The Earth Bender, the heavy hitter, the insurmountable mountain. The Devastator class in Outriders can be a force of nature on the battlefield; Like tanks in other titles, they are built to take as much damage as possible, but unlike their more passive relatives, they can return that damage to their enemies tenfold.
While Outriders may look like another sci-fi shooter, the healing system and classes aren’t up to standard formula. For those looking to build the best Devastator possible, we’ve got the guide to show you exactly what skills, gear, and traits you want to focus on.
Devastators are Outriders’ tanks, but they have a few distinct differences from tanks in other games, which boils down to how they heal. Every time a Devastator gets a kill at close range, it gains some health back, which means you have to be on the front line and deal as much damage as you receive.
Devastators must always be at the front of the battlefield and push their advantage straight down the line on the largest horde of enemies. Don’t worry about taking damage because you can tolerate it. Instead, do what you can to divert teammates’ attention and start removing enemies.
Your skills are designed to keep you alive while you take damage, be it increasing your armor or your health, so you need to manage them properly to replenish yourself. Activating all of your abilities at once will likely get you back to full health, but it’s not as effective as spreading them between long cool-downs.
You are at least effective when you are far from the battlefield, so make sure you know where the most intense part of the fight is and do what you can to stay as close to it as possible. You’ll also want to be wary if you don’t wade too deep behind enemy lines without the support of your teammates. While you don’t need it often, you should always have the option to take cover if things get a little too dangerous. Additionally, area of effect attacks can capture Devastators, so watch out for elite enemies throwing missiles or worse in your direction.
The best devastating skills
As a tank, the Devastators ‘first job is to take as much damage as possible, but on Outriders’ wide and varied battlefields, that can be a bit tricky. With eight skills to choose from, it can also be difficult to figure out which three are the best to pick, but for this build we recommend using the following.
Golem: (protection) Boost yourself for 8 seconds against 65% of the incoming damage.
Gravity Jump: (kinetic) Jump into the air and hit your targets from above, dealing damage and interrupting enemies within a small radius of the area in which you land.
Impale: (seismic) Select a target to interrupt their abilities, inflict bleeding and deal damage. If the damage is lethal, the enemy is impaled, creating a zone that gives a powerful bonus for armor and health restoration to all allies in range for 9 seconds.
It’s not hard to take the advantage of the Golem skill, which gives incredible damage control. It has a fairly long cool down period so you’ll have to learn exactly when to activate it, but it’s normally when an elite or large crowd turns their attention to you. It is also very useful in conjunction with a slow firing weapon to give you the chance to take out enemies without getting hit yourself.
Reflect bullets isn’t a bad alternative, but it keeps you from moving or returning fire, which can make things worse rather than better. If you want to use this, make sure you have it Auto Reflect mod to give you the advantage and not allow your enemies to surround you.
Gravity Jump also has quite a long cooldown, but it’s the perfect tool to fight with. You’ll want to use it once shooting starts to position yourself on the front line and right in front of the largest crowd of enemies you can see. While it does damage, you don’t want to drop yourself behind enemies’ lines and be surrounded. Instead, drop the most advanced group of enemies and then finish them with the rest of your arsenal.
Boulderdash is much harder to control and can often leave you deep behind enemy lines and take damage from all angles. Because of this, it is not as effective or safe as the gravity jump.
Impale can not only interrupt a target, but also improve armor health and regeneration when used correctly, making it the most versatile ability in the Devastator’s game book. Interrupting will prevent elites from activating their abilities, which can be lifesaving even for tanks. Or it can be used to kill an enemy (who may need to be weakened with your weapons first), which will give you and the rest of your party extra armor and health when they are in range.
Plus, it also causes bleeds, which you can stack with some weapon mods to deal extra damage. Nothing is quite as effective as this, so make sure it is in your arsenal for every fight after you unlock it.
The devastating tools of the trade
Since the Devastator can hold out more than other close-up classes, you can safely wield the slower, deadlier weapons. You don’t have to worry much about ranged combat, but the option should still be there as you reposition yourself as the battlefield shifts.
The shotgun is perfect for getting close enough to your enemies, reducing the number of enemies by one on each shot. Since you suck up so much damage, you can choose between the heavy pumping action or the wilder automatic shotgunThe latter can only be used effectively by looking down (so you’ll have to remain visible), but can be fully discharged on an enemy at a blank distance, which is incredibly effective against an incoming elite. Your shotgun would certainly be the Stealing life ability, whatever type it is.
The Killer Medic mod can be very useful for the shotgun, keep track of an ally and in battle while removing an enemy can change the balance of the battlefield quickly. Ruler of leeches will also keep you in battle longer and should not be overlooked as an opportunity.
Your second weapon would be the Light machine gun (LMG). This can often end slowly, but deals incredible and sustained damage over a short or medium range. This makes it perfect for when you go into battle, or when you are nice and close. As with the automatic shotgun, you probably have to look down, which makes it all the more important to have good armor and health.
For mods on the LMG, you’ll want to look for things like Storm of protection that you can cover while running into battle and The cycle that increases your damage in line with your recovery to your health.
When you choose Armor, you want to focus on Shield and Health bonuses and then firepower third. Your final concern should be the anomaly power number as your skills are more focused on positioning yourself and your enemies where you can hit them.
You have some great armor mods to choose from as Devastator, but as always you’ll want to focus on defensive skills that can double as offensive in your capable hands. Rejuvenation is a fantastic mod that increases your damage and defense for a few seconds every time you heal and should definitely be put in your armor somewhere. Limitation of death also gives an armor bonus for your kills, balancing your roles as a bullet sponge and heavy hitter. What goes around can also be good for passively reducing your incoming damage.
If you want to turn the tables, look for mods like Personal space that increase your damage at close range or Adrenaline for when it gets too spicy. But the main mods for your amour are Impaler and Restoration which increases the use of your Impale ability, as well as the health regeneration you gain from it.
Which Devastator Path to Follow
There are three paths the Devastator can walk to: Vanquisher, Warden, and Seismic Shifter. For your tank, however, you need to focus on the Warden traits that will make you and any allies stand longer.
You want all Deviation in your veins as soon as possible as it significantly increases your health recovery. Then take the Vim and power property that increases your damage for each Deviation in your veins
Obviously, you’ll want to take whatever armor and health bonuses you find along the way, too, but don’t forget to turn up along the way Outrider Commander and Unbroken vow that will keep you and your allies fighting strong even in the most deadly of situations. Don’t forget not to lie on Unbroken vow life-saving gamble, it’s just there when the worst happens.
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