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The color of an enemy's shield represents which damage type it is vulnerable to. Using a damage type against the corresponding shield will do 200% damage. Using a damage type against a non-corresponding shield will do 100% damage.
In Destiny 2, enemy shields are much more volatile as breaking them with the matching damage type will result in an elemental explosion, dealing significant area-of-effect damage to all others in close proximity. Because the damage type of these explosions is the same as the enemy's shield, this can cause a chain reaction of explosions when nearby enemies with matching shield types are caught in the blast radius.
|Icon||Type||Description||Most effective against|
|Kinetic||Physical damage.||Enemies without shields.|
|Arc||Related to electricity and ice.||Enemies with blue shields such as Captains.|
|Solar||Related to fire and thermal energy.||Enemies with orange shields such as Wizards and Centurions.|
|Void||Related to gravity and dark energy.||Enemies with purple shields such as Minotaurs.|
- ↑ Reddit "Elemental Damage & Nightfall Burn Damage Calculations". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
- ↑ Destiny Update 2.0.0