Floats like a Butterfly – by Trevtar
Biotic Charge: Radius (4), Power Synergy (5), Barrier (6)
Smash: Biotic Combo (4), Force & Damage (5), Impact Radius (6)
Lash: Detonate (4), Recharge Speed (5), Shield Penetration (6)
Phoenix Training: Damage and Capacity (4), Power Damage (5)
Fitness: (1), (2), (3)
Carnifex X (Damage and scope mods) and Tempest X (Ultralight and damage mods). That, or run with a Disciple X instead of the pistol. It only matter that you have a 200% cool-down so I’ll leave it to you to decide.
For the gear bonus, I would go with the commando pack, if you are using the pistol. If not, the shield boost will get you used to the build. If neither, the mental enhancer is always nice since you will be focusing on using your biotic powers.
Sidebar: I actually really wanted the ex-Cerberus adept, but I got the vanguard instead. Boy, am I glad I did! You can tell from the build that I was trying to play him more as an adept, which I think I have succeeded in. With only 3 points in fitness he comes to 625/625, but that isn’t too shabby, especially compared to the Drell.
Your main strategy should be to play him like an adept. What I mean by this is spam lash, set up and trigger biotic explosions with smash, and use biotic charge only to pick off wanderers and refill those barriers. So play DEFENSIVELY. You will get your face shot off if you try to Rambo in like your typical vanguard. You don’t have the barriers for it and it’s just not how this build was set up to work.
I have found that one of your best role during the regular rounds is a support role. Lash those phantoms, marauders, and rocket geth so that they don’t get the drop on your teammates. Be advised- phantoms can be a little tricky since they can block biotic attacks. I usually lay down some distraction fire, lash, smash and then heavy melee. If they are still up after this I suggest lashing/shooting again quickly. Even though you are more effective against the weaker enemies you can still help with the boss types. Just mind your boundaries and charge sparingly so as not to trigger the one-hit kills. Important Note: smash works through the walls, cover, etc. Use this to your advantage as a group approaches a corner. Smash will set up an explosion and then (depending on the situation) you can use lash or charge to finish them off.
I would recommend running with another adept to help with biotic explosions. You can still detonate explosions alone, but the enemies will die much more quickly when you work in synergy with an adept. I have been using this build on gold cerberus and geth runs with relatively high success. It just takes some practice and foresight in order to be effective. Remember to stick with your group or at least one pal. When enemies get too close, you should be there to clean house.
N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for everybody!)
4. The strategy and play style can be hard to get used to, especially with such low barriers and health. Just concentrate on playing defensively, being supportive, and learning your boundaries. If you do this, I promise you will become more and more successful.
-edits by PunxsatownyPhil