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
and Reverse Shrapnel
- 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.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender finale, Aang's ultimate battle form has particles of earth (along with circles of water and fire), in a sphere of air, which all surrounds him as a shield.