What’s up, Vault Hunters? Randy Pitchford was mentioning a potential surprise for September’s smash-hit, Borderlands 2, and man did he deliver. Borderlands 2‘s Mechromancer class was scheduled for an October 16th release. However, the fine folks at Gearbox thought “Why not?” and decided to give the DLC early.
That’s right, Borderland 2‘s upcoming Mechromancer class DLC is scheduled to be released a full one week early and is ready for download. The news of the Mechromancer broke here on FTG awhile ago, but it looks like it’s time has finally come. The DLC will be available for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points. Players who are a part of the Premiere club will get the DLC for free. The Premiere Club was given to players who pre-ordered but can be purchased online.
Gaige plays the Mechromancer, and her special attack is to summon a robot named Death Trap to take out your foes. For those who are looking to plan out how to level your Mechromancer can find the Mechromancer skill tree calculator on the Borderlands 2 site. The class has three skill trees to tinker with. These skill tress’ focuses range from making you and Death Trap into an elemental powerhouse (Little Big Trouble), giving you stacks of damage bonuses based on not reloading your gun (Ordered Chaos), and increasing health and shield bonuses (Best Friends Forever).
Death Trap is a very powerful ally in combat. Think Axton’s Turret, except it’s able to chase after enemies and keep the battle away from you if need be. Death Trap can serve as not only and attacker, but a valuable distraction to keep enemies off you as you do your thing (even better with parties). Those look to use him as a distraction would be advised to focus on the “Best Friends Forever” skill tree. The final skill gives your Death Trap the same shield as you, allowing him to live even longer.
While the benefits of using Death Trap as a distraction are clear, one shouldn’t underestimate the power of the other two skill trees. The big difference is Little Big Trouble focuses on Death Trap while Ordered Chaos focuses on Gaige. Little Big Trouble focuses on making Death Trap an elemental damage nightmare on a large area of enemies. Use The Stare to do massive fire damage, One Two Boom for big time electric damage, and Insterspersed Outburst for some fantastic slag damage between enemies. The Make it Sparkle ability allows you to grant bonus elemental damage to Death Trap simply by shooting him with an elemental weapon.
Ordered Chaos has the potential to do massive damage if you never do one thing – reload. Thanks to an ability called Anarchy, it gives you a bonus to your gun damage every time you let your clip empty. This bonus can stack up as many as 250 times. You can make your gun damage incredible, though it does lower your accuracy as well.
So what do you guys think? You excited for Gaige the Mechromancer? Sound off on the comments and let us know what you think!