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The third and final (for now) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel character deep dive brings us to our friendly, neighborhood lawbringer. Nisha brings some variety to the stable, with a melee whip and some nifty two-gun action.
Nisha’s special ability, Showdown, lets her hone in on enemies. When activated, you’ll automatically aim at enemies and gain bonuses in gun damage (except for sniper rifles and rocket launchers), fire rate, reload speed, accuracy, and bullet speed. You can quickly cycle to the next enemy by holding the left trigger or L2 and flicking the right stick.
Nisha isn’t really a team player. She doesn’t offer up any skills that benefit her teammates. Instead, she has three different flavors of hot lead.
Skill Tree: Fan the Hammer
Play Style: Aggressive gunslinging
Fan the Hammer is one of the most synergistic trees in the Borderlands series. Lots of kill skills that boost Nisha’s core abilities make her deadly with a pistol (or pistols once you get to One for Each of Ya).
Once she gets on a roll, she’ll be faster and deal more damage until there’s nothing left. If you’re playing solo, or just want to be the team damage dealer, Fan the Hammer is a good bet.
Skill Tree: Law and Order
Play Style: Up close, methodical killer.
Unlike Fan the Hammer, which is focused on gun damage, Law and Order mixes in some melee skills. As you can tell from the list above, this talent group is all about building up stacks of Order. As you level up, you’ll have more ways to do that.
This tree requires players to know how to keep those Order stacks flowing, which means mixing slams into your repertoire and keeping your kill count up. If you don’t want to obsess over the Order stacks, look elsewhere. For those who don’t mind the micromanaging, there is a lot of power in Order.
Skill Tree: The Riflewoman
The Riflewoman is largely about shooting from the hip, emptying a magazine quickly, and reloading frequently. With skills that boost critical hits (making Hot Lead even more useful once you get to it), this version of Nisha is more about calculated reloads to keep Unchained stacks building, which keep you firing faster and faster.
On a team, Nisha’s biggest benefit is that she wants the non-elemental loot. While your friends will fight over sweet new elemental gear, you’ll be content to deal high damage without shocking, sliming, igniting, or freezing your foes.
Nisha plays differently than a lot of the other characters, which might appeal to those looking for a very different Borderlands experience. Within the fast, heavy damage archetype are three skill tress that are vastly different spins on the concept. Whether you’re looking for dual wielding, fast and precise firing, or something a bit more up close and personal, Nisha’s got it.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out on October 14 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Be sure to check out our Athena and Wilhelm deep dives for more. You can also check out our preview from E3.
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