#Blasting stuff with space science!
This is an unoptimized build that purposefully avoids cookie-cutter gear. There is NOTHING to farm:
- No Legendaries
- No uniques
- No Crapshooter COM
- No Jakobs weapons
…It’s also very noob-friendly, as survivability is put at the forefront.
Don’t be fooled though: It’s still a top shelf build:
It gets rid of Eclipse and Eos in under 5 minutes and mobs just as well as any other build you have seen.
It’s also a total blast to play.
Splitters (pew pew pew!)
Tediore splitters get 6 beams instead of 3 and reload faster at the cost of a bit of accuracy, something we’re correcting with 5/5 in trick shot.
Splitters are very strong at short range, and they have a rate of fire that rivals the best shotguns around. They also have low recoil and comparatively speaking, they have HUGE magazines. (only some Scav shotguns have more shots between reloads)
Against bosses, Maliwan laser are more powerful since their “continuous fire” bonus will allow them to exceed the damage done by Tediore splitters.
You will need at least 2, to cope with elemental resists. A Cryo Splitter is pretty good for mobbing. I suggest one of them in shock if you want to tackle most of the game’s boss. A corrosive one is also very useful against RK-5, Felicity, Eclipse/Eos and Despair and self-loathing (and a few others) Ideally, you should have all 3.
Weird eh ? Well, don’t be surprised. That 40+% gun damage boost is a big help, and it’s not dependent on anything. The boost to BFG makes those crits really count, and the rest of the COM’s bonuses are all defensive: More health, more shield, more health regen. Unchained is just the icing on the cake.
Turtle shields have great synergy with the COM, but ultimately it doesn’t matter much. Use your favorite.
Grenade is also your call, I use a longbow cryo Transfusion.
Oz kit: There are duality oz kits that boost lasers, you could use that. A precision strike Oz kit can also help tighten the spread and get the most out of tombstone. Tranquility Oz kits are also pretty good, especially in atmosphere.
A bit about gameplay:
Quick shot, Unchained and Hell’s will transform your splitter into an SMG.
Don’t be afraid to reload early: those Tediore reloads pack quite a punch with a full mag, and can help you strip enemies shields without having to switch to a shock weapon, it also re-activates quick shot and Hell’s, it takes less than one seconds sometimes (impatience and showdown) and laser ammo isn’t a concern.
Laser ammo had probably been switched in the game files at launch, but the result is that pickup is 75!! ammo per batch. If you’re running low (because you are shooting crazy fast and chucking those mags ) just open 1 or 2 boxes and you should be back to 500+. Be careful between encounters and you will never run out.
Optimizing this build
If you like this build and want to take it to the next level, and have no problems finding Legendaries, consider these changes and tweaks:
Get all your splitters with a Maliwan grip: it increases elemental effect chances and doesn’t really have any downsides.
Glitched splitters are much better than their purple or blue equivalent. Look for yellow glitches on those for mobbing and green for those you use against bosses.
Maliwan splitters will perform better against bosses than Tediore. Try to get a Tediore splitter in Cryo for mobbing and Maliwan splitters in shock and corrosive to tackle bosses.
Change your COM to a Celestial Lawbringer or a Chronicler of Elpis (With the later, stick mainly with the Cryo splitter). The Eridian Vanquisher Is also a nice choice, as it’s almost a pure upgrade over the Sheriff COM. (Just move one point from Unchained to snap shot if you use it to get the bonus). These changes aren’t necessary though: the Sheriff COM is still a very solid choice.
An 3DD1.E Oz Kit boosts laser damage and generally makes life easier for its owner.
A Prismatic Bulwark is also a very good addition.
A few bosses in the game are weak to Fire. While it may not be necessary to have a fire gun in your loadout at all times, having one in your inventory is useful at times. I recommend the Party line. It’s powerful, uses a different ammo type and bosses are usually big enough to catch all the Flakks it produces.
Some areas and bosses will make you scrounge for ammo (Holodome, Mutator, Eclipse/Eos)
Use that point in OFEOY and carry a powerful pistol as a backup. A Jakobs pistol, Taser, glitched Anarchist or Shootarang in a neutral element are good option.
Lemme know what you think