We have had almost all the vault hunters present themselves to us for Borderlands 3 and now we are back with the fourth and final one for the core group. I have a feeling that Gearbox will add others in after launch so I will not say it will this will be the final one. In any instance, here we go with FL4K the Hunter for Borderlands 3 with all of his pets and other skills he will be bringing to the team. This would also be the character that looks like a beefier version of Zer0 from the past games with all the bells and whistles of the other hunter types from the past titles. If that is the class you truly want to give to him.
The interesting pat her for FL4K is that each of his skills is tied to a different pet he will bring along with him in Borderlands 3. Those being his pet Spiderant Centurion, Jabber Sidekick, and Guard Skag. Each also seeming to have their very own unique and odd personalities mixed right in. They do not seem to be just the basic versions that will be running around Borderlands 3 just with the AI switched to helpful instead of harmful. I could be wrong, but you can see more of what I am talking about just below with the latest trailer.
Borderlands 3 — The Hunt
FL4K the Beastmaster is on a never-ending hunt in Borderlands 3, accompanied by loyal beasts who are eager to please them. This robotic leader of the pack has access to both an Action Skill and an autonomous Pet that fights by their side and obeys commands to pounce on specific targets. Here’s a look at FL4K’s Hunter, Master, and Stalker skill trees, which give them and their Pet the killer instincts they need to overcome whatever the galaxy throws at them.
Action Skill: Rakk Attack!
Pet: Spiderant Centurion
Hit your enemies precisely where it hurts with the Hunter skill tree. When FL4K deploys the Rakk Attack! Action Skill, which has multiple charges, Rakk will soar into the air and swoop down to divebomb nearby enemies. While your Rakk are doing work, FL4K can sic the Spiderant Pet onto their prey, which attacks with globs of acidic goo, spinning charge attacks, and strikes from their pincer and prosthetic drill arm. As an added bonus, FL4K constantly regenerates health while the Spiderant is out.
Critical hits are crucial to the Hunter skill tree, with plenty of passive skills that reward you for hitting your quarry’s weak points. You may get a chance to restore ammo to your magazine after a critical hit, or potentially reduce your Action Skill cooldown. Other options provide boosts to your Hunter Skills - a special type of skill found in all of FL4K’s skill trees. Here are some other helpful picks from the Hunter skill tree:
Action Skill Augments in the Hunter skill tree give you more ways to wreak Rakk havoc, like adding extra Rakk to the pack or making them deal cryo damage. Meanwhile, you can evolve your Spiderant Pet to deal incendiary or corrosive damage and provide buffs on top of the baseline health regeneration. If you love to carefully line up your shots from a safe distance and execute your target with a few critical hits, the Hunter skill tree plays to your sniping prowess.
Action Skill: Gamma Burst
Pet: Guard Skag
Establish your dominance over the battlefield with the Master skill tree. Bend reality in your favor using the Gamma Burst Action Skill, which creates a rift that instantly teleports your Pet to a target location with a burst of radiation damage. In a pinch, you can also use Gamma Burst as a quick revive when FL4K’s Pet is downed or dead at the cost of increasing your Action Skill cooldown timer. Your Skag Pet buffs your damage and will ravage enemies with vicious bites and projectile vomit. Good boy!
The Master skill tree offers plenty of ways to increase your Pet’s damage output, like a passive skill that causes their first melee attack against an enemy to be an automatic critical hit. Beyond providing cover fire, FL4K can directly aid their Pet through skills like:
FL4K can improve the utility of their Gamma Burst by giving their Pet a radiation aura on activation or providing health regeneration whenever FL4K and their allies are near the rift. The Skag Pet evolutions can give FL4K increased gun damage or fire rate, along with teaching the Skag some destructive new tricks you won’t see at any dog show. Power up your Pet to the fullest with the Master skill tree, then fight alongside your beast as they dutifully do your bidding.
Action Skill: Fade Away
Pet: Jabber Sidekick
"One of the strongest early game builds for FL4K, I personally think, is using his Fade Away skill with the modification that allows unlimited shots while cloaked. Pair that with the Jakobs manufacturer perk of every critical shot ricochets to another enemy, and you’ll have high powered bullets bouncing everywhere." – Daquan Sease, QA Tester
Evasion and resilience are the hallmarks of the Stalker skill tree. If FL4K is ever in a bind, using the Fade Away Action Skill will facilitate a quick getaway by instantly cloaking them and affording them increased movement speed and health regeneration. Once FL4K maneuvers into a better position, they can fire off three shots that are guaranteed critical hits, completely turning the tide in a tough fight. Your furry Jabber Pet provides bonus movement speed, and even has its own adorable little gun to fill your enemies with lead.
You’ll find plenty of ways to up your survivability in the Stalker skill tree; maybe you’ll opt to simply increase FL4K’s maximum health, or choose a passive skill that shares FL4K’s health regeneration with allies and doubles the bonus for their Pet. Staying healthy is a major part of maximizing your effectiveness with the Stalker skill tree, which includes such life-saving skill as:
Increase your odds of survival even further with Action Skill Augments, like gaining damage reduction after Fade Away ends, or giving your Pet the ability to taunt enemies to grab their attention. Your choice of delightfully coiffed Jabber evolutions will change their gun of choice, along with adding maximum health or critical hit damage buffs on top of the increased movement speed. You’ll be damn difficult to take down when specializing in the Stalker skill tree, giving FL4K and their Pet plenty of ways to outlive their prey.
In addition to seeing the new hunter for Borderlands 3, we also have another planet to look at for our future travels. Here we have Eden-6. It is, more or less, a backwater swampland of a planet that is filled with everything you would expect from that description. Also with the Borderlands twist added on. All to make it look and feel like something truly different and unique, but also just as deadly as we should be expecting. There is not a good trailer for it, yet, but we do have a few more screenshots to look at just so we can all get a good feel for it all. Have a look just below.
A backwater swampland of a planet, and family home of the Jakobs clan. Eden-6 is covered by lush greenery and stagnant waters, dotted with occasional settlements and the rusted hulks of crashed spaceships. Civilization has never fully taken hold here, and indigenous dangers including ravenous Saurians and semi-sentient Jabbers effectively rule the planet. As if you didn't already have enough to worry about, the Children of the Vault have a presence here as well.
What are you thinking about FL4K after seeing what we have here for Borderlands 3 today? Did you figure the character would act about the way we would expect here or do you see some vast differences mixed in that you did not expect? Will this be your go-to character when traveling the stars and going to Eden-6? Let us all know down in the comments and then feel free to discuss away. There is going to be much more for Borderlands 3 in the coming days, weeks, and month. Be sure to keep coming back here to see and hear all of it. September 13th is not too far off…