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Proto Shield
Proto Shield Infobox
Mega Man symbol
Mega Man holding out the Proto Shield.
Universe Mega Man
User(s) SSF2 Mega Man head
Effect Mega Man pushes the Proto Shield out in front of him and uses it to reflect projectiles.

Proto Shield, known in Japan as Blues Shield (ブルースシールド), was originally Mega Man's side special move in Super Smash Flash 2 prior to being replaced by Crash Bomb in Beta.

Overview

When performed, Mega Man would quickly pull out Proto Man's shield, a massive white and red shield with a black visor near the top, and push himself forwards with it. Opponents could be hit at the end of the animation, which would deal 4% damage and very weak knockback to those hit. The shield could also be kept out by holding the input, which could be used to reflect all projectiles that hit the shield. However, after Mega Man would pull out the shield and the damage had been given, he'd become vulnerable to attacks due to the move's high amount of ending lag. The aerial version of this attack would also immediately move him in whichever direction he uses the move in, but the amount of time it takes for the move to end would make it an impractical recovery.

Origin

Proto Man & Proto Shield

Artwork of Proto Man holding the Proto Shield in front of him.

In the Mega Man franchise, the Proto Shield has been a recurring part of Proto Man's arsenal ever since the first game he appears in, Mega Man 3. It was invented by Dr. Wily to make up for Proto Man's lack of stamina, and it appears with him in some form wherever he appears. It strangely has no use in Mega Man 3, as it does nothing to protect him from attacks. However, Mega Man can obtain it from him in Mega Man 7 and use it to block certain projectiles, as long as Mega Man is still and is not shooting at the time, much like in SSF2. More notably, Proto Man himself uses the shield in Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 to reflect enemy attacks when he jumps.

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Trivia

  • Although the move itself was cut, the Proto Shield is still used by Proto Man as an Assist Trophy, in which he dashes forward with the Proto Shield in front of him.
  • The attack functions almost identically to Pit's Mirror Shield in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, except it cannot block attacks that are not projectiles.
Mega Man's special moves
Standard special move Mega Buster
Side special move Crash Bomber
Up special move Beat Call
Down special move Water Wave
Final Smash Mega Legends
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