Shield Crystals are special Crystals that appear in the Freedom Planet Series. When the Player breaks open one of these Crystal, they'll receive an Elemental Shield that will protect them from damage.
There are 6 different types of Shield Crystals that can be found in every Stage and used throughout the game, each with there own Element and abilities. However, all Shields will break after taking a certain amount of hits, which is determined by the Stage Difficulty:
- Casual Mode: 3 Hits
- Easy Mode: 3 Hits
- Normal Mode: 2 Hits
- Hard Mode: 1 Hit
Shield Crystal List
The Beta Versions of the Shield Crystals are included for design comparison:
|Water Shield Crystal
Spawns a Bubble-shaped Shield.
|Wood Shield Crystal
Spawns a Blossom-covered Shield.
|Fire Shield Crystal
Spawns a Fireball-shaped Shield
|Earth Shield Crystal
Spawns a Crystal-shaped Shield
|Metal Shield Crystal
Spawns an Ironball-shaped Shield
|Invincibility Shield Crystal
Spawns a Sparkling Shield
In Freedom Planet 2, the Shield Crystals now release Guardian Orbs, small elemental orbs that follows follows the Player, protects them from damage and can even carry Milla's Phantom Cubes. Collecting more Guardian Orbs will stock up the numbers of hits on the Player's Life Meter, able to absorb 5 to 7 hits, depending on the Playable Character and Life Petals equipped. The Player can even change the Element of their Orb by obtaining another Orb of a different Element.
Guardian Orb List
The following Items correspond with Shield Crystals:
The Player starts with a Water Orb and all Shield Crystals become Water Crystals.
The Player starts with a Wood Orb and all Shield Crystals become Wood Crystals.
The Player starts with a Fire Orb and all Shield Crystals become Fire Crytsals.
The Player starts with an Earth Orb and all Shield Crystals become Earth Crystals.
The Player starts with a Metal Orb and all Shield Crystals become Metal Crystals.
- In Freedom Planet, during the Cutscene where Lilac was recovering from her injuries in the Healing Sauna at the Royal Palace in Shang Tu, the Sound Effect of the Water Shield plays when she is fully healed.
- The Shield Crystals are reminiscent to the Item Monitors in the Sonic the Hedgehog Series with similar abilities, such as Invincibility.
- In the original August 2012 prototype, the mechanics for the Elemental Shields behaved rather differently. All players have the ability to summon an elemental Shield. To summon one however, a character would need to collect five keystone and the type of Shield spawned depends on the most obtained keystone element.
- When entering a Cutscene in Adventure Mode, the Player's Shield will surround the other a Character they're not controlling. When the Cutscene ends, the Shield returns to the Character the player is controlling. Also, if playing as Milla while holding a Phantom Cube at the end of a Stage, it may cause another Phantom Cube to appear above the Shield when entering a Cutscene. So far, these glitches only works during the Cutscenes in Relic Maze and Trap Hideout.