Shield is the psychic ability to create a protective energy shield.
This power runs on a recharging timer; when in use, the color in the merit badge will drain until empty, at which it deactivates automatically. When not in use, the merit badge will slowly refill until it reaches complete color once more, whereupon a small sound will play, notifying that the power can be used once again. While active, Razputin will crouch down and envelop himself in a bright orange netted sphere, blocking all damage for a few seconds.
Razputin Aquato learns shield after gaining the Shield merit badge from a Lungfish Zealot in Lungfishopolis. The Shield is a key component in Lungfishopolis, as it blocks all damage from all Tanks and Kochamara. The Shield must be used to reach the book depository without getting shot by the Rainbow Squirt in the Milkman Conspiracy. It is also helpful in the battles with the Luchadores in Black Velvetopia, as their pouncing attacks are negated by the shield. Outside of gameplay, Razputin uses the shield in a cutscene to protect Lili from falling debris.
At PSI Cadet Rank 55, Raz gains the Offensive Shield upgrade, which pushes enemies back when they attempt to use a melee attack on Raz. At Rank 80, Raz gains the Ferocious Aura upgrade, which in addition to pushing enemies back also causes damage.
- It's best not to let the shield drain completely, as if this happens, the recharge time will be extended slightly and it will be disabled for a couple seconds.
The shield ability will return in Psychonauts 2. More information will be added upon the game's release.