So after a significant amount of time browsing shops, grinding, and repeated use of ALT+F4, I’ve finally gotten the three TPS legendary Roid shields in perfect (or close to perfect) condition, and I have to say I’m underwhelmed. Not because they’re bad, of course, but because they’re all pretty much the same item.
The Avalanche I’m fine with because it’s also a Spike Shield and a Nova Shield on top of being a Roid Shield, so that’s neat and useful because you can use the spikes and the nova to freeze things and then enjoy the bonus melee damage that comes from your targets being frozen along with the Roid bonus. The Bigg Thumppr and the Shooting Star, though - they have no excuse for being so samey. The Thumppr is identical to the Avalanche sans the Spike/Nova effects and the Shooting Star really isn’t that far off from being a cheap knockoff Avalanche as well (although it’s not as bad as the Thumppr, because at least it has a unique statline even if the differences are extremely minor). With Borderlands’ claims of “bazillionier guns” and general gear diversity, I’m disappointed to see three Legendary-tier items that are nearly indistinguishable.
It would really, really, really make me happy if the Bigg Thumppr and the Shooting Star got buffed/altered to be more unique and more useful. How this is accomplished really doesn’t matter to me as long as something is done, but my suggestions are as follows:
- Combine the effects of the Bigg Thumppr and the Rough Rider. The
ideal end result would be a Roid bonus that’s always active and a
health/damage reduction bonus to make up for the lack of shield
capacity. A modest increase to the Roid bonus (say 10% or so) would
also be good, to make it the “pure offense” one compared to the
Avalanche’s more defensive nature.
- As for the Shooting Star, a greater focus on the “starfall” effect could work out - dropping
explosives on all nearby enemies (similar to the Nasty Surprise
grenade) to make it the “area of effect melee” option would be a
unique twist. Alternately, it could benefit from a movement speed
bonus (either in general or when the Roid bonus is active).
Anyways, that’s all I have to say. Thank you for reading, and I hope you give some consideration to what I’ve said.