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Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 302
While almost every ship has simple navigational shielding to prevent damage from tiny bits of debris, this protection does little to stop a starship from being damaged by lasers, missiles, and larger impacts. To defend against such threats, a ship has energy shields. Projectors mounted around the ship create a barrier that absorbs damage from attacks. Each attack reduces the number of Shield Points (SP) in a given arc until that arc’s shields are depleted, after which point all further damage in that arc reduces the ship’s Hull Points. See Damage on page 304 for more information. Shield Points regenerate over time and can eventually be used again, but this regeneration occurs only when the ship is not in combat or otherwise taking damage. Shields must be attached to a functional power core in order to regenerate; the rate of regeneration is listed in the table below.

The value listed under Total SP in the table below is the total number of Shield Points provided to the ship. At the start of combat, when the starship’s crew takes up battle stations and the shields are activated, the Shield Points must be divided up between the four quadrants of the ship. No quadrant can be assigned less than 10% of the total number of Shield Points available at the start of combat, or available at the time the shields are balanced again using the balance science officer action (see page 324).

The table also lists rate of regeneration, PCU needed, and cost.
Shield NameTotal SPRegenerationPCUCost (in BP)
Basic Shields 10101/min.52
Basic Shields 20201/min.103
Basic Shields 30301/min.154
Basic Shields 40401/min.155
Light Shields 50502/min.206
Light Shields 60602/min.208
Light Shields 70702/min.2510
Light Shields 80802/min.3012
Medium Shields 90904/min.3013
Medium Shields 1001004/min.3015
Medium Shields 1201204/min.3517
Medium Shields 1401408/min.4018
Medium Shields 1601608/min.4520
Medium Shields 2002008/min.5022
Heavy Shields 24024016/min.5523
Heavy Shields 28028016/min.6025
Heavy Shields 32032016/min.7027
Heavy Shields 36036032/min.8028
Heavy Shields 42042032/min.9030
Heavy Shields 48048032/min.11032
Superior Shields 54054064/min.13035
Superior Shields 60060064/min.16040