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Shields are protective barriers that block damage to characters or enemies. Player character shields work differently from enemy shields. Below mostly discusses character shields. Enemy shields and breaking them are discussed in Shields/Enemy and Shields/Shield Gauge Data.

Character Shields

Characters can gain shields through the Crystallize elemental reaction or by using certain talents or weapons. These shields have a set amount of health determined when the shield is created; when the active character takes damage, damage is dealt to shield health first, and any remaining damage afterward is subtracted from the character's health normally. Shields often have intrinsic damage absorption bonuses that increase the amount of damage absorbed by each shield health point (usually against certain types of elemental damage).

When a character has more than one shield, the damage dealt by an enemy will affect every active shield simultaneously.[1]

Crystallize Shields

Shields gained from picking up the Elemental Shards dropped by Crystallize reactions have shield health based on the level and Elemental Mastery of the character that triggered the reaction. These shields additionally have 250% effectiveness against elemental damage of the same element; in other words, they only take 40% as much damage when absorbing damage of their own element.

Base Crystallize Shield HP is only affected by the character level. For level scaling and other details, see Crystallize.

When the shield takes damage, the damage is scaled down based on the shield's elemental damage absorption bonuses and the active character's Shield Strength attribute.

Note: Shields can only reduce a portion of the incoming damage if it does not exceed the shield's remaining HP. For example: being dealt 500 DMG while having a 100 Shield HP and 250% Element Bonus will deal 250 DMG to the character, not 100 DMG.

Talent Shields

Shields created by talents usually have health based on the character's DEF or Max HP. Shield damage is scaled down by any elemental damage absorption bonuses and the active character's Shield Strength attribute. Some character Talents and Constellations may grant additional damage absorption bonuses to shields generated by the character; these apply multiplicatively.[2]

See Shields/Comparison for a comparison of character shield strength, bonus, duration and cooldown.

The damage taken on talent shields is therefore:

Note: Shields can only reduce a portion of the incoming damage if it does not exceed the shield's remaining HP. For example: being dealt 500 DMG while having a 100 Shield HP and 2 Shield Multiplier will deal 300 DMG to the character, not 150 DMG.

Talents that Generate Shields

8 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Beidou Beidou Tidecaller Tidecaller Nothing to worry about. Should anyone raise a hand against her or her men, she will avenge it ten-fold with sword and thunder.

Press: Accumulating the power of lightning, Beidou swings her blade forward fiercely, dealing Electro DMG.
Hold: Lifts her weapon up as a shield. Max DMG absorbed scales off Beidou's Max HP.
Attacks using the energy stored within the greatsword upon release or once this ability's duration expires, dealing Electro DMG. DMG dealt scales with the number of times Beidou is attacked in the skill's duration. The greatest DMG Bonus will be attained once this effect is triggered twice.
The shield possesses the following properties:

  • Has 250% Electro DMG Absorption Efficiency.
  • Applies the Electro Element to Beidou upon activation.
Elemental Skill
Diona Diona Icy Paws Icy Paws Fires an Icy Paw that deals Cryo DMG to opponents and forms a shield on hit. The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Diona's Max HP, and its duration scales off the number of Icy Paws that hit their target.

Press: Rapidly fires off 2 Icy Paws.
Hold: Dashes back quickly before firing 5 Icy Paws. The shield created by a Hold attack will gain a 75% DMG Absorption Bonus.
The shield has a 250% Cryo DMG Absorption Bonus, and will infuse Diona with Cryo at the point of formation for a short duration.

Elemental Skill
Noelle Noelle Breastplate Breastplate Summons protective stone armor, dealing Geo DMG to surrounding opponents and creating a shield. The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Noelle's DEF.
The shield has the following properties:
  • When Noelle's Normal and Charged Attacks hit a target, they have a certain chance to regenerate HP for all characters.
  • Possesses 150% DMG Absorption efficiency against all Elemental and Physical DMG.

The amount of HP healed when regeneration is triggered scales based on Noelle's DEF.

Elemental Skill
Noelle Noelle Devotion Devotion When Noelle is in the party but not on the field, this ability triggers automatically when your active character's HP falls below 30%:

Creates a shield for your active character that lasts for 20s and absorbs DMG equal to 400% of Noelle's DEF. The shield has a 150% DMG Absorption effectiveness against all Elemental and Physical DMG. This effect can only occur once every 60s.

1st Ascension Passive
Thoma Thoma Blazing Blessing Blazing Blessing Thoma vaults forward with his polearm and delivers a flame-filled flying kick that deals AoE Pyro DMG, while also summoning a defensive Blazing Barrier.
At the moment of casting, Thoma's Elemental Skill applies Pyro to himself.
The DMG Absorption of the Blazing Barrier scales off Thoma's Max HP.
The Blazing Barrier has the following traits:
  • Absorbs Pyro DMG 250% more effectively.
  • When a new Blazing Barrier is obtained, the remaining DMG Absorption of an existing Blazing Barrier will stack and its duration will be refreshed.

The maximum DMG Absoprtion of the Blazing Barrier will not exceed a certain percentage of Thoma's Max HP.

Elemental Skill
Thoma Thoma Crimson Ooyoroi Crimson Ooyoroi Thoma spins his polearm, slicing at his foes with roaring flames that deal AoE Pyro DMG and weave themselves into a Scorching Ooyoroi.

Scorching Ooyoroi
While Scorching Ooyoroi is in effect, the active character's Normal Attacks will trigger Fiery Collapse, dealing AoE Pyro DMG and summoning a Blazing Barrier.
Fiery Collapse can be triggered once every 1s.

Except for the amount of DMG they can absorb, the Blazign Barriers created in this way are identical to those created by Thoma's Elemental Skill, Blazing Blessing:

  • Absorbs Pyro DMG 250% more effectively.
  • When a new Blazing Barrier is obtained, the remaining DMG Absorption of an existing Blazing Barrier will stack and its duration will be refreshed.

The maximum DMG Absorption of the Blazing Barrier will not exceed a certain percentage of Thoma's Max HP.

If Thoma falls, the effects of Scorching Ooyoroi will be cleared.

Elemental Burst
Xinyan Xinyan Sweeping Fervor Sweeping Fervor Xinyan brandishes her instrument, dealing Pyro DMG on nearby opponents, forming a shield made out of her audience's passion.
The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Xinyan's DEF and on the number of opponents hit.
  • Hitting 0-1 opponents grants Shield Level 1: Ad Lib.
  • Hitting 2 opponents grants Shield Level 2: Lead-In.
  • Hitting 3 or more opponents grants Shield Level 3: Rave, which will also deal intermittent Pyro DMG to nearby opponents.

The shield has the following special properties:

  • When unleashed, it infuses Xinyan with Pyro.
  • It has 250% DMG Absorption effectiveness against Pyro DMG.
Elemental Skill
Zhongli Zhongli Dominus Lapidis Dominus Lapidis Every mountain, rock, and inch of land is filled with the power of Geo, but those who can wield such powers freely are few and far between.
Press: Commands the omnipresent power of the earth to solidify into a Stone Stele, standing 30 seconds, dealing AoE Geo DMG at the creation.
Hold: Causes nearby Geo energy to explode, causing the following effects:
  • If their maximum number hasn't been reached, creates a Stone Stele.
  • Creates a shield of jade. The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Zhongli's Max HP. Possesses 150% DMG Absorption against all Elemental and Physical DMG.
  • Deals AoE Geo DMG.
  • If there are nearby targets with the Geo element, it will drain a large amount of Geo element from a maximum of 2 such targets. This effect does not cause DMG.

Stone Stele: When created, deals AoE Geo DMG. Additionally, every 2 seconds, it will resonate with other nearby Geo Constructs, dealing Geo DMG to surrounding opponents. Stele creation and Resonance generate 0.5 elemental particles.
The Stone Stele is considered a Geo Construct that can both be climbed and used to block attacks.
Only one Stele created by Zhongli himself may initially exist at any one time.
Jade Shield: Possesses 150% DMG Absorption against all Elemental and Physical DMG.
Characters protected by the Jade Shield will decrease the Elemental RES and Physical RES of opponents in a small AoE by 20%. This effect cannot be stacked.

Elemental Skill

Constellations that Generate Shields

4 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Beidou Beidou Sea Beast's Scourge Sea Beast's Scourge When Stormbreaker is used:
Creates a shield that absorbs up to 16% of Beidou's Max HP for 15s.
This shield absorbs Electro DMG 250% more effectively.
1
Kaeya Kaeya Frozen Kiss Frozen Kiss Triggers automatically when Kaeya's HP falls below 20%:
Creates a shield that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya's Max HP. Lasts for 20s.
This shield absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% efficiency.
Can only occur once every 60s.
4
Xinyan Xinyan Impromptu Opening Impromptu Opening Riff Revolution's Physical DMG has its CRIT Rate increased by 100%, and will form a shield at Shield Level 3: Rave when cast. 2
Yanfei Yanfei Supreme Amnesty Supreme Amnesty When Done Deal is used:
Creates a shield that absorbs up to 45% of Yanfei's Max HP for 15s.
This shield absorbs Pyro DMG 250% more effectively.
4

Party Shields

These are abilities that generate shields for nearby party members (including in Co-Op Mode).

2 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Diona Diona Shaken, Not Purred Shaken, Not Purred Increases Icy Paws' DMG by 15%, and increases its shield's DMG Absorption by 15%.
Additionally, when paws hit their targets, creates a shield for other nearby characters on the field with 50% of the Icy Paws shield's DMG Absorption for 5s.
2
Zhongli Zhongli Stone, the Cradle of Jade Stone, the Cradle of Jade Planet Befall grants nearby characters on the field a Jade Shield when it descends. 2

Weapons that Generate Shields

1 weapons match the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Base ATK (Lv.90) 2nd Stat (Lv.90) Passive Ability
Weapon The Bell.png The Bell 4 Stars 42
(510)
HP 9%
(41.3%)
Rebellious Guardian
Taking DMG generates a shield which absorbs DMG up to 20~32% of max HP. This shield lasts for 10s or until broken, and can only be triggered once every 45s. While protected by a shield, the character gains 12~24% increased DMG.

Other Shields

The Geovishap Hatchling drops Geo Elemental Shards that grant a Geo shield when picked up (on contact) by a character.

Improving Shields

Talents

3 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Diona Diona Icy Paws Icy Paws Fires an Icy Paw that deals Cryo DMG to opponents and forms a shield on hit. The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Diona's Max HP, and its duration scales off the number of Icy Paws that hit their target.

Press: Rapidly fires off 2 Icy Paws.
Hold: Dashes back quickly before firing 5 Icy Paws. The shield created by a Hold attack will gain a 75% DMG Absorption Bonus.
The shield has a 250% Cryo DMG Absorption Bonus, and will infuse Diona with Cryo at the point of formation for a short duration.

Elemental Skill
Thoma Thoma Imbricated Armor Imbricated Armor When your current active character obtains or refreshes a Blazing Barrier, this character's Shield Strength will increase by 5% for 6s.
This effect can be triggered once every 0.3 seconds. Max 5 stacks.
1st Ascension Passive
Zhongli Zhongli Resonant Waves Resonant Waves When the Jade Shield takes DMG, it will Fortify:
  • Fortified characters have 5% increased Shield Strength.
    Can stack up to 5 times, and lasts until the Jade Shield disappears.
1st Ascension Passive

Constellations

1 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Diona Diona Shaken, Not Purred Shaken, Not Purred Increases Icy Paws' DMG by 15%, and increases its shield's DMG Absorption by 15%.
Additionally, when paws hit their targets, creates a shield for other nearby characters on the field with 50% of the Icy Paws shield's DMG Absorption for 5s.
2

Food

7 Food match the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Type Effect Has Recipe
Item Triple-Layered Consommé.png Triple-Layered Consommé 3 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield strength by 20~30% for 300s. Yes
Item Moon Pie.png Moon Pie 4 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield Strength by 25~35% and DEF by 165~235 for 300s. Yes
Item Stir-Fried Shrimp.png Stir-Fried Shrimp 3 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield strength by 20~30% for 300s. Yes
Item Sunshine Sprat.png Sunshine Sprat 3 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield strength by 20~30% for 300s. Yes
Item Woodland Dream.png Woodland Dream 3 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield Strength by 35% for 300s. Yes
Item Stormcrest Pie.png Stormcrest Pie 4 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield Strength by 40% and DEF by 282 for 300s. Yes
Item Sakura Tempura.png Sakura Tempura 3 Stars Icon Defense Up.png DEF-Boosting Dishes Increases all party members' Shield strength by 20~30% for 300s. Yes

Artifacts

2 Artifact Sets match the category selection:

Set Rarity Pieces Bonuses
Retracing Bolide 4-5★ Summer Night's BloomSummer Night's FinaleSummer Night's MomentSummer Night's WaterballoonSummer Night's Mask 2 Piece: Increases Shield Strength by 35%.
4 Piece: While protected by a shield, gain an additional 40% Normal and Charged Attack DMG.
Tenacity of the Millelith 4-5★ Flower of AccoladesCeremonial War-PlumeOrichalceous Time-DialNoble's Pledging VesselGeneral's Ancient Helm 2 Piece: HP +20%
4 Piece: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.

Weapons

4 weapons match the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Base ATK (Lv.90) 2nd Stat (Lv.90) Passive Ability
Weapon Memory of Dust.png Memory of Dust 5 Stars 46
(608)
ATK 10.8%
(49.6%)
Golden Majesty
Increases Shield Strength by 20~40%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4~8% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.
Weapon The Unforged.png The Unforged 5 Stars 46
(608)
ATK 10.8%
(49.6%)
Golden Majesty
Increases Shield Strength by 20~40%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4~8% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.
Weapon Vortex Vanquisher.png Vortex Vanquisher 5 Stars 46
(608)
ATK 10.8%
(49.6%)
Golden Majesty
Increases Shield Strength by 20~40%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4~8% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.
Weapon Summit Shaper.png Summit Shaper 5 Stars 46
(608)
ATK 10.8%
(49.6%)
Golden Majesty
Increases Shield Strength by 20~40%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4~8% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.

Enemy Shields

Certain enemies also have shields that prevent damage, but their mechanics differ from player shields. Instead of functioning as an extra health bar (with additional damage absorption bonuses), enemy shields are usually based on elemental gauges, and are only slightly damaged by physical attacks, if at all.

Enemies with shields include:

Fatui Skirmishers also have an armor mechanic that is similar to shields, but their armor greatly increases resistance rather than completely blocking damage, and the armor itself does not decrease from non-reaction damage. Other enemies including the Lawachurls have a similar mechanic.

Damage to shields generally follows a rock-paper-scissors mechanic. Pyro more easily destroys Cryo shields, Cryo more easily destroys Electro shields, Electro more easily destroys Hydro shields, and Hydro more easily destroys Pyro shields. Geo shields are easily destroyed with Geo, and Pyro can light Dendro shields on fire.

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