I'm rubber, you're glue. – Deflects enemy bullets with increased damage toward nearby enemies. Launches homing balls of slag at an attacker when damaged. Possesses damage reduction. Increased shield capacity. Reduced recharge delay and recharge rate.
Usage and Description
The Antagonist is a versatile shield, and while designed to be useful primarily against gun-wielding enemies, its secondary effect of launching homing slag balls will also activate from melee and ranged non-bullet damage. However, the slag balls will explode on impact on many surfaces and can be blocked by cover. Care should be taken when hiding behind cover, as the user may become slagged if the balls detonate too close.
Due to the buffed effect of slag in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, the Antagonist can be especially useful for slagging enemies, often saving the trouble of needing to swap weapons.
This shield may not be effective on Krieg using the Mania or Hellborn trees, due to Krieg damaging himself too much for the Antagonist's effects to activate.
At the same time, with even partial shield capacity, the homing slag balls are welcome when using Buzz Axe Rampage. This may be most notable with points in Blood Trance extending the duration of Buzz Axe Rampage, during which Krieg is unable to apply slag on his own.
Deflected bullets are considered to be shots fired by a Vault Hunter. This will trigger relevant skills from all characters as if they attacked an enemy. If an enemy is killed by the Antagonist, kill skills will be triggered.
Kills via deflected bullets count toward weapon challenge progress. The enemy's bullet and gun type determines which of the character's weapon challenges, and in some cases may be exploited for specific challenges. Crouching, for example, if an enemy is wielding an assault rifle, will add to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Assault Rifle kills.
This aspect of the shield's functionality interacts poorly with skills that encourage not firing. For instance, Gaige's Interspersed Outburst is expended every time a bullet is deflected, making it difficult to obtain stacks while taking fire.
The deflected bullet effect only works with handheld weapons. Shots from a WAR Loader's autocannon will not be deflected.
As the Antagonist cannot spawn with any Maliwan parts, it cannot provide elemental immunity to the character.
The ranged attack and damage resistance of Antagonist are unavailable when depleted.
The flavor text is a reference to the saying, "I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you."
The Antagonist is a modified version of a Vladof absorb shield. This can be seen from the HUD icon.