Alright, I have been through the list of all gear innumerable times to the point that if pressed, I’m fairly certain I could write a list of all of them, including stats, by memory. (Please don’t ask me to do this though!)
The reason why I’ve decided to create this thread is that I’m now stuck at the absolute limit of my gear bank (yes, all bank pages already obtained) and I have the daunting task of deciding which gear doesn’t make the cut. The problem is… I can’t decide which gear this should be!
I know I’ve looked through the gear too many times as I’ve been able to convince myself that every piece must have a purpose and value and I can’t decide which ones to part ways with.
So I’m asking for you, the community, the conglomerate of the brightest, most experienced, and highest skilled of Battleborn players to please provide insight on the gear that just shouldn’t make the cut.
To assist with this, here’s two large polls that contain all of the flaws and procs, organized by faction, for you to choose from! Select up to 6 of your least desired gear traits! (I hope I built the polls currectly!)
After surviving for 180 seconds
For 3 seconds after taking health damage
While under 50% health
While health is full
For 5 seconds after landing a melee hit
For 10 seconds after killing a minion or minor enemy
For 30 seconds after assisting in killing a player or major enemy
For 60 seconds after killing a player or major enemy
Also, have questions about the poll? Want to discuss what I’ve posted here? Want to explain your choices? Please do! I would very much appreciate knowing why you have selected the choices that you’ve made, and if people would like to discuss with each other their opinions, I for one welcome it!
(Gone off comms, will update this when i feel like)
For the negatives I normally play Kleese so negative shield strength, skill damage and cooldowns are never going into my loadout deliberately
Most of the poll choices are pretty self explanatory, the worst offender for me has to be the ‘when shield is full gear’.
One piece I thought I would mention that won’t show up here from poll results is the Eldrid Blue max health piece without negative shield recharge.
There is no reason to take this over the LLC vest where the secondary effect is always active when you need it on any character with a shield. If you’re using a character without a shield then you would take the flawed version.
I’m somewhat surprised to see that CC-recovery gear is considered one of the worst requirements, at least in PvP, considering the abundance of it. Because while I haven’t tested it, I take it it applies to all CC, not just hard ones, meaning that slows for instance will proc the effect. Could be wrong though.
The flaws & requirements are highly dependant on character though. Negative shield stats are fantastic on Eldrid, so I often use that, but would never think of using it on Toby for instance.
The same goes with the requirement “While at full health”; It’s not necessarily terrible on a Marquis but would be dreadful on Kelvin.
It think it’s more about the actual gear with that condition. Reload speed, recoil, damage reduction and shield penetration if I remember right. Shield pen is so situational that all situations where it’s useful could be counted on one hand (including PvP and PvE). Damage reduction while at full health will save you from literally one attack to your health before it’s as useful as a common gear so the only characters that might benefit from it are Kleese and Shayne, but with them you might as well use the Rouge version since their cooldowns are easily managed. The recoil and reload speed have potential with character’s like Whiskey or Marquis but once again you can just use the Rouge or UPR versions for more reliable and controlled results.
It’s dependent on your enemy and you have no control over it at all (short of diving head first into a skill or attack). If there’s anything I learned from MTG, it’s to never depend on your enemy to do what you want the too. So for me, it’s more worth it to pay for the epic version with just a few hundred more shards or work with a different faction gear if it’s a blue piece.
Strictly speaking everyone can crit through their quick-melee, but I’d say Ambra, Benedict, Ernest & Kid Ultra are the 4 who can run negative crit damage
without noticing much of a difference.
Reload speed affects his heat generation, but I can’t remember how.
In general though;
Heal Power’s okay on all non-healers.
Reload Speed’s okay on all melees and a handful of others (Alani, ISIC, Kleese, Orendi, Thorn & Toby).
Anything with negative shield attributes are okay on all Eldrids (exception being negative shield capacity on Kelvin).
Increased Recoil’s okay on everyone except Beatrix, Benedict, Caldarius, Ernest, Ghalt, Marquis, Mellka, Oscar Mike, Reyna & Whiskey Foxtrot. What’s to note here is that spread and recoil are two different things. Caldarius, Mellka & Reyna have a noticable spread for their projectiles, but not much recoil. Recoil will not affect the spread.
Those are the broad archetypes I can think of that you can generalise like that. There are other flaws which may not be too punishing either depending on situation and character (best example possibly being Healing Received), but there are really no “tricks” or flaws which doesn’t penalise you beyond those I’ve listed.
Just recently encountered this problem this past weekend on stream. i started collecting greens after the latest bank upgrade, but that means i had to start getting rid of bad negative gear.
on stream we decided on all the dmg reduction, ad, and sd gear for starters.
if pressed id likely get rid of the sprint speed negatives as well, as ive run the flaw kevlar wjen i didnt have the regluar one, and it wasnt worth it imo
edit: forgot about max health negatives. gone.
(Flying: throwing yourself at the ground and missing)
For the longest time, the only defective gear I ever kept was -heal power. Once I started using more healers, I started looking for options for them too, so started keeping some of the other items. Still trying to limit what I keep though - I currently have seven loot packs for each faction unopened until I have the time to create a bit more space!
KU’s Bola can crit, and both of their quick melee’s can crit like lem said. Lift Off can too with the “Make Some Room” helix, but no one cares about a 2 damage crit.
Montana’s heat cools down faster when you aren’t firing with reload gear, but is unaffected by negative reload gear. Weird right? And he has recoil, so I’d assume it’d affect him. But IMO recoil gear is a waste on basically everyone but maybe WF.
And shield recharge rate, right? Unless it preforms weird like reload does with Monty.