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UI image in Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row IV and Gat out of Hell

Using a Human Shield is a Combat feature in Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row IV[1] and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.[2]

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Not to be confused with Hostage

OverviewEdit

Human Shields can be obtained by pressing Left Bumper Xbox360, L1 PS3 or Left Ctrl PC when standing near someone in Saints Row 2. In Saints Row: The Third, the Action button is used to grab a Human Shield.

When holding a Human Shield, pressing the Grab button again Throws the person. A "Shield Kill" can be performed, see Controls for the specific button on each platform.

Civilians, police and gang members can all be used as Human Shields. When grabbing a civilian, police do not shoot at the lowest levels of Notoriety, but at higher they shoot whatever the circumstances. When using a police officer, the same applies but for higher levels they try to negotiate and outflank The Protagonist and only shoot at the highest levels. Gang members only stop shooting if one of their own is used as a Human Shield, however at higher levels of notoriety they shoot regardless. It is not possible to grab Special Homies during missions, and using a Homie as a Human Shield causes them to become hostile.

Human Shield is featured in the mission "Down Payment" and "Bank Error in Your Favor" in Saints Row 2. Grabbing 50 Human Shields grants the "Love Thy Neighbor" Achievement.

Human Shields can be used for many reasons. The main reason is to stop the police and gangs from shooting, while freely shooting at them and refill health if it is low. Grabbing a Human Shield and executing them expends only one bullet whereas it normally takes more than one. This can be used to save ammunition, or to stop them attacking. Also, they can be used to throw from heights to get respect for the stunt "Throwing".

In Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV, pressing the Human Shield button while running near a NPC makes The Protagonist tackle a NPC and take them as a Human Shield.

WeaponsEdit

Not all weapons can be used when using a Human Shields. These are the weapons that can be used:

Saints Row 2Edit

  • Melee (Geiger Counter, Detonator and Stun Gun only)
  • Pistols (No Dual Pistols)
  • SMGs (No Dual SMGs)
  • Shotguns
  • Assault Rifles (Except the Mini-Gun)
  • Special Weapons
  • Thrown Weapons

Saints Row: The ThirdEdit

  • Pistols (No Dual Pistols)
  • SMGs (No Dual SMGs)
  • Shotguns
  • Rifles
  • Explosives
  • Special (except the Reaper Drone)

Saints Row IVEdit

Gat out of HellEdit


TriviaEdit

  • This feature was removed from the Japanese version of the game, along with the Mayhem and Hitman activities.
  • If a homie's Human Shield is frozen with Freeze Blast or Buff, they will move as if the shield not frozen, although they will be covered in ice.
  • Saints members and enemy gang members will occasionally take human shields. And will always execute the shield when they killed all enemies regardless the person was innocent or hostile.

GalleryEdit

  • Carlos with a Human Shield
  • The Protagonist with a Human Shield
  • Promo for Saints Row: The Third with a Human Shield

ReferencesEdit

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