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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 of 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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