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The Meat Shield support gem makes supported minions defensive, causing them to only attack enemies that get very close to you. It also gives the minions a chance to taunt on hit, reduces the damage they take, and causes them to deal more damage to enemies close to you.

If minions are both Aggressive and Defensive, those effects cancel out, returning the minions to their original behaviour. All other bonuses from the support gems still apply.

Exile009
Aug 22, 2019 12:40:04 PM

Why not? Focus your DPS on Spectres / Phantasms / Golems / Skeletons, and keep some Zombies bodyguards close to you who can take the projectiles for you or finish enemies who escaped from your other minions. It allows to have an actual "strategy" while playing summoner builds.

Serakiel
Aug 22, 2019 12:45:14 PM

Proximity Shield Spectres when you're not specializing on your Spectres for dealing damage. Free immunity to Projectiles.

Mythabril
Aug 22, 2019 12:50:21 PM

Meat shield will probably will have more damage buff than other minion support skills introduced, if enemies are very close to you.

It can be good with convocation.

pphnx
Aug 22, 2019 13:33:38 PM

meat shield? you must've misspelled no more porcupine or random bullshit deaths from offscreen.

pr13st
Aug 22, 2019 13:34:13 PM

Considering I'm already in melee range of bosses etc when playing a summoner, sure, depending on the damage bonus.

Asmosis
Aug 22, 2019 23:59:37 PM

Meat shield sounds GREAT for doing Blight. Let the Golem and Skellys go HAM AGGRO everywhere, keep your zombies to escort you while you go activate turrets, and stand at the Home Tower as a last line of defense.

Thror2k5
Aug 23, 2019 00:17:22 AM

Can some zombies be raise as meat shields while others are raised aggressive?

Shagsbeard
Aug 23, 2019 00:19:38 AM

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Shagsbeard wrote:
Can some zombies be raise as meat shields while others are raised aggressive?


if you have 2 different zombie links, yes

Thror2k5
Aug 23, 2019 00:21:30 AM

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Thror2k5 wrote:
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Shagsbeard wrote:
Can some zombies be raise as meat shields while others are raised aggressive?


if you have 2 different zombie links, yes


What happens if I summon 4 with Meatshield socketed, and swap it for the aggressive one and then summon 8 more? Are the first four "snapshotted" with the defensive AI and the 8 others aggressive?

Shagsbeard
Aug 23, 2019 00:27:07 AM
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