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This page describes the effects and points required to learn Active Shield, a Sign Skill from the game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Read on to learn more about this ability and find whether it is any good or not worth investing points into.

Active Shield General Information

Active Shield Basic Information

Active Shield
Active Shield
Base Effect Alternate Sign Mode:
Creates an active shield. Maintaining it and blocking attacks drains Stamina. Damage absorbed by the shield restores player Vitality.
Stamina Regeneration in Combat: +0.5/s
Core Skill Quen Sign
Skill Branch Sign
Required Branch Points 6

Leveling Up Active Shield

Ability Effect
Active Shield 1/3 Alternate Sign Mode:
Creates an active shield. Maintaining it and blocking attacks drains Stamina. Damage absorbed by the shield restores player Vitality.
Stamina Regeneration in Combat: +0.5/s
Active Shield 2/3 Alternate Sign Mode:
Maintaining an active shield now drains 50% less Stamina. Stamina drain for blocked attacks unchanged. Damage absorbed by the shield restores player Vitality.
Stamina Regeneration in Combat: +1/s
Active Shield 3/3 Alternate Sign Mode:
Maintaining an active shield no longer drains Stamina. Stamina drain for blocked attacks unchanged. Damage absorbed by the shield restores player Vitality.
Stamina Regeneration in Combat: +1.5/s

Is Active Shield Worth It?

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Active Shield is worth investing points into

As this skill has quite a few uses and can be used in several builds, we recommend building this skill. This skill will usually always come in handy, though there may be instances where you should prioritize another skill instead. If you have extra points and do not know where to invest them, this skill is a good option.

The defensive power of this skill is very versatile depending on how you use it. The shield is very effective when dealing with either a strong or a weak opponent. This skill also gains the benefits from the skills Exploding Shield, Quen Intensity, and Quen Discharge.

Having the shield up against weaker opponents can save you from being swarmed by them, while the shield can heal you a lot if you are against stronger opponents. The stamina drained is proportional to the strength of the opponents attack.

Conclusion

If you have invested your skills under the Quen Sign Core Ability, then it is definitely worth it to get this skill. This skill boosts your defensive capabilities by a significant amount and will definitely help you in any difficulty.

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