Grounded Plasma Shield

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  • Grounded Plasma Shield
  • Requires Engineering (450)
  • Tool:
     [Arclight Spanner]
  • Reagents:
  • Permanently attaches grounded plasma generators to your belt, allowing you to activate a powerful shield that absorbs 16200 to 19800 damage. Usable once every 5 minutes.

    Can only be used on your own belt, and doing so will cause it to become soulbound. Requires at least 450 skill in Engineering to use.
  • Cast time: 5 sec

Grounded Plasma Shield is an engineer tinker which activates a shield that absorbs 16200 to 19800 damage. It is applied to the engineer's belt. This tinker is discovered while crafting other engineering items, beginning at an engineering skill of 425; it is not learned from the trainer or a schematic. It stacks with [Eternal Belt Buckle], but not with enchants.

Materials required:
Inv misc enggizmos 17.png [Tinker's Kit]


This tinker can backfire, resulting in one of the following:

  • Plasma Misfire! - Taunts all enemies within 40 yards.(Including boss-level mobs)
  • Magnetized! - 5 second stun in addition to the shield effect.
  • Reversed Shield - Increases chance to be critically hit by 100% for 10 seconds.


This tinker may appear to be the obvious choice for tanks at first glance - However, each of the three possible backfires would prove devastating to both the Engineer tank, as well as their party/raid. DPS use of this tinker should be under only the most extreme circumstances due to the negative effects the AoE taunt backfire can have on most any encounter.

Patch changes

Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Skill required lowered from 500 to 450. Materials required changed.
Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.

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