Disclaimer: I have played almost all characters to level 72 but Axton is the one I played the least.
I might have found a way to make Axton enjoyable for me and i’m wondering if this has been tried before.
I’m looking at some of his skills (particularly Willing and Pressure) and I’m thinking there is a way to make a build around the Bee. Not as a crutch like most people use it, but rather as a centralized strategy: Everything is made to maximize the Bee’s effect, uptime and efficiency.
So, I’m avoiding most of the gun damage and grenade damage skills (as they add almost nothing) and instead focus on delivery (fire rate boosts and unlisted pellets) and survivability (Shield skills and health skills to compensate for the relative absence of a real shield)
I’m thinking of something like this: http://bl2skills.com/commando.html#55055150015005010000055052105051
(this isn’t set in stone, but it’s a start)
Some choices may seem suspect, like forebearance, but I’m thinking that the shorter a DoT last, the sooner I get my Bee back. The whole idea is to use the Turret and singularity grenades to draw enemy fire and stun foes. So Phalanx, double-up and Gemini all help. I picked Onslaught for the movement speed.
The rest is a bit thrown together, I don’t know Axton as much as I would like.
I’m still debating the guns, but going with ARs seem reasonable: they have high fire rate and good accuracy which will be useful since I intend to stay a bit at range to maximize my chances of keeping my Bee up. Bonus points for those with unlisted pellets and/or splash
Parts-wise for the Bee, I’ll be looking for fast delay and recharge and the lowest capacity to maximize the efficiency of the recharge, as well as the most damage of course (So Maliwan or Tediore parts sound good)
Matching elements will be a priority since elemental multipliers are added after amp damage in the equation, same with Crits and Slag.
Since no COM boost Willing, there are a lot of choices possible here, i’m not ruling out anything. At first, the Legendary Ranger looked nice with its shield boost, but the skills are almost all things I don’t care about. The Legendary pointman looks nice too, so does the Gunner and and Chaotic evil Ranger. I don’t know…