Greetings Zane forums! So I’ve been fooling around with some random builds on Zane, trying to find one that I truly enjoy playing on our boyo. His dialogue is far too good to pass up.
That being said, I have stumbled onto a build that I find quite fun (and surprisingly effective), and I wanted to share it with you. So most of us (at this point) know that Zane’s clone shares his shield, and with Double Barrel, his gun. What many of us (including myself prior to two days ago) do not realize is that it shares his RELIC as well. I know, mind blowing. And hey, if you already knew that, forget you.
This led me to test whether certain combinations would function on the clone - specifically, the Facepuncher shotgun and the White Elephant relic. Spoiler: it does. Oh boy, does it. You may already see where I’m going with this, but I’m going to spell it out anyway because that’s the whole point.
To quote a badass: “So without further…that fancy word for waiting, here it is!”
So the important things here are, of course, Double Barrel, and, somewhat surprisingly, Digital Distribution. I’ll get into why that is in the gear section. Largely the talents here are open to adjustment and can be modified to your particular taste. The second action skill slot can be used for SNTNL, or Barrier, or left as grenades. It honestly doesn’t affect the build one way or the other.
So, as I stated in the introduction, this build primarily revolves around the Facepuncher legendary and the White Elephant relic, but there are some other pieces to consider. I’ll lay them out here.
Facepuncher - Preferably of the Redundant variety. Anointments don’t matter all THAT much, but some notable ones include Weapon Damage/Reload on Clone Swap and Ammo Regen with Clone active. This shotgun translates all melee modifiers onto its pellets, including melee % increases and special effects like the one found on…
White Elephant Relic - We want +grenade damage, +area damage, and +melee damage ideally. Has a 30% chance to attach a bomb that scales with +melee, +grenade, and +area damage on melee attack. These bombs can crit, unlike a standard melee attack. When combined with the Facepuncher, each pellet has a 30% chance to attach a bomb, which is why we want a Redundant Facepuncher with x14. Any prefix roll will work here, I personally prefer a Cutpurse roll for the ammo recharge, but if you need the survivability Knife Drain is a solid choice.
Infiltrator Class Mod - We want +weapon damage, +grenade damage, + area damage, or + melee damage in some combination on this. This class mod gives you 20% weapon damage/movement speed when your shield is depleted. It also depletes your shield on action skill activation, which pairs well with…
Shooting Star - While this shield is depleted, it fires off a missile from the sky on melee attack that does its damage type based on the resistance the shield rolled. This missile ALSO scales with area damage and melee damage, and although it only fires off one time with the Facepuncher, it routinely hits upwards of 40k for me. Although this is my favorite shield for this build, it does not always function, particularly in indoor maps (because of the ceilings), anywhere on Eden 6 (because of the trees), and Athenas (for…some reason). Thus, we need an alternative for those places.
Ward - The alternative to Shooting Star for the aforementioned maps. Although it no longer ALWAYS rolls with the Brawler prefix, that is the one we want. This shield gives a solid +300% melee damage (which as stated before affects everything we’re doing) and the 4% extra health regen is nothing to sneeze at either.
At the start of combat, you will deploy your clone, breaking your shield and allowing the depletion effects of Ward/Shooting Star to take effect. Then just join your clone in firing shotgun pellets into the faces of your enemies (aim for crit spots, as I said, the White Elephant bombs can crit). Digital Distribution will cause 75% of damage dealt to you to transfer to your clone, also breaking his shield, at which point the effects will also come into effect for him.
Enjoy the rain of missiles from the sky and little tiny bombs exploding on people’s faces, boyos.