Armored Core 6 Pulse Armor Guide

This guide talks about the Pulse Armor, how to effectively break it, and how to use it on an AC in Armored Core 6.

Armored Core 6 Pulse Armor cover

Pulse Armor is a type of shield that is present in Armored Core 6. It is a shield that is usually seen being used by some bosses, and it can also be equipped by ACs as well. Read ahead as we talk more on how to deal with the Pulse Armor, share effective weapons against it, and how to use it on ACs in Armored Core 6.

What is a Pulse Armor?

Pulse Armor can be seen on some of the bosses and enemies and it appears as a light blue bar along their health bars, sharing the same bar with the stagger meter. This type of armor prevents their users from taking in direct damage until the armor gets broken, and it also prevents stagger from building up when it is still active. Once broken, it takes a short while before it recharges and becomes active again, making the user vulnerable to attacks.

How to break the Pulse Armor

Pulse Armors can deflect all types of damage and is extremely effective against kinetic projectiles such as bullets. However, Pulse Armors are weak against energy-type weaponry such as laser, pulse, and plasma weapons. Therefore, having at least one of these energy-type weapons in an ACs arsenal is important, especially when facing enemies that use Pulse Armor.

Pulse Armors are also fairly weak against Coral weapons as Coral-type damage is the most powerful damage type in the game, although these types of weapons are usually found in later chapters.

Here are some anti-Pulse Armor weapons that can be found in the early parts of the game:

  • HI-32: BU-TT/A Pulse Blade
  • VP-66LH Laser Handgun
  • HI-16: GU-Q1 Pulse Gun
  • VP-66LS Laser Shotgun
  • VP-66LR Laser Rifle
  • Vvc-760PR Plasma Rifle
  • 44-143 HMMR Plasma Thrower
  • Vvc-770LB Laser Blade
  • VP-60LCS Laser Cannon
  • Vvc-70VPM Plasma Missile Launcher

These are the bosses that use Pulse Armor:

  • Balteus
  • Ayre

Pulse Armor for AC

ACs can also use Pulse Armor, albeit in a manually-controlled manner. This can be done by unlocking the Pulse Armor upgrade from OS Tuning and it can also be upgraded to add an additional charge. Another option is to unlock the Pulse Protection upgrade, however it only stays in a fixed place and does not move along with the AC.

To use the Pulse Armor, activate the armor just as you see the red attack alerts or the red boxes marking the enemy’s weapon. Doing this will optimize the use of the shield in blocking the more damaging attacks.

Another option is to go for equipped Pulse Shield which vary in Damage Mitigation, Impact Dampening, and Deployment Range. Players who go for this option usually prefer a more hands-on approach to being defensive in exchange for a back unit slot.

These are the different types of Pulse Shields available in the game:

  • SI-24: SU-Q5
  • VP-61PS
  • SI-27: SU-R8
  • SI-29: SU-TT/C
  • VP-61PB
  • VE-61PSA
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