[Disclaimer: This build is still not optimized. It can do more damage and there are tricks to deplete your clone’s shield faster for more novas. This is a proof of concept.
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Here is a short gameplay video of how Facepuncher melee builds work on Zane and my tricks on how to make them run as smoothly as possible.
Important gear pieces
Facepuncher: If you do not have a facepuncher, this will not work. There is no reason to use a bayoneted weapon in my experience if you do not have inherent melee bonuses. All your damage will come from 1 of 3 sources depending on how what Artifcats/Coms you have available and the anointment on your FP.
- Splash Damage: Splash scales the damage of your white elephant grenades if you use them and will ultimately do the most damage. You can get + grenade / + splash / + aoe damage on your weapons, COMs, and artifats.
- Gun damage: The facepuncher is a shotgun and does kinetic gun damage. Scale gun/weapon damage/loyalty damage
- Elemental damage: If you use melee artifacts, you can use suffixes like Commander Planetoid / Static Charge / White Elephant which all do elemental damage. Scaling this damage will make it easier to get through multi-HP bar enemies and makes running 1 gun easier.
- Melee damage: Melee damage gets x3 on frozen enemies. While Zane can stack much more gun/weapon/splash damage than melee and his base melee damage isn’t the best, +melee damage will still help.
Ice Breaker: It is the best prefix for doing melee damage. Frozen enemies take 3x damage from melee attacks. Your gun shoots melee damage, which gets multiplied. Run it.
Optional Gear Pieces:
Frozen Heart: When combined with infiltrator it makes AoE mobbing and activating your bonus damage easy. It also heals you making things a little safer.
Infiltrator: It drops your shields when you use an action skill. Obvious synergy with Frozen Heart.
Brawler’s ward: Do more gun/melee damage if you have a reliable way to freeze things on your own.