3.89 mins)
Resources to make
BroadshieldCore.png 1 + Component.png 1

The low-shield pack is a single-use accessory added by Royalty DLC. It allows the user to deploy a circular shield that stops incoming projectiles but does not affect outgoing projectiles, or prevent pawns from moving through it.

Acquisition

As a complicated piece of technology, low-shield packs can only be made at the Machining table and requires Shield Belts to be researched in order to be constructed. Crafting the armor requires 1 Shield core and Component 1 component. Shield cores are only available from mechanoid clusters.

Alternatively, this item can be received as a quest reward or found on Raiders.

Analysis

The low-shield pack is a single-use item that deploys a shield with a radius of 4.9 tiles. After 1800 ticks, it burns out. During that time it stops all incoming fire from passing into the bubble but does not prevent pawns inside from firing out. A pawn does not need to be inside the shield to benefit from the effect, assuming the enemy is not inside the shield and that the shield is between them and their attacker the incoming rounds will be stopped. However, it does not prevent pawns from moving inside the shield and attacking. It is currently unknown if it is vulnerable to mortar rounds like its larger cousin, the bullet shield. However EMP grenades will disable the shield for 9 seconds, during which time the burnout timer will still count down. Futhermore, unlike Mechanoids, the shield projector will not adapt to the EMP effect. Its therefore possible to continuously disable the shield until the projector burns out.

The use of the pack creates a temporary structure called a Burnout Low-shield. It has 250hp. It is currently unknown if it can be destroyed manually.

NPCs equipped with the shield pack will deploy them when an enemy-fired projectile travels past them (friendly ranged fire will not trigger the pack). It is often much easier to acquire completed packs from NPCs than to farm mechanoid clusters for shield cores. Therefore, the ideal way to get them without deploying is to use fast melee pawns and either not used ranged or micromanage your ranged pawns to ensure that they don't target anyone near or behind the pawn with the shield pack. Bionic or archotech legs and/or a jump pack or locust armor paired with a strong melee weapon are recommended. Note also that NPCs will occasionally end up walking outside of the effect of the shield.

Version History

  • Added in 1.2
  • 1.2.2753 - Gave the broadshield pack a smaller drawsize, so that its icon/map-icon is more congruent with its appearance on a pawn. AI will now only deploy an NPC's Broadshield pack if the offending attacker is hostile to prevents friendly-fire causing activation.
  • ? - Renamed from Broadshield pack to Low-shield pack. Broadhsield Projector renamed to burnout low-shield.

See Also

  • Skip shield - A 6th level psycast with that stops all incoming and outgoing ranged attacks in a similar radius but with a shorter duration.
  • Bullet shield - a mechanoid cluster building that produces the same effect but larger and permanently.
  • Mortar shield - a mechanoid cluster building that produces a similar effect but larger and tuned to mortar rounds only.