Build Title: Combat Software
Class: Geth Trooper Soldier
Map Difficulty Rating: This build has the potential for Platinum gameplay
Fortification: (4) Durability, (5) Power Synergy
Flamer: (4) Reach, (5) Damage, (6) Shield Damage
Hunter Mode: (4) Weapon Accuracy, (5) Power Damage, (6) Damage
Networked AI: (4) Damage & Capacity, (5) Power Damage
Advanced Hardware: (4) Durability
My recommendations are the N7 Hurricane or the Geth Plasma Shotgun. I myself take the Hurricane, but if you do, you may need to bring the Scorpion with you to deal with Phantoms in particular. The Geth Plasma Shotgun staggers so it doesn’t need a sidearm. Use SMG Recoil Systems and High Velocity Barrel for the Hurricane, Extended Magazine/Ultralight Pistol Materials and High Caliber Barrel for the Scorpion and High Caliber Barrel and Spare Thermal Clip for the Geth Plasma Shotgun. Recharge Speed isn’t a necessity on this class, as canceling Flamer early has a quick recharge but you still don’t want anything too low or negative.
I recommend Warp, Incendiary or Armor-Piercing Rounds unless you are facing Geth, to which I recommend Disruptor. If you use the Geth Plasma Shotgun, do not use Armor-Piercing Rounds as it already ignores armor. Use the respective rail amp to which weapon you are using as a Primary Weapon (SMG Rail Amp or Shotgun Rail Amp). I would suggest Cyclonic Modulator unless you are confident with Geth, then Power Amplifier Module to boost Flamer. And for the gear bonus, I suggest SMG Amp or Shotgun Amp for more damage, or Stronghold Package if you feel too squishy.
I was very excited to hear of a new Geth character being released, and after seeing his powers I couldn’t wait for BioWare to release him. A Geth that finally has Flamer! It also is a bit more tanky than other Geth… well, from first glance, but we’ll talk about that later. It is a powerful class, able to succeed at all difficulties.
For its powers, You want Durability and Power Synergy from Fortification. I’m sure many players will see Fortification and think “Melee Build!” immediately. But no, the Geth have one of the weakest heavy melee in the game, dealing 375 damage at base and it drains their shields, which is a double sin for a Geth using Hunter Mode. Having 4 ranks in Advanced Hardware provides more protection in my opinion that Durability at rank 6 of Fortification. If you disagree, only put 3 in Advanced Hardware and test it out. For Flamer, you want Reach. You’ll be close, but not 10 meters close always. The extra 5 meters is handy, especially if your enemies are on lower-ground beneath you. I get Damage at rank 5 because I hardly ever have Flamer constantly going for 5 seconds and I’d never have it going for 8 seconds. That in my opinion, is too much vulnerability on Gold and Platinum. You’ll be cancelling Flamer lots so your load-out is a little more forgiving. Finally, Shield Damage to take out minions. If you want to be more of a boss killer, go for Armor Damage but as it is a Fire power, it does 50% less damage to Shields/Barriers. But if you want Flamer to be more versatile, go for Shield Damage. As for Hunter Mode, take Weapon Accuracy at rank 4. This is more so to help with the N7 Hurricane. But considering you’ll be cancelling Flamer early often, you don’t need Power Recharge either way unless you are carrying a very heavy shotgun with you (the Geth Plasma Shotgun is not heavy nor is it inaccurate). At Rank 5, you don’t need Rate of Fire because the Hurricane shoots fast anyhow. Rate of Fire is nice on the Geth Plasma Shotgun, but you get more out of that +15% Power Damage. Finally, the Damage. You’re Flamer is insanely powerful and so will whichever weapon you carry with you. Lastly for the passive you want maximum Power Damage. This is what makes the Geth Trooper so deadly, an unsurpassed Flamer.
Remember that Hunter Mode gives its penalty from your base shields, meaning the Geth Trooper loses 500 shields. He gains 400 with Rank 4 Advanced Hardware, as that is also off of base shields. Which gives him a total of 900 shields. This isn’t too squishy if you are a confident and consistent Gold/Platinum player. If not, use Cyclonic Modulators and the Stronghold Package. Cyclonic Modulator II yields 1,000 bonus shiels, Cyclonic IV gives 1,500 shields and Stronghold Package V gives 200 extra shields. For those who are fine with 900 or 1,100 if using Stronghold Package V, use the Power Amplifier Module. You putting an extra 10%/20%/30%/50% damage on Flamer! This build really shines on those higher difficulties.
Your main strategy is run off to find enemies and burn them with Flamer. Shields also shouldn’t be an issue with Shield Damage Flamer. If playing with a friend, make sure they or someone on your team has Overload to detonate your Fire Explosions. And Flamer is best detonated with Overload.
With Shield Damage on Flamer, all trooper-level enemies are easy prey. If anything gives you grief, shoot. Phantoms, Nemeses and other slippery troopers can be disposed of easily with the Scorpion if need be. If you chose to take the Geth Plasma Shotgun with you, use that instead as it reliably staggers most targets. For those pesky Guardians which block your Flamer, if taking the Hurricane, they should fall pretty quickly. Dragoons and Pyros and Bombers shouldn’t cause too much trouble either, especially with Flamer. But don’t try and beat a Pyro in a Firefight, their flamethrowers cheat. Shoot them, and Flamer if you feel it’s safe enough.
Ravagers, Brutes and Scions don’t like Flamer either. It’ll burn through a Ravager and any Swarmers they spawn, you can also take them out from afar with the Hurricane, and as long as you use Incendiary/Armor-Piercing/Warp Rounds, it won’t take long at all. You can shoot Brutes from afar and Flamer when they get close. You can also hop out of the way of their charges in the middle of your Flamer animation; this also cancels Flamer, shortening its Recharge to a minimum of a second or so. That extra 5m on Flamer will help you against Scions. You don’t want to get too close to them so they can smack your head into the pavement but you don’t want to be too far away from them so they can rail you with their Geth Prime accurate cannon that strips your shields and slows their recharge. Aim for their tumours, it lowers the armor and its effectiveness.
For the bosses, shoot them. If applicable, Flamer them from a relatively safe distance. You have little defence against their sync-kill animations if you have the Hurricane (aside from the Scorpion, but it takes time to switch weapons). The Geth Trooper will better at boss killing with a teammate or two, unless you chose Armor Damage for Flamer (which compromises its effectiveness against the minions). But can still kill them single handely with a powerful weapon. Using Flamer to strip the shields, you can then combine it with your Hurricane to tear through armor.
This build is tailored to killing enemies. As for objectives, the Geth Trooper lacks Tactical Cloak and Geth Turret to do the 4-Device objective, but still can do the others. While it isn’t as frail as other Geth, it isn’t tanky, so be aware of its shields at all times; if they go down and you’re in the open, good luck to you.
3.5 – The Geth Trooper is a powerful class, but he is frail like any other Hunter Mode Geth. He may have more shields, but this yields a bigger Hunter Mode penalty. Abuse Flamer as much as possible as it is your best feature and your team’s saving grace. Play him like you would other Geth, but remeber you lack Tactical Cloak or Geth Turret to get you out of sticky situations, so you need to play just as intelligently, making smart decisions. This class, like other Geth, has little room for error.