RegeneratingHealth is great from a designer's perspective, because they don't need to worry about players screwing themselves over by draining their health and being unable to handle the next challenge. The downside is some players (and designers) complain it makes things too easy. What to do? Why not have both regular Hit Points and Regenerating Health?

Enter the RegeneratingShieldStaticHealth system. In addition to your health, you have some kind of regenerating shield that protects you from a certain amount of damage. When the shield is drained, your health becomes vulnerable.

Especially common in Space Sims, since the obvious implementation of DeflectorShields in game terms requires it.

SubTrope of both RegeneratingHealth and MultipleLifeBars. Contrast ManaShield, where the shield's power source usually regenerates ''slower'' than health does.


!! Examples:

[[folder:Spaceflight Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Allegiance}}''
* The ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series.
* The ''VideoGame/XWing'' and ''VideoGame/TieFighter'' series, though if you're hit hard enough you'll have to take time to recharge your shields. In addition you have to manage power between shield regeneration, laser recharge, and engine thrust. If you're playing as the Empire though, your standard craft usually doesn't come with any shields to begin with, so tough luck there.
* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''
* Averted in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' and ''EV Override'', where both armor and shields regenerated. Once armor was done regenerating, then the shields started to recharge. Played straight in ''EV Nova'' (with the exception of [[LivingShip Polaris ships]]), which keeps track of shields and armor separately.
* ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}''. Note, however, that there are hazards such as radiation or corrosive Space Clouds that can attack your hull through your shield.
* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace''. Neither the Terrans nor the Vasudans start out with shields in the first game, however; they're eventually reverse-engineered from [[spoiler:Shivan]] technology.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' - Shields regenerate fairly quickly on small craft, slowly on large craft. The ship's hull does not regenerate, and the only way to repair it is to dock at a shipyard and pay loads of money to get it fixed - or in ''Terran Conflict'' and later games, climb out and use your spacesuit's repair laser to fix it up.
* ''SpacePiratesAndZombies'', though armor can also recover, but that requires surplus crew members and is generally slower.
* ''GratuitousSpaceBattles'' has a few variations, and also distinguishes between absorbed attacks (which do damage) and reflected attacks (which do no damage) for both shields and armor. Some shields and armor are better or worse at reflection or absorption at the cost or benefit to some other quality. All shields have the innate ability to regenerate, but there is an item that allows armor to regenerate as well.
* ''IndependenceWar'' is more of an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] compared to the above examples, because the DeflectorShields are very limited (one on top and one on bottom, each can only track one ship, both leave the ship's rear exposed to prevent interference with the engines) and hull integrity has GradualRegeneration.
* ''TachyonTheFringe''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'', the player's ship determines the amount of non-regenerating armor, while the type of shield generator installed determines the strength of regenerating shields.
* ''VideoGame/{{Evochron}}''. However, it's possible to get full-on RegeneratingHealth (albeit very slow regeneration) by installing a repair system onto your ship's equipment slots.
* Ships and stations in ''StarRuler'' have up to three health bars: health, armor, and shields. The first two do not regenerate, while shields do regenerate, though health and armor can be [[DesignItYourselfEquipment regenerated by installing certain subsystems]] or repaired by nearby allied ships mounting repair equipment.
* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''. Players can divert power to and from shields, allowing them to control how many layers of the shield regenerates. The Zoltan Shield also provides ships with a Static Shield layer on top of the other two default layers.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastFederation''. Like in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', player can divert more energy to the ships shields.
* ''VideoGame/Transcendence''

[[folder:Non-Space Sim Video Game examples]]
* ''VideoGame/AceOnline'' plays this perfectly straight. Left alone, shields will eventually regenerate enough. Energy however, will not. That being said, Shield regeneration is slow enough such that immediately replenishing it with kits or heals is preferable than sitting it out, especially in wars.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' called this Endurance; better armor added only to your Endurance, not to your Health.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''. There are even shields that also regenerate your health.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' does away with most of the health regeneration shields, instead giving most classes some form of active or passive health regen ability. There are shield manufacturers that provide below average protection while increasing health (Pangolin) or the opposite (Anshin).
* The Wizards from ''VideoGame/CursedTreasure'' have a regenerating forcefield that soaks up damage.
* ''DestroyAllHumans''
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' and ''VideoGame/FarCry4'', being set in reasonably realistic settings, [[InvertedTrope invert]] this with body armor, which is depleted as the player takes damage and is eventually discarded, versus health, which regenerates (to a point) after taking damage.[[note]]Specifically, the player's health is divided into segments. After taking damage, health will regenerate up to the nearest full segment, then stop.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. This was switched to full-on RegeneratingHealth in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', while ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', and ([[UpdatedRerelease naturally]]) ''Halo Anniversary'' use the original system. ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' uses a balance of the two.
** Essentially, the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series has two bars: One for health, and the other for shields (which regenerates after a few seconds, provided you don't get hit). Once the shield is drained, damage affects health, although a powerful enough attack can kill even when the shield isn't completely drained. In ''Halo CE'' and ''ODST'', health can only be replenished with health packs. In all the others, health regenerates, though only to a certain degree in ''Reach''. The health bar is also hidden in ''2'' and ''3''.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' plays this straight, though with certain armor upgrades you can regenerate health over time as well. (Additionally, a Soldier-class Shepard, Ashley, and Wrex all have passive health regeneration from the start.) Certain ammo upgrades and powers can also bypass shields.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard and company regenerate both shields and health. Enemies can have some combination of armor, shield, or barriers (each affected by different abilities) protecting a bar of health. For most enemies, the shields and barriers don't regenerate.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' plays this trope straight. Your health is segmented into five parts, and damage to your health will only regenerate up to the last undepleted part. You need to use Medi-Gel to restore the depleted segments.
*** The trope is also played straight for the enemies. Armor bars replace health bars, while shields or barriers protect health or armor and can partially regenerate if the enemy doesn't get hit for a while.
* ''PaydayTheHeist'' uses this. The amount of total armor you have decreases as you lose health, though there are bonuses you can unlock that increase how much protection armor offers.
** The sequel uses conventional regenerating armour and static health, though it also has a 'dodge' mechanic where shots that hit you can be ignored anyway. You have two options - Light Armor: run really fast and stealth better and even dodge a few bullets, but you're essentially dead if someone sneaks up on you or is part of a large firing squad, which is a frequent occurrence, or Heavy Armor: more health and much more shielding, but a slower, more easily-spotted tanker. However, the skillsets can change this up - there are now skills that regenerate health, skills that increase the speed of the regenerating shields, skills that restore some shields with a headshot, perks that make your shield even faster at regenerating but weaker overall, etc.
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' uses this -- damaged or destroyed sections and turrets can't be repaired until combat is over, but shields can recover when knocked out.
* In ''Franchise/StarCraft'', the Protoss units have shields, but no way of recovering health unless you have friendly Terran medics heal your troops. Starcraft II adds the ability for [=SCVs=] to repair friendly Protoss mechanical units, though once again you need a Terran player on your side.
* The 2012 ''VideoGame/{{SSX}}'' game inverts this any time you wear power armor. Your armor's durability doesn't regenerate, but once it's depleted, damage goes to your health, which does regenerate.
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' has the same, with regenerating 'armour' and non-regenerating health.
* ''XMenDestiny'': The enemy bosses Cameron Hodge and [[spoiler: Bastion]] have regenerating shields.
* Inverted in the case of the Mammoth Tank in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'', which can regenerate its normal "health" fully, but its armor meter can only be repaired by use of a repair gun. This is supposed to mimic the unit's ability to heal back to half-health on its own in the main series.
* ''[[{{AnnoDomini}} Anno 2070]]'': Shields work like this, but the only way to get a shield is to equip a unit with an appropriate item, which has to charge itself up after activation. At the same time, you could equip them with self-repair items, which repair at about the same rate. And the shields are rather small, too (standard shield items have a value of 50 or 80, compared to 350 to 800 HP on ships).
* ''VideoGame/TimeShift'' has this feature similar to Halo; shields regenerate once you're not taking hits and are behind suitable cover. Given that the game is rather fast-paced and the AI is quite aggressive, it's essential to use your time-bending powers to help you recharge your depleted shields. It's also a unusual example since you have a whopping 1 point of health, meaning that taking any kind of damage will kill you instantly if your shields are at 0%.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2'': Ships' shields regenerate in a few combat rounds, while armor and hull do not - unless you're the Meklars, who can repair their ships in combat.
* The ''VideoGame/JudgeDreddDreddVsDeath'' first person shooter by Rebellion used a regenerating shield over static health system, although it's hard to notice because your shield is actually very weak and only protects against 2 or 3 bullet hits; fortunately, your health is very robust and can take quite a lot of hits before you die.
* The space-sim[=/=]FPS hybrid ''MaceGriffinBountyHunter'' used a regenerating shield static health system very similar to ''Halo''. The shield is rather weak, while your health can take a reasonable number of hits.
* ''StarWarsRepublicCommando'' had this. The shield was pretty weak and could only block a few hits before failing, while your health likewise could be completely drained by a handful of blaster bolts. Fortunately, your squadmates could revive you whenever you were downed.
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' has all the foot soldiers wearing personal energy shields. The shields can absorb a relatively small amount of damage, and take about ten seconds to begin regeneration once out of combat. Health does not (normally) regenerate, and must be healed by a medic's medigun or through his area-of-effect healing equipment; however, possession of a Biolab facility grants very slow regeneration, and the Regeneration Implant restores health outside of combat, but must be sustained by implant chargers. [[PoweredArmor MAX]] armor does not have any shields, and only has armor - meaning that they only way they can be "healed" is by an engineer's repair tool.
** The original ''Planetside'' has shields on its vehicles, but they only regenerate (extremely slowly) when in a facility's sphere of influence. Soldiers could install the Personal Shield implant, which ''did'' grant a sort of regenerating shield - albeit extremely slowly, as the shield was powered by the soldier's stamina and thus the only way to regenerate it was to shut down the shield entirely.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' uses a shield and health gauge. A little variation is that there are no health packs in a stage. Healing is done by racking up as much destruction ("Jackpot") as possible with your [[LimitBreak Demolition Shots]].
* ''[[VideoGame/{{TheDarkness}} The Darkness 2]]'' used this in a manner similar to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. You had 4 segments of health, and damage would only regenerate up to the end of the last segment. To restore the depleted segments, you needed to [[ImAHumanitarian eat the hearts of dead enemies]].
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/NexusTheJupiterIncident'' with most ships. However, once Angel [[spoiler:absorbs a Mechanoid]], the ''Angelwing'' can slowly regenerate armor.
* Shortly into ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', Booker drinks a tonic that gives him a regenerating magnetic shield that at the start can protect him from about half as much damage as he can take without it. When you grab an upgrade tonic you have a choice of increasing it, your actual health, or your maximum [[{{Mana}} vigor.]]
** Implied to be used by the citizens of Columbia, since some of them can survive headshots with a sniper rifle. But for some reason, it don't regenerate. Booker's the only one whose overshield regenerates in a short amount of time; FridgeBrilliance when you realize that Rosiland Lutece didn't think Booker could survive drinking her version of the tonic.
* ''Videogame/StarSiege'' and its predecessor, ''[=EarthSiege=]'', feature [[AMechByAnyOtherName HERCULAN]] [[HumongousMecha mechs]] which carry regenerating shields. Punching through the shields allows you to [[SubsystemDamage target specific subsystems]], such as the [[KneeCapping hips]] or arms.
* ''VideoGame/DustFiveOneFour'', like its parent game ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'', plays this straight normally with both [[PoweredArmor dropsuits]] and vehicles. It's also possible to equip modules to allow armor to regenerate, but it still won't regenerate as fast as your shields.
* The Tenno of ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' (and some enemies) have this as well, with the shield and health amounts varying based on the base frame, its rank, and the mods installed. There is also armour as a special layer over health, which reduces incoming damage but doesn't function as an additional life bar. Mods can increase the max health and shield capacities, plus the rate at which shields regenerate, and armour level. Health (and [[{{mana}} Energy]]) do not regenerate by default - though Aura mods can provide passive health/energy regen.
* ''VideoGame/EmperorBattleForDune'': House Ordos' vehicles have awesome regenerative sheilding but otherwise static health, leading to OneHitPointWonder shenanigans.
* ''Veigues: Tactical Gladiator'' has a shield that regenerates quite steadily, and, when shields run out, SubsystemDamage that does not.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Section8}}'' game had regenerating shields and static health (health could only be restored by manually using the repair tool (which used up an equipment slot), or relying on teammates or supply depots to heal you). The sequel switched to a simpler system with both regenerating shields and regenerating health.
* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'': Health does not regenerate without certain passives or equipped items. Energy shield, the defense provided by Intelligence-based armors, acts like an extra layer of health and fully regenerates over a few seconds when the character has gone six seconds (or less depending on skill choices) without taking damage.
* ''VideoGame/StarshipTroopers'': Your armor regenerates over time, but you still need [[MedKit Med Kits]] to restore your health.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'', Titans have something like this, though unlike most examples the shield does not absorb all incoming damage, only some of it. Pilots avert this, however, having straight-up RegeneratingHealth.
* In the ProgrammingGame ''[=RoboWar=]'', shields didn't actually regenerate; in fact, they ''deteriorated'', at a rate depending on the robot's shield hardware. However, shields could be replenished from energy, which regenerated at a constant rate, unlike damage, which could not be restored at all.
* ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' actually gives you regenerating shields on top of regenerating health, although the rate of self-repair on your ships is much slower than the shield regeneration.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/StarfleetBattles''
* Old TSR games
** The 1st Edition of ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' had technological force shields that could absorb a specific amount of damage before going down, and whatever they were protecting took no damage until this happened. They returned to full strength at the beginning of the next melee turn.
** In the 1st Edition Advanced ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' module S3 ''Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'' (which was based on ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''), the police robots' force shields regenerate at a rate of 1 HitPoint per combat round.
* ''[[TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth Big Eyes, Small Mouth]]''. When force fields took more damage than they could resist they lost a level of effect. The damage was regenerated at a rate of 1 level per round, but only while the field was turned off.
* Pre-''Saga Edition'' ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'' RPG had it in form of Vitality (quickly regenerating, representing the character's ability to avoid severe injury) and Wounds (the character's real meaty hit points, hard to restore).
* The Imperial Titans, Ork Gargants and Eldar Revenants of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' have power fields that must be removed by anti-tank weapons before the [[HumongousMecha walker]] itself can be damaged. Each turn, there is a chance that some or all of the power fields are restored.
* In ''BattleFleetGothic'', most ships have a number of shields that must be disabled before the hull can be damaged. Notably, the current number of shields left is not recorded mathematically - special markers are placed for every shield dropped, and each reduces the shields of ships it's touching. You regenerate your shields by... moving away from them. Even more, the markers persist for a time, making them a hazard for the shields of any ship that enters them.