Gaige la Mechromante is a very particular character among all those that can be played in the series of Borderlands : apparently very simple and equipped with a skill tree that according to the developers embodied the ” girlfriend's mode “ , is actually incredibly complex and inextricably linked to its specific game mechanics, the Anarchia , without which it becomes in fact it is impossible to use the character on higher difficulties.
Precisely for this reason it is necessary to underline that, unlike the other characters, with Gaige it is not enough to have the illusion of knowledge and a culture on its classy Mods, in fact there are different skills that it becomes practically mandatory to activate in order to be able to use the character with tranquility.
Below you can find our analysis of all the Gaige skill trees, with indications on the quality and synergies that can be implemented
SKILL TREE – GENERAL CONCEPTS
Gaige's skill trees, despite being compartmentalized to focus on different aspects, tend to influence each other positively, often providing functionalities that come in handy regardless of the build.
The skill tree on the left, “Friends forever” , is strongly oriented to the enhancement of Deathtrap, with several targeted abilities that can make Gaige's assistant robot very strong, a huge amount of space is given to the survival of the character, there are skills that can provide health regeneration, regeneration and increased shield performance, additional mobility and damage resistance. It is generally used as a support branch for the various Gaige builds.
The central skill tree, “Problemini” , is strongly oriented towards elemental damages, Gaige is in fact a an extremely specialized character in electric elemental damage, but this branch supplies her with dominion in every field, making it even possible to play without equipping incendiary weapons.
The skill tree on the right, “Ordered chaos” , is the branch that governs the mechanics of the stacks anarchy, which can be accumulated for each kill obtained and for each emptied magazine. Anarchy is necessary to be able to play Gaige at high difficulty levels and there are no efficient builds that do not use them.
ACTION SKILLS: EVOCATE DEATHTRAP
The action ability of Gaige allows it to evoke Deathtrap , an assistant robot who attacks every enemy within reach with powerful melee or electric shock damage
Deathtrap has a duration of 60 seconds and an equally long-lived cooldown, can pass through the walls and has a good amount of health, which makes it quite resistant even at levels of higher difficulty, moreover not can be called in advance as the turrets Saber of Axton and is instantly destroyed whenever Gaige is defeated
Through the milestones present on the gaige skill tree it will be possible to equip different Deathtrap modifiers, but many of them could be superfluous or even harmful for certain builds, therefore they should not be activated all without distinction.
THE MECHANICS OF ANARCHY
In the case of Gaige it is necessary to make an extra pass, mentioning the mechanics of stack Anarchia and their importance to say the least crucial in the gameplay of this character.
Each stack accumulated increases by 1. 75% weapon damage inflicted, while reducing the accuracy of the same percentage ; the maximum stack limit is 150 , but it is possible to raise it further with an ability in the Orderly Chaos branch, which will allow you to safely arrive at 400 stack ; with the class mod Slayer of Terramorphous you can even get to 600 , the highest possible limit in play.
Once accumulated approximately 200 anarchy stack, your accuracy will be completely sacrificed , at the same time the damage you inflict will be unmatched, practically unmatched by any other build achievable with the other characters; but given that there are no other means to increase the weapon damage of Gaige (and only very limited means to increase the melee damage), you will be practically obliged to activate this mechanic , without which the Mechromante is an extremely limited character, who has no way of inflicting good damage, absolutely necessary in the most advanced stages of the game.
Furthermore, to compensate for the lost precision there is a special skill, “Close Enough” , located right at the beginning of the branch “Best Friends Forever” . Bringing this skill to level 5, the 50% of hits of Gaige affecting solid surfaces can automatically bounce against a nearby enemy , effectively making the loss of accuracy much less tragic, indeed negligible.
These two mechanics are therefore vital to the character, in any salsa we intend to play it . Furthermore, given the fact that many of Gaige's ultimate skill tree milestones have negligible benefits , it is a good idea to spend the six skill points necessary to mature this initial effect independently from the build you choose to go from that point forward.
In this way, you will not complete a branch at the level 31 as it happens in the vast majority of builds, but you will have for your hands the character in its true nature, able to express its true potential .
GREEN TREE SKILL: FRIENDS FOR EVER
ENOUGH NEAR – 5 POINTS
One of the most important skills of Gaige, as already mentioned in the introduction . Each point spent guarantees a probability of 10% that the bullets bounce against an enemy. It is convenient to activate it independently of the build .
PREPARATION – 5 POINTS
A good ability, enhanced by several class mods, which allows Gaige to regain health when the magazine is full. Apparently in bad synergy with the functioning of anarchy, it is a good skill in certain contexts
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS – 5 POINTS
A skill that provides a reduction in the shield top-up delay of 14% and an increased shield charging speed of 12% for point spent.
is a decidedly negligible skill and it is better to spend points on another.
COLLECTED – 1 POINT
An extremely controversial skill , which most often should be deactivated, despite the apparent advantages.
In theory, this ability allows Deathtrap to restore 100% of the shield of an ally … in practice, Deathtrap will do it with anyone, including enemies : it happened that the used against various enemies with large shields, for example some variants of Stalker, often resulting in failure of objectives or even in the defeat of the team.
Furthermore some builds are based on the exhaust shield , like those that strengthen the melee damage with shields Maylay , therefore it is not necessarily a good idea to activate it.
THE BEST HALF – 5 POINTS
Una very good skill , which is sometimes omitted out of sheer need. Each point spent causes the gaige fire rate to be increased by 12% when the weapon loader is at least half empty.
Essential skill in builds strongly based on damage weapons, such as Catalyst or Anarchist .
POWERFUL AS A PONY – 5 POINTS
A skill that provides a rather tough maximum health bonus, to Gaige as well as to Deathtrap . However, this is a buff that you tend to avoid, especially because there are more useful skills in the same branch, but also because of the mechanics of Health gating.
If enhanced by class mod, however, it becomes a powerful buff not so much for Gaige as for Deathtrap.
CONCLUDING ROBOT – 1 POINT
One of the best modifiers for Deathtrap, it also has repercussions on Gaige . Each killing done while the action ability is active extends its duration by 5 seconds, while giving a stack that increases Gaige's and his robotic assistant's melee damage by 4%.
In certain contexts, the buff becomes so powerful that it certainly has repercussions on Deathtrap, but also on Gaige if equipped with a Roid shield.
UNSTABLE STRENGTH – 5 POINTS
A skill that should be activated only in certain contexts, provides a generous regeneration of the shield and an increase in the speed of movement after each kill.
This is a killing skill that makes certain Gaige builds to say the least formidable, such as the Legendary Anarchist it benefits a lot from this skill enhanced to the maximum and coupled to a shield like the Bee.
EXPLOSIVE APPLAUSE – 1 POINT
A modifier for Deathtrap that makes it capable of causing an explosion in front of itself, which will repel all surrounding enemies.
The explosion is not particularly powerful, but has the positive effect of causing all enemies to falter for a few seconds, often providing the right margin of time for the escape or a tactical entry into the fray
However, some builds can be affected by this modifier , which sometimes compromises team play .
HARDS TO KILL – 5 POINTS
An ability that for each point spent provides 1% damage reduction to Gaige and his robot, as well as 3% to Deathtrap's melee damage, per point spent. In most cases it is ignored in its entirety, but some builds use them with more than positive effects, such as the legendary roboteer.
20% MORE FIGO – 5 POINTS
An excellent ability that provides a reduction in the recharge time of the action skill, 6% per point spent. Enhanced by certain class mods, its effect reaches a value that is difficult to find equal in the game.
It is used by those builds that rely heavily on Deathtrap , greatly reducing recharge time.
SHARE IS GOOD – 1 POINT
An ability that can be ignored by many builds, but that becomes crucial in others: by activating the final milestone of this branch, in fact, Deathtrap gets the same shield of Gaige when it is evoked .
Most of the shields are completely negligible as a protection offered to Deathtrap, but some can be particularly powerful. Examples can be lo Shield of the Firehawk , the Black Hole , Hyde of Terramorphous or all the best variants of the Maylay shields , which provide a significant increase in the robot's melee damage
SKILL TREE BLU: PROBLEMS
MORE VIGOR – 5 POINTS
An easily negligible ability, which provides an increase in the probability of inflicting elemental effects. It is in synergy with the same branch in which it is located and if enhanced by a class mod it achieves prodigious results.
MIELINA – 5 POINTS
Negligible skill in many cases, provides resistance to electrical damage and a good increase to the maximum charge of the shield. Useful again in several builds, such as the Legendary Anarchist .
ELECTRIC STORM – 5 POINTS
This ability is extremely controversial: if you kill an enemy with a critical hit or if it is Deathtrap to kill it, an electrical storm is created on the site, whose damage is affected from skill level
The electrical storm inflicts enormous damage, but in most cases no enemy will be hit by the effect. Therefore it is ignored by many builds, giving priority to other skills.
THE LOOK – 1 POINT
With this modifier Deathtrap becomes able to fire an incendiary laser beam, which inflicts good damage.
Actually, it is one of the worst modifiers of the robot and there are no real reasons to activate it, in fact the robot's fighting routine could give priority to this ability instead of using other more useful ones
THE STRENGTH OF FIVE GORILLAS – 5 POINTS
A 3% increase in the melee damage of Gaige and Deathtrap per point spent. This is a good skill, often activated to enhance the robot in the builds you rely on
ELECTRIC BURNS – 5 POINTS
A great skill if you want to upgrade this branch and take advantage of a build like the Catalyst or its legendary variant, but otherwise negligible. Each level of this ability provides a 4% chance that any applied electrical elemental effect can also cause an incendiary effect of the same intensity.
With this skill it is possible in certain builds to neglect incendiary weapons.
SHOCK AND AAAGGGGHHH – 1 POINT
A good modifier for gaige, with some reservations and warnings .
Whenever the character reloads the weapon, an electric explosion centered on itself inflicts damage in an enormous area of effect, also unbalancing all the enemies involved.
Even if the damage becomes of little relevance to the higher difficulties, it still has its utility thanks to the wavering induced on the enemies, which often provides the time necessary for the escape or tactical entrances in melee.
Enclosed enemies will also be affected all affected elemental barrels will explode , often knocking down Gaige
ENCHANTING ENCHANTMENT – 5 POINTS
A killing ability (incorrectly referred to as a normal ) which increases the damage of elemental effects , for point spent. In builds based on this type of damage it has a crucial role to say the least, in fact the big elemental damages of Gaige derive from none other than this ability.
TWO-STROKE EXPLOSION – 1 POINT
A good ability, which allows Deathtrap to fire an electric globe , which once struck by a bullet (even a bounce) explodes, inflicting enormous electrical damage and inducing the staggering in the enemies involved.
This is a good modifier, which exposes Deathtrap to damage, but which combined with Anarchy and Close enough allows you to enjoy an additional means to inflict damage.
Enemies protected by covers will also be affected, and the bullet can ignore obstacles such as buildings or the ground
THE CABLES ARE NOT TALKING – 5 POINTS
An ability that increases Gaige's electrical damage, direct or induced by elemental effects .
This is a very good skill, but it is often activated only by necessity and left to be enhanced by a class mod.
BURSTS OUTSIDE – 5 POINTS
One of the most powerful skills of Gaige , scattered bangs allows you to accumulate homonymous stacks if you don't inflict weapon damage for a sufficiently long time; the first shot fired will then unload all the stacks, inflicting enormous slag damage
The damage of each stack is exclusively determined by the level of the character , while additional levels of the ability increase the probability of inflicting slag damage
The ability however has several bugs and prevents you from completing missions that require you to get specific kills, such as headshots, elemental or similar damage.
FALLO LUCCICARE – 1 POINT
The milestone at the end of this branch allows Deathtrap to intercept the elemental projectiles of gaige, charging itself with the same element and inflicting additional elemental damage with its melee attacks
The bonus damage to Deathtrap is nothing short of remarkable, being equal to double its basic melee damage ; this damage is not boosted by modifiers that increase Deathtrap's melee damage, yet the effect is very obvious and has positive repercussions on all the builds that can activate it.
SKILL TREE ROSSO: CHAOS ORDERED
MORE SMALL, LIGHT, FAST – 4 POINTS
A skill that boosts Gaige's top-up speed by 6%, but reduces the size of the charger by 1% per point spent. It is necessary to continue along the skill branch .
ANARCHY – 1 POINT
As mentioned in the introduction, this ability is by far the most important of Gaige , together with Close enough. it is better to activate it in any build.
CYBERPUNK PRERISTRETTA – 5 POINTS
A very good ability that increases the maximum number of Stack Anarchy accumulated. It has a very important role in certain builds, but is more negligible in others.
ROBOTIC FURY – 1 POINT
One of the best modifiers of Deathtrap , allows him to perform a rapid rotary attack with claws, inflicting enormous melee damage. Even if each lash inflicts reduced damage, the robot is able to attack up to 9 times in about 2 seconds, acquiring damage output well above its average
BLOOD SHIELD – 5 POINTS
Fundamental ability in certain builds, with positive repercussions on the character in general. Each point spent causes a kill, of Gaige or Deathtrap, to restore the shield of 20% and reduce the current health by 1%, per point spent.
At maximum level this ability instantly fills the shield , with particularly positive effects on some builds, such as those based on Bee or on the nova shields, especially the Black Hole .
IRRITATED ANDROID – 5 POINTS
An ability that is usually totally neglected, unless it is enhanced by a class mod: one Legendary Roboteer , for example, may increase by 70% the speed of movement of Deathtrap .
DISORDER – 1 POINT
One of the most important skills of Gaige , Disagreement allows you to change the way Stack Anarchy are consumed if it is recharged before having exhausted the charger: in fact, unlike normal behavior, where all groups were lost, this ability allows them to be sacrificed very slowly (1, 33 groups per second), at the same time gaining a huge bonus to accuracy, cadence of fire and a health regeneration effect, equal to 3% of maximum health per second.
By reloading early, you can interrupt Disagreement and resume the normal Anarchia stack accumulation
It is probably the most important modifier of all the Anarchy branch and cannot be ignored .
CHARACTERIZATION – 5 POINTS
By activating this ability, for each point spent you gain 6% probability that each Stack Anarchy is accumulated twice . This effect is particularly positive and has important repercussions on the character.
Some class mods enhance the ability, making them reach up to 60% of probability.
RATIONAL ANARCHIST – 1 POINT
Another very important modifier of Gaige , means that instead of accumulating the first point of anarchy, we gain instead 25. It is a very important modifier of any build, especially those strongly oriented towards the use of anarchy.
DEATH FROM THE SKY – 5 POINTS
A skill tree as Ordered Chaos is practically perfect, with every desirable skill in its build, except for Death from the Sky , Gaige's worst ability, perhaps the absolute worst skill in the game .
Each point spent in this ability allows you to sacrifice an anarchy stack number equal to the skill level, while converting those stacks into explosive damage; the effect is achieved by shooting while in flight. The flaw is that the bonus damage of this skill is absolutely atrocious , negligible in any context
In other words: not activated MAI this skill , for no reason in the world, because in addition to spending bad points, you will end up losing valuable anarchy stack.
THE N-ESIMA POTENZA – 5 POINTS
An ability that has a very important role in this branch, but of which in most of the cases it is sufficient to activate only the first level.
With this ability, the N-th bullet that hits an enemy bounces against one nearby , inflicting full damage, even though it had bounced in the past due to skill Close enough; not only that, but this bullet is valid in the counting of the skill itself, in fact periodically reducing the necessary count of 1.
The ability is very good already at level 1 , but only gets a marginal increase in statistics; in fact, it is estimated that a level leads to a net increase in the damages of 14% around, while level 5 involves a net increase in 25%.
However, this skill goes perfectly with all those builds that use weapons capable of firing many bullets : Pimpernel , Maggie , Conference Call , Skullmasher , Pitchfork , Slagga , Tattler , Kitten are some of the possible examples
WITH THE CRAFTS – 1 POINT
An ability consisting of a melee modifier for Gaige : by consuming one stack anarchy , the mechromant will perform one, but two melee attacks , whose damage will be increased by 0.6% for each Anarchy Stack . The damage thus inflicted will also allow Gaige to recover part of the missing energy .
This ability, together with the other melee modifiers, r actually makes it possible to play Gaige as a character specialized in close combat : an example is the build based on the class mod Legendary Roboteer.
In order to play efficiently it is still necessary to make extensive use of weapons with elemental slag damage and use the bayonets ; the positive thing is that there are numerous alternatives in which it is possible to follow this style of play, which is however reserved for the more experienced players.