My idea is for an enemy that uses a shield, to add more challenge to the default singleplayer experience. Most enemies that are a threat are a threat either because of the significant damage they deal on physical attack, or things like the vindicator can break shields, or the Evoker which has strong powers to fight with. Nothing really has the power to face the player on level ground- they're always either slightly more dangerous and require guerrilla tactics or weak enough to not pose a threat past iron armor and shield. So, an enemy that knows swordplay and shield tactics is the perfect candidate to make for an interesting fight. I don't know where one would find it, it certainly wouldn't' be a regular spawn, but perhaps a new type of pillager (the Champion?) could join the raid parties, blocking the players swipes and countering. Should hold a shield up, waiting for its opportunity to strike (when the player wastes their strike), dealing the same damage a player would with a sword. If you break its shield with an axe, it should go full dodge mode, trying to avoid your lock on the same that you would with a Vindicator. Go prepared!
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