Recently I’ve asked myself whether Melee Krieg is either viable or relevant in Borderlands 2’s metagame as it exists in 2015. I’ve always had an issue with Silence the Voices, and with the fact that its use results in self - inflicted damage 12% of the time. So today I’ve tested my version of Melee Krieg, and am satisfied that when it’s used properly, it is still a force to be reckoned with against mobs. Against raid bosses, not so much.
I think everyone with even an elementary understanding of how Melee Krieg works will understand and appreciate where the skill points need to go. Thus, rather than explaining the same in detail, I will explain the two incongruities of the build : Fuel the Fire and Pain is Power. Neither of these skills is ordinarily used.
Fuel the Fire [5/5]
The Slagga is the go - to slag weapon for Krieg. I usually like to kill an enemy just before transitioning out of Buzz Axe Rampage, so as to take advantage of the weapon - related kill skills (of which Fuel the Fire is one). While Fuel the Fire is active, slagging enemies with the Slagga is virtually guaranteed. Of course, slag makes the damage dealt by Bloodsplosion that much greater. That’s why I’ve specced into this skill.
Pain is Power [10/5]
Raw damage increase. I tend not to strive for critical hits with Krieg anyway. Now, you aren’t always going to be in Release the Beast mode, and as such it’s ideal to have some measure of offensive prowess with your weapons. The bonus doubles while Krieg is on fire, which is an uncommon albeit welcome occurrence. (It’s welcome because the situation sometimes arises where Krieg’s health isn’t low enough to activate Release the Beast, but it isn’t high enough to not be downed by a physical attack, bullet, rocket or grenade. Being on fire whittles Krieg’s health down slowly and can bring it into Release the Beast range.
My Endgame Setup
The weapons and gear are specific to this build and will likely not change. If you would like, or require, an explanation for each, feel free to ask for the same. I would be more than happy to explain myself on request.
Proof of Build Viability
Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to @xmngr for indirectly convincing me to give Melee Krieg a chance.