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Best character to choose when you start Borderlands 2

Best character to choose when you start Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is a game that takes some time to get into, but once you do, you will spend a very long time in it because of all the content. That is why it is very important to choose the character you want because if you don’t like the one you chose, you need to restart the entire game just to pick another character. Just be ready to sacrifice a lot of time for this game because it is enormous.

There are a total of six different characters to choose from, and 2 of them are DLC-only characters. The other 4 are the primary launch characters. Each has its own specific abilities and skill trees to go down, and it takes some time to fully understand how everything works. Remember that the max level is Level 72, so keep in mind that you will spend a lot of time using one character.

Here are the six characters you can play in Borderlands 2:

  • Axton (Commando)
  • Maya (Siren)
  • Salvador (Gunzerker)
  • Zer0 (Assassin)
  • Gaige (Mechromancer)
  • Krieg (Psycho)

Axton (Commando)

Axton is a very good character to choose because of how easy his ability is to use. His ability is called the Sabre Turret, in which he can deploy a special Dahl Sabre Turret that is a mounted gun with a 360° rotation. It has many upgrades, as we will see later, and you can deploy it basically anywhere. The turret lasts about 20 seconds, and its cooldown is about 42 seconds.

His melee weapon is a tomahawk and does a little more damage than the other characters’ melee. His class mod is represented as the device on his right shoulder and changes as your class mod changes. He had previously been a Dahl soldier but went AWOL and became a mercenary. Here are the three skill trees that Axton has:

Guerrilla tree – This is his first skill tree. It focuses on getting him into the fight quicker and improves Sabre Turret’s ability to make continuous high-damage attacks. There are 6 Tiers that the Guerrilla tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Gunpowder tree – This is his second skill tree. It focuses on medium-range explosives and weapon damage. It also aids in using the turret to distract enemies and helps increase his combat stats in the long-run. There are 6 Tiers that the Gunpowder tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Survival tree – This is his third and final skill tree. It focuses on boosting his defenses and his main abilities and also aids in healing him in deficient health. It also helps make the Sabre Turret’s cooldown quicker so you can spawn it more often. There are 6 Tiers that the Survival tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points each.

Maya (Siren)

Maya is the Siren of the group of Vault Hunters and is also very fun to use because of all her powers. Her primary ability is to use her powers as a Siren and suspend an enemy in another dimension. Basically, she can freeze an enemy and do damage during the process. The freezing does have the ability to be upgraded, so it does more damage while still frozen.

Her ability is actually called Phaselock, which is extremely useful for crowd control in co-op and solo. Because she and Lilith are the only Sirens that Handsome Jack knows of, that is why he is after them both. That is why Maya was on the train to Pandora at the beginning of the game. Here are the three skill trees that Maya has:

Motion tree – This is her first skill tree. It focuses on improving her Phaselock ability for crowd control and defense and also lets her brainwash enemies into fighting with one another. There are 6 Tiers that the Motion tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points each.

Harmony tree – This is her second skill tree. It focuses on improving her healing abilities for her and her teammates and helping her damage per second go up. There are 6 Tiers that the Harmony tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points each.

Cataclysm tree – This is her third and final skill tree. It focuses on all her elemental effects, like fire, acid, slag, and electrocution. There are 6 Tiers that the Cataclysm tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Salvador (Gunzerker)

Salvador is probably my favorite of all the characters because of his Gunzerker ability. He is the Rambo of all the classes because he can use two weapons at once for a short time. While in this state of Gunzerking, he has the chance to regen health and ammo, and his stats are boosted.

He is actually the only Vault Hunter in Borderlands 2 to be born and raised on Pandora. The base cooldown for the Gunzerker ability is 42 seconds, while the duration is 20 seconds. He is also wanted for several crimes like cannibalism, public indecency, theft, and arson. Here are the three skill trees that Salvador has:

Gun Lust tree – This is his first skill tree. It focuses on the ability to swap to and from certain guns and aids in reloading. It also gives him various gun abilities. There are 6 Tiers that the Gun Lust tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Rampage tree – This is his second skill tree. It focuses on adding extra ammunition to his weapons and helps increase the Gunzerking ability’s stats. It also lowers the cooldown rates for specific abilities. There are 6 Tiers that the Rampage tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Brawn tree – This is his third and final skill tree. It focuses on the physical damage absorption for him and his teammates and helps in his health regeneration. It also gives him some physical abilities to use in battle. There are 6 Tiers that the Brawn tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Zer0 (Assassin)

Zero is a secretive but cool character that Gearbox put into Borderlands 2. No one knows who he is or what he looks like under the mask. All we know is that he is an assassin that gets paid to complete missions and ends up helping the Vault Hunters in their search for the Vault. He isn’t just in Borderlands 2 but in other series games as an NPC.

His unique ability, called Decepti0n, grants him the ability to put down a holographic decoy of himself to distract enemies. While this decoy is deployed, he turns invisible, and that makes a mean to escape danger. During his time while invisible, his damage is boosted and helps to take out more challenging enemies. Here are the three skill trees that Zer0 has:

Sniping tree – This is his first skill tree. It focuses on weapons like sniper rifles to do more damage if an enemy is shot in the head or a critical spot. It also helps in doing more damage to critical hits on enemies. There are 6 Tiers that the Sniping tree has, and each of them adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Cunning tree – This is his second skill tree. It focuses on improving his central ability and the abilities that aid in ranged and melee combat. It also helps in reload speed for weapons. There are 6 Tiers that the Cunning tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Bloodshed tree – This is his third and final tree. It focuses mainly on melee weapons and stealth. This tree is definitely not for the run-and-gun kind of people. It also aids in the regeneration of your shield to help your health stay up. There are 6 Tiers that the Bloodshed tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Gaige (Mechromancer)

Gaige is the first character to be released as DLC for the Borderlands franchise, and the only way you get to use her is to have the GOTY edition or buy her. Her primary ability is called Deathtrap, in which a robot named D374-TP comes and helps her fight. According to many players, she is the easiest and also the most difficult to play because of all the variations the skill trees add.

Deathtrap only stays with Gaige for 60 seconds and has a cooldown of 60 seconds. She has the most extended base time limit for her central ability than any other Vault Hunter in-game. Gaige likes cupcakes and hot chocolate, and her favorite color is purple. Here are the three skill trees that Gaige has:

Best Friends Forever tree – This is her first skill tree. It focuses on survival and the damage and defense increase for Deathtrap. It also boosts if you have a full magazine in your weapon. There are 6 Tiers that the Best Friends Forever tree has, and each of them adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Little Big Trouble tree – This is her second skill tree. It focuses on you and Deathtrap’s elemental effects and gives Deathtrap a new type of weapon called heat beams. It also allows Deathtrap to mimic any element he comes in contact with. There are 6 Tiers that the Little Big Trouble tree has, and each of them adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Ordered Chaos tree – This is her third and final skill tree. It focuses on an ability called Anarchy, which increases the damage of all weapons but also drops the accuracy over-time. It also helps reload your weapon faster. There are 6 Tiers that the Ordered Chaos tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Krieg (Psycho)

Krieg is the second character to be released as DLC for the Borderlands franchise, and the only way you get to use him is to have the GOTY edition or buy him. Krieg seems to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as he argues with an “inner voice” created due to traumatic experiences. However, his case differs significantly from the typical diagnosis.

His main ability is called Buzz Axe Rampage. It basically has you swing your buzz ax very fast while it deals massive damage to enemies. You can also throw the ax if you want to hit someone from a distance. He also deals 500% more melee damage than any other Vault Hunter and has 33% more movement speed.

Bloodlust tree – This is his first skill tree. It focuses on ranged combat with guns and improves his skills, like melee damage and health. It also gives boosts for getting kills with weapons. There are 6 Tiers that the Bloodlust tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Mania tree – This is his second skill tree. It focuses on melee combat damage and improvements. This is a high-risk/high-reward skill tree because you must take damage from enemies for your Buzz Axe Rampage to regenerate faster. There are 6 Tiers that the Mania tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Hellborn tree – This is his third and final tree. It focuses on the elemental effects like fire. With this skill tree, you basically set yourself on fire to deal more damage to enemies. It also helps increase weapon and melee damage and can be a very good skill tree to go down. There are 6 Tiers that the Hellborn tree has, and each adds at least one upgrade slot that can fit a couple of upgrade points in each.

Which would be best for Solo play?

Axton is probably the best character to choose if you go solo in Borderlands 2 because he doesn’t need to rely on the help of his teammates to survive. All of his abilities can be used all by himself.

Maya is also a very good character to choose when playing solo just because her ability allows her to freeze enemies and control the mobs of enemies trying to kill her.

Gaige is another excellent choice for solo players because Deathtrap lasts for a whole minute. Because her ability lasts for a long time, it makes her an excellent choice to use when being overrun by enemies.

Which would be best for co-op play?

Salvador – He is not suitable for solo players at all because he only has the Gunzerking ability. The best thing the ability does is help a teammate if they need saving. That makes him the perfect character if you want to play with friends.

Zer0 – He is not a good character for solo players because his ability to turn invisible is very useful to help aid a friend who is downed or in trouble. I highly recommend using Zer0 with friends because he is not very good when you lone wolf with him.

Krieg – He is the worst choice for using solo just because he can die very quickly. As I said before, his skill trees are very high risk/reward, so if you have friends to help you, I would recommend using him.

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Conclusion

Borderlands 2 is a vast game; it takes some sacrifice to try and play through the whole thing. That is why it is crucial to understand what character you should use. All 6 characters you can choose from have their own stories to tell and dialogue you can listen to. So if you ever beat the game with one character, try it again with another because it changes the gameplay in a significant way.