There was a slight nerf to Hank this patch, the numbers here are no longer spot on. However, the usefulness of each perk should still be the same.
I’ll go through and update the numbers sometime if I get the chance
Well, I love spreadsheets (What can I say, I’m an engineering major) so I’ve analyzed the different perk choices for hank, and here are my findings.
Perk#1 is mostly your play style, none of the perks will change Hanks shielding potential (Which is all this post is about)
For the shield projector there is an issue with calculating, there is a purely mathematical number, and then a more realistic number.
The reason being, you do not begin reloading the shield projector as soon as you fire it. I’m not talking about the delay, I’m talking about the fact that it will take time for the monster to destroy the shield, and this is time that you CAN’T begin reloading.
For this reason, in my first set of calculations, I assumed that it will take approximately 10 seconds from the time of first activating the shield, to the point of letting it recharge (It also assumes that you let the shield fully deplete, then fully recharge…I know this isn’t ideal, but there are too many variables to ever truly nail this down, I got as close to reality as possible.)
All perks are assumed to be maxed out.
So for the PURELY mathematical highest shield projector shielding per minute you can do, the choice would actually surprise you…
Picking Reload as your number 2, and capacity as your number 3. This combo increases the pure shielding potential by 1,412 per minute…however once you introduce the delay time for the shield being destroyed, it drops to a much lower 603 per minute
For the most realistic increase in shield projector shielding, it goes to doubling down on capacity perks. This brings up a PURE potential by 1,333 per minute, but assuming the 10 second destruction time, brings out a realistic increase of 712 per minute.
Another interesting perk choice is doubling down on class ability recharge, and this may actually take the cake depending on which monster you are facing. The shield applied to hank is slightly lower than that applied to teammates. But because it begins recharging as soon as it is used it will actually increase hanks shielding potential by 500 per minute on himself, and 543 on teammates. If you are fighting a monster with a lot of AoE (Which honestly is most) this could potentially blow the other away, hitting multiple teammates with each burst multiplies his overall healing potential.
Its an increase of 543 on each and every teammate, so even just hitting 2 teammates each time makes this exceptionally more shielding than the projector…
But, some small changes have a huge impact. The quicker the shield is destroyed, the more effective it is to use your 2nd perk as reload, and 3rd as capacity.
At 7 seconds before destruction this perk choice actually beats out the double capacity choice.
Make your own final decisions, but for myself and my play style it will come down to this…the medic.
If I have a medic who can keep me alive if I’m focused, I’m using the Reload+Capacity combo
If I don’t quite trust my medic, I’m going for doubling down on class ability cool down