Kleese - Battleborn Character Profile Page
NAME: Gunnar Kleese
WEAPON: Wrist Cannon and Shock Taser
TALENT: Battlefield Tactician
SKILL 1: Energy Rift
SKILL 2: Energy Mortar
ULTIMATE: Black Hole
PASSIVE: Tactical Battle Chair
Following his dismissal as director of Minion Robotics, the cantankerous Kleese now serves as Nova’s chief science officer and mad-scientist-in-residence. Abhors away missions but relishes opportunities to test his tech. Kleese hates getting his hands dirty – or getting out of his chair – to waste his time on some inferior being. So, of course he’s going to design a hardened piece of plush, high-end “combat furniture” when he’s forced to fight.
Originally Kleese was known from being the narrator in some of the Battleborn trailers. He would also make an appearance in the E3 Demo as he was featured as a NPC that would guide you through this preview mission. After the discovery of Mellka being a playable character I did a speculation blog on Kleese being a playable hero. My prediction came true, but my suggestions were not so close. Fans of Borderlands the Pre-Sequel can continue to glide through the air with Kleese as his Battle Throne can hover and do the famous buttslam!
- Development Name: TacticalBuilder
- Character Concept:
- Character Designer:
- Character Concept Artist:
- Voice: Bob Reed
- The designers put the Cat in Kleese’s taunt backwards on purpose.
- The tablet in Kleese’s ultimate move originally displayed icons for profile pages of all the other Battleborn. In a later iteration these icons got replaced with gear icons. Both versions didn’t make it into the game.
WRIST CANNON AND SHOCK TASER:
Kleese fires energy blasts from his Wrist Cannon. He also fires a powerful Shock Taser from his chair, dealing bonus damage to shields.
Kleese controls the battlefield through a variety of electrical based shield attacks, stripping away his enemies shields and boosting his teammates shields.
Kleese opens up an Energy Rift that restores friendly shield by 61 and deals 61 damage to enemies every 3 seconds. A maximum of 3 Rifts each having 700 health.
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Kleese shoots a barrage of 6 Mortars at an area. Mortars damage enemies for 31 damage and deal bonus damage to shields.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
[ULTIMATE] BLACK HOLE:
Kleese summons a Black Hole that pulls in enemies towards it dealing 438 damage.
Cooldown: 55 seconds
[PASSIVE] TACTICAL BATTLE CHAIR:
Kleese rolls into battle in the most deluxe of all battle furniture. It increases Kleese’s maximum shied capacity per level and can be used to extend jumps.
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.
Kleese’s Helix skill trees:
CRAZY OLD MAN
Mortars will heal friendly target’s shields. +25 Shield Heal
Energy Rift will shock nearby enemies dealing bonus shield damage. +50% Bonus Damage to Shields
Energy Mortars will slow enemy targets they hit. +3 Seconds Slow Duration
Firing Energy Mortars will deplete Kleese’s Shield and add it to their damage. Up to +16 Damage
Using Kleese’s Shock Taser in the air will cause Kleese’s Battle Chair to slam into the ground, depleting his chair energy and dealing damage to all enemies around him. +104 Damage
DON’T TASE ME BRO
Shock Taser now arcs to additional targets. +1 Additional Target
QUANTUM PRECISION (Unlock Rank 3)
Kleese’s Wrist Cannon now charges to fire a focused laser.
Energy Rifts will now link to each other when near each other. Their output will be increased times the number of rifts in the network.
Using Kleese’s Energy Mortars or Wrist Cannon attacks on an Energy Rift will now feed energy into the rift causingit to become unstable. Unstable rifts explode after a short time damaging nearby enemies. +200 Damage
DON’T CALL IT A HEAL CHAIR
Kleese’s Tactical Battle Chair can heal nearby players every second. +60 Health per Second
GET READY FOR A SURPRISE
Whenever Kleese dies, his Tactical Battle Chair explodes. +260 Damage
EXTENDED BATTERY LIFE (Unlock Rank 5)
Increases Kleese’s Tactical Battle Chair energy. +10 Chair Energy
Kleese can have additional Energy Rifts alive in the world at the same time. +1 Rift
EXPANDED MORTAR CAPACITY
Kleese can now fire additional Energy Mortars. +4 Mortars
RIFT FARM (Unlock Rank 7)
Decreases Energy Rift’s cooldown. -33% Cooldown Time
Killing an enemy with Energy Mortars instantly recharges Kleese’s shield.
Energy Mortars now all fire at the same time, blanketing an area.
BOUNCING BALLS OF DEATH (Unlock Rank 9)
Kleese’s Energy Mortars will now bounce several times before exploding.
BRAINS BEFORE BRAWN
Kleese’s maximum shield strength is increased. +150 Maximum Shield Strength
BRAWN BEFORE BRAINS
Kleese’s Shock Taser deals increased damage. +50% Damage
Increases the max health of each Energy Rift. +500 Maximum Health
Increases the pulse speed of Energy Rift. -33% Pulse Time
SHARING IS CARING
Black Hole gives every friendly team member in range an overshield when it implodes. +225 Overshield
SQUARE ROOT OF PAIN
Black Hole causes all friendly Energy Rifts in range to become an Unstable Rift and explode. +200 Damage
INSTA-HOLE (Unlock Rank 12)
Black Hole’s time to pull enemies is greatly reduced
Kleese Video Guides by the Community
Images / Screenshots / Artwork
Kleese Let’s Play
Kleese Skins & Taunts Preview
- SLOW, NOT DEAD
Kill 50 enemies affected by Black Hole.
- INTRODUCIN: THE MAGNUS
Deal 10,000 Shield damage with Energy Mortars.
- A SHOCKING MESSAGE
Damage 100 enemies with Kleese’s Shock Taser.
- RIDE OF THE BATTLE THRONE
Play as Kleese at least once in every map in the game.
- I CARE ABOUT YOU. NO, REALLY.
Restore 50,000 shield strength to allies with Energy Rift.
Kleese’s legendary gear is rewarded to the player when all lore challenges are completed.
Ride of the Battle Throne
(Comment from the technical blueprints of a patent under the name “Battle Throne Mk.1”, registered to Gunnar Kleese, Esq.)
The most important part (and I really must stress this) is that it floats. Not rolls. Not slides. Not bobs. Not zips. Not sashays. It floats. Gracefully through the air, so as not to spill my drinks. Did I mention the cupholders? Yes. One on either of the chair arms.
Harresburra leather chairbacks, portable plasmite fusion power generators, and a low-latency neural uplink with paid-through-the-year subscriptions to all of the current LLC Holonetworks.
Snug-but-not-restrictive safety belt? Check.
Emergency rapid-deployment shielding in the event of panic? Check.
Standard issue Energy Mortar and Energy Rift? Check.
Perfect. I shall call it… “BATTLE THRONE”.
Slow, Not Dead
|| UPR LOGBOOK / REPORT, ENTRY #223590118992
|| USER: Captain Trevor Ghalt
|| SUBJECT: New LLC-Assigned Technical Integration Liaison
|| DATE: y.19954, d.110
This “Great Severance” event has caused havoc amongst the LLC magnus ships of the fleet. My own ship, Nova, has exhibited a number of unusual behaviors since the LLC ruling AI, the Magna Carta, cut itself off from… well, everything. Gotta get my girl running smoothly again. So, I requisitioned a… special… tech officer from the LLC.
UPR data sheet on Kleese:
NAME: Gunnar Kleese
ORIGIN: (not available)
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Lead Robot Designer for Minion Robotics; Interim CEO of Minion Robotics (for approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes)
UPR RECRUITMENT DATE: n/a
AFFILIATES: Françesco “El Dragón” Drake, Phoebe Hemsworth
NOTABLE SERVICES RENDERED: Designer of the MX.Soldier line of minions at Minion Robotics (highly criticized for the initial line due to the inability to tell them apart from bipedal organic soldiers)
PRESENT STATION: Between positions
Not sure how old this guy is. I’ll give him this… he’s spry. On the vid feed, looks like he’s somewhere near 100. Supposed to be smart. Knows the M.R. bots inside out, and we sure could use that under my command.
Seems… eccentric, though. What the hell. Don’t have much of a choice anyway. I’ll give this Kleese fellow a try.
:: TREVOR GHALT ::
I Care About You. No, Really.
My latest very important research into the mysteries of the universe requires the acquisition of quite the rare item: a Blargavian Nose Ferret. While a trival expense for a LLC Guildship, I’m afraid you might blanch at the pricetag on the invoice I have attached.
I assure you, the fate of the universe requires my acquisition of this commodity.
BARON Gunnar Kleese
A what? I can’t find any records of this thing on any holofeed I can currently search. A NOSE ferret?
Also, you are not a Baron. Stop hacking your title information.
While indeed rare and expensive, the Blargavian Nose Ferret is a most useful animal. It feeds on warp system conduit blockages, and is absolutely ESSENTIAL for the operation of our ship, Nova.
Try the Lorrian black markets within the Detritus Ring. They usually have one or two of the creatures for sale.
LORD OF THE UNIVERSE Gunnar Kleese
Do you KNOW how much these things cost? Nova doesn’t cost this much. Hell, I doubt the entire Ocoban Mining Base cost this much! This is ridulous!
Don’t you have a spray for cleaning conduit blockages?
Yes, I do have a spray. But it does not make me happy. You do want me happy, don’t you Trevor? We are saving-the-universe-spare-no-expense, are we not Trevor? I can see your lines of funding for this Battleborn expedition. I KNOW you are good for the money.
SOON TO BE FERRET OWNER Gunnar Kleese
Alright, alright. You can have your damn ferret.
But I am cancelling the order for your harresburra slippers.
Captain Tighty Pants,
Fine, be that way. I suppose I’ll just have to go dig up a certain audio log a certain someone recorded about, you know, their feelings toward a certain someone else and whatnot and then just LEFT on their “secure network” for anyone to stumble across, and once I find that audio log, MAYBE I’ll just post it on a certain message board, ATTN: Reyna, for the whole galaxy to hear and probably laugh at.
SOON TO BE SLIPPERS AND FERRET OWNER Gunnar Kleese
Okay, okay. I give. Slippers too.
Introducing: The Magnus
(A press release heralding the debut of the Magnus, the latest and greatest LLC technology.)
Introducing the Magnus™: AI That Won’t Kill You.
You’ve done it. You’ve successfully given rise to consciousness within the confines of a machine. You’re triumphant. So you take that consciousness and you put it into a way-cool robot. And then that robot tries to tear your arms off.
We’ve all been there. But what if there was another way to make artificial intelligence? One that completely sidesteps the technological singularity? A safer, stable mind in the machine?
We’re the Last Light Consortium, and we want robots who won’t murder us. And we think our customers do too.
Decades ago, when we debuted Magna Carta – a computer so powerful it defies mathematical description, and we mean it when we say that kinda freaks us out – we changed the nature of our economic society. And we’ve come a long way since then. But the Magna Carta is only one AI – there was no consumer-grade solution. So we put our best teams on solving the hard problem of consciousness. The result is the Magnus™.
Artificial Intelligence, Intelligently Restrained.
What makes a Magnus special starts at their creation: a black box process that results in a unique mind, with unique traits. We have no idea how it works. Then we tether that unique mind to the Magna Carta, which works as a limiter – a kind of buffer that prevents them from pursuing infinite potential infinitely. And the result is an AI that works.
These intelligences will never go crazy. They’ll never rise up against you. They’ll never overthrow your governments or your societies. They’ll never infest your technology. They’ll never infest your cell phones and make your cell phones grow legs and crawl around your house like spiders.
What they do is work.
A Shocking Message
(Voicemail message left by Minion Robotics Director Gunnar Kleese in the inbox of UPR Captain Trevor Ghalt on 19954.100. Audio attached, transcript below.)
Ghalt’s Voicemail: You got Captain Trevor Ghalt, UPR Engineering Corps. Leave a damn message.
Kleese: Ghalt! This is Gunnar Kleese, Last Light Consortium. Director at Minion RBX. We met on a thing a few years back, uh – it was on planet, uh… look, I’m the old guy who called you a moron. That guy. Whatever.
We have a problem. A very, very big problem. As you may have heard, the Magna Carta’s gone offline, and there’s something rather bonkers going on with the Magnuses. Without the tether to the Magna Carta, some of the Magnuses are going berserk! The units here appear to be managing okay, but who knows how long that will last?
The LLC probably won’t address the issue for days, if not longer. But I warn you now: trust no Magnus, even if they appear functional. Do you understand? Get word to your superiors as quickly as you—
(Voice interrupts from off-mic.)
ISIC: Say, Mr. Kleese! Sorry to interrupt, but I just wanted to tell you about this crazy cool idea I just had. It’s really important, because it’s really cool. Get off the phone!
Kleese: Heh! ISIC! Well, uh – what, uh, you doing okay?
ISIC: Me? I’m great! Better than ever! Now get off the phone!
Kleese: Ghalt! Inform the UPR! And for heaven’s sake, GET OVER HERE AND RESCUE ME!