Iron Bear is as far as I know the only skill in Borderlands history that completely replaces Moze herself. IB has been trash for so long that people began to think that Iron Bear should do ‘decent damage at best’, but I think that is wrong.
Iron Bear has to be at least as strong as a well-geared Vault Hunter. Think of Action Skill’s purpose from the beginning. By using Action Skill, a VH can increase its overall ability. If IB’s damage is ‘decent’, it’s just never enough to match Moze running around without using IB for damaging. Moze needs to power up herself by using Iron Bear.
If IB was to do its purpose, it should be a mecha Hulk. A terrifying force that can crush waves of monster, not some bunker Moze can run into when her health is low. IB should have been like this from the beginning, and Moze players got this after FRIGGING TEN MONTHS.
Is IB a bit op and does it need nerfing? Maybe, maybe not. We still don’t know the potential of what other VHs can do with the new gears and build. Do we need to nerf IB’s damage? ABSOLUTELY NOT. If IB needs nerfing, it’s the fuel economy and cooldown rate(plus maybe Auto Bear damage, I don’t know how much damage Auto Bear does yet) that needs tweak. That way IB can be a monster that can be let loose for not too long, and Moze needs to power herself up just as much as other VHs in order to kill stuff and trigger Grizzly. That’s the true Moze that all players want. A soldier that kills stuff to access her best friend, the metal beast.