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Control Type Hovercraft
Unlock Requirement Level 15 Quad
Starting Weapon Science Fair Arc
Primary Weapons Arc
Secondary Aura of Defense
Maneuver Dash
Initial Stats (Base Stats)
Armor 8.2 (10)
Damage 104% (100%)
Armor Self-Repair 0.60/s
Steam Recharge 0.40/s
Turn Rate 1440°/s
Max Speed 2.6 (3.0)
Super Speed 5.1 (6.0)
Plane Multipliers
x0.8 Armor
+2.4% Armor per Level
+4% Damage per Level
x0.85 Max Speed and Super Speed
x0.4 Turn Rate while superspeeding

The Bright Lady of the Sky. All rally to the charging Shieldmaiden as she boosts the armor of those who follow her into the fray.

The Shieldmaiden is a class in Steambirds Alliance.


The Shieldmaiden has one maneuver, Dash, which consumes 8 Steam and is activated using the Maneuver input (on keyboard, E key by default). On activation, the Shieldmaiden rushes forward a set distance relative to the plane's facing.

Upgrade Limits

The Shieldmaiden has the following non-elemental upgrade limits (and the associated numerical effects at these limits):

  • Damage: 40 (+40%)
  • Armor: 30 (+30)
  • Armor Self-Repair: 25 (+0.3/s)
  • Max Steam: 10 (+10)
  • Steam Recharge: 50 (+0.2/s)
  • Super Speed: 25 (+1.5)

Pilot Skills

Skill Tier Pilot Rank Option A Option B
1 7 Speed Lover
  • Super Speed: +20%
  • Steam Recharge: -15%

Effecticon damageboost.png While superspeeding:

  • Damage: +15%
2 23 Secret Royalty

Effecticon damageboost.png On kill:

  • Damage: +25% + 5% (+45% at max)
  • Duration: 1s
  • Cooldown: 2s
Emotional Support

Effecticon steamcost.png On kill:

  • Secondary Steam Cost: -12% - 3% (-24% at max)
  • Duration: 3s
  • Cooldown: 1s
3 56 A Lady's Touch

Effecticon rangeboost.png On kill:

  • Range: +12% + 3% (+24% at max)
  • Duration: 4s

Effecticon damageboost.png Armor at least 90%:

  • Damage: +20% + 5% (+40% at max)
4 104 Self Sacrifice

Effecticon ammoboost.png On kill:

  • Ammo: +60% + 15% (+120% at max)
  • Duration: 2s
  • Cooldown: 1s
Duty Calls

Effecticon steamcost.png Armor below 45%:

  • Secondary Steam Cost: -20% - 4% (-36% at max)
  • Damage: +4% + 2% (+12% at max)
  • Shieldmaiden 1-A raises Max Speed from 2.6 to 3.06.
    • Due to Super Speed's relationship with Max Speed, the skill also applies its +20% modifier to base Super Speed, raising it from 5.1 to 6.12.


  • At level 1 with its T0 initial loadout, the Shieldmaiden will have Armor, Damage, Max Speed and Super Speed values of, respectively, ~8.2, 104%, ~2.6 and 5.1 due to the effects of plane and leveling multipliers.

Plane Variants

Tier 1 (Common) Variants

  • Lady of the Shield: Pepper met Her when she rolled up to the garage in the family roadster. Crisp cropped crest, rose beak. Love at first sight. Amazing how many tuneups a car needs.
  • Guardian of Virtue: There's nothing saying girls shouldn't like girls. But there's a time and place. Proper courtship still matters.
  • The Governess: She was quite strict with her impetuous charge. Given their predilections, it was perhaps inevitable the relationship took a non-traditional turn in later years.
  • The Cub: She knew which buttons to push.

Tier 2 (Rare) Variants

  • Shieldprincess: This rig, she glows. Back when only the old-lines kept up their mecha, the Shieldprincess was passed down from mother to daughter. Those ceremonies died with the Empire.
  • Shieldqueen: An older woman is a force to be reckoned with. Only young idiots believe otherwise.
  • Urban Sylph: The war, the deaths. She needed to escape. The music was too loud. They locked gazes and there was the briefest of nods.

Tier 3 (Epic) Variants

  • Ghost Maiden: Beside every throne is a shadow, cast aside due blood and betrayal. She trains each night and builds her quiet alliances with the cult of Avem. Knowing that one day, her [kin] will need her. And she will ask for [her] due.
  • Shield Wench: There's a certain type of mechanic who enjoys working on Shieldmaiden rigs. Often a bit gruff, but with a kind heart. The sort that understands, even if society doesn't.
  • Ward of the State: We act out so terribly during our teenage years.
  • Shield Empress: The Bright Lady of the Sky. All rally to the charging Empress as she boosts the armor of those who follow her into the fray.