#Who needs a Juggernaut Suit when you have Master Roshi’s Turtle Shell and a Schoolgirl skirt ?
Well, I was messing around with Gaige, and I figured out something : what if you used an incredibly thick Shield with all of Gaige’s Shield skills ? Then I tested it, with multiple Shields, Relics and Class Mods, and … I got like almost 7000000 Shield Capacity with the right gear and spec.
So, how exactly this build works ? It’s simple : you have your huge Shield, you deploy Deathtrap, you kill stuff and your huge shield instantly regenerates thanks to Blood Soaked Shields and Buck Up ! Skills like Fancy Mathematics, Unstoppable Force and Myelin will help you tank some more damage when you can’t kill an enemy and when Deathtrap isn’t up. And since you have very low Health and you put so many DoTs on your enemies thanks to Gaige’s LBT skills (with a Moxxi weapon in hand), you can abuse Health Gate and become nearly invincible.
It’s a damn shame that Gaige doesn’t have a Health Regeneration Class Mod, as it would’ve made this setup completely unstoppable.
So, here is the spec that I’m using, you can change things in function of your playstyle :
Juggernaut Schoolgirl OP8 build
Now, let me show you her recommended skills and skills to avoid with this build :
Blood Soaked Shields, 5/5 : This skill may be the main skill for this build. Since your shield is huge but recharges slowly AND the health loss is negligible, you basically keep your Shield up as long as you’re killing enemies. And killing enemies with Gaige’s awesome Damage output isn’t a big deal.
Myelin 5/5 : Very good skill to increase your shield capacity even more, and it gives you Shock Damage Resistance, allowing you to resist against your worst enemy : Shock Damage. Pick it up as it is an awesome skill.
Buck Up 1/1 : When Deathtrap is active, he just recharges 100% of your Shield. This can be awesome when you’re against a tough enemy and you need your Shields to recharge, spec into it as it is only 1 skill point that can save your life.
Fancy Mathematics 5/5 : Awesome skill when you aren’t killing an enemy, and since Turtle Shields are pretty slow, this skills is a huge helping hand, especially when boosted by a Class Mod.
Unstoppable Force 5/5 : This skill looks like it has been made for the Fabled Tortoise/Hoplite. Since these Shields have a huge capacity and slow you down, when Unstoppable Force is active you’re regenerating 4% of your shields (bye bye DoTs) and you move faster. This skill is a must have : spec into it.
[PLEASE NOTE : IF YOU ARE USING TURTLE SHIELDS THAT DROP YOUR HEALTH BELOW 0, HERE ARE THE THINGS TO AVOID] :
Potent as Pony 0/5 : Since this skill boost Health in a percentage-based way, you are getting less health.
Blood of the Ancients : Same thing here, it will decrease your Health instead of increasing it. If you want more ammo, just use a Stockpile Relic, it will increase your ammo by a larger amount and won’t harm you.
Now you’re telling me : why is the Health decreasing ? Here is your answer : since these Shields drop your base (unboosted) Health to less than 0, percentage-based boosts will multiply your actual amount of Health, and since you’re multiplying a negative number with a positive percentage, it results in an even lower number. For example, let’s say you equipped a Turtle Shield that put your base Health stat at -5000 and you’re using a Health Relic that boosts your Health stat by 50%. The math will be : -5000x50% = -5000x1,5 = -7500. As you can see, your Health is decreased.
The rest of your skills is up to you, now I’m moving to the gear :
#WEAPONS : every single weapon that is good on Gaige will work in this build (see : Gaige Top Gear)
But for the items, we’ll be using very specific things :
#CLASS MODS :
Slayer of Terramorphous : In my opinion, this is the best COM for this build as it is the Class Mod that increases Max Health by the largest amount (at least on Gaige). You also boost really good skills like Fancy Mathematics or even Preshrunk Cyberpunk if you want to go with true Overkill. The boosts to Fire Damage are very good when using the Blockhead Shotgun, since it has great synergy with Anarchy (being a Tediore weapon with a fixed spread pattern), it can ricochet off of surfaces and it only comes in Fire Element.
Sweetheart : Nice COM for co-op play and the boost in Better Half is very good with the Hail Assault Rifle. Cooking Up Trouble is not really needed since you’re using Moxxi weaponry with such low Health, so you might prefer using a blue version with +6 in Better Half and +5 in More Pep. But if you are not using Moxxi weapons, a Purple version will be decent.
Legendary Anarchist : WARNING : USE IT ONLY WITH THE TURTLE SHIELD, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE AT 0 HEALTH.
Gaige’s best COM imo, use it if you want some nice Damage output.
Fabled Tortoise : Awesome Turtle Shield with the highest capacity in the game. Unfortunately, you cannot use it on OP8, as it will grant you 0 or 1 health. To be able to Health Gate, you must have at least 3 points of Health. This is why we’re using an OP7 variant with specific parts :
This one is OP7, and it has a Pangolin Body, an Anshin Battery and Anshin Capacitor. It is the maximum capacity that you can get if you’re using the Slayer of Terramorphous COM. If you’re using the Sweetheart COM, get an OP7 Fabled Tortoise with only Anshin parts (Body, Battery and Capacitor). Make sure to avoid using other part combinations, as you will get less results and/or you won’t have enough Health.
The ability to quickly gtfo when the Shield is down is golden, since you can just pull out a Moxxi weapon and kill everything in sight with crazy Movement Speed.
Hoplite : This Shield may be less useful in Solo, but with 4 Juggernaut Schoolgirls in co-op (meaning more Shield Capacity thanks to its special effect AND 4 Deathtraps with Buck Up), you become unstoppable. In order to be used in solo, you will have to get this form :
OP5, Pangolin Body, Anshin Battery, Anshin Capacitor. You’re getting less effectiveness than the Fabled Tortoise, but you are more effective in co-op.
Turtle Shield : This one is the most flexible of the three Shields for this build, allowing you to move faster and having less health decrease. You’re losing a lot of Shield Capacity, but you can equip COMs like the Legendary Anarchist and deal more damage. The more damage you deal, the faster you’re allowing Blood Soaked Shields to proc. It is also less painful to farm and you can get Maliwan Capactitors with Elemental Resistance on them. I imagine the Grounded version of the Turtle Shield would be really cool. Here are the best parts for it :
Full Pangolin parts, OP8.
Skin of the Ancients : Really awesome Relic when paired with Pangolin Shields, giving you some extra Shield Capacity and Resistance to different types of Damage.
Damage Resistances are up to you, but make sure to get the Shield Capacity boost, as the Shield Recharge Rate boost is not that useful. I like to have Fire, Shock and Non-Elemental resistance, but if you like maps like Southpaw Steam & Power, you might want Fire, Explosive and Non-Elemental Resistance on your Relic.
Bone of the Ancients : If you want more Damage, you can always use the good ol’ Bones.
Resistance Relic : You don’t get the Shield Capacity boosts, but you get one extra Damage Resistance type. It’s less painful to farm and you can greatly benefit from it.
Blood of Terramorphous : Really good Relic when paired with a Sweetheart COM that boosts Cooking Up Trouble. If you are not using Moxxi weaponry, this Relic will allow you to regenerate Health while your Shields are up, and the actual Health Regeneration can be very intense when coupled with Discord and possibly a Nurse Maya.
#GRENADE MODS :
Chain Lightning : Great Grenade to use with the Grog Nozzle for Life Steal and Health Gate abuse. If you’re specced into Shock, it’ll be even more powerful. In addition, equipping this Grenade Mod will give you a slow Grenade regen. It is also pretty easy to farm.
Storm Front : Another great Shock only Grenade. This one will not auto-target enemies, but if they are in the AoE and you have the Grog in hand, consider yourself invincible. Sticky Longbow variant with 0.0 Fuse Time recommended.
Transfusion : Of course, one of the best Slag and healing tool for every single character. Sticky Longbow variant with 0.0 Fuse Time recommended.
Well, that’s it for the build, I hope you’ll enjoy it ! If you have advises and improvement to possibly make this build better, feel free !
Gameplay video will be coming soon.