So this is it, the Snowstormin’ Boomtrap is a retouching of what others have done, with some trimming of the fat and MOR survivability and nova-bang.
First in brief: pouncing into combat with Too Scoops firing at the enemies toes; freeze virtually guaranteed on every shot due to the AOE splash frost coupled with Maniacal Laughter; firing explo novas after every pull of the trigger. This cuts through mobs quickly and with decent supporting gear will keep you off the floor, even against groups of badasses in the holodome.
Too Scoops shotty is the main weapon i use for this (Fridgia as well, sometimes Ol’ Rosie, and a decent explosive pistol (around 8k card dps). I am thinking a different high pellet low magazine frost shotty may work even better- eliminate the self freezing and inflict actual gun damage; as much as i love Too Scoops the damage is negligible; you use it for the AOE freeze and it works great that way. Another side benefit is using Too Scoops requires very little ammo- you’ll be amazed at how slowly you go through it.
Shield: Tediore purple is great, coupled with Safety First and 3DD1.E your shield regens almost as soon as you take damage (and will often get stick on looping regen when Safety First procs Shields, constantly filling until the damage pauses and you hit 100%). 9/5 Wax on Wax off from Chronicler Class Mod further stacks up your shield power. Alternatively you can go with another shield but the key is you want very low delay and high charge amount- currently i’m testing the Cradle and it works great. Some folks hold out for that Warming prefix but i don’t find it necessary; by the time all the mobs are dead if you’re still moving slowly you can just shoot the ground and fix yourself. Against bosses I don’t use Too Scoops so i’m not concerned with freezing up there either.
Class Mod: Purple sapper mods are decent, but the Chronicler of Elpis is fantastic, adds deeps at the cost of lifetap, but also adds survivability. With the CoE i’m looking at 9/5 Wax on Wax off, 9/5 Load n’ Splode for extreme explosive dmg stacking, and 9/5 Start with a Bang for super powered novas.
Oz kit: 3DD1.E is my favorite, but Systems Purge is also nice for the additional novas; or if you’re outside toss a 50% explosive damage oz kit on for ludicrous numbers (over 800k novas with a few stacks of Load n’ Splode, well over 1 million if you’re down).
Grenade: I like the Stormfront (or any decent Tesla grenade) because it only hurts about 1% of your shield when tossed at your own feet, but helps a lot against mega-badasses like Prime Ophas etc.
My favorite part of this build is you only need 1 point in the last tree for Safety First. When it’s on Shields, you win, when it’s on Health you win. You will always have one or the other running and those are both massive buffs. You will be running around with a permanent 15% gun damage nerf by using Safety First 24/7 but this build is about PBAOE novas so you won’t miss it.
Start with a Bang is obviously the corner stone, and with some + from your class mod it will hit insanely hard. This skill also functions WHILE YOU ARE DOWN with a massive damage buff from Best Buds for Life; so if mobs are near you just keep Two Scoopin’ em and you should be back up in 1-2 seconds even against badasses.
Your two healing novas, Trap Card and You’re going to Love me, and Killbot are great because the % healed is of your MAX health, which means stacking up that health for this build results in gigantic heals. Currenly my health hits around 56k with the health buff on, healing a little over half that per kill. The self-damage from Start with a Bang is negligible because it takes a % from CURRENT health rather than max.
I love Drop the Hammer because Too Scoops doesn’t need accuracy, and i found that shooting faster means faster novas- i thought the cooldown would prevent more speed from getting me more damage but i found the warm up animation for the nova actually seems to shorten to accommodate faster trigger pulls. Even aerial mobs can be taken out easily by timing your jump so the nova goes off when you are near them.
Pain Simulator and All Things are Awesome both at 5/5 grants you a big chunk of health which will make those kill-heals that much better.
I found One Last Thing provided almost zero buff to Too Scoops despite the weapon always being on its last shot- but Start with a Bang so massively outperforms any weapon you can fire that the dps from Too Scoops isn’t necessary.
High Fives Guys is optional but even the single player buff is pretty nice for gun damage and health regen. And when you DO get knocked down and jump back up Best Buds 4 Life helps bridge the gap before your first mob heal.
As you can see there is no cooldown reduction here, but I’ve found that i SO rarely need to pop my active that it doesn’t matter.
SO clearly the Snowstormin’s offense is insane; you will be exploding the world with gusto. Now if you roll with Systems Purge and the Cradle shield like I am, you are constantly kicking out target centered nova blasts, explosive spike damage and when the shield breaks Mega Nova and Cradle’s explosive nova, coupled with all your ice cloud dps and Start with a Bang constantly blasting the area around you.
Your defense is also extremely robust, with a large health pool and 20% dmg resist from Pain Simulator, 9/5 Wax on Wax off for crazy shield regen coupled with Chronicler’s +5400 shields, 3DD1.E’s habit of insta-recharging shields, and 50% uptime for the shield subroutine on Safety First, stacking even more shield strength and recharge rate. With Best Buds 4 Life, Mega Nova, Friendship Nova, and Killbot all contributing health regen you’re well protected there also.