Best use of the Thumper with Zero

#1mrbeef523Posted 8/28/2014 12:09:43 PM
What's the best build with which to use the Love Thumper to its greatest ability with Zero? (Yes, I realize that sentence was convoluted.) The BL Wiki describes using his Bloodthirsty skill tree and his cloaking ability to move quickly between groups of enemies while his shields are down. I have never used the Bloodthirsty skill tree except to use up the three skill points left over from my standard build so I don't know much about it.
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#2mrbeef523(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2014 12:10:38 PM
Of course I mean Bloodshed...
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#3mrbeef523(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2014 12:12:55 PM
Would something like this work?

http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#000000000035555105015550515551
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#4Argyle_GargoylePosted 8/28/2014 12:15:03 PM
mrbeef523 posted...
Would something like this work?

http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#000000000035555105015550515551


drop grim. you dont want your shield recharging as a melee zer0
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#5Ardore_MessorPosted 8/28/2014 12:22:28 PM
http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#000000000005055155015555515051

this is the one i use/am working towards.

as far as i know execute does proc like the wind, since you are moving til you hit. everything else on there is to bump up melee damage in one form or another, so no matter what, you're always doing a little bit more melee damage than you would be normally, a lot of times this means you are stacking, like Ambush with followthrough, backstab, execute and many must fall. those are just the situational ones on top of things like iron hand and killing blow.

Death blossom is on there to activate death mark before you start slicing through people, so you can apply it without breaking stealth, innervate is to increase movement speed with deception. the whole point of this build is to kill one person either in stealth, or activate it quickly, then use the stacks and bonuses to quickly get to the next one and kill them too, rinse and repeat. this also leaves a few extra skill points if you want to put it into resurgence for health regen. Innervate helps a little with that, but not a whole lot.


Grim is there to cut down wait time between deceptions.

hope this helped! please ask if you have any questions about it! :)
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#6Ardore_MessorPosted 8/28/2014 12:23:10 PM
Argyle_Gargoyle posted...
mrbeef523 posted...
Would something like this work?

http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#000000000035555105015550515551


drop grim. you dont want your shield recharging as a melee zer0


he's got a good point, forgot it was with a thumper build (even though that was in the topic title!) :)
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#7mrbeef523(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2014 12:55:39 PM
Argyle_Gargoyle posted...
mrbeef523 posted...
Would something like this work?

http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#000000000035555105015550515551


drop grim. you dont want your shield recharging as a melee zer0


That's a good point. I totally forgot about that. Would having a class mod that lowers shield capacity help, since I have to have no shields for the Love Thumper to activate?
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#8VultrexPosted 8/28/2014 1:29:12 PM(edited)
Optimally, this is what you're looking for
http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#505001000055055105015500515251

I know these seems counter-productive, but..You don't need Resurgence. You can switch out getting bore in favor of resurgence and fearless to try it out, but resurgence loses almost all of its use once you have a rubi/grog available. The healing is minimal, and its best to end you MMF chain on a rubi instead of relying on the rapier when your melee multiplier from deception is low, being that you may not get that last kill you need to stay above the gate at all times.

Of course, some people like resurgence (I use it until I get kunai, then I do all my resetting). You can also give up "like the wind" as the bonus is very minimal. Innervate should give you more than enough healing. Thumper is extremely fun, but requires switching a lot between rapier and rubi/grog, and knowing your deception multiplier bonus timing well.

Good luck :)

EDIT : The reason I include bore(which is entirely optional if you favor resurgence and fearless) is to deal with some of the bosses melee zer0 may have trouble with... This also synergizes well with having a good bore weapon, such as an SMG or Pimpernel, and allows you to do something while you wait for deceptions cooldown in case you aren't able to complete your MMF chain.
#9WarsteelIXPosted 8/28/2014 2:11:44 PM
Vultrex posted...
http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#505001000055055105015500515251


Interesting- I plan to do a Love Thumper build for both Zero and Krieg at level 72 (Krieg is there, Zero is at level 63). I'll keep this in mind as for now I'm going Sniper/Cunning...
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#10VultrexPosted 8/29/2014 11:39:38 AM
WarsteelIX posted...
Vultrex posted...
http://bl2skills.com/assassin.html#505001000055055105015500515251


Interesting- I plan to do a Love Thumper build for both Zero and Krieg at level 72 (Krieg is there, Zero is at level 63). I'll keep this in mind as for now I'm going Sniper/Cunning...


It's better to start out fresh as a melee zer0! Especially if you've never played one. (If you have played a melee zer0, ignore me here, thumper is the same as HoT, but with less reliability on bosses, and wayyy better general mob killing). :P. I've seen a lot of people get confused about melee/thumper zer0 and how he works when they start off suddenly at a high level, especially if its UVHM. If you need any tips, do ask! Thumper Zer0 is fun and effective, and I don't want anyone to be deterred by his squishiness :(