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My friend has built a dire avenger exarch with a shimmer shield which gives it a 5+ invulnerable save. However it has the ability Battle fortune which gives the exarch a 4+ invulnerable save.

How does this work? Is the shimmer shield just a waste on the exarch?

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(Note: I am assuming you are playing 9th edition here since it is the latest ruleset)

The Shimmer Shield is definitely redundant on the Exarch.

From the rules (page 19 under Invulnerable Saves):

If a model has more than one invulnerable save, it can only use one of them – choose which it will use.

So the player would never have a reason to choose the Shimmer Shield unless the player (for some reason) wanted the Exarch to have a higher chance of dying.

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