I just thought I’d start a thread for those that are fans of using the oft-maligned mechanical support… Bucket.
We used to do these kinds of “appreciation” threads on the GTA boards, so I figured it’d be worth trying here.
I have been using ol Buck more than most characters and should have it
finished up (Elite) at some point today when I get on (was ranked 40th or so as of last night). As with all things in gaming, I don’t really know why he’s my go-to guy, but he just suits my play style. There is no “best” class or character imo… it’s a
personal choice. You can reply with the lame “he sucks” type replies, but hey… I paid for the game, I get to play it any way I want as long as I am having fun. So let’s not digress.
Due to the time in I have, I tend to be the best or one of the better players in each match. It’s the player, not the class/character imo.
To me he does a lot of great things and is indeed suited as a “support”.
He “supports” the medic by cloaking them or by cloaking and
picking peeps up.
He “supports” the tracker… (U have to “use your head”)
He “supports” the assault with rockets and sentries.
I also believe he is a great response to all the Wraith problems people are always on about. To get the final elite level you need to spot/mark 25 monsters before they get to LVL2. This was eye opening. I now do this right away in most hunt sessions and it can be invaluable to get on the monster early and often. Daisy isn’t even close by the time I have marked the monster and my team is hot on
it’s tail. This also allows the team to take Abe or someone else as Daisy isn’t really necessary.
UAV – as noted this can be invaluable. No, you shouldn’t just stand in the middle of the map and spam it, but using it at the beginning of the match is a great tactic. Beyond that I also mark the monster (especially the Wraith) as soon as we dome so the team can keep track of it. It also is a good idea to do this when the dome is about to expire… ensuring you keep the pressure on afterwards.
Be sure to either add the speed perk or the jet pack perk to ensure you can catch back up to the team. In fact, in a lot of cases I am still the first person back on top of the monster when I do the initial UAV launch.
Whether it’s in the dome or around a power station, deploying these wisely (not in groups where they can be destroyed en-mass) is the call of the day. They can also be deployed around a fallen team mate (just use a few) in combination with the cloak to make picking them up much easier.
Nest - when playing nest mode, be sure to drop 5 turrets at the first egg and move on. Worried about being alone in the wild? Back to the cloak… monster finds you… YOINK… dissapear into the mist. Get to the next egg, rinse and repeat.
The important thing to remember is that you can guide these AFTER they are launched. In some cases you can pop 2-3 of them off and THEN pull the aim back in on the beast. Again, ol Bucket can deal with the ground based and air based monster. A good versatility to have. In fact, ol Goliath hates him since he can slam him with missiles and sentries.
Also keep in mind that they are proximity based… meaning; you only need to get close (a direct hit does more damage tho)
Not only can you use this on yourself, but it can be used for other teammates as well (downed ones, or can cloak the medic). You do come out of it when firing or deploying sentries, so stay on the move.
It can also be invaluable when the rest of the team is down. At this point you are now the hunted. Use it to get some distance on the monster (so he can’t sniff u out) and avoid him while waiting for the team to spawn back in. In one match yesterday I kept putting sentries at the power station, going stealth and getting out of smell range, rinse and repeat. The monster was going mental trying to find me and finding sentries each time he went back to the power station… was funny (yes, team did eventually spawn in and we won).
Again, to be effective you need to be able to deploy the UAV when it’s a good idea to do so. You need to get back with the teak asap… this is often fairly easy with the right perks and the fact you know where the monster is headed, more than your teammates do. Get on the mic… tell 'em what’s up.
I’d also love to see the lock-on time shortened… it can be frustrating (given the battery life) to get a clean lock.
Anyway… I could go on a ton more… I just wanted to start a thread for those interested in ol Bucket or those that, like myself, enjoy rolling with him… please do share your own tips and experiences…
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