After 3 Hours of testing and studying a bezillion screenshots til I am blue in the face.
Conclusions for AXTON ONLY!
All places except Digistruct Peak, Peak Opener AR
Legendary Soldier with all the Grenade Damage Bonuses specced…NO BAR
The Explosive Damage Relic ever so slightly out damages a Shock Bone…but not by much. WITH BEE or WITHOUT BEE.
AND you need to take into consideration these factors:
The secondary 3 explosions are slightly delayed making them VERY difficult to hit on a moving enemy
You lose a pretty large cool down bonus on your turrets and turret down time means less Battlefront Bonuses…but more importantly…less distraction, blocking AND SLAGGING.
Purple Rifleman Com DOES SLIGHTLY out perform Legendary Soldier with this gun. Especially when the Battlefront and Onslaught skills kick in at 10/5.
But you are giving up 17 Skill Points and some other nice bonuses that Legendary Soldier gives. Still…for a “run and gun” mode with lighter enemies…A Rifleman com may be your cup of tea.
At the Peak the results are similar buuuut:
a. The combo of Peak Opener / Hard/ Carry / Easy Mode gives superb damage AND a HUGE FFYL time.
b. Ammo is a HUGE concern
Conclusions from my Conclusions:
If I am running the Peak Opener with an “Explosive Axton” (DPUH, Sword or Unicornsplosion, Flakker, World Burn, Nukem Etc I will probably stick with Explosive Damage Relic…it just works on pretty much everything.
If I am running at the Peak…I am pretty much in love with the combo of Peak Opener, Hard Carry, Easy Mode…TILL I RUN OUT OF AMMO…lol.
A Shock Bone of the Ancient is entirely viable for this gun as well for reasons mentioned.
REMEMBER, these conclusions are for AXTON ONLY!