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An interesting type of shield, where one to several particles (can be energy balls, rocks or any other things) orbit around someone to block shots and/or damage things. This shield usually has gaps though or individual particles can be destroyed so the shielded one is not completely invulnerable. Sometimes that shield can be thrown as a weapon.
Commonly found in video games being wielded by bosses or available to the player as power ups
. In Shoot Em Ups
, it's a common alternative to the Attack Drone
If this occurs in a Video Game
, it can also be a Shielded Core Boss
if destroying the shields is absolutely required
to expose the boss for damage at all. See also Beehive Barrier
, Reverse Shrapnel
, and Spin to Deflect Stuff
- The Nu Gundam in Char's Counterattack can use its Fin Funnels for offense (beam cannons) and defense (beam barrier).
- The Gundam AGE-FX, being an expy of the Nu Gundam, can use its C-Funnels not only for cutting enemies but also to create a defense system.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Cherudim has shield bits that will float around and block shots. The GN Sword Bits of the 00 Qan[T] in The Movie can create a GN Field.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Akatsuki's space pack has drones that can create shields around objects◊.
- From Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the Mercurius model of Mobile Suit had a number of disks that would orbit it (usually in a ring) and absorb attacks.
- The king of this trope in the Gundam multiverse has been revealed to be the Unicorn Gundam, which can use its I-field-equipped shields for this purpose. Why would that be better than the other examples above? Because the shields have no propulsion system and thus shouldn't be able to move under their own power; the psycoframe material the shields contain allows the Unicorn to telekinetically move the shields in complete defiance of physics.
- In one episode of Space Battleship Yamato the crew covered their ship with nearby asteroids to hide it from enemy radar. When the enemies finally discovered them, they reversed the polarity of the reactor powering the shield, turning it into a circular ring of spinning space rocks which intercepted and blocked enemy fire.
- In the original TRON, the MCP had a ring of orbiting shields whirling around his weak point, and Tron had to wait until the MCP was distracted and the shields slowed down so he could throw his identity disc through one of the gaps.