I started a fresh Jack on Saturday and played him straight to the end of the game (playthrough 1) as a sort of speedrun experiment. And for bonus, the holodome.
Took 11 hours, and I tried to keep things as speedy as possible. But I am human so… I had to take bathroom breaks, eat, etc…
I did some side quests to get the tools and/or xp I needed.
I ran with a money is power build as soon as I could get it.
I opened the game to public and let anyone join as long as they were close in level to me.
In the veins of helios I got to 400 stacks of money is power. The part of the level where you have to blow up the 3 reactors and the room sucks you into space? Yea, I got sucked out there and landed on one of the beams. I convinced my team to go to the entrance of the map as my health was draining (no way back up from where I was). So we fought our way back through the veins of helios but then I died and lost the stacks anyhow.
I soon specced out of it because I felt I couldn’t get to 999 before the end of the game anymore. But I was on my way and I think it’s easily possible from level 14 (when you get enough points) and possibly a good way to go. There are 4 player coop speedruns of BL2 where they build up a Gaige’s anarchy stacks and use her to overpower things as needed.
The money is power stacks add up no matter who picks up the cash. I am pretty sure that buying things with moonstones didn’t drain the stacks. That’s easy to test soon after speccing into it though. It’s a good loophole to avoid buying ammo.
Upon running that “experiment”, I think a team of 2 or 3 Doppelgangers running money is power, plus one or two Athenas would be an excellent speedrun team. Athena’s role would be to use “Clear!” to revive the Jacks if they are down. If claptrap’s revive team function was more consistent or choose-able I’d suggest that too. The reason for multiple doppelgangers is for insurance. And possibly so that you might have even more damage output.
Someone in the public game dropped a 3dd1.E which was an excellent asset. Definitely made the rest of the game easier. But that would be a long set of missions to spend time on during a speedrun.