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Shield-piercing - A shield-piercing attack ignores any magical shield like Aegis Shield, Ethereal, Unbridled Rage, as well as Damage Reflection Shields, Unbreakable Heart and Shrouded. In result an Aegis Shield doesn't collapse, Damage Reflection doesn't hurt the attacker, full damage is dealt to the target, and the target can die.

Type: effect - Category: Shield

See also: | Aegis Shield Icon.png Aegis Shield | Invincibility Icon.png Blending In | Damage Reflection Icon.png Damage Reflection | Ethereal Icon.png Ethereal Spirit | Invincibility Icon.png Invincibility | Shrouded Icon.png Shrouded | Unbreakable Heart Icon.png Unbreakable Heart | Arcane Bolts Icon.png Shield-piercing

This instant effect has no visual component. Shield-Piercing attacks ignore the shield and deal full damage to the target. Any debuff immunity provided by the shield still takes effect but the damage reduction and death ward is bypassed. All, and all kinds of shields (from Traits and active buffs) are pierced with a single Shield-Piercing attack.

Rune.png Event Runes can have a Shield-Piercing bonus stat that adds the Shield-Piercing effect to Basic Attacks, and several Special Attacks of a few heroes are Shield-Piercing.

Shield Effect of a Shield-Piercing attack
Aegis Shield Icon.png Aegis Shield

Invincibility Icon.png Invincibility
Ethereal Icon.png Ethereal Spirit

Shield remains intact, but it's ignored and full damage is dealt. Target can die.
Damage Reflection Icon.png Damage Reflection No damage is reflected back to the attacker
Shrouded Icon.png Shrouded Shield remains intact, debuffs are blocked but full damage is dealt
Unbreakable Heart Icon.png Unbreakable Heart

Oak Form Icon.png Oak Form

Full damage is dealt, target can die because the death ward effect is not activated on a killing blow.

Grondar token 0.png Grondar's Slow Poke Icon.png Slow Poke is similar to the Unbreakable Heart Icon.png Unbreakable Heart trait. Shield-Piercing attacks deal normal damage and can kill him.

Chaos Damage Icon.png Chaos Damage has a similar impact as it by-passes all types damage reduction including shields. Only Chaos Reduction Icon.png Chaos Damage Reduction mitigates Chaos Damage.

Shield-Piercing Attacks

Rune.png Event Runes with a shield-piercing bonus stat make Basic Attacks penetrating shields. The following heroes have or can inflict/apply Shield-piercing:

Chaos Missile Icon.png Chaos Missile (Basic Attack): Basic Ranged Chaos attack on a single target. Chaos Damage is shield and armor-piercing and it cannot be dodged or parried. It ignores the five Elemental Resistances as well as Damage Reduction. But never scores a CRIT.


Cataclysmic Conflagration Icon.png Cataclysmic Conflagration (Special Attack): Sacrifices self, dealing shield-piercing damage to all enemies with 100% base chance to purge all buffs and add Soulfire Burn to enemies hit. Removes all enemy corpses. Can't be dodged.


Solar Flare Icon.png Solar Flare (Special Attack): Shield-Piercing Ranged Light Attack on all enemies for [??% ATK] base damage with 100% chance to Blind. Consumes all stacks of Solar Scales, and deals additional damage based on the number of stacks consumed. Starts Powered.


Infernal Inferno Icon.png Infernal Inferno (Special Attack): Shield-Piercing Ranged Fire attack on all enemies that ignores Damage Reduction and inflicts Demonfire Burn on hit (damage over 2 turns, cannot be cleansed).


Iris token 0.png Iris
Windows to the Soul Icon.png Windows to the Soul (Trait): All attacks are Shield-Piercing and will heal [25%/50%] of damage dealt (% healing increased with Skill). The percentage value depends on the rank (I-II) of the trait.


Storm of the Ancestors Icon.png Storm of the Ancestors (Special Attack): Shield-piercing ranged lightning attack on all enemies, consumes all stacks of Storm Power, dealing 10% more damage for each Stack of Storm Power. Adds a Buff to all allies that increases their damage to Shocked or Paralyzed targets.


Arcane Bolts Icon.png Arcane Bolts (Special Attack): Armor-Piercing and Shield-Piercing Ranged Spirit attack on all enemies.


Chaos Missile Icon.png Chaos Missile (Basic Attack): Basic Ranged Chaos attack on a single target. Chaos Damage is shield and armor-piercing and it cannot be dodged or parried. It ignores the five Elemental Resistances as well as Damage Reduction. But never scores a CRIT.


Demolishing Smash Icon.png Demolishing Smash (Special Attack): Armor-Piercing and Shield-Piercing Melee Physical attack on target that Wounds target enemy. Starts Powered.


Doom Bolt Icon.png Doom Bolt (Special Attack): Shield-Piercing Ranged Lightning attack that deals 1.5x damage against Armored tagets. If target dies, the corpse is removed.


Murky Shield Icon.png Murky Shield (Special Attack): Shield-Piercing Ranged Dark attack that grants self Murky Shield, becoming Paralysis and Silence Immune for 3 turns. Enemies cannot Revenge while Murky Shield is activated.



Epic Heroes with Shield-piercing:

Phoenix Fire.png Phoenix Fire (Epic): Ranged Shield-piercing attack on target enemy for 2x damage, generates 20%. Deals 4x damage and generates 40% Fury with a Retailiation attack (by Pack Tactics; Fury charges her 3rd Special Attack)


Immunity

There is no immunity for Shield-piercing attacks.

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