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Phalanx Shield is a tier 3 skill in Axton's Survival skill tree. It provides the Sabre Turret with a projected spherical shield that can block enemy attacks but allow friendly ones to pass through.


  • Turret Shield: +1


  • Enemies can still move in or out of the shield without being blocked. Enemies that attack the shielded turret with a leap will first hit the shield and damage it, then sink per usual.
  • The Phalanx Shield can only absorb a limited amount of damage, and does not regenerate. The exact amount of damage a shield can sustain is currently unknown, but appears to be on par with a relative level turtle shield, the only known factor affecting it being the Commando's level.
  • When using Gemini, each turret comes with its own shield. Vault Hunters can stand inside overlapping shields for double the protection.
  • While the Phalanx Shield is not reliable at absorbing direct damage, it seems to be very effective when protecting anyone within its range from AoE attacks that would inflict a status effect (e.g.: burn damage). This effect is particularly notable during the final battle with The Warrior, specifically guarding against his fire breath attack and completely negating any effect/damage that would otherwise be received while exposed. Given if other enemies do not interfere, the shield is capable of surviving for the entire duration of the Sabre Turret's deployment.
  • The shield can be used to block Hyperius the Invincible's novas by dropping it down right before it goes off and hiding inside. Once the nova is over the turret can be reclaimed and the short cooldown will keep it available for the next nova.

Axton skills
Sabre Turret
Guerrilla Gunpowder Survival

Forbearance • Gemini • Grit • Healthy • Last Ditch Effort • Mag-Lock • Phalanx Shield • Preparation • Pressure • Quick Charge • Resourceful