Shields are deployable spheres or bubbles which stop all weapons. They are equipped as support items. Despite the protection they provide, the blast radius of explosive weapons is unaffected by shields and can damage mechs nearby. They are launched similarly to grenades and activate on the surface they come to rest on, including mechs. Nothing can pass through a shield, inside or out. Shields function the same for both teammates and enemies. They work very well against snipers.