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Shield Lancers are defensive Grineer units that carry large iron shields in one hand and Viper pistols in the other. They slowly press forward while firing over their shields. Nearby Grineer will often use them as mobile cover to variable effectiveness. Shield Lancers will also use their shields as impromptu battering rams to knock players off their feet, often doing so when a player comes too close. Shield Lancers often will not charge players while providing cover for allies, but will charge when the units behind them die, or move away.


A dive kick (jump+crouch) will knock Shield Lancers to the ground. Accurate players can damage Shield Lancers through the opening near the top of their shields, or by shooting their legs below the shield. Loki's Radial Disarm is capable of removing the shield from its wielder. Mag's Pull used to be capable of the same until the Update 8.3, where it was changed to an AoE ability; it will now simply pull the Lancer towards Mag while knocking him down.

Their shields can be pierced by using a punch through mod, such as Metal Auger, Seeker, Shred, Power Throw and Seeking Force. A Rank 0 mod with +0.2 Punch through is more than sufficient to achieve this.

Notes Edit

  • When avoiding Shield lancers at close range, they have a chance to absolutely hit you with their shields even when out of the shield lancers' distance and front view. (Possible bug.)
    • Best solution to this is to move back away from the bash instead of dodging forwards.
  • Strangely, Shield Lancers, as of Update 17.0, will now interact with local terminals despite their heavy shields.
    • Be wary, they can still be a serious distraction when another Grineer unit is at a terminal, as they tend to knockdown players effectively.
  • Despite giving the impression of a support unit, their damage with the Viper is actually very solid, making a group of Shield Lancers a potential threat if knocked down.
  • Both the shooter (of any range Grineer, except other shield lancers) and the Shield Lancer switch places in attacking their target. Which makes them in a pair less efficient in dealing their targets damage.
    • This also means that the Shield Lancer would move their shield out of the way before using his Viper against his target, while his shooter behind him crouches down.
    • When a player moves too close (about the Shield Lancer's melee range), on the other hand, both will shoot instead.

TacticsEdit

  • When a Shield Lancer finds a different ranged Grineer to back with, the pair then locates their places corresponding to the location of their target. This pairing takes time before they can make an attack, which makes both of them practically vulnerable during this period.
  • When alone, the Shield Lancer places his Viper on top of his shield and starts firing at his targets. This surprisingly makes the Shield Lancer independently versatile, as the shield is used as if he is a regular Lancer hiding behind cover.
  • Unlike the regular Lancers, Shield Lancers do not have plasma grenades.
  • Shield Lancers are suspected to be Viper-armed Butchers with knockback ability, as their melee damage is almost identical.
    • This is more believable since Update 11.0, as both Butchers and Shield Lancers share the same armor.
    • Their bashing does pure Impact damage compared to the Butchers' attacks, dealing significant shield damage, although does far less health damage.
  • The habitual range of the Shield Lancer to bash spans about 8–9 meters. Reaching this range causes the Shield Lancer to charge straight towards their target delivering the blow.
    • If accompanied with a shooter, the Shield Lancer will bash targets around 2–3 meters.
    • It would also seem when they are charging against the players, they can still detect their targets while being cloaked by Shades before delivering the knocking blow.
    • Shield Lancers tend to bash the Tenno continuously even if they are already knocked down.
  • The shield does not protect the entire body of the lancer, as its rectangular shape reveals vulnerable spaces for the Tenno to shoot at.
  • Shield Lancers are prone to shotgun blasts, as every shot has an opportunity to pass through the edges of the shields, via spread.
  • Increased speed often will not stop a Shield Lancer from bashing you, like with all enemies, as they will simply calculate when to swing to hit you before you reach them.

TriviaEdit

  • Prior to Update 11.0, Shield Lancers used to have cyan helmets similar to those of regular Lancers. Currently, they share the same helmet and actual armor values with Butchers.
  • Up until Update 9 their weapon of choice was the Sicarus. Despite the change of weaponry, Enemy Sense and Corrosive Projection mods still show Sicarus-armed Shield Lancers.
    • Up until Update 17.0 they would also still fire in 3-round bursts. Similar behavior could also be seen in Viper-armed Seekers.
    • Prior to Hotfix: The Silver Grove 2, Shield Lancers in the Mastery Rank 3 test were still equipped with the Sicarus.
  • Before ability cards were removed in Update 15.0, the Shield Lancer's drop table mistakenly labeled Roar as its predecessor Radial Blast.

Variants

Tusk Shield Lancer General Miscellaneous
EidolonShieldLancer
Introduced Undetermined
Tileset Plains of Eidolon Codex Scans 20
Weapon Marelok and Grineer Riot Shield
Sheev
Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops Flechette 0.76%
Thief's Wit 0.76%
15 Endo 0.76%
Smite Infested 0.33%
50 Endo 0.33%
Retribution 0.03%
80 Endo 0.03%
Cloned Flesh 100
Slash b+ Heat b+ Viral b+++ Impact b Gas b‐‐
Ferrite Armor 5
Toxin b+ Puncture b++ Corrosive b+++ Slash b- Blast b-
Affinity 50

Kuva Shield Lancer General Miscellaneous
FortressShieldLancer
Introduced Undetermined
Tileset Kuva Fortress Codex Scans 20
Weapon Marelok and Grineer Riot Shield
Sheev
Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops Flechette 0.76%
Thief's Wit 0.76%
15 Endo 0.76%
Smite Infested 0.33%
50 Endo 0.33%
Retribution 0.03%
80 Endo 0.03%
Cloned Flesh 100
Slash b+ Heat b+ Viral b+++ Impact b Gas b‐‐
Ferrite Armor 5
Toxin b+ Puncture b++ Corrosive b+++ Slash b- Blast b-
Affinity 50

Nightwatch Brunt Lancer General Miscellaneous
NightwatchBruntLancer
Introduced Undetermined
Mission Tactical Alert Codex Scans 20
Weapon Brakk and Grineer Riot Shield
Sheev
Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops None
Cloned Flesh 100
Slash b+ Heat b+ Viral b+++ Impact b Gas b‐‐
Ferrite Armor 5
Toxin b+ Puncture b++ Corrosive b+++ Slash b- Blast b-
Affinity 50

Bugs Edit

  • Due to the physics applied to the rectangular shield, ragdolled Shield Lancers tend to bounce erratically out of place causing significant difficulty in finishing them off.
  • Due to being a single unit, long melee weapons, particularly Staves, will tend to hit the shield first instead of the Lancer even if the origin of the melee strike is from behind. This bug is bypassed when a Stealth Kill animation is made instead.

Patch HistoryEdit

Hotfix: The Silver Grove 2
  • Fixed Shield Lancers in the Mastery Rank 3 test being equipped with Sicarus’ and causing significantly more damage.

See alsoEdit

  • Viper, the pistol that is used by the Shield Lancer.
  • Sicarus, the previous pistol which was used.

MediaEdit

  • Shield Lancer Codex
  • A Shield Lancer, as seen in the Codex. Note how he looks much more cool with that mask.
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