How to Kill Red Shield Enemies in Returnal

Returnal red shields

While the main challenge of Returnal is the boss fights, Red Shield enemies are still a notable annoyance in this Roguelike. Oftentimes these enemies will be blocking your path and if you don’t know how to deal with them, you are practically stuck in the run. In this guide, I will explain all the details you need on how to kill Red Shield enemies in Returnal.

Returnal: How to Beat Red Shield Enemies

As you enter your first biome, you will soon be introduced to enemies that have red shields around them. To beat/kill red Shield enemies in Returnal you need to melee them. However, the ability to melee isn’t available until you get your hands on a certain type of blade.

You need to find Atropian Blade to get the ability to melee Red Shield enemies. You can unlock this item through the natural progression of your first biome in Returnal. You can then use the Atropian Blade to melee Red Shield enemies.

Unlike consumables, you will never lose the blade even if you die.

As you know, not all of your items will carry over to the next attempt if you fail a run. However, that is not the case with Atropian Blade. But it should be noted that there is a brief cooldown between each slash of the blade which means you can’t go hack and slash your way through enemies.

And that’s everything you need to know on how to kill Red Shields in Returnal. Need more help? See how to melee, how to save, Ixion boss fight, Phrike boss fight, Hyperion boss fight, Nemesis boss fight.

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