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How To Break Shields - Elemental Weaknesses

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Shields are used as defensive barriers of enemies in Genshin Impact. This guide includes how to break shields, elemental weaknesses, claymore attacks & enemies that use shields.

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How To Break Shields

Use Elemental Weakness Attacks

The fastest way to destroy shields is by using attacks with elements that are strong against that element's shields. For example, Cryo shields can easily be melted away using Pyro attacks while Pyro shields can be destroyed fast against Hydro attacks.

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Strong Even When Character Is Low Level

Strong Even When Character Is Low Level

Even a level 1 character can do a lot of damage against shield so long as they use elemental attacks that shield is weak against. Damage to shields is not affected by DMG, but rather Elemental effects.

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Claymores Great Against Geo Shields

Claymores Great Against Geo Shields

With no elemental weakness, Geo shields are hard to break. The best way to deal with them is by using Claymore-wielding characters when fighting against them.

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Elemental Shield & Effective Elements

Elemental Shields & Their Weakness

Elemental Shield Is Very Weak To Elemental Attacks

These elemental shields can be broken using elemental attacks, and each elemental shield has its own respective elemental weaknesses.

Immune To The Same Element

Using the same element will be useless, for example, if you use a Pyro character breaking a Pyro shield will really do nothing at all. Avoid attacking them and breaking their shields using the same element since they are immune to them.

Geo Elemental Shield Is Different

Geo elemental shield is the only elemental shield where you can use the same element to destroy any Geo barriers or shields compared to the other elemental shields in the game. You can also use any Claymore character to break the Geo shields as well.

Anemo Element Gives Minimal Shield Damage

You can still use the anemo element to destroy shields, however, you cannot break shields faster compared to its weakness where you can quickly shatter elemental shields easier.

Other Notable Enemy Shields

Shieldwall Mitachurls

EnemyElemental Weakness
Wooden Shieldwall MitachurlWooden Shieldwall MitachurlPyroPyro
Rock Shieldwall MitachurlRock Shieldwall Mitachurl GeoGeo
Ice Shieldwall MitachurlIce Shieldwall Mitachurl PyroPyro

Faster To Destroy With Overload

Faster To Destroy With Overload

Overload will make breaking the shields faster, regardless of its element. Since it's explosive damage, it will deal a lot more damage compared to just setting it on fire.

Bomb Attacks Break Shield Easier

Characters With Bomb Attacks

Klee's attacks and Amber's element skill create blast or explosive damage (Blunt Attacks) that can deal a lot more damage. They are especially effective in breaking shields as well.

Stonehide Lawachurl

EnemyElemental Weakness
Stonehide LawachurlStonehide LawachurlGeoGeo

Use Geo Or Claymore Attacks

The Ironhide Lawachurl's shield can be destroyed by dealing a lot of damage by either using Geo attacks or with a Claymore. Some explosive skills by characters like Amber and Klee are also effective against it.

Frostarm Lawachurl

EnemyElemental Weakness
Frostarm LawachurlFrostarm LawachurlPyroPyro

Shield Is Weak Against Pyro Attacks

The Frostarm Lawachurl and its shield are both weak to Pyro attacks, making it a necessity to have a Pyro character with you when fighting it.

Damage Before Shield Is Up

Deal as much damage as you can before the Frostbite Lawachurl puts up its shield! You can even beat the Frostbite Lawachurl before it puts up its shield if you keep up high damage.

Fatui Skirmishers

EnemyElemental Weakness
Fatui Skirmisher - Electrohammer VanguardFatui Skirmisher - Electrohammer VanguardCryoCryo
Fatui Skirmisher - Cryogunner LegionnaireFatui Skirmisher - Cryogunner LegionnairePyroPyro
Fatui Skirmisher - Hydrogunner LegionnaireFatui Skirmisher - Hydrogunner LegionnaireElectroElectro
Fatui Skirmisher - Pyroslinger BracerFatui Skirmisher - Pyroslinger Bracer HydroHydro
Fatui Skirmisher - Geochanter BracerFatui Skirmisher - Geochanter BracerGeoGeo

Use Elemental Attacks Shield Is Weak To

Similar to the Abyss Mages, you will need to use elements that the shields are directly weak to in order to break them. As soon as they build shields, switch to the character that can use their elemental weakness against them.

Deal As Much Damage Before They Put Up Shield

Initially, Fatui Skirmishers will not have shields, allowing you to directly damage their health. Take advantage of this and deal as much damage as you can before they build their shields.

Can Still Damage Health Even With Health

Even if a Fatui Skirmisher's shield is up, you can still damage its health when attacking it. It's small chip damage, only taking in 80% to 90% of the actual damage number.

Fatui Skirmisher - Anemoboxer Vanguard

EnemyElemental Weakness
Fatui Skirmisher - Anemoboxer VanguardFatui Skirmisher - Anemoboxer VanguardNo Weakness

Has No Shield, But Has Swirlable Counterattack

The Fatui Skirmisher - Anemoboxer Vanguard has no elemental shield, however, this enemy conducts a shield-like attack, but actually, it is not a shield instead it is a powerful charge attack. It is best to use a Dendro or Geo elemental attack since the Anemoboxer absorbs elements through its swirlable counterattack.

Fatui Cicin Mages

EnemyElemental Weakness
Fatui Electro Cicin MageFatui Electro Cicin MagePyroPyro DendroDendro CryoCryo
Fatui Cryo Cicin MageFatui Cryo Cicin MagePyroPyro

Shield Is Used When Health Is Low

The Electro Cicin Mage will put up the shield once it gets to a certain point in its health. If you can deal finishing attack before the shield is up, you can defeat her without needing to deal with the shield.

Both Cicin Mage Shield/s Are Weak Against Pyro Attacks

The shield of the Cryo Cicin Mage can be damaged highly by using the Pyro element against it. Before entering a battle against the Electro or Cryo Cicin Mage, make sure to have a Pyro character in your party first or it will be a long battle.

Cryo Cicin Mage Can Create Multiple Shields During A Fight

Unlike the Electro Cicin Mage that only creates a shield when her HP is down, the Cryo Cicin Mage will keep creating shields regardless of her health. You might need to destroy a few shields before actually beating her.

Use Blunt Attacks To Weaken Shields

You can also use Klee charge attack or Amber's elemental skill to conduct an explosive attack that will weaken the shield, thus it will drastically decrease the durability of the enemy's shield.

Abyss Heralds & Lectors

Catalyst Are Good Against Abyss Lectors & Heralds

When facing any of the Abyss Heralds and Lectors, it is important to be mindful of the frequent elemental reaction since this will help you to strategize your attacks and defeat the Lectors and Heralds more easily. It is recommended to use Catalyst characters of the Element they are weak on since they can deal elemental damage without the use of Skill or Burst.

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Anonymous 5

I agree that this is too outdated. Abyss Lector shields are the ones that absolutely ruin spiral abyss runs if you cannot break them effectively and the information for ALL Abyss Lectors needs to be on here for this shield-vulnerability sub-site to be of any use at all.

anon 4

update this site. abyss lectors and abyss herald + electro abyss mage + swap hydro and cryo abyss mages images. (slimes arent even included for no reason)

Mreddy 3

What abot Elecrro Abyss Mage?

Vreail 2

Wrong icons in abyss mages.

Anonymous 1

Can we add the Abyss Herald and Abyss Lector?

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