Activating the AoE Shield creates a barrier around the Assault, absorbing a set amount of 'Area' damage taken. Careful timing can allow an Assault to survive surprise bursts from Minion Sentinels and Minion Ballistas, as well as help keep the Assault alive while fighting certain bosses (Viking and Reaper, for example)). Absorbing the damage allows the team's Medic regain some Power or to switch focus to another team member.
Skills in the Assault's Tank tree can extend the duration and increase the damage absorbed by the shield. The AoE Shield is part of the 'Overdrive' group - an Assault cannot activate an Overdrive device while another Overdrive is currently active.
AoE shields may also be used by launcher Assaults to wield their explosive weapons in close range without harming themselves.
A specific epic varient of the AOE Shield is available for purchase at level 30 from Dome City's Assault Gear vendor for 6000 Tokens. Uncommon, rare, and other epic varients are occasionally awarded upon successful completion of PvE and PvP missions.
|Absorbs Area Damage|
|+0% AoE Radius|
|+0% Pet Health|
|-0% Power Cost|
|+0% Morale Required|
|*+0% Pet Health|
|*-0% Power Cost|
|Binds When Acquired.|