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Safety Dance – by uchimura

Posted in Human Vanguard, MULTIPLAYER BUILDS, VANGUARD with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by Lucien Midnight

Build Title:
Safety Dance – by uchimura

Power Evolutions:
Biotic Charge: Radius(4), Power Synergy(5), Barrier(6)
Shockwave: N/A
Nova: Force & Damage (4), Half Blast (5), Pierce (6)
Alliance Training: Damage & Capacity (4), Power Damage (5), Weapon Damage (6)
Fitness: Durability (4), Shield Recharge (5), Fitness Expert (6)

Anything that can keep your cooldowns at 180+ bonus is good, 200 is great. The Predator or Katana standard weapons work fine.

This build offers the most defense while maintaining a strong offense. It allows you to use nova twice in a row, but the main idea is that after the first nova, you’ll still have barriers left to keep from getting killed instantly in dire situations. You don’t necessarily need a weapon, as you’ll be hitting 1 and 3 almost nonstop, but in case a charge or nova doesn’t kill something, you can finish it off quickly with something like a Predator or Katana. It’s also good to have a weapon just for situations where going in might get you stomped. Approach banshees with caution, use nova while moving away from them, save your charge for regaining your barrier. Atlas and Brutes are moderately safe–roll backward after charging them to keep a safe distance. You can destroy Phantoms, but be aware of what they’re doing in case you don’t stagger them.

Skill Breakdown:
Biotic Charge
-Barrier- Increases your survivability and your ability to cast nova
-Radius- I took this for the sake of lessening risk by twitching more enemies
-Power Synergy- Buffs damage of your nova and biotic charge
-Half Blast- The most important for Nova, increases your survivability and damage output (by not being dead)
-Force & Damage- Chose this over Radius, because Nova’s radius is actually quite large already
-Pierce- Increases damage potential on armor/barrier/etc. Makes Nova a good
opener on strong and shielded opponents. If I’m nearby, I’ll Nova, then Charge something a foot away and
then Nova again.
Alliance Training
-Weapon Damage- Over Weapon Weight, because you really don’t need anything much stronger than standard weapons, but this is ultimately up to you.
-Why no shockwave? In order to get good reach on Shockwave, you need to sacrifice damage points. It’s better instead to just get used to maneuvering with nova.

Gold Tip - by banthracis: Basically for gold, you don’t really want to completely blow up your barriers with 2 nova’s in a row, instead, start the animation for the second nova and then roll right when you’re at the apex of the jump. This prevents the ability from activating and allows you to keep half your barriers while still giving you the full invincibility frames. This plus right spec and 180% + cd and you can just charge+ nova+nova cancel all day nonstop.

This does tend to upset your teammates though…
N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for anyone!)
1. This build is easily approachable, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for finesse.

-edits by Lucien Midnight


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