There are many things that make Genshin Impact unique in terms of gameplay. Each character has its own style of play to give damage or precisely elemental ability. One aspect that fans are now talking about is the shield which is generally associated with Geo elements.
Unlike healing, shields provide protection early before the player’s character receives damage. Generally, support characters in the form of healing are more often used but lately, shields seem to break down a new style of play.
The Presence of New Shield Characters
In addition to Archon Geo, Zhongli who is the newest character in update 1.1, there are also Diona and Xinyan whose abilities focus on Shield. Previously, there was only Noelle and Xingqiu also Crystalize’s ability of Geo elements to build Shields. This is like ‘code’ if in the future, Shield is needed by the composition of the characters in the game.
Diona and Xinyan can each give Shield an element and is useful to reduce certain damage. In fact, the Shield they produce can eliminate the status of elements attached to the character even Xinyan can guarantee our character is never exposed to Freeze because of the fire element shield he has.
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Shield More Flexible than Healing
As explained earlier, shield can make the character not damaged. This way, we can keep the character in top condition rather than waiting for healing.
For now, there is no boss who gives sustain damage effects such as burn. But, most likely if there will be damage that can not be avoided by the player. Therefore, it is important to continue to rely on shields when dealing with certain enemies such as Abyss Mage who appear more ferocious inside the Domain.
Defending and Attacking
Xingqiu has a special mechanic where his water sword can be used as a shield to reduce damage. Later, if the sword is broken, the enemy will also be damaged. On the other hand, Shield elements belonging to other characters can also give element effects and produce reactions.
Those who use Shield can also benefit from having higher durability and not relying on healing. This way, characters such as Noelle or Zhongli can be functioned as DPS, even if there is no healing character in the Party.
The Magnitude of Shield Over Healing
Generally, each character has some provisions from the Shield they make. Noelle, for example, can produce a thicker Shield following her DEF status while Zhongli follows the size of HP. This allows them to give the Shield more weight if calculated and the points are greater than the average healing support character.
On the other hand, Geo elements can survive more luck than other characters because the reaction of the elements can produce Shield over time. They also have a higher DEF average and make them last longer than other characters.
Geo Characters are Key
One of the things that makes Geo’s electrified character unfavored is its lesser attack points. In fact, this character can survive better and is able to fight primary elements such as water, fire, and ice easily.
Like, we can defend against the enemy because the Shield that we get through Crystalize serves to reduce the damage we receive. Geo-type characters are not worried about entering Spiral Abyss because apparently, they can stick with all opponents without having to change the elements of the team members.