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Can I destroy the shield on a portal before all resonators?

If yes, what is the best way to do that? Launch XMP burster on the location of portal? Or just attack resonators and the shield will be destroyed?

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It is possible, I've had it multiple times that I got notified that portal mods (shields) have been destroyed, but when I checked that portal immediately, all resonators had 100%. But how this happens or how to do this remains a mystery to me. –  Sentry Apr 22 '13 at 18:08
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From what I've seen, the shields get destroyed intermittently while attacking a portal. I've had shields destroyed while resonators were still on the portal.

Also, it seems like the last shield doesn't get destroyed until the last resonator is destroyed.

As for purposely targeting shields, I have found no way of doing that.

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In my experience the shields have a chance to fall every time an XMP is fired that damages at least one resonator. I think I read somewhere in a tactics guide that you can use lots of low-level XMPs from outside the portal's range to "chip away" at one of the resonators, giving the shields each time a small chance to fall.

See: http://www.reddit.com/r/Ingress/comments/1fehcy/ "I've been seeing a couple of L1's hitting my L6 portals every time they walk by and hack. While it isn't doing damage, I am having to replace about 3 shields out of about 80 total shields a day."

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I've never seen this done when hacking a portal - the shields were destroyed suddenly after the last resonator.

There could be a slim chance of destroying the shields before the resonators, but I have yet to see it.

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This behaviour was in older versions. I think since 1.2.something, shields get destroyed, like Aaron described. –  Bomberlt May 17 '13 at 6:44
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