Hi, been a couple years since I played Borderlands 2 and I wanted to go through the campaign and dlc again on Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode. I remember that Zero and Krieg where my favorite characters from my last playthroughs so now I can’t decide which to play.
(both characters starting at lv 61, zero is melee build, krieg is fire and melee build)
I played the first couple of hours of both their campaign and I’ve found
Zero: great single damage, but really struggling with mobs, I can kill a couple people while deciption is active, when the skill is down I pretty much have to run either away from the fight or around cover. Since in borderlands most areas don’t have a lot of cover I really struggle to keep alive. I have to rely more on shooting from a range before I can use my melee skills and perks to get some kills, if begin the fight with deception to get a couple kills but there are still a few enemies close then I get focused pretty hard, lose a lot of health and I don’t have much health regeneration.
Kreig: great sustained damage and survivability, the points I have invested give him damage reduction and a lot of health regeneration from dealing elemental damage. The damage I am doing from melee strikes in general and during his active skill are enough to rival my Zero.
To summarise, my Zero is probably doing more than my Kreig, however that high damage is circumstantial (only while deception is active, target marked, behind target) whereas with Kreig his damage is not that much lower than my Zero’s peak and can dish out that damage normally, (without special circumstances). With Zero if I don’t have deception up I’m essentially running around focusing on not getting shot rather than shooting back, so at the start of the fight I try to thin out the mob from range or shave down their health for the deception and excecute but with Krieg I don’t need to play so safe due to the health regen from elemental, damage reduction, overkill skill and super buzzkill mode constantly refill my hp, while still doing damage that rivals zero’s peak.
So from my experience so far I am leaning towards Kreig, but I do really like Zero’s playstyle, and with Kreig I am running part melee and part fire build so enemies in the early game are all bandits who take a lot of fire damage when when I have multiple enemies on fire, the regeneration I get from them makes me super durable. When I reached the point where you have to rescue Roland and right the robots I noticed a dip in my chatacters ability but I was still getting the damage reduction buff and regeneration from slag and corrosive proc.
So I want to know in late game is it most likely to continue this trend or will I find that Krieg will have his struggles or Zero will shine in late game.