I didn’t have a spare deathless, so I went with a loaded dice, and the worst build that I possibly could, with things like recharge rate when jumping in iron bear, or a manned turret on the back.
As for Iron Bear - dual vanilla claws. Not bad up close and personal.
Health range from 85 up to ~1860 depending on how many enemies were killed when I went down. Pretty much every enemy would one-shot me.
I tried running Athenas. Got a little too close to Chupa’s dead husk before it faded into obscurity, and it killed me. I did OK with enemies; went down about once per enemy, and went for the electric protuberence I prefer. I can one-shot most enemies with it, so despite it eating ammo at 4 per shot, it’s worthwhile.
It’s overall pretty useless for me. Never any shield of any kind, with the exception of if any points were put in Thin Red Line, which inconsistently interacts with the shield capacity. Sometimes I have a a little shield, around 1,000 points, most times not.
Overall it was silly fun to see if I could survive being constantly downed. It was basically gaming in black and white.