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Borderlands 2 | Commando/Axton Skill Builds

Updated on January 17, 2013

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Build 1 - Gunner:

This build is focused on not using the Commando’s Sabre Turret for constant damage, but as a buff for more gun damage (Battlefront (TIER 3)) and also as burst damage (Nuke (TIER 6)). Duty Calls (TIER 4) is better than Overload (TIER 2) for DPS, but if you want to use elemental guns, go for the latter.Also, if you don’t want to use assault rifles, skip both and go for Steady (TIER 3).

Tier 1

  • Ready [MAX]- Reload Speed +40%
  • Impact [MAX]- Gun Damage +20%, Melee Damage +15%
  • Expertise [2/5]- Weapon Swap Speed +28%, Aim Speed +28%, Movement Speed while aiming +14%

Tier 2

  • Willing [MAX]- Shield Recharge Rate +75%, Shield Recharge Delay -60%
  • Metal Storm [MAX]- Killing an enemy increases Fire Rate +60% and Recoil Reduction +75% for a few seconds

Tier 3

  • Onslaught [MAX]- Killing an enemy increases Gun Damage +30% and Movement Speed +60% for a few seconds
  • Scorched Earth [1/1]- Add rocket pods to your Sabre Turret
  • Longbow Turret [1/1]- You can deploy your turret 10000% further away, Turret Health +110%
  • Battlefront [MAX]- When your Sabre Turret is active, Gun Damage +30%, Melee Damage +30%, Grenade Damage +30%

Tier 4

  • Duty Calls [MAX]- For non-elemental guns, Gun Damage +25%, Fire Rate +15%

Tier 5

  • Ranger [MAX]- Gun Damage, Accuracy, Crit Hit Damage, Fire Rate, Magazine Size, Reload Speed, Max Health all +5%

Tier 6

  • Nuke [1/1]- Deploying your Sabre Turret sets off a Nuke

Non-Elemental Gunner
Non-Elemental Gunner

Build 2 - Turreteer:

The Commando’s turret can be a powerful ally, doing much more than the turret from Borderlands 1. This build makes the turret a force while also giving many weapon damage boosts, probably ending up with the highest DPS build for the Commando. If you’re willing to take a DPS hit for shorter turret cooldown, you can skip the Gunpowder tree in favor of the Survival tree in order to get Resourceful (TIER 4).

Tier 1

  • Sentry [MAX]- Shots fired per turret burst +5, turret duration +10 seconds
  • Ready [4/5]- Reload Speed +32%
  • Impact [MAX]- Gun Damage +20%, Melee Damage +15%
  • Healthy [3/5]- Max Health +18%

Tier 2

  • Laser Sight [MAX]- Turret Accuracy +50%
  • Willing [MAX]- Shield Recharge Rate +75%, Shield Recharge Delay -60%
  • Metal Storm [MAX]- Killing an enemy increases Fire Rate +60% and Recoil Reduction +75% for a few seconds

Tier 3

  • Onslaught [MAX]- Killing an enemy increases Gun Damage +30% and Movement Speed +60% for a few seconds
  • Scorched Earth [1/1]- Add rocket pods to your Sabre Turret
  • Longbow Turret [1/1]- You can deploy your turret 10000% further away, Turret Health +110%
  • Battlefront [MAX]- When your Sabre Turret is active, Gun Damage +30%, Melee Damage +30%, Grenade Damage +30%

Tier 6

  • Double Up [1/1]- Adds a 2nd gun to your Sabre Turret and has both guns fire Slag bullets

Turreteer-er
Turreteer-er

Build 3 - The Defender:

The ultimate tank of Borderlands 2, with shield and health boosts as well as a shield for your turret (Phalanx Shield (TIER 3)). Even better is that the TIER 6 skill Gemini allows you to have two turrets – two shields. Get a siren spec’d with some healing skills and you’re basically invincible.

Tier 1

  • Sentry [MAX]- Shots fired per turret burst +5, turret duration +10 seconds
  • Impact [MAX]- Gun Damage +20%, Melee Damage +15%
  • Healthy [MAX]- Max Health +30%
  • Preparation [MAX]- Shield Capacity +15%, Regen +2% health while your shield is full

Tier 2

  • Willing [MAX]- Shield Recharge Rate +75%, Shield Recharge Delay -60%
  • Metal Storm [3/5]- Killing an enemy increases Fire Rate +36% and Recoil Reduction +45% for a few seconds

Tier 3

  • Scorched Earth [1/1]- Add rocket pods to your Sabre Turret
  • Forbearance [MAX]- Status Effect Duration -40%, Max Health +5%
  • Phalanx Shield [1/1]- Get a shield for your turret
  • Quick Charge [3/5]- Regenerate 3% of your shield per second for a few seconds after killing an enemy

Tier 4

  • Resourceful [MAX]- Sabre Turret cooldown +25%
  • Mag-Lock [1/1]- Your turret can stick on walls and ceilings

Tier 6

  • Gemini [1/1]- Deploy two turrets!

The DEFENDER
The DEFENDER

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      Derp Brony 

      21 months ago

      any recommended class mods/shields relics for the tank build?

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      Paul 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I actually built mine up even across the board so I ended up with a sheilded rocket turret that's magnetic. I can't wait until they raise the level cap so I can possibly launch two of the things. The skill trees are really the unsung heroes of this game. Most people focus on gun/mod/relic farming but being able to lay out your skill points in so many ways leading to a large variety of game play is fatastic and addictive.

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      The Walrus 

      5 years ago

      Pressure and Grit are amazing for tanking, especially with a +5 Grit mod, for a 40% chance to not die and get half your health back since you can and often will luck out and have Grit Proc again and again and again and again...

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      anonomous 

      6 years ago

      for the gunner if you wanted to put 1 point into preparation so that you slowly regenerate health which skill would you take a point off of?

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