Which bruiser to focus on first

DeadheadsDeadheads Member Posts: 273
I plan on eventually getting both these bruisers promoted (curious how dual retaliate/punish plays), but right now I only have tokens/equipment for one... who would you work on first?


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  • sbfsbf Member Posts: 414
    No need to put tokens into Melissa, go for Lewis. 3 health badges and 3 damage reduction badges. With iron skin survivor trait and some great DR badges, you can hit the cap, thus making DS obsolete and freeing up an armor trait so you can get some armor with gold stun resist, gold health, and silver hazard suit and you'll kill it with him.
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  • bladgierbladgier Member Posts: 1,070
    Lewis no doubt.
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  • kamilowatykamilowaty Member Posts: 147
    Lewis - unicorn.Go all in.
  • tabernactabernac Member Posts: 503
    100% Lewis. Love that build! Congrats!
  • DeadheadsDeadheads Member Posts: 273
    I hear you @Jaden ... been playing over a year now and these are the ONLY retaliate/punish bruisers I've ever gotten. that's why I doubt I'll ever trash either.
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  • JadenJaden Member Posts: 2,354
    I also wouldn't trash either of them - even if Lewis is the unicorn, Melissa is not bad at all. Plus having more bruisers is always nice for "The Distance".

    That's the best I have on my 2nd account. Not ideal with ruthless but still made him pink. ;)


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  • ShadowaceAzShadowaceAz Member Posts: 2,606
    Build up Lewis first, after he pink's I'd put some more into Melissa, it never hurts to have 2 and they would compliment each other fairly well.

    Lewis however, in my opinion, would conquer Melissa's rump in a one on one.
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  • crambert_neccrambert_nec Member Posts: 1,103
    edited May 16
    Lewis 100% don't even think twice. I saved bruiser tokens for a very long time until I found that exact trait combo. Was able to get mine to double pink almost immediately :) Now if I could only find an armor...
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  • kamilowatykamilowaty Member Posts: 147
    @crambert_nec Damn, thats a pro high level bruiser mate.Awesome.
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  • BoukephalosBoukephalos Member Posts: 263
    edited May 16
    Lewis is great and absolutely deserves priority. If I had both of those, I'd probably leave Melissa on Outpost duty with some nice Iron Skin + Stun-resist armour. As things stand, I only have one Lewis-like Bruiser (she has Strong instead of Dodge) and I have her on Outpost duty whenever I'm not using her; every time I grab her for a mission, my outpost gets trashed.
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  • AmBushAmBush Member Posts: 100
    It depends on your gameplay if you want a bruiser to push forward & hit walkers for me Lewis 100% he's an attacking Bruiser,


    DS makes Melissa a defensive bruiser IMO

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  • JimiFaithJimiFaith Member Posts: 203
    Lewis of course, but I don't think he is THE unicorn... when I first started playing I tought Retaliate was helpful, but as I became more picky Retaliate means you have to take a hit... I found more helpful to have Vigilant and leave them in overwatch, you get a stun, plus the punish...

    The other traits are perfect IMO... But I don't know for the last one... Maybe Ruthless or Strong for offensive playing...?

    How do you guys find Bullet Dodge...? I know you don't bring a bat to a gunfight...



    ...but I can shake the thought that is a really useful extra cover when raiding Outposts, what do you guys think...?
  • crambert_neccrambert_nec Member Posts: 1,103
    @JimiFaith If you stack iron skin, health boost, damage reduction badges, health badges, and hazard suit on a bruiser, taking that hit is nothing. Retaliate + Punish means you can get 3 attacks in one turn. Most people use bruisers as meat shields anyway, so they will take hits, thus activating Retaliate. Vigilant is a wasted trait on bruisers IMO as you're not normally using them for damage dealing due to their low damage values.
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  • BoukephalosBoukephalos Member Posts: 263
    @JimiFaith Bruisers have to take hits. Period. If no other class has to be prepared to take hits, bruisers so. Their innate health plus good traits makes that not much of a problem.
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  • JimiFaithJimiFaith Member Posts: 203

    @JimiFaith Retaliate + Punish means you can get 3 attacks in one turn. Vigilant is a wasted trait on bruisers IMO as you're not normally using them for damage dealing due to their low damage values.

    I missed that 3 attacks detail... seee...? that's why I asked... Now for Ruthless, like you well said "you're not normally using them for damage dealing" and basicaly you use the stun... isn't a more critical attack also a waste...?

  • JimiFaithJimiFaith Member Posts: 203

    @JimiFaith Bruisers have to take hits. Period. If no other class has to be prepared to take hits, bruisers so. Their innate health plus good traits makes that not much of a problem.

    I found them very useful in mid-high closed-space challenge missions...
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