Let’s look at the tree
Phaseslam Action Skill N/A Amara leaps into the air and Slams the ground, dealing damage to all nearby enemies and knocking them up. 141 Damage, 26 second Cooldown
So while this isn’t her punch, its melee and it has its own damage and a huge splash radius
Arms Deal Passive Ability 1-5 Amara deals increased Splash Damage, and takes reduced Splash Damage 3% Splash Damage, 3% Splash Damage Reduction
Her slam and possibly later in the tree, dash, might both be boosted by this.
Fracture Action Skill N/A Amara summons a handful of fists that erupt from the ground, dealing damage to enemies in front of Amara. 124 Damage, 26 second Cooldown
More potential melee splash
Find Your Center Passive Ability N/A Amara gains increased Melee Damage. Additionally, for a few seconds after using her Action Skill, Amara gains increased Melee Range. 22% Melee Damage, 50% Melee Range, 8 second Duration
Here is her passive, its not a ton but the extra range is a big deal.
Jab Cross Passive Ability 1-5 Whenever Amara deals melee damage to an enemy, she gains increased Action Skill Damage and increased Weapon Damage for a few seconds. 10% Weapon Damage, 11% Action Skill Damage, 20 second Duration
Her action skill is a huge melee hit and this helps it
Blitz Passive Ability N/A Melee Override. Press the melee button to make Amara dash a short distance forward and perform a special melee strike, dealing Elemental Melee Damage. If a Blitz melee attack kills an enemy, Blitz’s cooldown is immediately reset. 10 second Cooldown
All the dashes we have seen so far came with melee boosts.
She also has a lot of survival and movement speed skills which go great with melee.
Then you have skills in other trees that help
Anima Passive Ability 1-5 Amara’s Elemental Effects deal increased damage over time and have increased duration. Her Action Skill Elemental Effect deals further increased damage. 2% Elemental Effect Damage, 10% Elemental Effect Duration, 6% Action Skill Elemental Effect Damage
Since her pounce and dash deal elemental damage this helps
Infusion Passive Ability 1-5 Convert a portion of damage dealt by Amara’s weapons into her Action Skill Element. 4% Converted Damage
Again, boosts her action skill
Tempest Passive Ability 1-5 Amara deals increased Elemental Damage. Shock Damage is further increased. 8% Shock Damage, 4% Elemental Damage
Illuminated Fist Passive Ability N/A Amara gains increased Melee Damage and her Melee Damage is converted to her Action Skill Element. 28% Melee Damage
More melee and makes her melee elemental, which can be boosted by elemental skills and maybe splash.
Wildfire Passive Ability 1-5 Whenever Amara applies an Elemental Effect to an enemy, it has a chance to spread to a nearby enemy. 8% spread chance
Spread the dots you can punch
Catharsis Passive Ability 1-3 Whenever Amara triggers an elemental effect on an enemy, when that enemy dies that enemy explodes, deal her attuned element damage along with any other elemental that is currently inflicted upon that enemy. This skill has a short cooldown. 13 Damage, 8 second Cooldown
If you can punch elements you can do this with your fists and action skill, and dash.
|Conflux|Passive Ability|1-5|Whenever Amara applies an Elemental Effect to an enemy, she gains a chance to randomly Electrocute, Burn, or Melt that enemy.|7% Extra Effect Chance|
|Forceful Expression|Passive Ability|N/A|Amara’s guns deal Bonus Elemental Damage, based on her Action Skill Element.|11% of Damage Dealt as Bonus Elemental Damage|
Both of these should work as well.
Do Harm Passive Ability 1-5 Killing an enemy grants Amara a stack of Rush. Activating her action skill consumes all Rush stacks. For every stack Rush consumed, Amara’s Action Skill Damage is temporarily increased.
Action skill can be melee, so again more.
Violent Tapestry Passive Ability 1-5 Applying an Elemental Effect grants Amara a stack of Rush. Activating her action skill consumes all Rush stacks. For ever stack of Rush consumed, Amara’s Elemental Effect Chance is temporarily increased. 0.6% Effect Chance per stack consumed, 10 Rush stacks max, 20 second duration
Helps you dot with your fists
Laid Bare Passive Ability 1-3 Enemies take increased damage from all sources for a few seconds after being damaged by Amara’s Action Skill. 5% Damage Increase, 8 second duration
Kinda like kunai
So she has more than it seems at first