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Sometimes I randomly start with a shield when I'm playing local multiplayer. What causes this to happen?

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This is a result of autobalancing in versus mode.

  • Player(s) behind by 3 or more points: Start round with a shield
  • Player(s) with the most points: Start round with fewer arrows

Autobalancing can be toggled on or off in the Variants menu.

Variants menu

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Shields are given to players who are low on points in versus mode. Similar effects such as changing the arrow count on losing and winning players works the same way.

  • Can you elaborate on "not doing so well"? What causes it to appear? Number of kills the other player has, number of deaths you have, etc – spugsley Mar 12 '14 at 2:04
  • It's rubber-banding. Like. Give a handicap to the player that is ahead by many points. To even up the game a bit. Throw the losing player a bone. And so on. – Steven Lu Jun 10 '14 at 9:00

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