It's funny because the TM strategy guide says that meat wagon gets a shield when you launch the special. But I purposely hit myself with my own special and I still took major damage. So thats how I figured there was no shield.
i have never used vermin, but most of the time I go after a vermin player the shield seems to last forever. And mihyaz is part of fear clan and sometihing is fishy with that clan. .. When I fight their clan members their shields seem to last longer than what I am used to seeing. I can barely touch luiiso because he always has shields up. I don't know, been playing since game was released last February & I have seen everything. I swear there is some kind of cheat they are using.