[DE]Momaw Posted June 29, 2014 Share Posted June 29, 2014 I've been a .... bit of a fan of Orthos Prime for a long time. The high damage, long reach, and easy multi-hitting annihilation made it, IMO, the best melee weapon in the game. Today there is finally a serious contender. Bo Prime has even MORE damage. Admittedly it is mostly Impact instead of superior Slash, but on the other hand by being even more one-sided in its damage distribution it benefits significantly from the Heavy Trauma mod. Bo Prime has slightly better crit performance though neither weapon is really for crits. Where it really excels is having 25% status chance (versus 15%) which really makes a difference with the selection of dual-stat mods nowadays. Building for corrosion will really help you duel those endgame heavily armored elites, while building for blast and electricity gives it some serious crowd control power. They are both reasonable pretty weapons, and far far ahead of other high tier melee gadgets like the Jet Kitty or Serro which hurt my eyes to carry. Where it starts to become less of a straight upgrade is reach. Bo Prime is short. Oddly short, for a polearm sort of weapon. I thought it was going to be at least comparable to the Orthos since they're both two-handed sticks but it's not even close. The Orthos with a reach mod lets you attack enemies before they can attack you, which is obviously a huge advantage in first-strike capability. It also clears hallways like a boss. Bo Prime on the other hand doesn't seem to really have any more range than a longsword. It's difficult to even justify using the Reach mod on it. But, Bo Prime does something that Orthos doesn't do.... it copters. Quite well really. That's a huge deal for a lot of people. So... Dethroned or both ruling in different countries? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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