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Say that a defender with only 1 health remaining is adjacent to two gladiators. On the far side of these two gladiators is an Arena Criminal who hits them both simultaneously for 3 damage each. Can the defender intercept all 6 damage? (i.e. the defender is defeated but the other two gladiators are unscathed.)The Defender will only be able to protect one of them.
Say that a defender and an adjacent gladiator are both hit simultaneously for 3 damage each and the defender has only 2 health left. Can the defender absorb his neighbour's damage as well as his own? He can only die once, but can he choose to die defending his neighbour even though he (the defender) is also a target?Unfortunately not. [source: Timing on beast/criminal damage - Can a doomed defender Intercept Blow?]