Is it just me, or do the Fire / Corrosive elemebts in TPS seev vastly under-utilized?
In my first few months of TPS, where i did co-op only and wasnt realky taking much time to mess around with Explosive / Cryo and all the more deadlyc
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and efficient enways of killing, i used fire a lot, but only because i had normal mode to do with 4 brand new toons and with my first character i found this amazing level 13 Purple Maliwan Fire blaster with plus 203 continous damage bonus that i used right up to level 25-30 with all my first 5 toons.
I had also found a level 15 homing Stormfront and a purple Shock laser almost identical to the fire one.
So, with Nisha, Athena, my firsr Clappy, my first Wilhelm, and Jack, for Normal mode, i used those two lasers, my stormfront, an Eddie and a Bulwark.
Then i essentially just farmed or traded for duplicates of all that when i took Athena, Nisha, and Jack through TVHM.
Then i took a TPS break around Christmas / New Year to finally give BL1 a proper try, and Mercenary Double Anarchy Lilith introduced me to the pure, pristine beauty of non-elemental damage.
The only time i felt i ever HAD to use elements was for Craw Worm / Maggot slaying.
Then, of course, there was BL2, where there was a time and a place for more elements and, in fact, in BL2 normal and TVHM, fire was kind of all you needed, since EVERYWHERE had atmosphere, and Corrosive was useful as well due to the prevalence of robotic / armoured enemies.
Then, i picked TPS back up in February of this year, my first time solo only, as Aurelia, then Clappy, and now Wilhelm, and have discovered the beauty and power of Cryo paired with explosive / NE Critd backed up by shock homing grenades for shield stripping.
But Cryo even makes that unnecessary.
It’s not like you cant freeze shielded / armoured enemies (although it is tougher), especially with the bonuses against shields and Armour Aurelia gets for Cryo.
I know Fire is a big part of Athena’s CS tree, but it almost feels tacked on or unnecessary, as Shock is definitely the star of the CS show.
Imagine if the Fire in the CS tree had been replaced with Cryo!
It’s as if they knew Aurelia was coming in a dew months and wanted to save Cryo for her, which is cool.
I did use Fire pretty extensively from level 20-30 with my latest Clappy, but thats just cuz i had found a level 19 Hellfire and it was very effective with his Maniacal Laughter skill boosted by his Short Circuit com, a shock weapon would have been even more effective.
And then there is Corrosive.
Seems almost utterly useless in TPS.
Sure, you occassionally run into Armoured enemies, and yes, I know Wilhelm can boost Corrosive damage, but it just seems even less useful than Fire.
I only use it against RK5, and even then it’s optional.
I was VERY happy to have the glitched Corrosive Blaster I found from “The Spyware Who Came In From The Cold” take me through literally the entire DLC with great effectiveness, but, even then, I knew I could have been doing the same thing with Cryo / Shock.
That got…pretty long!
What do you guys think?