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Throughout the books it is apparent that the Shrike can travel through time, appearing to move much faster than light and appearing to exist everywhere simultaneously if it desires. The Shrike was at one point assumed to be a prisoner of the Hyperion time tombs' anti-entropic fields (the 'time tides'), but as these began to degrade, the Shrike ranged farther and farther and eventually was observed on other planets elsewhere in the galaxy.
It is essentially immune to virtually all conventional weaponry, most of which simply has no effect on it whatsoever. Additionally, the Shrike's speed and ability to control time allows it to avoid virtually any conventional weapon with ease (it can even dodge laser strikes). It can withstand direct hits from human weapons, such as plasma rifles, with no measurable effect. Upon suffering injury in combat, the Shrike is seen to lose a large amount of cabling likened to intestines, but in no way loses its abilities as a result.
The Shrike proves to be more than competent at hand-to-hand combat; it is itself a gigantic cutting utensil, and its control over the flow of time make it nigh invincible.