So last night I ran a rather interesting test to see who would win between 2 groups of 10 thralls. Both were Rhts and had the same armor but 1 group was using katana (notorious for breaking ai) and the other was using shields and a 1h weapon. Turns out the katana won a solid 10 kills to 2. I kinda suspected this would happen because shields also break the ai but the test was to see which one more consistently breaks the ai. The katana only breaks the ai with the heavy finisher where the shield can break the ai at multiple points.
- the thrall can get stuck in permanent block mode
- the thrall having 2 items confuses the code so it won’t know which to use
- the ai will repeat the check after every complete action or on hit making every attack made or taken a potential breaking point
- getting hit makes the thrall prioritize the shield causing a breaking point
And this is just a small scale test and 1 observation. The results were very clear however.
My advice is do not give thralls shields.