I currently have a 34 melee Athena (in the beginning part of TVHM), and it seems like using roid shields isn’t really a viable option because I don’t have enough max health to (even holding a probe or vibra pulse) kill everything without dying or out-heal all of the damage i’m taking. Athena doesn’t have one of those skills that makes her practically invincible like buzzaxe rampage + release the beast or deception + many must fall. It could also be that i’m using a level 22 shooting star that has a very low capacity compared to shields at my current level, but it does have probably the most roid damage i can get for a while.
She’s very viable with Melee, just not pure melee. She’s better off hybriding, abuse Tear and Omega Senshu to get big multiplicative damage on chumps, and have BLOOD RUSH.
I felt when playing Melee Athena Bloodlust for healing and then just keeping those bleeding enemies alive for the healing really helped me.
Of course not having Blood Rush at that level is unavoidable since you need to be 25 to go all the way down the tree.
every group of enemies i fight, i go down at least once. maybe i should be done with this game, it really isnt even a good game at all compared to bl2. listening to tina and brick’s commentary things in tvhm is more enjoyable than actually playing the game. supposedly pretty much every patch gearbox ever made to this game made it less enjoyable to play. melee athena is nowhere near as good as melee zero or melee krieg.
I was a big fan of melee Krieg and melee Brick.
Melee Athena is pretty unsatisfying.
Zer0 and Krieg were characters with melee dedicated gameplay. Zer0 was a stealth vault hunter with huge melee bonus and Krieg seems like a melee that can facetank the incoming damage.
Athena is a melee character but with a deffensive action skill. Her melee tree, if you pay attention, suports a style where you do not one shot enemies but take advantage of the bleed debuff. She isnt melee oriented like the previous two but a melee/hybrid.
I have a level 70 melee Athena, ( with some ceranuc storm and the left tree with all those points ), melee was the main tree and it’s totally doable. I didn’t care much for roid shields instead used cryo novas.
But , yeah, what Meenoid said, bloodlust and keep those bleeding alive and if you can vangaurd , I would just whip out the aspis and start to regenerate health.
It did seem like , for me, I had to like ambush, jump right in nadeing and shotgunning their faces off and get some good swipes on the bigger enemies in the group…even swipe the bosses with bloodrush.