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Shield benefits best from the positionals, then as much resist as you can fit, if maximum survivability is your goal.  This guy is War Mace, not Rad Melee, but it'll give you an idea.


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I'll attach my 801 and Psionic SD/Rad builds.  These are NOT offensive builds.  


SD RadM Tank - Prototype 801 - Build i4 - [i26].mxd

SD RadM Tank - PsiTank Beta r4 - [i25].mxd

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AE 801 (link) is a variety of missions for fun and challenge, and is designed for a team of 5+ Incarnates.  Just search '801' in AE. 

801 Difficulty Varies: 801.0 Easy, ..., 801.2 Standard, ..., 801.5 Hard, ..., 801.8 Extreme, ..., 801.A Epic, ... 801.F Death.

Angel Hornet (link)   -   Solo 2-Star ASF (link)   -   Solo 2-Star ITF (link)

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You can slot for both.  On top of resists I also slot for psi resists as well.  For defense I go with the Agility alpha slot so I can get away with lower slotting on my defenses but still get good numbers.  


This would be the base of what I do with my Shield tank if I take every power. 


Deflection: I slot 3 Aegis w/unique, Impervium psi resist and the 2 Defense + Def/global recharge LotG's

Battle Agility: 4 Shield Walls w/Unique

True Grit: 2 Impervium w/psi resist, Steadfast +def and 3 Numina Heals w/unique

Active Defense: 50+5 Recharge

Against All Odds: 50+5 End Redux

Grant Cover: Def/global recharge LotG

Phalanx Fighting: 3 Reactive Armor w/unique

Shield Charge: 6 Armageddon

One With the Shield: 6 Unbreakable Guard


I use 50+5 IOs all just about since mostly end game is where I need to be the best I can be.  


My stats look alot like @PLVRIZR's but my Fire/Cold resist is naturally 61%, E/Neg is lower at 50%, same with Toxic.  But my HP is 3100.


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On 2/16/2022 at 3:49 PM, Owenknowone said:

I have read through some guides and such.  Yet, I am asking when I spec out my SD/RAD tanker, what should I focus on?  DEF or RES?  and what am I sacrificing to do either or try for both?  


I'm gonna answer this far more vaguely than the others. Unless you're running incarnate content, the softcap for defense is still 45%. Everything above that is gravy. Doublestacking AD gives you 88ish% DDR so defense debuffs aren't any more of a real issue against shield than SR. Throw on a +HP capped True Grit and all that's left is going for more resistance.


This is not to say the builds provided aren't awesome.

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