Adaptive shields adapt to the last "elemental" type they were hit with with a set % of resistance. Sometimes non-elemental is counted as an "element" for resistance/bonuses, so I'm wondering if non-elemental damage is adapted to as well.

If it doesn't protect against non-elemental damage, if I get hit by a non-elemental effect after a fire effect, is my shield still protecting me against fire or does it reset until I get hit by a "real" elemental type again?

  • I used one for a bit but couldn't tell.
    – peacedog
    Commented Sep 27, 2012 at 2:08
  • It doesn't grant damage resistance, as @feeble said, but resistance to a certain % includin explosion, corrosive, fire, slag, and damn.....what was the last one again?
    – childe
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 21:58
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    Oh that's right......EXPLOSIONSSSS
    – childe
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 21:59
  • @Retrosaur You said Explosions twice, it's shock ;)
    – Lyrion
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 11:35

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No, they don't.

What happens is if the shield is not hit with any other elemental damage (Slag, Corrosive, Fire, Shock or Explosive), it acts exactly like a normal shield and takes normal damage.

If you take damage from a rocket it is counted as normal - so be careful around rockets.

Also if you have health issues (and that's why you're using adaptive shields) try transfusion MIRV grenades - they are lifesavers.

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    The point of collaborative editing is to improve your posts. We're not changing the meaning of it, but trying to make it better. You should not be using your posts to address the changes @Robotnik made, but perhaps a comment. I've rolled back your edit as it didn't add anything to your answer.
    – Frank
    Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 13:50
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    I'm not going out of my way to single you out, you know. There are checks in place to determine the quality of a post based on length, grammar and spelling mistakes. Any post deemed 'low quality' ends up in the review queue for people like myself and @fbueckert to look at and see if we can improve it. I just happened to notice that I'd edited 4 of your posts in a row, hence my comment on your other post.
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 23:10
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    Oh okay sorry about the confusion I thought you were doing it to try and be funny so once again sorry Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 6:59
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    @DeathDealer - No harm done. I apologise as well for any confusion I caused :)
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 13:08

They adapt to the last element they were hit with and you're asking if they adapt to NON-elemental damage. Your question is a paradox. No, the shield that helps resist element damage will not resist damage that is NOT an element. if you get hit by a non-elemental damage nothing will change, you will take damage and your shield will continue to resist the previous element it was hit by. It won't reset or anything of that sort. The only thing that can increase non-elemental damage resistance are those artifacts you mentioned (also, artifacts adding to that resistance are quite rare, hold onto them when you find them).

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    "Non-elemental" is very often treated as an element in games...including this one, where "elemental resist" relics often come with "non-elemental" as a resist type
    – Zelda
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 22:13
  • Yes. I know. That's why I said elemental resist relics are the only thing that can increase the non-elemental resistance. You might have seen where I said it, right above this comment.
    – Feeble
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 22:25
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    What's wrong with this answer? essentially all feeble is saying is that no, it doesnt accept nonelemental damage
    – childe
    Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 18:59
  • @Retrosaur I'd say what's wrong is he's saying the question itself contains an answer, and then mentions an exception to that logic himself. Totally correct facts, but somewhat insulting logic.
    – Orc JMR
    Commented May 6, 2013 at 5:06

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