Worth trying? Solo Digistruct Peak OP1 with mediocre gear

There are plenty of good guides for area specific strategies on the forums. In terms of actual equipment, the first 2 or 3 OP levels isn’t as demanding as the later ones. It is definitely possible to run through the first three OP levels with no uniques.

After that, what equipment you want is up to you e.g. which gear synergises well with your build. Keep in mind that you don’t need the weapon in all elements due to how they work in the peak.

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Thanks for the link Jefe I will check it out.

Dingo

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There’s also a link in there to some jackass’ thread regarding elements ( it’s mine ) - if you’re not familiar with the upturned elemental typing on the Peak, I recommend checking the OP from where it says
"Edit: the short version of the Peak based on the linked post (which I recommend reading first as it contains proper testing) , some of my own testing and those who have reported in this thread:"

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This is Digistruct Peak for a lot of people. It will do this to you a lot as you learn the spawns, and spawns can make a big difference on how your run goes. My advice would be don’t be intimidated by it but expect to fail a bit, or a lot, and don’t be afraid to change tactics, and if it starts to get to you just take a break and tackle it again later. Being very stubborn and not willing to admit defeat works for me, but maybe not everyone. I strongly recommend @Jefe suggestion as @Handsome_Dad guide is a great preview to the Peak and its areas. The forum is full of awesome people with different ideas and sometimes looking at it in a new way can make the difference.
So yes for sure and make sure you enjoy it as well. Good luck :relaxed:

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Thanks Inori.

Forgive my ignorance, but can you explain how elemental damage works different at Digistruct Peak?

Dingo

The “concept” is that your foes are digistructed so don’t follow the same rules as in the vanilla ( armour weak to corrosive, flesh to fire, blah, blah ). Armour is still weak to corrosive , flesh has no “typing” (no resistances or weaknesses), spiderants are weird. Check my thread for the breakdown.

Very short version : go 100% corrosive and you’re good

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5 whole minutes of typing went down the drain thanks to Jefe :sweat_smile:

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Sorry

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No problem at all. You explained it far more efficiently than I was going to.

And good luck to ThatBabyStealingDing with the peak.

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I found that Zero was harder for me (the first time) in the early going than it was at later stages of the path to OP8. Figuring out how to deal with Rabid Skags and surveyors, and sorting out your target prioritization are two of the biggest pieces of the puzzle.

As far as gear goes… I like a fresh corrosive Pimpernel after unlocking OP6 for the OP6-OP7 and OP7-OP8 runs, but I did a lot of my second Zero’s Peak process using a Disturbed Stalker COM with an Infinity for trash and DPUH for coming out of Deception. I used Quasars almost exclusively, with any Tiny Tina grenade to replenish grenades as necessary between stages. Quasar + Grog = heals, control, and stripping enemy shields in one toss.

Best advice:

When you screw up, say “challenge accepted”, and problem solve it. The best players you’ll see make the game look like it’s moving almost in slow motion, because they’re relaxing in the moment and are able to clearly think their ways through the content. 99% of being “good” at this game is familiarity and understanding.

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Handsome_Dad thanks to you and everyone else on this thread. The advice is truly appreciated.

I have another question, namely: is slag still useful in Digistruct Peak? I have a better idea now of elemental effects (shields still need to be stripped, enemies normally susceptible to fire are not, corrosive damage is a go-to, etc.) work. But I’ve been using a slag/life steal grenade mod forever. Should I swap out for a Tesla or something?

Dingo

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Yep, slag everything with the exception of slag skags, slag turrets and centurion spiderants, i don’t believe you can slag them.
Slag Pimp, Slagga and Florentine are some good options but Zero can make good use of longbow slag trans grenades and like @Handsome_Dad says keeping TT nades to help replenish if needed. I should add that some enemies as you’ve probably found in just playing Bl2 are too fast for trans grenades to reach (rabid skags, surveyors), hence the need for a slag weapon. I can think of one spawn at the Saturn’s that start with about 8 or 9 surveyors and unless they sit and hover, and a few rounds of ammo are probably better than one less grenade you might need later. :relaxed:

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Advice about grenade mods is going to change depending on who you talk to. Man of Low Moral Fiber uses transfusions, iirc. Dotanuki used a hybrid melee/Pimpernel build with storm fronts to strip his and enemy shields. Those guys have been considered top tier Zero players, and I would never claim to be in their league as that class.

Having said that…

Even being a step (or more?) down from them, I was able to get two gun Zeros to OP8 completely solo, using Quasars for everything. I’ll admit that they’re such a cornerstone of my playstyle that they may even be a crutch. A low fuse Lobbed Quasar is absolutely the most used equipment for me in the Peak. [revisited after typing the above… I actually use Fastballs quite a bit as Zero, as well. I should get around to recording a Peak run using them as Zero]

At the end of the day, there are multiple great choices. Experiment with them, and find who you are as a Zero player. You may find that you love something totally different, like Crossfires or something.

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I think this is great advice. :acmaffirmative:
Maybe do the first level or two a few times, learn how the spawns and enemy type can change, farm some new or different gear to try and as @Handsome_Dad says “find who you are as a Zero player”, as we all probably play a bit different.
Once again, have fun and good luck :smiley:

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Slag of course is important and becomes increasingly so as you go up ; but as Random mentioned, grenades won’t cut it for fast movers like rabids and surveyors or long targets ( turrets ).

I’ve used Magic Missiles a lot on the Peak and have even gotten good at slagging surveyors with them but a slag gun is much more reliable and efficient.

Turrets are a specific challenge ( on the OP4 run ) as you can’t really face tank them and if you don’t slag them, they will literally regenerate faster than you can damage them if using a weak gun.

This kinda means a Grog ( not my fave but sometimes needs must ) and a slag Pimp or Snider, at least from my view ; and grenades will be for control ( Quasar ) and/or healing ( Chain Lightning, Quasar, Storm Front or your trusty transfusions ).

A Hyperion shotgun is great for surveyors by the way - if you find a slag CC or Butcher keep it just for them!

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This thread is VERY helpful and thank you as I will be starting a stroll through the Peak as a Lv72 solo Zer0 real soon. Hopefully I can agro–>fallback–>fire and rely on a mid/long range strategy as much as possible…

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Check out @Handsome_Dad 's guide if you haven’t already and @Jefe 's on elements used at the Peak and you should be off and running. Good luck and have fun :smiley:

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@SomeRandomGuy11 Thank you and I most definitely will be exploring their guides as I have not yet done so. I appreciate the headsup!

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It’s a good insight to the Peak, he also has some great vids which is another way of seeing what it’s all about when it comes to enemy spawns room by room as you make your way through, hopefully to OP8. It’s a great challenge, very frustrating at times but when you make it, and i hope you do, it’s a great reward for doing so. The first few levels aren’t too bad, but just remember to embrace your deaths, they will happen as you learn and take a break if it start’s to get to you. I’ve had to quit and farm money just from dying and needing to buy ammo (which is very expensive) early in my Digi Peak career :grin: Once again good luck.

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Lol Yes I will be studying and researching Peak tactics thoroughly and thanks again!

I have always been the type to think my way through this franchise and stay chill since I first purchased the first Borderlands on launch day waaaaay back when. :slight_smile:

I am currently sitting on $99,999,999 so I am ready to burn through it! Lol I have a feeling I will be heading back to the Loot Train to farm cash before long once I start to get rolling. :slight_smile:

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