Don’t Tase Me Bro! – by Lucien Midnight
[ Asari AOE Melee Build]
Biotic Charge: Radius (4), Power Synergy (5), Barrier (6)
Stasis: Stasis Strength (4), Recharge Speed (5), Bubble (6)
Lift Grenade: N/A
Asari Justicar: Damage & Capacity (4), Power Damage (5), Pistols (6)
Fitness: Melee Damage (4), Martial Artist (5), Fitness Expert (6)
Your favorite pistol will work great with this class. I like to use the Carnifax for easy stasis headshots. With the Justicar Rank 6 Pistols you should get a 200% cool down bonus which is crucial for this class’s success. Also, make sure to use the melee stunner upgrade if you have it! It’ll boost your overall melee damage even more.
Strategy: The idea is to use the Asari’s AoE (area of effect, a.k.a. splash damage) melee attack just like the human vanguard’s nova power. The Asari’s melee is buffed by passive fitness ranks and will do massive damage once you get the multiplier going. Based on this build, the melee attack will do extra damage once one enemy is killed by it. So this class is great to use to help out your team in smaller rooms or at choke points where enemies are tightly concentrated and distracted by crossfire.
The biotic charge can, of course, be used defensively in order to regain your shields. Figuring out how to do this effectively is crucial to your survival on difficulties higher than bronze. If you are playing on the xbox 360 I’d recommend going into your pause menu and switching your controller sensitivity to high. This will allow you to spin around faster after your melee animation ends and seek out a target for biotic charge, regaining your shield and starting the charge/melee combo over again.
Never melee any enemy that can insta-kill you! Unless you are absolutely certain you will destroy it with the damage from your attack. The ending animation of the Asari’s melee leaves you vulnerable for a few dangerous moments and a phantom/banshee/brute/etc. would love to grab you and eat your face off/run a sword through your bowels/etc.
Basically, don’t play as the type of Vanguard who goes off on his or her own and tries to dominate the map like Rambo. Play with your team and protect them from close range attacks from enemies like husks, geth hunters, and other basic enemies.
N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for anyone!)
4.5. This class is extremely delicate to begin with and you won’t have some of the basic shield upgrades so this build is definitely not recommended for Gold. The Asari’s melee leaves you vulnerable for a few moments after detonation so strategic timing is crucial. In the hands of a skilled player and a decent team this class is a blast on Silver and you will easily lead your team on Bronze. Enjoy!