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The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Championship. The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2003. The subject of this article appeared in Unreal Tournament 2004.

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Weapon description

The Shield Gun is a melee weapon in the Unreal series.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Shield Gun replaces the Impact Hammer in Unreal Championship, Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004. It is one of the default weapons players spawn with, the others being the Translocator and the Assault Rifle.

This multi-purpose weapon serves as an offensive melee weapon, a defensive shield, and as a means (albeit painful) of extending your jump height.

Primary fire works similar to that of the Impact Hammer. Hold down primary to charge the weapon and walk into an enemy for an automatic release of the charged energy. This fire mode deals up to 150 damage, enough to kill a lightly armored opponent.

Secondary fire creates a shield that protects the user's front. While the shield is up, its energy slowly drains. In addition, any damage absorbed by the shield will also drain energy. Directly after the shield is up, it can drain 100 damage twice, enough for example to completely block two rockets. An attack that deals over 100 damage in one go, a fully charged bio glob for example, will partly penetrate the shield. In addition to blocking enemy attacks, it will reflect some energy projectiles, such as that of the Link Gun primary fire, in the direction the Shield Gun is aimed. While the shield is not used, its energy recharges. In UT2004, creating the shield drains 15% of the total energy, reducing the total amount of damage that can be absorbed right after the shield is up to 170, and discouraging letting the shield down quickly in between attacks to recharge.

Tips and tricks[edit | edit source]

  • The primary fire is effective against a sniper that doesn’t see you coming or a player currently guiding a redeemer rocket.
  • Pointing the shield down while falling will slightly reduce the damage taken from the impact when you hit the floor.
  • You can also use the shield’s primary fire as a means of boosting your jumping ability. Charge the primary fire, point at the ground, and hit the jump button as you release the fire button. You can combine this technique with a running jump to reach high ledges or the top of buildings. You can also use it as a means of traversing a section of the map quickly (such as grabbing that power-up sooner or reaching the flag position faster). Note that the technique does inflict self-damage! Be healthy or, ideally, have a shield pack.

Unreal Championship[edit | edit source]

"The advantages of a shield gun are that it’s always with you and that it constantly replenishes its ammo. Also, its primary fire can be deadly.
The disadvantages are that you must be very close to your opponent to use the primary fire, and its secondary fire is not an offensive weapon.

The primary fire is a single, charged blast of energy that discharges when you hit an opponent with the end of the gun. It’s best to hit your opponent in the back. If you try frontal attacks, your foe’s weapon is likely to do you in before you get close enough to use the shield gun.

The shield gun’s secondary fire creates a shield in front of you to block energy weapons. If your timing is right, it can even stop rockets. Using the shield depletes ammo rapidly. Use the secondary fire in flag-running or bomb-running situations as a last-ditch way to break through enemy defenses or escape when you have what you came for.

The shield gun is most useful on maps where energy weapons are prevalent. It’s least useful on maps with many flak cannons. In the first place, its secondary fire shield is not very effective against shrapnel or bullets. In the second place, you’d be lucky to get close enough to anyone armed with a flak cannon to use the shield gun’s primary fire.
The shield gun is used best as a last resort. Other weapons are better offensively. Still, learn to use the secondary shield. It occasionally comes in handy."
Unreal Championship Prima's Official Strategy Guide

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Many people complained that the Shield Gun made the game too defensive and encouraged running away from fights leading to this meme.

Preview Notes[edit | edit source]

Unreal Tournament 2003[edit | edit source]

"The impact hammer has evolved into the Shield Gun. You can still perform Impact jumps with this little gem, and it works well against shock hits."
Unreal Playground[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External links and references[edit | edit source]

  1. StealthDP (May 26, 2002). "E3 Report". Unreal Playground. Archived from the original on October 11, 2002. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

See also[edit | edit source]

Unreal Championship weapons
Unreal Tournament 2003 weapons
Unreal Tournament 2004 weapons
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