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Welcome back, traveler, to the second of our Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel character deep dives. Today, we’re turning our attention from Athena (the subject of last week’s examination) to the man with the tin can (body): Wilhelm.
If you played Borderlands 2, you’ll remember Wilhelm as one of the game’s early bosses. As The Pre-Sequel takes place before the events of that game, Wilhelm is still alive (oh, and he’s a little bit more human).
His active ability brings two flying drones into battle. Wolf is his attack dog, zeroing in on enemies and dealing out damage. Saint hangs back to shield and heal Wilhelm. Calling them back earlier reduces the cooldown timer.
Two of the three trees focus on making Wolf or Saint stronger. The third is all a bout stripping Wilhelm of his humanity.
Skill Tree: Drednaught
Play Style: Support
The Drednaught tree is about getting Wolf and Saint into battle more often and for longer durations. While active, Saint will help shield and heal you and teammates.
The tree also includes abilities that help with team elemental resistances. This is where to look when your party needs someone to support the mayhem.
Skill Tree: Hunter-Killer
Play Style: Aggressive support in co-op, good for solo
Hunter-Killer gives up the healing and shield buffs from Saint in favor of dealing bigger and better damage with Wolf. Laser guided gives you better control over Wolf, while other skills keep him in the game longer.
Nearly every skill in this tree has a benefit for your attack drone. And, at the bottom, Wolf gets some pretty devastating ordnance.
Skill Tree: Cyborg Commando
Play Style: Run, gun, and damage sponge
This was my favorite tree of the preview. Not only do you see Wilhelm change as you level up, but his voice deepens and becomes more synthetic.
The abilities that play off shield depletion give Wilhelm a fighting chance in dangerous situations, and that vengeance cannon capstone ability is a beast. Wolf and Saint are still there, but they play a significantly diminished role for players focused solely on the Cyborg Commando tree.
For more, be sure to check out our Athena deep dive and our preview from E3. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 14.
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I honestly like this character. If you'd told me that the weird robot boss I fought ages ago suddenly has a backstory and was playable, I'd have not believed it. But, I guess few things are off-limits with Borderlands.
BALLERS as F U C K!!! In pre ordering this!!
Can't wait! It's good this is coming out since Gearbox isn't working on Borderlands 3 yet.
Its like everybody at 2k Australia is standing up and dancing for me. STOP TEAsingS ING ME ALREADY and give me the game
So far Athena and Wilhelm look really good. It's cool, that he has one defensive surveyor and one offensive one. I've seen enough skill trees, I hope they don't show the rest off. I want to go in surprised.
he sorta looks like the main bad guy from the old Silverhawks cartoons, when he (the bad guy from the Silverhawks cartoons) doesn't have his helmet on
now i know why i won't be getting this game, the playable characters are unappealing to me.
I really want to play this game now! My girlfriend and I are definitely going to pre-order it!
Ok so Athena is cool and Wilhelm is a tank but still I think I'll have to go with Claptrap just because he is an option.
Ok, I know who I'm playing as. Wilhelm looks pretty awesome. Can't wait to play as him.
The shoulder laser sounds rad. But I'd want the baddest drones possible, so I would likely split my points between those 2 trees. Also, I hope there are some cool head skins for him cuz he isn't just ugly. He's ooglay!
While I was very impressed with the story of Borderlands 2, the humor wore thin quickly, and the overall experience seemed a re-hash of Borderlands. That being said, I look forward to playing the Pre-Sequel.
Looks like I'll probably max out the Cyborg Commando tree. It just seems like it would be best-suited to the way I would want to play.
Looks like a newb character. Just like Axton, I'm not sure if I'll get to this one.