Mass Effect 3: Best Character Builds by the Number – Geth Trooper Soldier

Best Build: 6/6/6/4/4

The Geth Trooper Soldier is pretty decent – definitely a Platinum worthy character.  The assumptions used in these calculations are that the weapon equipped is a level X Cerberus Harrier with Extended Barrel V (+25% damage) and Piercing Mod V.

There are several builds I compared – as always, I was more concerned with damage output than defense.  Here they are:

  1. 6/6/6/4/4 – Hunter Mode Rank 5 Power, Networked AI Rank 4 Power
  2. 6/6/6/4/4 – Hunter Mode Rank 5 Rate of Fire (ROF), Networked AI Rank 4 Power
  3. 6/6/6/4/4 – Hunter Mode Rank 5 ROF, Networked AI Rank 4 Weapon
  4. 6/6/6/4/4 – Hunter Mode Rank 5 Power, Networked AI Rank 4 Weapon
  5. 3/6/5/6/6 – Networked AI Rank 4/5 Power
  6. 3/6/5/6/6 – Networked AI Rank 4 Weapon, Rank 5 Power

Now look at the total Damage Per Second (DPS) for Health/Shields/Barrier and Armor:

Health/Shields/Barrier
Weapon DPS Flamer DPS Total DPS
1 1339.57 555.00 1894.57
2 1488.06 525.00 2013.06
3 1563.78 505.00 2068.78
4 1563.78 535.00 2098.78
5 1339.57 595.00 1934.57
6 1407.73 575.00 1982.73
Armor
Weapon DPS Flamer DPS Total DPS
1 1339.57 1248.75 2588.32
2 1488.06 1181.25 2669.31
3 1563.78 1136.25 2700.03
4 1563.78 1203.75 2767.53
5 1339.57 1338.75 2678.32
6 1407.73 1293.75 2701.48

Q:  Should I spec into Hunter Mode?

A:  Yes.

Even having the basic Hunter Mode at Rank 3 gives you a 7.5% Weapon Damage bonus.  With Hunter Mode spec’d to Rank 6, you have a higher total DPS (except if you only spec it for power synergy).

Q:  How important is having the Flamer?

A:  Besides being super fun to use the Flamer, you should use it against armor to increase your DPS.  To give you a good comparison, the Vorcha Soldier’s Flamer does 517 DPS when fully stacked.  The Geth Trooper’s Flamer is higher than that in almost all cases (first chart).  Additionally, it gives you about 30% more DPS against armor.

Q:  Why not use a melee build instead of power or weapon?

A:  If you want to melee, use a true melee character.  That is NOT the Geth Trooper.

If you spec out the Geth Trooper for full Melee Damage, you’ll have to sacrifice shields and health.  Let’s say you go for full Melee damage instead of putting points into Flamer.  Your shields with Hunter Mode active go down to 750 but your Heavy Melee Damage increases to 1453.  Alternatively, you go for higher health and shields and less melee damage, and your shields go to 1150 with Hunter Mode active and Heavy Melee Damage decreases to 947.  By contrast, look at the Krogan Soldier- highest melee damage is 3320, highest shields 1850.  There are much better Melee characters out there than the Geth Trooper!

How do you spec your Geth Trooper Soldier?  Let me know in comments!

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