Kelvin - Battleborn Character Profile Page
There are many strange beings in Solus, but the ice golem Kelvin is definitely one of the strangest — a single consciousness emerging from a colony of extremophilic microorganisms. Rescued by Miko, Kelvin now fights for the Eldrid to preserve what’s left of the cosmos.
Kelvin is an ice golem
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Kelvin’s primary attack deals 60 damage with a series of melee strikes, while his secondary attack pounds the ground, dealing 79 area of effect damage.
- LEVEL 1: 4th melee hit slows enemies
- LEVEL 7: Increased push back effect with pounding
Kelvin’s dense crystalline ice shape is exceptionally durable, allowing him to soak up damage for his team.
- LEVEL 1: Increased health regeneration
- LEVEL 1: Increased max health
- LEVEL 7: Increased health regeneration near allies
- LEVEL 7: Health regeneration boost for killing or assist kill a battleborn
Kelvin becomes a cloud of frigid air for 3 seconds, greatly increasing movement speed. Touching enemies deals 69 damage and stuns them for 2 seconds.
Cooldown: 23 Seconds
- LEVEL 2: Increased shield strength
- LEVEL 3: Increasing movement speed
- LEVEL 3: Create an icy trail that slows enemies
- LEVEL 6: Increased duration when damaging major enemies
- LEVEL 8: Increased health regeneration
- LEVEL 8: Cooldown reduction
Bite an enemy, dealing 75 damage plus 15.0% of their max health up to 500. If the target is killed, Kelvin gains permanent health. Instantly kills minor enemies.
Cooldown: 5 Seconds
- LEVEL 2: Increased movement speed
- LEVEL 2: Deal bonus damage
- LEVEL 4: Life steal
- LEVEL 4: Damage convers to shield strenght
- LEVEL 4: Increased damage against slowed enemies
- LEVEL 6: Grants sublime cooldown reduction
- LEVEL 9: Cooldown reduction
- LEVEL 9: Increased damage
[ULTIMATE] ICE WALL:
After a 1 second delay, Kelvin creates an impassable Ice Wall for 7 seconds that will stun nearby enemies on spawn and block movement.
Cooldown: 48 Seconds
- LEVEL 10: Cooldown reduction
- LEVEL 10: Increases wall length
- LEVEL 10: Nearby enemies are slowed
Every time Kelvin completes any skill, he temporary gains 98 shield strength.
- LEVEL 5: Increases bonus shield
- LEVEL 5: Damage reduction
During the course of a gameplay session your Battleborn will earn experience points by taking down enemies or complete challenges. By earning enough XP Points your Hero will level up and gets presented a choice between two different augmentations in the Helix skill tree. Per level you can only choose one of these skills to enhance your character’s abilities.
Kelvin’s Helix skill trees:
- FROST GIGAS
- ICY SENTINEL
THE BIG CHILL
Increases Kelvin’s health regeneration. +7 Health Regeneration per Second
Every fourth melee hit applies a brief slow to nearby enemies. +1 Second Slow Duration
DENSITY (Unlock Rank 3)
Increases Kelvin’s maximum health. +360 Max Health
Damaging an enemy with Chomp increases Kelvin’s movement speed for a short time. +30% Movement Speed for 2 Seconds
Increases the bonus shield strength imparted by Permafrost when Kelvin activates Sublimate. +50% Permafrost Shield Strength
DIFFUSION (Unlock Rank 5)
Chomp deals bonus damage equal to 3% of Kelvin’s current health
A portion of health damage dealt by Chomp is returned to Kelvin as health. +23% Life Steal
Chomp deals increased damage against slowed enemies. +25% Damage
SHIELD SNACKER (Unlock Rank 7)
30% of the damage dealt by Chomp is returned to Kelvin as shield strength.
Increases the bonus shields imparted by Permafrost. +20% Shield Strength
Kelvin takes reduced damage when Permafrost is active. +30% Damage Reduction
While Sublimated, damaging major enemies increases the skill’s duration. Up to +3 Seconds Duration
Killing an enemy with Chomp drastically decreases Sublimate’s cooldown time. -5 Seconds Cooldown Time
Kelvin’s health regeneration rate increases when he’s near allied Battleborn. +7 Health Regeneration Per Second
Increases the push back effect of pounding the ground.
Killing or assisting against an enemy Battleborn increases Kelvin’s health regeneration rate. +150 Health Regeneration over 3 Seconds
Kelvin regenerates health faster while Sublimated. +21 Health Regeneration Per Second
Decreases Sublimate’s cooldown, allowing more frequent use. -20% Cooldown Time
Reduces the cooldown of Chomp, allowing more frequent use. -20% Cooldown Time
Increases Chomp’s maximum health bonus damage. +15% Damage
Reduces Ice Wall’s cooldown, allowing more frequent use. -20% Cooldown Time
Enemies in close range of an Ice Wall are slowed. +3 seconds Slow Duration
Increases Ice Wall total length.
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Kelvin is an incredibly unique, incredibly strange, and incredibly amusing character. Unique amongst the Eldrid, he actually has a shield; unique amongst every non-Eldrid, Kelvin has both *negative* shield regeneration (which means that he loses shield over time) and a 0 second shield recharge delay, which does some extremely weird things for him.
Kelvin is also extremely weird insofar as he has the most mutable hp in the game. Even though he lacks the “Tank” descriptor, he is most definitely a tank. His default hp is on the high end up moderate by default, but, if you are vigilant about getting kills with Chomp throughout an entire match, Kelvin can have an almost absurd amount of hp at the end of a game. While you start with only ~2k hp, you can end with in excess of 10k hp (which is almost synonymous with “unkillable”). Of course, if you don’t get Chomp kills continually, you’ll have less than 3k hp (which, considering Kelvin’s lack of other survivability mechanisms, is almost synonymous with “laughably easy to kill”).
Because of Kelvin’s mutable hp, he is an *extremely* late game character: his effectiveness starts off low but he snowballs (pun intended). His early game involves simply trying to survive while getting as many Chomp kills as possible. His late game involves terrorizing everything since, if you’ve been Chomping like you should, he’s virtually unkillable and will be dealing tons of damage with Chomp.
Another note to consider: in the late game, Kelvin can have absolutely absurdly high max hp but he can’t increase his damage recovery mechanisms (i.e. healing received, health regen) to anywhere near the same degree, even with gear: at 10k hp, even if you stack up as much regen as possible (28/sec from gear, 7 from Eldrid, 7 from helix; that’s 42/sec), it will still take you 4+ minutes to go from nearly dead to full hp. However, in PvP, if you Teleport to Base (if you’re not sure what button it is, check your keybindings), you are restored to max hp immediately. This can be *extremely useful* and is probably the most efficient method of healing a late game Kelvin (even if you’re out of the fight for 30 seconds for running, that’s way more than anyone else can mange for him). In PvE, you’ll rely primarily on picking up health orbs.
Beyond his hp, Kelvin is a very powerful controller. Sublimate is a very powerful tool for stunning and Ice Wall can, and often will, close off a lane or prevent an enemy from escaping. Of course, “control” isn’t the only thing that his skills do: Sublimate is quite possibly the best escape tool in the game, and Ice Wall can be used to give you cover from an attack (though keep in mind that it prevents *you and your allies* from passing through it as well).
Beyond his early game weakness and reliance upon eating minions to get rolling, Kelvin’s greatest weakness is is complete and total lack of ability to effect at range. His melee attacks and Chomp are limited to melee range (and a short melee range, at that), Sublimate requires him actually move through an enemy, and Ice Wall is, at best, short range, but suffers from a delay that makes it basically impossible to hit someone that’s moving. If it seems as if someone is going to starting kiting you, run away because there’s nothing you can really do about it (you can force an engagement by charging them with Sublimate, but don’t count on that advantage lasting). Highly mobile characters like Benedict, Caldarius, and Mellka are going to be extremely good at making your life difficult; instead of trying to force an engagement upon them, make sure your allies are able to counter them.
Icy Fists: Kelvin’s basic attack. It’s a quick, low damage combo that involves Kelvin clawing at his opponents. The reach on it is incredibly short and the damage is so low that it’s doubtful that you’ll get many kills with it. The primary use of this is reducing the hp of enemies so that you can get kills with Chomp (you get no hp if Chomp isn’t the killing blow); beyond that, it’s only really useful as a fall back when you have nothing else.
Ground Pound: Kelvin’s alt-fire. Lower damage than Icy Fists, the ground pound is a short range AoE that pushes enemies back. There are 2 components to the attack. The first is the ground pound, in which Kelvin hits the ground with his oversized right arm: this can deal damage to targets that are extremely close to you (and is capable of even capable of critting, though it is *extremely* difficult because of the attack being so close range and straight down). The second is the shockwave created by the ground pound; this travels along the ground, making it difficult for enemies to block with carried shields, and pushes back any enemy that happens to be hit by it. It’s simultaneously great for killing clusters of enemies (because it’s AoE damage) and bad for it (since the pushback can spread them out, making it harder to hit all of them).
Permafrost: Kelvin’s passive. Not so much a passive as it is a trait of all of his skills. At the *completion* of any of his skills, Kelvin gains some shield (which immediately begins fading because of his negative shield regen). The amount of shield you get increases as you level up, starting at 98 and capping out at 165 at level 10. Rather than being a static amount, this is actually provided as a percentage of your max shield, such that increasing your max shield (by using max shield gear) will increase the amount of shield you get per use. Keep in mind that Kelvin still has max shield (default 300): if you use a skill while you’ve got 280 shield, it will cap out at 300. If you reduce your max shield (via a gear penalty), you’ll cap out lower.
Sublimate: Skill 1. After a very quick animation time, Kelvin transforms into a cloud of cold that hovers above the ground and can pass through both enemies and allies (you can still be hit by attacks, including stuns, silences, and knockbacks). He can remain in this form for up to 3 seconds (pressing the activation button ends it early), and any enemy that he touches will take a very small amount of damage and be stunned for 2 seconds. While in this form, you cannot attack or use any other skills, your viewpoint shifts to third person over-the-shoulder, his movement speed is dramatically increased, and you cannot strafe or mouse turn (you have to keyboard turn). In addition, a target can only be hit by this ability once, so, if you’re trying to stun a single target to attack them, you’re best served by ending the effect as soon as you stun them since, otherwise, they’ll no longer be stunned by the time you’re back to normal form and able to attack again. If you’re escaping, go straight through your enemies in order to stun them but keep moving to get as much space between you as possible.
Chomp: Skill 2. After a slight delay, Kelvin lunges forward and bites a single target (even if there are a bunch of enemies grouped up). The damage it deals is based upon the target’s hp: there’s a very small amount of damage you do as a minimum that increases as you level up but you also deal additional damage equal to 15% of the target’s max hp. The sum of these two values is what I refer to as the “base” damage. The “base” damage is capped at 500, regardless of what level you are, but it can be improved via Skill Damage gear as well as some helices. Because of the short CD (a mere 5 seconds), Kelvin can do absolutely incredible damage against targets with a lot of hp (PvE bosses, Sentries, enemy BB): from level 1, you’ll be doing 500 base damage per Chomp against any target with at least 2833 hp and, by level 10, it’s down to 2353 (which all but the squishiest BB are going to have with gear by level 10). Chomp is incapable of critting and cannot be blocked (it goes right through carried shields).
In a special case, if you use Chomp against a minion (skulks, blade bots, gun bots, primal thrall, boom bots, or swarmers), the target will die instantly (it takes 500 damage automatically). Against anything bigger, you need to get the target down low before biting them (in general, aim for 15% of max).
If Kelvin gets a killing blow with Chomp, his max hp will increase by 75 (and he will maintain the increased hp even if he dies); it doesn’t matter if the killing blow is against an enemy BB, a minion, or a boss: it’s always 75 hp. Keep in mind, his current hp isn’t increased so you have to heal it up (which, by default, takes ~11 seconds).
Ice Wall: Ultimate. Kelvin chooses a spot within close range and, 1 second after picking it, he creates an impassable (by both allies and enemies) Ice Wall that lasts 7 seconds. Any enemy standing on top of the chosen spot when the Ice Wall appears will be stunned for 2 seconds. The Ice Wall *can* be broken (it has hp) but it has so much hp that it’s basically unbreakable since it would vanish before it’s destroyed (if you’re facing a Kelvin, don’t bother attacking the Ice Wall). There’s a slight curve to the wall (it’s concave towards Kelvin), so, if you place it right behind an enemy, they can be caught in the curve and find themselves unable to move backwards if they’re not paying attention.
Level 1: The Big Chill v. Density v. Coldclock
Recommendation: The Big Chill
Density is a trap. 360 hp basically means nothing to Kelvin (it’s less than 5 minions worth of Chomping). The only reason you’d want to use this is if you’re playing a mode that doesn’t have a lot of stuff to kill with Chomp (e.g. Capture).
TBC doubles Kelvin’s default regen, allowing you to recover from damage faster. It takes 52 seconds for TBC to equal Density for purposes of TTK though TTK isn’t really Kelvin’s issue (and you can pretty easily get to that 52 second point toward the end of the game) but recovering from the damage you know you will take makes it extremely good.
Coldclock’s value is inhibitied primarily by the general crappiness of Kelvin’s melee attack (it doesn’t apply to the ground pound) and its slow attack speed. Kelvin’s melee combo is a 4 part attack (there are 2 variants he alternates between but they’re effectively the same) and the helix actually adds a 1 second slow debuff to the final hit of the combo. The attack speed is so slow that, at best, you’ll manage 50% uptime and *only* if you hit with the finishing attack every time.
Level 2: Quick Bite v. Diffusion v. Strong Wind
SW is bad because the shield it provides is still capped by Kelvin’s max shield *and* it starts disappearing immediately because of his negative regen.
Quick Bite gives a short burst of increased movement but only if you get a hit; the mobility just isn’t worth the opportunity cost of not taking Diffusion.
Diffusion is amazing because it is additional damage: it is not limited by the normal 500 damage cap. Towards the end game, it can provide more than a 50% increase to Chomp’s damage (10k hp = 300 additional damage), though it’s based off of current hp so you need to have some damage recovery to keep it viable in combat.
Level 3: Swelling Wind v. Icemaker
Recommendation: Swelling Wind
Icemaker is a trap. A 3 second slow is not worth sacrificing a 2 second stun. The Swelling Wind movement speed increase allows you to hit even more targets with it or get away even further. It’s *awesome*.
Level 4: Mastication Restoration v. Shield Snacker v. Slow Food
Recommendation: Mastication Restoration
The reason for this is simple: this is one of the only ways to effectively and reliably keep Kelvin topped off while in combat. Without it, you’ll have an extremely hard time keeping him at max hp.
SS is a trap. It seems like it would be good because of the higher value but remember: Kelvin has negative shield regeneration and he’s getting shield from skill use already. Even if you use shield regen gear to get back to positive, you’ll routinely hit the max shield cap and waste it. The ability to recover more hp is much more valuable than the ability to get even more overkill on your shield.
SF is amazing for damage, since it isn’t capped by the 500 but Kelvin doesn’t have strong and reliable sources of the slowed condition. There are some builds that can capitalize on it, but you’re sacrificing a lot for an, admittedly powerful, conditional improvement.
Level 5: Ice VI v. Blue Ice
Recommendation: Blue Ice
Even though it says “Permafrost”, it actually refers to any time you’ve got shield active (which, admittedly, will only really happen via Permafrost). BI is better mainly because it makes the shield you get more effective rather than trying to get you more shield (which will be wasted if you’re capped on shield). 30% DR translates into a ~43% improvement, which is way above what Ice VI provides. Because of this, Ice VI is a trap.
The only advantage to Ice VI is that the additional shield it provides will take slightly longer to be drained by your negative shield regen, which will only happen if you aren’t being attacked (which begs the question of why you even care about shield if you’re not being attacked).
Recommendation: (PvP) Any; (PvE) Consume
Wc is absolutely amazing in PvP. Each major enemy (enemy BB, miniboss, or boss; very few of these are in PvE and even fewer are in close enough proximity to make this worthwhile) extends the duration of Sublimate by ~1 seconds (it can’t extend the remaining duration to longer than 3 seconds) such that you can double the duration of Sublimate if you take 3 targets. With this, you can stun the entire enemy team if they’re nicely grouped up, which can be extremely satisfying (for your team; it’s exasperating for your opponents). If you save up Sublimate to hit a bunch of enemies all at once, Wc is the way to go.
Consume, on the other hand, will allow you to use Sublimate a lot more often. Every time you increase your hp with Chomp, the remaining CD on Sublimate will advance by 5 seconds (which is a lot, especially if you’ve got CD reduction since it’s a static 5 seconds, even if you’ve got so much CD redux that the CD is less than 10 seconds). In PvP, if you find yourself leaving Sublimate early often (and you’ve got minions around to Chomp; of course, if you don’t have minions to Chomp, you really shouldn’t be playing Kelvin), this is the best option (generally means that you’re stunning a single target and then trying for a kill). In PvE, since there aren’t enough major enemies, much less in tight concentration, Wc is basically worthless.
Level 7: Groupthink v. Iceheart v. Icy Force
Recommendation: (PvP) Iceheart or Icy Force; (PvE) Groupthink or Icy Force
Ih is amazing, but, of course, it’s only useful in PvP because there aren’t enemy BB in PvE. Keep in mind, it only applies when an enemy BB dies and you recently helped out, though that shouldn’t be too hard. It helps you recover from the inevitable damage you’re gonna take.
Gt only works when you’ve got allies and only when they’re right next to him. It’s a paltry 7 hp/sec (which is what the level 1 helix gives without any conditions) and is binary: it’s 7 hp/sec whether you’ve got 4 allies or 1 ally near you. It’s useless if you’re playing solo and inferior to Ih in PvP (you have to stick to an ally for 22+ seconds to exceed the value of Ih, and Ih gives better burst healing).
In general, the healing from Gt or Ih is better, but they require either nearby allies or reliably getting kills/assists in PvP. If you’re running solo or having problems getting kills/assists, IF is best because it’s actually giving you *something*.
Level 8: Hibernation v. Windy Season
Recommendation: Windy Season
Hibernation is a paltry 21 hp/sec while you’re in Sublimate. By default, that’s 63 hp; at most, with a perfect Windchill, you’ll get 126. Considering you’d be using it every ~20 seconds, that’s ~6 hp/sec and *only* if you’re constantly spamming it and *only* if you’re constantly hitting a bunch of major enemies. 21 hp/sec seems like a lot, but you can’t hang out in Sublimate long enough to make it worthwhile.
WS, on the other hand, reduces the CD on an incredibly powerful escape and control tool. Even if you don’t use it on CD all the time, a lower CD allows you to engage with Sublimate and still have a chance of it coming back if you need to escape (especially if you can get some minions with Chomp and Consume). Only if you *never* use Sublimate on CD will Hibernation be more useful (and that’s only because a reduced CD is useless if you never use it that quickly).
Level 9: Overeater v. Sawtooth
Sawtooth is a trap. A 15% increase in damage seems like it would be good but you have to consider that it *only* applies to the maximum health bonus damage and doesn’t increase the damage on Chomp’s base damage (i.e. it will still only do 500 damage before extras). A 15% increase to the 15% of max hp you’re doing is 17.25% damage; by level 9, you’re already limited to only 361 additional damage from their max hp since you get 139 default damage. That’s just reducing the max hp needed to do max damage from ~2.4k to ~2.1k.
On the other hand, reducing the CD on Chomp from 5 seconds to 4 seconds is extremely useful since you will almost always be waiting on Chomp to come off of CD: it’s the best source of damage and it also means getting more hp faster.
Level 10: Walled In v. Great Wall v. Absolute Zero
The most popular of these, by far, is AZ: a 3 second slow on anyone that gets close to your Ice Wall is extremely powerful. Popularity does not mean that it’s the only viable option. WI and GW have their uses as well. Ice Wall is on a long 48 sec CD and WI will reduce that to just over 38 seconds, which is a major reduction. If you find yourself waiting for Ice Wall to come off of CD, WI is a powerful option, especially if you’re trying to stun or provide cover. GW is the least popular option, in my experience, because most people are already fine with the size of it by default. This doesn’t mean it’s not useful. GW basically doubles the size of Ice Wall, which can allow it to completely block entire lanes in PvP or stun a *lot* of enemies all at once in PvE (you’ll rarely have enemies lined up properly in PvP). It’s also important to remember that you and your allies are blocked by your Ice Wall as well; making it bigger or being able to use it more often will inhibit your own group just as much (if not more) if used improperly. AZ will simply hurt your enemies even more.
Kelvin is *weird*. Offensively, he’s pretty bland for a skill damage character since there isn’t a huge amount of play there; *defensively*, however, he’s dramatically different than anyone other character. I’ll go over all stats here, based on how I personally categorize them, and provide a priority list for each category.
Offensive (Skill Damage>Attack Damage>Attack Speed=Cooldown>Critical Damage>Shield Pen>Recoil=Reload):
A majority of Kelvin’s damage is going to come out of Chomp so making Chomp chomp-ier is your top priority. Skill damage is applied to the total base damage, so, with this, expect to regularly see more than 500 damage against hard targets.
Attack damage only barely beats out attack speed because it gets higher values on gear though neither is particularly good because Kelvins damage is all about the Chomp. The problem with stacking these is that you will sometimes accidentally kill a target you were just trying to weaken.
Cooldown is bad offensively because it has a crappy value. It would be absolutely *amazing* (and some of the legendaries are awesome) but, as a stat, it’s mediocre even though Kelvin does great things with it.
The only thing Kelvin can do that crits is his basic attack and his basic attack is bad. To make it worse, Kelvin’s basic attack isn’t particularly precise so it’s hard to crit and get the benefit in the first place.
Shield pen is utterly rubbish. It’s only useful in PvP because most enemies in PvE don’t have shields (and no bosses have them; Rendain’s shield doesn’t care about shield pen). Still, it actually does something unlike recoil and reload. Recoil and reload are only useful as penalties to take on gear since they do absolutely nothing to him.
Defensive (Damage Reduction<Shield Regen<Health Regen=Healing Received<Max Shield<Max HP<CC Duration<Shield Recharge):
Damage Reduction is the absolute best stat for Kelvin because he can so very easily get so friggin’ much hp: all it takes is 3333 hp+shield for DR to trump max hp (and even more for max shield) at providing superior TTK and that’s a pittance to Kelvin; if you’re using Chomp like you’re supposed to, you’ll have more than that before level 5. It also makes his recovery mechanisms more effective, which is why it trumps those as well.
Shield Regen is normally a junk stat. For Kelvin, it’s the only way to avoid constantly losing his shield. This makes it *extremely valuable*. A single piece of gear with shield regen as a secondary is all it takes to bring him to the positive, which is all I recommend (though I highly recommend it); anything more than that will be wasted by Permafrost and Chomp spamming.
Health Regen and Healing Received are extremely valueable because otherwise you’ll have a hard time keeping Kelvin topped off. Healing Received is more potent but requires you have a healer paying attention to you, which is problematic; Health Regen is weaker but reliable.
Turning the universe on its head, Max Shield is better than Max Health because Max Shield improves the contributions of Permafrost. It also makes it harder to waste that extra shield and makes options like Blue Ice even more awesome.
Max HP is irrelevant because you’ll get more than gear can possible provide via Chomp. This is probably the *least* efficient option for stats you can take.
CC duration is functionally worthless. CCs don’t last that long so the minute values of CC duration on gear basically mean nothing.
The delay on Kelvin’s shield recharge is already 0 and you can’t reduce it to lower than that. As such, it’s worse that CC duration because CC duration at least does *something*.
Control (Cooldown>Attack Speed):
The options here are less about which is better than which are you actually using. Cooldown is more powerful because it means more Sublimate and Ice Wall (and more Chomp can translate into more Sublimate with Consume).
Attack speed gives you faster Ground Pound, which is nice damage but also means more shockwaves to push your enemies around. It’s weaker control, but it’s available on demand.
Mobility (Move speed>Cooldown>Sprint speed>CC duration):
Move speed is useful in combat and out of combat and is increased by sprint speed. Cooldown means more Sublimate availability but that’s all it provides. Sprint speed is only really useful outside of combat. CC duration reduces the duration of slows and stuns but is still absolutely terrible.
Getting shards helps you buy gear as well as construct buildables. Buildable reduction makes them way cheaper, however. Something to consider is that I only find these stats remotely useful in PvP. PvE gives you shards like candy; unless you’ve got someone who bogarts all of the shards, every mission should provide a surplus of shards even if you have a triple legendary loadout (like I do for pretty much everyone). In PvP, however, these are absolutely amazing and can actually be the foundation of an effective strategy.
These are some specific legendaries to keep in mind for Kelvin.
Gloves (attack damage): Pacifier (algorithm)
Attack damage isn’t really recommended because it’s not amazing for Kelvin but some people might like his basic attack enough to build around it. Pacifier is the only one I’d recommend because it makes it harder to break your shield (and beefs up Permafrost) and makes you much harder to kill because all of your recovery and raw hp is acting on less incoming damage.
Watches (cooldown): Aria’s Encore (thrall ops), Firmware Update 1.51c (algorithm), Borrowed Timer (upr)
It’s important to remember that AE is only useful for ops runs and *only* if you are going for a high number of ops points. Without either of those, the legendary effect is basically a waste. However, if you *are* farming ops for commander packs, this can be absolutely devastating because it’s a crapton of skill damage to beef up Chomp (and it has CD redux to let you use it more often too). Firmware Update is *amazing* because Kelvin has the perfect skill set for it: Chomp is on a 5 sec default CD and you should be spamming it all the time; because of how the proc works, when it goes off, this will reduce Chomp to 3 seconds (and give you the other skills faster too). It is *amazing*. Borrowed Timer is only really for PvP; Kelvin’s massive hp makes it less of a risk (10% hp when you have 10k hp is 1000 hp, which is as much as some squishy characters consider to be “perfectly fine*) though it’s still only good for escaping because Kelvin doesn’t really have a problem with long CD timers.
I’ll mention Chrono Key here to warn people against it. The secondary stat is worthless and, even with Chomp spam, Kelvin can’t do enough damage to make it worthwhile (since Chomp is single target).
Goggles (critical damage): Heliophagic Goggles (heliophage)
If you can manage to get crits reliably as Kelvin, you can add some more control to your already impressive repertoire. Neither stat is particularly useful, but the special effect is quite nice. In PvE, a blind is basically a stun and, in PvP, it’s extremely disorienting to players.
Pauldrons (damage reduction): “Alamo-7” Armor (algorithm), Burning Sunset (rogue)
Alamo-7 Armor has a worthless secondary stat and, although the cooldown time on the legendary effect is extremely long, it is *extremely* powerful (2 seconds of total immunity); combine this with the Borrowed Timer for excellent emergency recovery (since you’ll be immune when your skills recharge). Since Kelvin has so much hp, the long CD isn’t too bad since you’re not likely to get taken down that low too often. Burning Sunset is probably the most useful because Kelvin’s massive hp allows him to stay in combat for long periods and CCs are extremely annoying. Of course, the fact that he doesn’t really get much from the others doesn’t hurt.
For most characters, Blissbeast is one of the best pure survivability tools in the game. For Kelvin, it is not; because Kelvin has so much hp, the legendary effect of the BSP will be very rarely triggered. As such, you’re better off just using an epic instead since you’re not paying twice as much for a legendary effect you’ll probably never see.
Amulets (healing received): All-4-One Morale Booster (upr), Leechsteel Brooch (renegade)
The All-4-One brings an amazing secondary stat and will help keeping your nearby melee allies alive (which probably includes your pocket healer). Leechsteel is awesome even if you don’t have a healer: Skill Damage makes Chomp more powerful and Kelvin does Chomp so much that he’ll really respond to the life steal.
Injectors (health regen): Medical Nano-Colony (llc), Song of Vigor (sentinel), Emergency Auto-Medic (upr)
Medical Nano-Colony normally sucks but, on Kelvin, it’s *ridiculously good*: the secondary shield regen pushes his shield regen just barely into the positive and, because Kelvin has a 0 sec shield recharge delay, it will pretty much *always* be charging, giving him the legendary effect additional regen in the process.
Song of Vigor is normally pretty bad, but it can work on Kelvin: it helps healers heal him and provides a reason for healers to stick close to you (even better with Groupthink since them being close buffs you too). The same is true of Emergency Auto-Medic, though moreso because of the DR; of course, the legendary effect won’t trigger too often, so you’re paying a pretty high premium for it (since you can get an epic with DR secondary for a much lower activation cost).
Armor (max hp): Plasmite-Infused Plating (lore), Vigilance Link (sentinel), Pain-2-Gain Re-knitter (upr)
Max hp is really low priority but some of them have extremely good legendary effects. I wouldn’t both with non-legendary max hp gear, but a legendary with a good secondary stat and legendary effect can definitely be worth it. PIP has an awesome secondary stat and, if you routinely miss with Chomp, it will help immensely; however, like every lore legendary, it suffer from having a mandatory junk roll. Unless you *really* want the legendary effect, go with a different legendary. Vigilance Link gives you 2 excellent survivability stats and makes your team more durable as well. Excellent for team players and more support minded people. Pain-2-Gain Re-Knitter is probably the best max hp gear for Kelvin because he’s such a large target that he’s *going* to get hit often enough to double the +hp but it also comes with his best defensive stat: DR.
I caution against both Natural Order and Vampiric Vestments. NO has a good secondary stat but it only applies against Eldrid, making it much less useful, especially since it also makes it harder to kill them. VV might seem like a good idea but the secondary stat isn’t that great and you’ll get the same hp more reliably with P2G since *only* major enemy kills count.
Batteries (max shield): One-4-All Shield Array (experiment), Modernista (saboteur), Voxis Core (jennerit)
Modernista is a good anti-ranged shield with a decent secondary stat. A good way to discourage snipers in PvP since you can avoid the first crit and hurt them in the process. One-4-All Shield Array gives you more shield, your allies more shield, and, while Shield Pen is an incredibly sub-par stat, that’s not why you’re using the legendary. Voxis Core is amazing for dealing skill damage since it makes AoEs deal 15% more damage, in effect, and skill damage is an *amazing* secondary stat. Be warned: if you’re trying for max hp, kills from the Voxis Core legendary effect aren’t going to get you max hp.
Boots (move speed): RDC Ground Pounders (upr), Boots of the Brute (saboteur)
Excellent for Kelvin, the RDC GPs help him stick to enemies and there’s a nice bit of conditional DR if he takes damage from the side (which can happen with players a lot since most people don’t want to be in front of Kelvin’s might jaws of doom; it also helps that your healer will almost always be to the side or rear of you so stray shots/attacks from assassins trying to kill your healer will trigger this). The secondary stat is worthless, but that’s the price you pay for getting some DR with your movement speed. Similar to Heliophagic Goggles, with BotB you get to increase your access to control effects: the secondary stat is terrible, but you’ll be able to harass and inhibit your enemies very easily. If you opt into Slow Food, this is *amazing* since you can just tap someone on the shoulder right before you bite them, just remember that the CD on the legendary effect is 8 seconds and the slow only lasts 3 seconds.
Capacitors (shield recharge): Comeback King (rogue)
The only capacitor I would think of using on Kelvin, it comes with a good secondary stat and provides him with some AoE damage when his shield breaks. The primary stat is worthless since Kelvin already has a recharge delay of 0, but the legendary effect can be useful to provide some AoE damage. Keep in mind, it will only explode after a full charge so you will only want to use this when you’ve got some shield regen gear so that you can actually keep your shield.
Generators (shield regen): Vibro-Core Module (archive)
The only generator I’d bother with for Kelvin. It comes with an awesome secondary stat and will help keeping your shield topped off in combat. Of course, not that many enemies in PvE have shields and you’ll be breaking player shields pretty quickly with Chomp so it’s not as good as you might think.
Pins (skill damage): Bola’s Target Finder (experiment), Shield Web Interdictor (algorithm), Lorrian Skill Spike (archive), Codex Fragment (archive)
In most cases, Bola’s Target Finder is the be-all end-all of skill damage gear. For Kelvin, it’s amazing but not the only thing you want to consider, especially in PvP. Bola’s gives a basically worthless secondary stat but increases damage the target takes after skill damage, which is great for when you Chomp someone after you tap them with Sublimate for a stun (or Chomp them after Chomping them because the CD is so wonderfully short). Shield Web Interdictor will give Kelvin a much more useful secondary stat and help Kelvin with shielded enemies even if they manage to get away from him. Lorrian Skill Spike is largely there because Chomp is on low CD and high damage: you’ll use it often enough that you’ll notice the proc and it can be a nice surprise when someone thinks they’re about to escape. Codex Fragnment is normally pretty terrible compared to the other options here because you have to almost continually take damage (the stacks fade after 5-6 seconds), but, for Kelvin, it can work: he’s got the hp (and continually refreshed shield) to stay in combat for a long time. The secondary stat is mediocre at best but it’s not as if you should say no to more hp.
General PvE: Medical Nano-Colony, Firmware Update 1.51c, Codex Fragment
You get positive shield recharge from MNC, sustain from MNC, Chomps all over the place from FU, and CF gives you a bit more hp and makes your Chomps *hurt*.
Pure Damage PvE: Bola’s Target Finder, Voxis Core, Firmware Update 1.51c
This is all about spamming Chomp. More damage via Bola’s and VC, AoE via VC, and spamming like crazy with FU.
Pure Survivability PvE: Medical Nano-Colony, Pain-2-Gain Re-knitter, Blissbeast Skull Plate
P2G gets you DR and hp, BSP (probably better to just use an epic with health regen) gets you a bunch of DR and some regen, and MNC gets you positive shield regen and regen.
General PvP: Erratic Shard Extractor (-reload), Medical Nano-Colony, Codex Fragment
The free shard gen (with a penalty that doesn’t affect you at all) allows you to afford the other 2. MNC gets you positive shield and CF gives you some hp and hard hitting Chomps.
Pure Damage PvP: Erratic Shard Extractor (-reload) Bola’s Target Finder, Firmware Update 1.51c
The free shard gen (with a penalty that doesn’t affect you at all) allows you to afford the other 2, which are all about spamming Chomp for huge damage.
Pure Survivability PvP: Erratic Shard Extractor (-reload), Medical Nano-Colony, Pain-2-Gain Re-knitter
The free shard gen (with a penalty that doesn’t affect you at all) allows you to afford the other 2. MNC gets you positive shield regen and regen, and P2G gets you a lot of hp and some DR. You can replace the P2G with either Blissbeast Skull Plate or some epic pauldrons to really push the DR home.
Pure Control PvP: Erratic Shard Extractor (-reload), Boots of the Brute, Firmware Update 1.51c
The free shard gen (with a penalty that doesn’t affect you at all) allows you to afford the other 2. BotB gives you some nice slow and FU allows you to spam Chomp for lower CD on your other skills. Heliophagic Goggles are also a viable option if you want a reliable blind instead of a slow.
Fast Leveling PvP: Erratic Shard Extractor (-reload), Erratic Tempestian Cred-Stick (-reload), 1 legendary
Build as much as possible to get easy xp and level up as quickly as possible. Make sure you stick around the fights as well so that you’re not sacrificing minion xp for build xp. The legendary is there for when you hit level 5 (or 10, whatever your goal level is) and don’t need to build for xp any more. I don’t mention any specific legendaries because there are a *crapton* that can fit in depending upon what you want and how you want to do it: Firmware Update for Chomp spam, some pauldrons for DR, Medical Nano-Colony for regen and positive shield recharge.
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- BITE-SIZE WONDERS
Deal 80,000 damage with Chomp.
- THAT’S AN ICE SHIELD
Absorb 50,000 shield damage.
- MIKO ARE ALL MY FRIENDS
Play 3 matches on the same team as Miko.
- THE BEST DEFENSE IS DE FENCE
Stun 50 enemies with Ice Wall
- MICRO MACRO MIST ME
Stun 3 enemy Battleborn with Sublimate simultaneously, 10 times.
Kid Ultra’s legendary gear is rewarded to the player when all lore challenges are completed.
SPECIES CONTACT REPORT
BY: researcher miko
TOPIC: we have found them
we have sought. we have found a remnant.
they are many. they are one. a great city but constituted as one voice.
in the remains of the Ooran darkening, they are parts. parts of a whole. many and small. microscopic, yet congregating in clouds and mist.
we must with them speak.
they exist as the many in the frozen dark and yet thrive. cold yet not frozen. we will call them ‘kelvites’.
they are many, yet they speak as one. this is incorrect. yet they persist. we will call this one ‘kelvin’.
they are not yet as ‘kelvin’ a whole. we will help make them one-and-many, restored again.
we are mikollopria. we remember.
green, green, yellow, red.
The Best Defense Is De Fence
|| UPR LOGBOOK / REPORT, ENTRY #223590727101
|| USER: Captain Trevor Ghalt
|| SUBJECT: Day Four
|| DATE: y.19958, d.225
Captain Trevor Ghalt, recording this log entry in hopes that whoever finds it might find something amusing about our frozen butts out here.
I’ve been hunting rogue Varelsi parties on Bliss with one of our newer Battleborn recruits, a being named Kelvin. Thus far, I’ve been quite impressed by Kelvin’s quick decision-making, lethal cold, and his heartwarming protective attitude. This time, though… maybe a tad much.
We’ve been tracking down Varelsi hunter patrols here, and have had a few close calls in heavy fights. Guess all that made Kelvin a bit jittery. Some indigeneous fur-covered rat-thing jumped out from behind a rock, and Kelvin… well, he got a bit over-protective.
Best I can tell, the ice walls around us are thirty feet thick, and not melting any time soon. Also, signal to the outside is poor.
Here’s to hoping Kleese gets out of his pilates appointment early, or that my new buddy Kelvin here stops being afraid of snow burras before I run out of rations or heating cells.
:: TREVOR GHALT ::
That's an Ice Shield
–== From the desk of P.E.A.H. IV
–== “A Task to Occupy the Mind”
–== On this, the 342nd day of 365, 19957th year by the Standard Codex Reckoning Calendar
(No, bother. Scratch that. Too emotive.)
Dear space and time.
(No, still too pithy.)
Dear future self who may remember how terrible (and terribly boring) the times were in the days following the fall of Penarch.
I have acquired a new friend – friends, I should say. Two individuals in need of my aid and renowned talent for uncovering the secrets of the wily Aztanti!
My first new friend is the noted Eldrid “combat botanist” (so they say) named Miko, and I must say meeting Miko has been far more enthralling than watching the few reports available from the Arcfleet holonet.
My second new friend is a rather cold and shapeless entity, upon whom Miko has affixed the name “Kelvin” (though I still insist “Icy Cloudburst” is more appropriate!). Kelvin is the fellow in need of my help.
As Miko has described to me, Kelvin isn’t a cloud at all… well, he is, but not in the sense of “cloud” clouds. Kelvin is a swarm of microscopic sentients who (when swarmed together) can produce some semblance of single-mindedness in thought and speech. They (He? It?) are capable of transferring energy on the cellular level, rendering the areas around them immensely cold, and even icy at times.
Kelvin’s dilemma is this: he has no stable relatable shape, which makes it difficult for him to communicate well with beings around him.
Miko has asked me to help find a suitable endoskeleton to which the colony can bond, making it possible for Kelvin to manifest in a consistent physical form. I have suggested a number of known alloys to Miko, but she (it?) says Kelvin does not like the “taste” of metal. Likewise, plastic and plastic hybrids seem to be as enjoyable to Kelvin as sleeping on befouled styrene would be to me.
I have one more thought.
Aztanti relics from Bliss!
The ancients of that planet have left dozens of temples and relic caches on the planet, and those artifacts have survived for tens of thousands of years without decaying under the planet’s brutally frigid climate.
Also, Aztanti relics are known to light up beautifully in response to nearby energy sources!
Furthermore, many of the relics that have survived are the remains of skeletal Aztanti “guardians” – golem-like beings which the civilization seems to have had a penchant for constructing.
I’ve decided to send an expedition to recover one of these Aztanti relic skeletons for my icy friend, and we’ll see how well he takes to it!
Off to Bliss!
~~~ Phoebe ~~~
Micro Macro Mist Me
–== From the desk of P.E.A.H. IV
–== On this, the 348th day of 365, 19957th year by the Standard Codex Reckoning Calendar
After several days of searching, our expedition has recovered a suitable Aztanti relic skeleton for my new friend Kelvin. The kelvite colony seems to be bonding incredibly well to the strangely-imbued stonework, and we could not be more pleased with the results!
Kelvin now inquires as to the overall shape he should present. I preferred something more pleasant and rounded, like those new “MX.Elite_Bot” (or as I like to call them, “fat toddler”) minions by Minion Robotics, but Miko disagreed. A few hours and several unfortunate hands later (turns out, Miko is an absolute beast at poker), we both agreed that Miko’s suggestion was more appropriate for the current needs of the universe.
And now, Kelvin has taken a shape suitable for a galaxy at war, something intimidating and more imposing.
Miko believes the bestial form hearkens to the look of the “dragons of Bliss”. (Frankly, I think he looks like a great Lorrian toad-goat.) Still, Kelvin seems pleased, so that’s that, I suppose.
~~~ Phoebe ~~~
Miko Are All My Friends
(Progress report on Kelvin’s universal translator plug-in, recorded by Gunnar Kleese. Audio attached, transcription below.)
Kleese: Chief Science Officer’s log. After a not-insignificant amount of tinkering and mad scientisting, I believe I’ve stumbled upon a solution for Kelvin’s… communication problem. The being is so telepathically powerful that tuning into his particular frequency should be no problem at all. And if I’m right – oh, listen to me, of course I’m right – we’ll be having polite conversation with our new, terrifying associate by suppertime tomorrow. Thanks, science! “You’re welcome, Mr. Kleese!”
Now then, let’s give it a go. Kelvin, please come here for a moment…
(There is a loud roaring sound from off-mic.)
Kleese: Yes, I’m sure whatever you said is VERY interesting and compelling, but just – just come over here for a second.
(Another roar, more subdued.)
Kleese: Very good. Now then… turn this dial here, adjust this doohickey… give me a level, won’t you?
(A clear and steady voice comes from off-mic, speaking in an incomprehensible alien language.)
Kleese: Not… quite. Maybe here?
(The voice is replaced with intense retching noises.)
Kleese: No, that’s definitely wrong. Let me try one more adjustment…
(Retching noises fade into a clear and strong voice, mid-verse.)
Kelvin: “I am the winter of your discontent!”
(Kelvin sighs, relieved.)
Kelvin: I am indebted to you, fellow.