Cyborg Elite Guard


CyborgElite Icon

Enemy Stats
First Encounter Bridge
Most Common Bridge
Preferred Weapon Magnum Pistol
(Heavy Slugs)

Mag-Pulse Rifle
Rail Gun
Skorpion (Recommended)
Primary Attack Energy Projectiles
Secondary Attack Projectiles
Damage (per Hit) 70 (Primary)
75 (Secondary)
Attack Range 8 (Primary)
9 (Secondary)
Hit Points 380
Perception Medium
Disruptability 5%
Armor Value 50
Defense Value 6
Loot 2 of the following:
Heavy Slug 2100 Clip
MM Rail Clip
RF Large Slag Clip
Mark3 Penetrators
First-Aid Kit

The Cyborg Elite Guard is a cyborg enemy encountered in System Shock, and also one of the strongest and rarest enemies encountered.


The Elite Guards are one of the most dangerous enemies in the game and serve as SHODAN's personal bodyguards. They wear a black helmet with red goggles and a black backpack, and are armed with plasma cannon mounted on the right arm. They use this cannon at close or medium range, and shoot red energy projectiles from the helmet at long distances.

Their task is to protect the Mainframe. They are encountered at the core en masse, making the final room a tough challenge.


Unfortunately, their first attack with the plasma cannon is unavoidable, so it's advised to kill them before they notice you. They die with 3-4 hits with the Laser Rapier on the most difficult combat setting, but can also kill the player with a few shots on the same difficulty (4-5).

When engaging them from a distance you will want to bring your most powerful weapons. Mag-Pulse Rifle is recommended for its armor penetration abilities, as is the Rail Gun for the massive amount of damage it packs. Cyborg Elite Guards are also one of the few enemies worth the risk of breaking out the Plasma Rifle for. The Skorpion is probably the best weapon to use against them (mostly because of the magazine size, damage output and the rate of fire), especially if you were conserving its ammo until the final level. Finally, if you happen to have a Concussion Bomb or two to spare, Elite Guards are excellent candidates for using them on.

Levels Encountered

Normally, the Elite Guards are exclusively encountered on the Bridge guarding SHODAN's Cyberspace Terminal, but at higher difficulty settings can be found inhabiting the Security Level as well.



  • The Cyborg Elite Guard is the enemy pictured on the front cover of the System Shock game box.

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