The more I play with shield penetration, the more i see amazing. Thorns fully charged arrows do big damage, particularly huge crits. Early game is about skirmishing and keeping alive whilst picking up assists or minion bashing for the leveling process. Be part of everything, don’t just run around getting shards.
As you level, Sniping (fully charged arrows in particular) becomes more of a reality - should you choose this path. And the big reason for this is Shield Penetration.
Since Thorns helix overhaul, one of her best late game helix mutations is the level 7 Phasing Arrows:
(75% Shield Penetration).
This turns your primary shots into something else, meaning fully charged shots rip through any shields including over-shields. This gives you a great upper hand against anyone getting the over-shield buffs or with big shields, or prolonged fights if they get their shields up again. Also awesome against turrets and other shielded buildables.
Bot Battle is a good place to test stuff out now, and over a period of time results do start to show. If you keep your eye on what your hitting, you’ll not be worried about enemy with shields and if Reyna is helping or the pesky M3. Screw your shield, your dead!! Ha Haaaaa
One of my new favs is this Legendary (Waveform Destabilizer) along with a shard generator. You can get it pretty quick, so before the Level 7 helix mutation comes your packing serious punch, after that it’s just 100% nasty.
To date this is my best result in Bot Battle, albeit NOT versus human which is kinda different, it does give you confidence in facing real people and knowing what damage you can do. In missions the shard generator could be taken out for pure damage boosters, or anything else you choose.
Yes, PvP is a whole different scenario against good teams or individuals, but when you KNOW their shield means nothing, you get an upper hand. It’s worth playing about with if you haven’t already, as most veterans in the forum will have. If your newer to the game, try this and take a good look at the results, as those arrows pierce enemy shields for the kill, especially later on if the game goes the distance.
- Subbing the Waveform for Purple or even Blues may be fine for later game, but early game it’s pretty sweet. With a healer on the team you could go all out damage too, but do try high shield penetration, it’s pretty cool.