So after discussing Bucket with a friend I just happened to come up with what I think is a pretty good way of changing the problems many of us think he suffers from.
So from the convo’s I’ve seen most people seem to blame Buckets UAV as his major downfall. It’s good but it has some massive problems, for instance he has to stand still for the entire process leaving him behind from the group, secondly it seems that his Missile launcher is kinda…Iffy?
My main idea is regarding his UAV, tagging the monster is cool and definitely can help the trapper, which makes sense considering Hank is a pseudo-Medic and Cabot is essentially a second assault. however, as previously mentioned it’s not great, you get left behind and once the monster is found your super late to the party and have little to no involvement. I propose that his UAV is changed pretty significantly but not scrapped. I would have the UAV changed to a ‘scan mode’ in which you change to a first person view just like the UAV but the head is not detatched AND you can actually move. Essentially your entire body becomes the UAV rather than leaving it behind and detatching the head. Meaning you can move around and simply look at the monster to tag it, you can’t fire weapons you just need a line of sight for a number of seconds to get the tag, just like the UAV is now.
Firstly this might seem OP, as Bucket essentially gets a psuedo-dart gun ala Abe. However the time it takes to tag is much longer, and break in line sight reverts the tag to start again and Bucket himself is really quite vulnerable whilst he can’t do damage either. But I feel this will solve the problems of Bucket getting left behind and makes him a very viable support to the trapper, especially someone like Crow or possibly Griffin who couple lose the monster after a cage fight lets say?
Secondly is the missile launcher, it’s kinda cool but a little underpowered. My suggestion is either up the damage or give it a secondary effect such as a MINOR slow effect, nowhere near as good as stasis, or maybe something that disrupts the monster ala Slims spore cloud.
Personally I think his turrets are fine and pretty fun to use. So what do people think? I’d like to hear ideas.