I have been working on a build for a long time that I have called Bottomless Shields. What I was trying to accomplish was combine my two favorite Moze things…Bottomless Mags and huge shields. I have tried using many different combinations and while it’s easy to get the big shields I found it difficult to have the big shields + go deep into BM tree and still have enough damage to be great on max difficulty (this was prior to 2.0).
With the newer content and specifically the 150/50 Rad anointment I think it’s much more viable now to go for these two trees and still have great damage. This is still a WIP but figured I would share. Considering the focus of the new anointment I decided to change the name to UraniuMoze.
To be completely honest, this build sort of leans heavily on the power of Kaoson and the new anointment but I’m hopeful after the mayhem re-balance it will still be viable and I hope the anointments/cartel content doesn’t go away. While I’m being honest I’m also shamelessly stealing some of what Joltzdude did in his Firehawk Moze build by incorporating a Frozen Snowshoe and Snowdrift Deathless.
In the video below I show my gear and skills but here is an overview of what this build is trying to accomplish.
Weapons: I’m mostly using weapons that have the 150/50 Radiation anointment and primarily an M10 Cryo Kaoson with that anoint. The benefit of using this particular weapon is the combination of full time Cryo and Radiation damage which handles most health bar types fairly well. Add into that incendiary damage from skills and if needed Corrosive damage from shield ASE effect. However, IB is rarely used or needed. You could also add a corrosive grenade for added armor damage if required.
I would like to incorporate an M10 Nopewpew and OPQ with the same anoint but I haven’t found them yet. I have an M6 version of the Nopewpew but it’s not really cutting it well enough on M10. I keep an OPQ handy in case I run into a particularly nasty shield that needs added damage or just want something with a bit more range.
Shield: Frozen Snowshoe Shield. Idea stolen from Joltzdude and this is really fun to use. Sliding into enemies freezes them, drains shields to do damage and immediately refills shield. When used in combination with a Snowdrift Deathless artifact you can use the snowball to hit enemies even far away and trigger this effect almost at will. This is really good if you are good at sliding but still pretty good if you are not good at sliding like me. lol.
Grenade: Doesn’t really matter. Nades are not working that well for damage so I would just use something that heals shields/health for utility purposes and if possible something with +25% damage to weapons anointment so you can at least get a weapon damage boost from them.
CoM: Bloodletter CoM with whatever rolls you feel suits your playstyle. I would get one with +3 to Desperate Measures because that will get you +100% Gun Damage 100% of the time with a Deathless Artifact.
Artifact: Snowdrift Deathless. Snowdrfit Otto Idol was always my favorite Artifact but now this is my favorite. I have only ever found one of these so along with the specific Cryo Kaoson this might be the hardest item to come by. If you can get lucky and get one with 50% mag capacity like I got…even better.
In addition to the insane damage of the Kaoson with the effectiveness of full time Cryo, Radiation there are some skills adding lots of weapon damage.
Armored Infantry: full time 15% gun damage while shields active (always active).
Drowning in Brass: adding 20% gun damage per stack.
Desperate Measures: with +3 on your CoM this will give you full time +100% gun damage.
Phalanx Doctrine: CoM likely provides at least +1 in this so with 6/5 in this another 12% gun damage per stack.
Tenacious Defense: Utilizing the Snowshoe + Snowdrift you can continually deplete your shield (and instantly refill it) which triggers TD and gives another +30% gun damage pretty much full time.
Scrappy: 30% weapon damage while moving. Don’t stop moving!
SRPMs: 20% critical hit damage. Added fire rate is a bit of a problem because it empties your clip fast on a gun like Kaoson but we not too worried about reloading so doesn’t really matter too much and worth it for the added crit damage IMO.
Added Incendiary damage - several skills boosting incendiary:
Stoke the Embers: +30% Incendiary full time
Fire in the Skag Den: I took 3 points from Click Click and put it here. It seems better but I may try putting 2 points back in Click Click and leaving just one point here.
Experimental Munitions: +15% incendiary damage when scoring crit hits. Easy to score crit hits on frozen enemies!
This is essentially just a typical Deathless Bloodletter build but with the twist of using the Snowshoe to freeze enemies and instantly refill your shield. The nature of this constant mobility also pairs well with Rushin’ Offense to provide constant life steal and Redistribution which also provides health regen which both go to shields instead. Shield depletion also constantly triggers Tenacious D which restores 40% of shields.
Continuously moving and shooting and sliding will continuously keep your shields up and enemies frozen and damage flowing. Frozen enemies are also easier to get crit hits on so bonuses from crits are easier to achieve.
Bosses: You might need to carry a more defensive minded shield for big bosses if there aren’t a lot of enemies to slide into. A good Stop Gap or Transformer is probably good to keep handy.
Depending on boss you might also want to use a bigger hitting weapon. I have a beefy x2 M10 YC and an M10 Krakatoa both with the 150/50 anoint which I use for anointed enemies or sometimes shielded enemies. To be fair I haven’t really tested this on a lot of bosses so YMMV.
Timing: Another thing to consider is bad timing. When you slide it depletes your shield and there is a small moment when your shield is low before it refills. If a grenade goes off right at that moment it can down you.
This has also caused me to stop using Pool Party. I found that sliding into enemies and getting hit in the face with any element pool would down me instantly. It’s still doable but you will go down more often. Other modifiers like Lava Floor would likely have similar problems.
Cryo Enemies: Since getting hit by cryo damage prevents you from sliding this can put a real damper on the whole sliding mechanic.
I don’t have extensive time using this yet but it’s a really fun build so far and considering it doesn’t really rely on IB or AS anointments at all it works well right now while IB/AB are not scaled properly for M10. It’s a fast paced build with good survivability peppered with some sketchy sliding moments for added dramatic effect.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions I’m always looking for ways to fine tune. I was working on some missions to try and finish maxing out my GR perks and made a quick video of this build in action. Try to imagine this with someone who is better at sliding than I am. lol.
Special thanks to @korben44 for gifting me the elusive Cryo Kaoson with 150/50 anoint and @Joltzdude139 for the cool Frozen Snowshoe interaction I shamelessly stole from his Firehawk Moze build video.