Updated to level 80!
Note: This is not a new build. I’ve just been really slow porting my stuff over from the old forum. You can find the original Thread here.
Inspired by Dark Souls’ Kitten video for the old Top gear thread, I decided to give this a shot, and boy did my pistol build just took a hike
There is nothing really new about this build, I just want to share my experience and maybe make others want to try it, as I am having a blast I soloed everything the game has to offer except Raids with it and it’s the easiest time I’ve ever had with Zero. (though I never REALLY tried Melee…)
It’s also a pretty easy build to play and it requires very little gear that is hard to farm. In short, it’s perfect for a new player trying to get the hang of Zero.
Fairly standard build, nothing fancy. Execute is there to help movement, since the Kittens are much better from right-in-your-face range. OSOK looks nearly useless, but… well… yeah
2 points left, put them where you want. (You might be tempted to put points into Fearless, but you shouldn’t…you’ll see why below)
Gameplay is pretty standard C/B behavior: Deception, Kunai, grenades, shoot to the face, melee weakened enemies… the usual. The only difference is that the Kitten performs MUCH better from very close range.
A pair of Kittens, one fire and one corrosive. Vladof grip, Dahl stock, Severe prefix.
Why Severe ? because the Kitten has horrible spread, and this helps tighten it a bit. If it make just a few bullets hit where they otherwise would have missed, you’ve paid back your damage prefix, and it helps to be efficient at medium range (That said, the damage prefix is still good). Stay away from the Rabid prefix as it will totally kill both your aim and cripple Two Fangs.
Third slot is reserved for a slag Pimpernel.
As a slagging tool first, but also at 6/5 velocity, I can still hit the sweet spot on bigger enemies (badass marauders, loaders etc.).
Now, the weaknesses of this build so far are:
- Enemies with BIG shields (Rabid stalkers come to mind)
- Enemies that are far away
…I tackle all 3 by carrying a shock PBFG, Badaboom, Topneaa or Norfleet… there. solved!
I use an Antagonist, but almost any good shield could do…that’s just what I use.
As @Elbinac once pointed out, a Turtle Shield makes the Kitten’s Moxxi healing even more effective, Bonus point for an inflamable, grounded or alkaline one.
The Blockade is also helpful in making an otherwise squishy Zero, a bit sturdier.
Bones of the ancient in whatever flavor the enemy happens to be the most numerous is a substantial help.
A Shadow of the Seraph is also a good choice with the advantage of not requiring to swap, but consuming more ammo and providing no bonus to Cooldown.
A Skin of the Ancient makes Zero much less squishy. Again, your pick.
If you are holding a Moxxi weapon like the Kitten, there are two ways you can get healing out of a grenade:
- Transfusion, just like everybody else
- Or use a DoT grenade.
The Kiss of death does both.
I get healing as it fuses down, and I get the orbs afterwards. A shock version can strip shields (and provide more healing if the enemy has one, since it will do 2.5x the normal damage) and I don’t have to change it between armored and flesh areas.
Otherwise, a slag Singularity could be useful to take advantage of B0re, or a Slag Transfusion would serve dual purpose as healing and slagging tool.
This is where it gets interesting.
At first, I was using a Chaotic Rogue COM.
I then tried a Legendary Killer COM… and got about the same fire rate.
How come ? because of this.
The Chaotic Rogue pushed the fire rate above 10 and broke Two Fangs.
The resulting effective fire rate is about 12.5 for Chaotic Rogue, and about 11.6 for the Killer… that isn’t a big difference.
So fire rate boosts with this build…not good (You can get away with a few if your BAR is low or if you have a non-Vladof grip on your Kitten)
So there are a few good choices of COMs for this setup, and they all work pretty well. (In relative order of preference):
Legendary Killer: Humongous crit bonus (COM bonus, boost to Killer and Headshot) and a +5 to two fangs means you get the equivalent of a Chaotic Evil Rogue, with a few more bonus. This is probably the best COM for this build.
(Unequalled) Professional: You get the Two Fangs bonus, you also get a good reload speed boost (which makes it just as good as a Good Rogue functionally) but instead of a boost to Velocity, you get a boost to Killer (more crits and even more reload speed) and/or Ambush (more damage).
…And you also get shield capacity to boost survival.
Rogue: (Two Fangs and Velocity) Another good choice, though not as good as the previous 2.
The Neutral prefix helps, so does Good. I haven’t tried the Lawful, but if you don’t have a severe prefix on your kittens, it might be worth a look. The Chaotic one breaks Two Fangs so it adds nothing functionally… and the Evil one isn’t too bad… but if what you want is crit bonus, you should be using either of the previous ones instead.
I hope you enjoyed reading this
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