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
|Water Crystal||Spawns a Bubble-shaped Shield
|Wood Crystal||Spawns a Blossom-covered Shield|
|Fire Crystal||Spawns a Fireball-shaped Shield
|Earth Crystal||Spawns a Crystal-shaped Shield
|Metal Crystal||Spawns an Ironball-shaped Shield
|Invincibility Crystal||Spawns a Sparkling Shield
In Freedom Planet 2, the Shield Crystals now release Guardian Orbs, small elemental orbs with animal traits that follows and protect the Player from damage, even carrying Milla's Phantom Cubes. Collecting more Guardian Orbs will stock up the numbers of hits on the Player's Health Meter, able to absorb 6 to 7 hit. The Player can even change the Element of their Orb by obtaining another Orb of a different Element.
Guardian Orb List
|Water Orb||Spawns a Blue Orb with Fish Fins
|Wood Orb||Spawns a Green Orb with Butterfly Wings
|Fire Orb||Spawns a Red Orb with Pheonix Wings
|Earth Orb||Spawns a Yellow Orb with Beetle Wings
|Metal Orb||Spawns a Gray Orb with Eagle Wings
- 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, this glitch only works during the Cutscenes in Relic Maze and Trap Hideout.