I hope I’m not annoying you by asking questions like a five year old. Once I get a little firmer grasp on things I’ll stop pestering you - promise.
So my issue here is probably fairly complicated, which is why I need to ask someone who can really look at the guts of what I’m running with and tell me how to improve it.
Context: running Handsome Jackpot in Mayhem 11, Hellzerker Amara.
Here’s what I’ve got equipped. Bear in mind I don’t have a lot of gear, so if you’re wondering “Why not just use x?”, the answer is probably, “I don’t have one.”
Skullmasher N2M Radiation
Hellwalker N2M Cryo
Free Radical ASE 100%
Plasma Coil N2M Radiaion
Fast-Acting Stop-Gap, ASS trigger shield effects
Cloning Hex ASE Corrosive
Punishing Lasting Dragon w/ Weapon Crit, Jakobs Crit, and Mag Size
Dead Eye Atom Balm w/ Pistol Damage, Cryo Damage, and Reload Speed.
I was running with a different grenade and anointment, for the record, but the loaders in the Handsome Jackpot necessitated corrosion, and I don’t have any corrosive weapons outside of a Reflux.
Now, the problem.
For general mobbing, I do fine. Free Radical is by far the best; Hellwalker works situationally against fleshy enemies; Plasma Coil is effective but slow. Skullmasher rarely does much - I just don’t have anything better to put there.
The weird thing is that as soon as I encounter a level 73 enemy - be it a Goliath or some other Badass - my damage absolutely craters. Whereas an ordinary enemy would take me 2-5 seconds to kill, a Badass will take 20-30 seconds. I’ve spammed upwards of 80-100 Hellwalker rounds in some of them (even landing crits half the time). The only weapon I can kill them with reliably is the Free Radical.
I’m not having difficulty surviving since Sustainment basically allows me to face tank enemies for as long as I need. It’s the damage. I’m not getting enough, apparently.
This worries me because I have the sense that if I can’t handle Badasses very well, bosses, I fear, are going to destroy me.
Another weird thing I have to mention. The Reflux is supposed to be a good weapon but here it does nothing. Free Radical, despite not being corrosive, vastly outperforms it every time against armored enemies. I don’t understand that. A powerful corrosive shotgun with a corrosive bonus from my grenade anoint should do better, shouldn’t it?
Weird stuff like that is what makes me think I’m doing something wrong.
A final piece of info. is that I’d normally run with your standard Re-Volter set up, but I ran out eridium before I could get the proper anointment on mine. So I chose to go with the Stop-Gap making me essentially invincible during my Phasegrasp and afterwards when my shield breaks. I gather I’m probably losing a good deal of damage there.
I suspect as well that my COM isn’t good. I chose it because of the passives. Here are the other ones I have:
Aware Golden Rule w/ weapon fire rate, Maliwan accuracy, and Maliwan fire rate
Primordial Spectral Phasezerker w/ splash damage radius, Maliwan accuracy, and pistol damage
Rope-a-Dope Solitary Breaker w/ Jakobs crit, SMG damage, and max health
Torturous Vestigial Dragon w/ pistol damage, melee damage, and Jakobs crit
I go into this level of detail so you can have a look and tell me if you think I’ve made the right choice in running with my Punishing Lasting Dragon and its passives (weapon crit, Jakobs crit, and mag size).
I’m looking at the interactions here, and I don’t see much that should be causing problems. I thought I had my bases pretty well covered. Seems I’ve miscalculated.
Ignoring reload speed and mag size buffs, here’s the lay of the land as far as bonuses/anoints go:
Skullmasher gets N2M radiation, ASE corrosive, Jakobs crit, and weapon crit
Hellwalker gets N2M cryo, +28% cryo from the relic, ASE corrosive, Jakobs crit, and weapon crit.
Free Radical gets ASE +100%, weapon crit, pistol damage, and ASE corrosive
Plasma Coil gets N2M radiation, radiation bonuses from the Atom Balm, weapon crit, and ASE corrosive
It’s a mystery to me why my Jakobs weapons are so weak. Sometimes, sporadically, they can do some damage, but they’re not reliable enough to be…well, relied upon.
The Plasma Coil is a mystery to me as well. The rad bonuses plus the extra corrosion should make it beastly, but it’s clearly a tier below the Free Radical.
Whew. I know I’ve dumped a lot on your plate here, but I trust you understand why I did so. I need to understand precisely where I’m messing up and what I’m not understanding. Clearly some of my assumptions are wrong.
As soon I see badasses taking less than 20-30 seconds to kill, I’ll know I’ve finally begun to Know Some Things.
(As usual, anyone can feel free to chime in with advice.)