Caldarius - Battleborn Character Profile Page
WEAPON: TMP and Energy Blade
TALENT: J-HTX Assault Frame
SKILL 1: Gravitic Burst
SKILL 2: Flashbang
ULTIMATE: Aerial Assault
PASSIVE: Gravitic Manipulators
Caldarius won his name, fame, and eternal Sustainment in the Jennerit Fighting Pits. Armed in the jet-enhanced J-HTX Assault Frame armor of the Jennerit Shock troops, Caldarius is brutally efficient at hit and run close quarters fighting.
Just like Rath, Caldarius is another member of the Jennerit Empire’s immortal Sustained. However, the anime-inspired (Gundam) shock trooper had to walk a very different path to get there. Caldarius rose through the ranks of the Jennerit’s gladiatorial arenas to win his spot in the empire’s elite upper caste. The Sustained delivered on the tournament’s promise by granting Caldarius immortality, but also imprisoned the lowborn warrior for centuries to put him in his place. As such, Caldarius hates all other Jennerit, and Gearbox describes him as one of the game’s more serious characters. Caldarius’ biggest distinction on the battlefield is his jetpack, which gives him unmatched vertical mobility.
Caldarius primary weapons are a submachine gun and a futuristic chainsaw sword. With his quick movement speed Caldarius offer players a mix of ranged and melee combat. Add in some flashbangs to disorient the opponent and you can be in the air and out of sight in no time to land another attack when you want.
TMP AND ENERGY BLADE:
Caldarius’ rapid-fire TMP and wrist-mounted energy blade are devastating weapons at closer ranges.
Primary Attack: 24
J-HTX ASSAULT FRAME
Caldarius’ formidable battle armor can be augmented for high mobility or maximized damage output.
Launches Caldarius forward, dealing 142 damage on impact and pushing enemies back.
Cooldown: 18 Seconds
[ULTIMATE] AERIAL ASSAULT:
After a brief charge, Caldarius launches into the air. Activate the skill again to land at a targeted location, dealing 359 damage.
Cooldown: 60 Seconds
[PASSIVE] GRAVITIC MANIPULATORS:
Caldarius can activate his thrusters to jump a second time, mid-air, in any direction.
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.
Caldarius’ Helix Skill Trees
Caldarius launches into the air after striking an enemy with Gravitic Burst.
Activating Gravitic Burst increases energy blade attack speed for a short time. +20% Attack Speed for 5 seconds
Increases maximum sprint speed. +9% Sprint Speed
Activating any skill increases movement speed for a short time. +30% Movement Speed over 2 seconds
ENERGY TRANSFUSION (Unlock Rank 5)
A portion of damage dealt by Caldarius’ Energy Blade is returned as health. +20% Life Steal
Flashbang now fires three grenades that each deal 71 damage in rapid succession.
Flashbang spawns six child grenades on impact that detonate mid-air.
RANGEFINDER (Unlock Rank 3)
Increases Flashbang’s maximum range. +60% Range
Increase the height of Gravitic Manipulators’ second jump.
Increases the lateral thrust of Gravitic Manipulators’ second jump.
Reduces Gravitic Burst’s cooldown. -20% Cooldown
Reduces Flashbang’s cooldown. -20% Cooldown Reduction
ENERGY CASCADE (Unlock Rank 7)
Activating Gravitic Burst increases Caldarius’ TMP fire rate. +10% Attack Speed for 5 Seconds
Increases Caldarius’ Energy Blade attacks. +18% Damage
Increases TMP’s magazine size. +8 Clip Size
Increases Gravitic Burst damage. +15% Damage
Increases Gravitic Burst dash distance.
Flashbang’s cooldown is reduced for each enemy hit. -0.5 Seconds Cooldown per Hit
Increases the radius of Flashbang‘s area of effect. +33% Area of Effect Radius
CLUSTER BURST (Unlock Rank 9)
Increases all Flashbang damage, but reduces the radius of each grenade. +10% Damage, -25% Area of Effect Radius
Aerial Assault now launches instantly. Reduces Aerial Assault cooldown. -20% Cooldown Reduction
Caldarius drops a fragmentation grenade that deals damage over time on Aerial Assault’s takeoff. +84 Damage over 2 seconds
GROUND ZEROED (Unlock Rank 12)
When Caldarius strikes the ground with Aerial Assault, nearby enemies are knock back.
Caldarius Guides by the Community
- your tmp´s(gun´s) damage greatly drops off over longer distances and isn’t accurate try to stay at close-medium range for maximum damage.
- don’t get to close to your opponents to avoid getting cc´ed or bursted down medium range is where caldy shines
- your flashbang is both a great as a initiate and to chase down opponents running away
- aerial asult is perfect for finishing off low health players
- don’t waste gravitic burst mid fight keep it to chase down opponents or to run away
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Battleborn Character Introduction
- SOARING REPUTATION
Double Jump 1,600 times.
- THE ARMOR COSTS MORE THAN YOU
Deal 40,000 damage with Aerial Assault.
- A VISION OF SOLITUDE
Kill 200 Blinded enemies.
- THE ARENA AND YOU: PARTNERS IN FREEDOM
Kill 500 Jennerit troops.
- THREE-TO-ONE CONTACT
Kill 150 enemies with Energy Blade while on a team with Rath.
Caldarius’ legendary gear is rewarded to the player when all lore challenges are completed.
The Armor Costs More Than You
TO THE COMMANDANT OF THE 999th SHOCK DIVISION
REQUEST OF THE TROOPER “CALDARIUS”
PETITION FOR SUSTAINMENT
For 100 years I have served the Jennerit through blood and war. I have scattered opposition on more worlds than I can count, fighting Varelsi and outlier factions alike for the cause of a people not my own.
And when the 999th march home through the streets of Jennar in victory, it is NOT the name of the Empress or her dog Rendain that you will hear. It is MY NAME.
CALDARIUS. CALDARIUS. CALDARIUS.
I have served the Empire, though it is not my home.
I have won Her wars. Destroyed Her foes. Followed Her commands.
I now demand what I rightfully earned in the Pits. I demand that right which has been denied me for a century; that which the citizens of this empire recognize as my just due, even if the Elite cannot.
I demand Sustainment.
ARMAMENT EVALUATION (EXCERPT)
from The Red Observer on 19210 C.R. the 11th day
to The Distinguished Elder Mossire
Concerning “HTX Assault Frames of the Jennerit Shock Divisions”
One additional note: we have at last retrieved three damaged suits of Jennerit HTX Assault Armor (known colloquially as “Shock Armor”) to examine for potential weaknesses. As expected with most Jennerit war technology, there are almost no weaknesses.
The armor is highly mobile, capable of orbital drops, operable in most hostile conditions, and contains an advanced power supply that can power the frame for months without recharging.
We did find one point interesting. While the three suits of armor we have collected are nearly identical on the exterior, each suit has been heavily modified internally to accomodate the shape and biological needs of quite varied pilots. The Jennerit Empire has never been shy about expending other races in battle.
All three recovered suits showed signs of being heavily adapted for differently-sized occupants. One suit featured a very small operator’s cockpit, adjusted for a pilot probably no more than 18 inches tall. For these pilots, the experience of controlling the HTX Assault armor must have been akin to piloting a giant war-bot.
(Note: Given prior findings, we can say with relative certainty that it has become common practice for the Jennerit to impress Kemessians into their service; even more likely since the fall of the Kemessian homeworld, Askallar.)
Jennerit Shock Troops who field this armor are almost impossible to target. The alloy used in the armor, though light, is extremely resilient. The armor has a flexible array of weaponry suited for close-quarters and medium-ranged engagements. Most commonly, Jennerit Shock Troopers are dropped from orbit directly into the heat of battle. As we have observed, this is terrifyingly effective.
They are not, however, unstoppable. From our extensive studies, we have determined that the most effective way to disable a HTX Assault Frame is to…
(The report is cut off.)
A Vision of Solitude
(Excerpts from the solitary log of prisoner 81838387, “Caldarius”, over the course of his imprisonment. Audio attached, transcript below.)
Caldarius: On this, my tenth day of imprisonment, the Imperium I’ve served has provided me with this personal data recorder, to… amuse myself during my incarceration. I’m not much for journaling, or expressing feelings… but I will express them nonetheless, just in case my jailers are listening.
Dear jailers: My hatred for you has already reached incalculable levels, and when I am free, I will visit a retribution upon you so vicious that you won’t have language to describe your anguish – only groans and screaming and the like. It’s NOT going to be pretty.
Caldarius: By my admittedly inaccurate count, today marks the start of my seventh year in this hellish pit.
Rendered effectively eternal by the Sustainment process, I likely haven’t aged a day since I was awarded that curse – but then, I wouldn’t know. It seems I’ve forgotten what my own face looks like. Year seven’s not going so hot. At least you understand me, Data Recorder. Please read me another poem about righteous fury while I nod off to sleep.
Yup, losing my mind.
Caldarius: Year whatever-the-f**k.
It’s my birthday. I don’t have big plans, so I was thinking me and Data Recorder would go for a walk in the woods, take in some scenery. Then, after a romantic picnic, we would talk of Rendain, my plans for beating him into a pulpy stew. We did the same thing last year, but Data Recorder doesn’t seem to mind. That’s what love is, you know.
Caldarius: IT’S TUESDAY! TUESDAY’S THE DAY I THINK ABOUT KILLING RENDAIN!
TOMORROW IS WEDNESDAY! WEDNESDAY IS ALSO THE DAY I THINK ABOUT KILLING RENDAIN!
THE DAY AFTER THAT IS—
(A voice calls out from off-mic, interrupting Caldarius.)
Deande: There he is! Caldarius! Caldarius, can you stand?
Caldarius: I WANT TO KILL RENDAIN!
Deande: And you shall have your chance.
(Deande turns away, calling to someone in the distance.)
Deande: Yeah, he’s fine! Bring the suit!
The Arena and You: Partners in Freedom
// BEGIN ENCRYPTION_LVL: BioG.v.H33 //
Personal Log, FAN_OF_THE_EMPIRE
“Reflections on the Caldarius Effect”
While I personally find Jennerit “pit fighting” an abhorrent waste of personnel, there was one particular moment where the attention of the entire Empire was unified in their admiration of the spectacle. Myself included.
Known then as “the Kemessian”, Caldarius fought his way up the leaderboards of the Pits – from the bottom of the slave ladder to the final test of combat before the Empress herself.
He was a song. An ageless relic. Poetry in flight. Caldarius fought an Ankrosa warrior, nearly thrice his size. Grace. Finesse. Some described him as an angry hornet, though I think it a disservice to compare him thusly. No, Caldarius was a surgeon of combat. An antigen seeking a tumor. He was fury, retribution and death incarnate.
And when the fight drew to an end, Caldarius was untouched by his opponent.
Given the Empire’s nearly universal infatuation with him at that point, it is unfortunate that Caldarius chose that moment to challenge the bonds of his captivity and demand ascension into the Jennerit Elite through Sustainment. Ah, his beauty, to be wasted now in punishment, as those aged and seated among the upper castes of our society refused to share their “noble blood” with one of the lower races. Caldarius was consigned to the military, placed in the heat of the front lines of combat as a member of the 999th Shock Division.
Between Kemessian the slave and Caldarius the Shock Trooper, I believe the slave had better odds of survival.
Perhaps his assignment to the 999th will sate his hunger for blood, and stay his desire for Sustainment, an act never performed on a non-Jennerit.
// END ENCRYPTION //
|| PERSONAL MESSAGE
|| FROM: Captain Trevor Ghalt
|| TO: Fan_of_the_Empire; DEATHBLADE
|| DATE: y.19958, d.28
I have to admit, you may be right. I believed Caldarius to be no more than a hate-wrapped ball of angst. But if the reports I’m reading about the part he played during the Battle of Penarch are true… damn. I have led whole DIVISIONS of UPR soldiers who could not have performed as Caldarius did on Penarch.
Verod – it is also nice to speak to you, even if indirectly. I know we’ve not always gotten along, but I think it’s going to be critical to put those past battles behind us if we even have a harresburra’s chance in Helicia. I know you have some recent history with Caldarius, and any help you can give us in finding him would be, well, helpful.
The question remains, though – where is he?
Accounts near the end of Penarch say his armor was powered down and he was all but immobile. If my hunch is right, though, he’s gonna be looking for a source of energy.
I’ll need your best leads if we’re to find him and recruit him to our cause.
:: TREVOR GHALT ::
Story Time with Jythri
Caldarius is about eighteen inches tall, yes. Not all shock troopers are the small Kemessians. Many of them are normal-sized Jennerit.
NOTES FROM THE CODEX: Kemessian:
Around 1’6″ tall, these small dark-skinned folk are known for their incredibly disproportionate strength, able to lift 20 to 30 times their weight. They have a reputation as fierce, unrelenting warriors. Their home of origin was the bitterly cold planet, Askallar from the Forthus system.
Askallar was overrun by the Jennerit Empire in 19,739 c.r. in an event known as the “Reaping of Askallar”. The Jennerit, aware of an impending Varelsi darkening there, offered the Kemessians the options to become slaves and live or remain behind and die to the inevitable tide of Varelsi about to claim the planet. Only a fraction of the populace accepted the “Reaping”. A few others were forcibly taken (re. Caldarius).
Kemessians typically live for 400-500 years.
Source: GBX Forums