Which Character Are you Going to Play First? Take two (informed choice)

I was on the fence whether I should go for Moze or Zane, but I ended up going for Zane.

His skills makes him look like a mix between Wilhelm and Athena, two of my favorite characters in TPS, and he seems to be pretty good with assault rifles, which are my favorite weapons.

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Their skill tree. Weapons with them. FL4K goes by “they/them” pronouns. Just a heads up. Lot of people getting that wrong.

BACK ON TOPIC! I kinda expected the results to be similar to the previous poll. FL4K has just garnered so much love and I can’t blame them. I’m still leaning towards Amara simply for her personality, but I suspect that I’ll change my mind when I get the game in my hands and give myself a bit more time to mull over their personalities.

I would pick Moze, but, while her trailer was great, she seems fairly standard soldier protagonist in many ways. Fun, but a stoic soldier. Zane is a tad zaney and I imagine keeping his kill skills active won’t be too hard once I get the hang of things. FL4K looks amazing and I love them, but they look like the character that’ll have the easiest time cheesing through the game (a temptation I’m not sure I need right off the bat) so I’m hesitant to pick them first. Amara just speaks to me. She is cool. She can be funny. She is fierce. She is a Siren. IDK. Amara for now, but perhaps things will change.

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FL4K’s pronouns are ‘they/them’. You are not forced change your beliefs or viewpoint, but we’re clarifying and confirming that that is how the character is written, and as such should be referred to. Please remember that this forum’s rules include not attacking others for their beliefs.

That is Gearbox’s official stance on the matter. As such, it would be greatly appreciated if people respected that and obliged by using the correct pronouns. (the odd slip up may happen, that’s understandable, but it doesn’t take a great deal of effort to try)


why would I play as Fl4k, judging from votepool Fl4k is gonna be most played VH so I am bound to see them anyway.

besides I am already gonna play Moze, and judging from game´s size, I am gonna play her a long time


I will play all 4 of them anyway, so my “first” will be decided at random. Dice of destiny, I summon thee!

My gut instinct is that Fl4k would be perfect and that’s why I’m “undecided” as I fear that they are too much of a one-note-character. I love the cut and dry way their german voice is and how they are basically just mumbling for the sake of hunter’s narration, but I decided to let my first Vault Hunter be chosen at random.

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Gearbox are serious. And as to why, deliberately misgendering people can, and may, cause offense to people using the forum.

From the forum rules.

no racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic slurs, and other such behavior detrimental to conversation.

For brevity they didn’t list every single thing that the rules covers, but it does extend to them all. I know in the UK at least there’s 9 “protected characteristics” that people can take action if they’re discriminated against for. They include Sexuality, Gender and Race.

Ultimately, referring to FL4K as a “he/him/his” knowingly is misgendering. As was said, the odd slip-up will happen, that is understandable.

A fictional character wrote (either in part or in whole) by someone who, unless I’m mistaken, is non-binary themselves and as such has the right, as their creator, to dictate.


Firstly, I think that’s the first time I’ve been called that. So congrats. Second, it’s not politics, it’s pointing out Gearbox’s stance on a matter, on their boards.

The topic still is, it was due to people purposefully misgendering one of said characters.

I’m sorry you viewed my mention of Gearbox’s entirely reasonable stance as" toxic fussing". As for if we were toxic mods, it wouldn’t be a discussion, it would have been warnings/bans with little to not explanation.

It doesn’t, in your daily life, you could think and refer to people as you wish. But here, there are forum rules for a reason, and to be abided by. Here, you do as Gearbox request. In your daily life you can do as you please.


I would imagine that those people you have offended probably felt similarly when you insulted their very existence, by insinuating that they are not valid. The proper pronouns of someone is important whether they are fictitious or not. You wouldn’t refer to Arnold’s T-800 Terminator by she/her pronouns, would you? You wouldn’t refer to Amara as “he”, would you? So what is so hard about acknowledging and properly gendering FL4K?

If being kind and considerate to your fellows is something that you can’t tolerate then the problem might not be with the forums. This stuff is important even if you don’t view it as such. All I saw was a moderator attempting to enforce the forum rules with patience and facts.

ON THE TOPIC OF CHARACTERS TO PLAY FIRST: I feel that Amara and FL4K are tied for first with me. I’ll wait to play Zane until I find a nice transfusion grenade to start with that I can transfer to him at varying levels since my planned build lacks much healing. I’m basically waiting to see the unique things Amara and FL4K get like their personality, reactions to things, and (COUGH possible spoilers) their personal room on the ship.


I would like to say however, I apologise for this minor disruption due to having to intervene.

Though, since that has been stated. This topic shall now loop back onto topic.

As always, FL4K was and is my first play. Pet Skag , Spiderant and Jabber made that a given. The only thing that would have changed it would have been an abhorrent skill tree.

Following that is Moze. And then Zane and Amara as the mood takes me on character select.


If I ever somehow get a copy, it’ll stil be FL4K. They interest me the most. Zane would be second.


FL4K first, Zane second, Amara 3rd and Moze last.

Moze, FL4K, then Zane or Amara… might just flip a coin with those two.

“Siren. Dibs. My Siren’s name is Brick, and she is the prettiest.”


I main Athena in TPS. Her Ceraunic Storm Tree is awesome with the Celestial Gladiator class mod.

I shall forever be a Zane main. But then our lovely and bodacious siren Amara. Then tank girl Moze with her mech. And then finally, the bot with the badass beasts, FL4K.

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I’m a little torn between Zane and Fl4k, but right now Fl4k has me ecstatic! Nice combination of damage boosts, healing boosts, some damage mitigation, and the ■■■■■■■ permanent pet! That and the Hunter Skill builds have me super giddy. Granted, a bunch of kill skills aren’t the most efficient, but god dammit, I want to be an intergalactic hunter!

It will be Zane for me. Love that he can use two action skills and how his skills synergies! But he still feels a bit underpowered…

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In the thick of it, he probably is, but he’s got tricks to get out of the way if you find yourself piled on.


That’s the beauty of Zane’s character, and why I think he’s awesome. Compared to the abilities of his companions, his own skills seem underwhelming. FL4K is robot that can summon mighty beasts for pets, Moze is a soldier that can digistruct a giant robot mech, and Amara is a superhero with super powers. Why I think Zane is awesome, he’s still just as dangerous as the rest, possibly even more so. The idea behind Zane, what one man can do with the right set of skills, tools, and motivations. His playstyle is meant to be multiple skills working in tandem, essentially multitasking your resources, and applying them where you think necessary. It’s on the fly strategy, something that makes him very powerful, and very dangerous if you underestimate him.

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