"The default Combat Shield projects in front of you, offering a good balance between mobility and protection." — In-game Description
The Combat Shield is one of the three default abilities available to the Heavy class. When activated, the Heavy will deploy a shield in front of their upper body. The shield will protect the Heavy from incoming frontal blaster bolts from the waist up, but will still leave the sides and rear of the Heavy exposed blaster fire. This ability differs from the Personal Shield in that the Heavy is allowed to fire their primary weapon while using the shield. However, when activated the shield will slow mobility and remove the ability to aim down sight as long as the shield is up. The Combat Shield can be upgraded by a Boost Card.