I’m going to be a bit curt here since I honestly don’t want to waste my own or anyone else’s time with unnecessary banter for this COM.
If you want a TL:DR - This is not worth farming for. If you want to use it for fun feel free, but it really isn’t worth ever wearing this.
I’ll be looking at this through 3 aspects of the COM: Attack command cool down, pet damage, and defensive bonuses.
Attack command cool down
You’re going to take Sic Em with this COM, because you’re going for attack command damage. In that case, for 3 more skill points, you can just get Eager to Impress which will reset your attack command cool down whenever the pet kills something anyway. So this COM doesn’t actually let you use the attack command more often unless you weren’t going to run Eager to Impress, which is unlikely since you’re already getting Sic Em.
If anyone wants the math I’ll post it, but for brevity’s sake here is how much damage each pet actually gains from spamming attack commands exactly every 6 seconds.
Guard and Horned skag - 27%
Centurion and Scorcher - 45%
Jabber guns Mayhem scale, so for M0
Sidekick - 45%
Beefcake - 21%
Sidekick - 27%
Beeefcake - 0%, his basic and attack command hit for nearly the same amount
Atomic Aroma, with no splash bonuses, provides 22% melee DPS. With splash this skill give 40% melee DPS. Only on M0 with Sidekick Jabber, or with Spiderants (since they attack so slow) does this COM provide more DPS than Atomic Aroma.
This doesn’t take splash pets into account, because
- Countess - if you kill enemies too quickly and force her to use attack commands, her AI will bug out and she’ll miss or get stuck under the map
- Gunslinger - If you’re on high Mayhem levels, he’ll kill himself if he shoots too close.
- Eridian can whiff attack commands if the initial pull attack doesn’t catch an enemy. Since this forces the pet to attack enemies you’re attacking…yeah.
Only the Loader Bots have a risk free application for this COM effect.
Instead of using a this COM with no pet or FL4K damage and relying on huge shields to stay alive, you can just use a Red Fang. You’ll get a free point in Eager to Impress for attack command spamming, more pet damage from Ferocity, and you won’t need huge shields because enemies will literally never hit you.
Some people may be thinking of combining this COM with the Attack command life steal anointment for permanent 30% life steal. Remember though, that anoint rolls on weapons only, so no damage anoint on your weapon. Survival has diminishing returns, you only need the skills that will do the best job of keeping you alive. Anything beyond that is wasting gear and skill points. If you have 30% life steal, what use is 100% shield capacity, shield restore on a 12 second cool down, and recharge rate?
To be fair, if you were so inclined, you could just avoid purple tree and use this COM on a crit builds for the permanent life steal. To that I say ….
So is this COM worth farming Arms Race for? No. Unless you really hate holding the action skill button to perform the skill manually (which is fair, plenty of people hate it), you’ll be far better off just manually activating attack commands and taking better COMs.