Melee Defense

Effects

Melee defense protects against damage from melee techniques. For specific details on how damage is reduced see the combat page. Defense (unlike evasion) cannot reduce damage below 1-2 points.

In addition to the following, any To Your Highest Defense bonuses when Melee Defense is your highest, and Reactive defense can also reduce Melee damage if you are dealt more than 5 damage at once.

Legend
Limited items Quest items
Unearthly items No trade items
Derivative unearthly Normal items

Melee Defense Bonuses

Hats
+3 guard helm
+2 blast visor, blindshot visor, dashing hat, Integrated Rams helmet, immersive visor, Midgard heavy helmet, passthrough visor, Stainless Skulls helmet, steel mask, WildCats helmet
+1 alien museum mask, chained museum mask, crude skull mask, fiery museum mask, giant paper mache head, knit cap, lucky cap, Midgard hardhat, OmniTech hardhat, polysteel mask, unlucky cap, wrapped museum mask
Weapons
+5 palace spear
+4 buzzing TZR, hardened blade, reinforced chain, shark hide baton, shining blade, steel baton, steel length (when you don't have an offhand), twisting silver blade
+3 black silver blade, close combat shotgun, modernized rifle, polysteel support (when you don't have an offhand), replica katana
+2 cavalry saber, defense knife, manhole cover (when you don't have an offhand), Midgard heavy gauntlets, princely sword, replica sword, spider drone leg, steel knuckles
+1 thick baton
Offhand Items
* shield of scales (2, plus 1-2 for each serpent suit part, +4 for Shield of Scales effect)
+4 failed cyberarm (with Eclipse and a dream effect)
+3 gargoyle wing, heavy riot shield, shock shield, survivors' origami shield (with Eclipse)
+2 anniversary pocket mirror (with +Melee Defense Weapon or mislit rusted sword), catering tray, crocodile shield, detached spider charm, failed cyberarm (with Eclipse), gel shield, Halloween brick wall, honorary catering tray, hungry doll, Idoru nurse, manhole cover shield, shaky manhole shield, sheet of white plastic, shield of scales, show Vigilante pistol, skull pile
+1 ballistic shield, foam brick wall, foam tombstone, Midgard riot shield, silvered shield
-4 fragile branch
Shirts
+4 prototype coat w/Entrapping Coat
+3 dual armored vest, festive tree sweater, hardened gang jacket, holiday sweater, lined coat, llama sweater, nostalgic sweater, reindeer sweater, ribbon sweater, shark hide jacket, shark hide vest, snowflake sweater, snowman sweater, wreath sweater
+2 crocodile hide jacket, fused breastplate*, gang scuba, lead vest, painted dress, punk jacket, scaled gang jacket, thick vest, Vine Shirt (with no shirt equipped)
+1 all weather coat, biofeedback vest, gutter leathers, hustler's coat, mimetic vest, old jacket, torso wrappings, unlined vest
Pants
+5 elegantly torn pants* w/Hardened Patching
+3 achromatic slacks, elegantly torn pants* w/Reinforced Patching, lined pants, shark hide pants
+2 blood rose pants w/Swaying Blood, corduroys, crocodile pants, designer vines, elegantly torn pants* w/Patched Pants or Scuba Patching or Steel Patching, heavy containment pants, ReflexCoil pants, scaled pants, spacious cargo pants, survivors' origami pants, unsealed pants, wetsuit pants, work pants
+1 clubbing pants, containment suit pants, fused plates*, infested containment pants, mimetic pants, mountaineer pants, punk pants, reinforced pants, sheet of scales, unlined pants, zombie pants
Gadgets
+2 Midgard Player w/Hidden Harmony or Ocean Harmony
+1 numbing IV
Cyberware (Cybereyes)
-2 targeting cybereye
Cyberware (Cyberarms)
+1 elbow spikes, scaled arm
-2 Omnibody arms, recalled cyberarms
Cyberware (Cyberlegs)
-2 Omnibody legs
Cyberware (Bodyware)
+3 corroded dermal plates, tubegrown bones
+2 visible organs
Effects
* +1 for each Bone effect beyond the first: (Bone Eye, Bone Spikes, Bone Scales, Calcified Organs)
+3 Fire In Your Belly, Overindulged, Pumping Adrenaline, Vine Husk
+2 Bone Spikes, Bone Scales, Creating Distance, Crystal Armor, Defensive Boon, Fearsome Strength, Incredible Numbness, Inspired Force, No Pain, Petrified Flesh, Survival Bulwark, Swaying Blood
+1 Calcified Organs, Fused Armor*
-3 Broken Bone, Torn Flesh
-4 Artificial Rage, Blackstone Teeth, Rasping Teeth, Stitched Up, Wrecker
-5 Frigid Bones
Skills
+3 Stellar Appreciation (with Eclipse)
+2 Ocean's Touch

* See item for additional bonuses or restrictions

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