Because it’s not about whether or not IB can do something, it’s about whether it’s worth using IB compared to other options and the answer is “after your gear reaches a certain point Iron Bear can’t keep up”.
Extremely strong is a relative term and contains a bit of a flaw.
If have non-anointed splash weapons what will do as well as Iron Bear using splash (and I do, better actually), so as long as I put missiles on IB for the damage buff then I will ALWAYS do better using Auto Bear instead of IB.
And that’s BEFORE those weapons get anointments and Moze ASE anointments just got a big buff to boot.
Now, let’s also consider the 5 seconds of free ammo you can get from exiting Iron Bear. A non-elemental quickie using Sticky ammo will kill almost any boss in th egame that doesn’t have an immunity phase in about 7 seconds. Again, nothing special, no anointments. With those? Well, I have a +75% quickie with x 2 and +125% Fire damage for 2 clips.
That’s without even looking at the things like IB can’t break Eridium or Anointed, can be fiddly to open boxes and pick up loot while driving, etc.
I’m glad you’re enjoying IB but for me he’s a downgrade.
If he’s so awesome why do you want to be able to throw grenades to buff him every 6 seconds?