Well, here we are. At long last. We may have finally unlocked they key to Deputy Axton. Since Deputy Sal’s birth in 2013, players of Borderlands 2 have long wondered how one would create a Deputy Build for each character?
@Chuck80, the father of the original “Deputy Sal” build, and @Derch have since taken the reins of making “Deputy” builds for other characters of the series, with Deputy Athena, Deputy Aurelia, and Deputy Kreig among them.
But what of Axton?..
Does it use involve shotguns and the Deputy’s Badge? Check.
Is it unfair and an exploitative use of the game’s mechanics? Arguably yes.
Since Sal has the ability to wield two guns at once and Axton does not, then we must find a way to match the incredible power that Sal can dish out in a single shot. I suspect that there may be some of us that find this solution “cheap” and on the same level as “sham-fleeting,” but I plead with those of you who feel this way to hear me out on this matter
10/5 in Expertise is what makes Axton stand out in this build.
What makes Expertise so useful? Swapping quickly from the Flakker to the Creamer before the “Flakk” pellets can connect with the target makes for very interesting results. Like Salvador’s off-hand critical bonus and healing transfer, swapping quickly between two guns is, in a small way, like dual wielding.
Flakker. Casual prefix is optimal.
Creamer. Derp prefix is optimal. The weapon swap speed prefix would also be effective in this build.
Legendary Soldier class mod. This is the optimal choice to get Expertise boosted to 10/5.
Your preferred shield. I frequently rotate between Blockade, Antagonist, and Evolution.
Your preferred grenade mod. I prefer Magic Missiles for slagging.
Deputy’s Badge relic. The reload speed is very much appreciated here. You will be spending a decent amount of time reloading when running Deputy Axton. And also, you know… “Deputy.”