FL4K – The Beast Master

FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits, those poor suckers

Overview

  • Name: FL4K
  • Tag: The Beast Master
  • Class: Hunter
  • Action Skill: Pets
  • Voice Actor: SungWon Cho

About

An emergent AI driven in an ongoing quest for self-discovery, FL4K wanders from world to world accompanied by beasts. While they feel an connection with the primal wisdom of animals, the social construct of humans are strange to them. On their endless hunt, FL4K’s loyal Skag, Spiderant, and Jabber companions help them track and claim their quarry, be it human, Vault Monster, or anything in between.

Description

FL4K, The Beast Master is one of the playable characters in Borderlands 3. Flak is the hunter class of the game, this playable character is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. For the action skill, Flak is able to choose between 3 different pets that each have their own unique abilities. We see a Skag, a Spiderant, and another creature that carries a gun. The Spiderant is able to emit shockwaves. Flak’s eye looks like loaderbot from Tales from the Borderlands. Flak was first described as a “Homeless” character as we do see them wear a ‘flak’ jacket. Also, notice the canisters strapped across the chest, these are not frags of any kind but they contain food for the pets.

FL4K is a wandering robot who always brings one of their three loyal pets into battle to buff stats and attack enemies. Their action skills let them send forth dive-bombing Rakk, teleport Gamma Burst-irradiated pets through rifts, and even Fade Away to temporarily become invisible while moving faster and regenerating health.

Reveal Trailer Update:

During the reveal event trailer, we do see FL4K running like they use a ‘phasewalk’ ability similar to Lilith in the Original Borderlands. The ability looks to have an increased movement speed and deals shock damage. Since each character has 3 actions skill this could be one of them. Another thing I could think of is that this could be a run override (instead of a melee override). However, I think that this would make the ability a bit weird since the combat is much faster in Borderlands 3 and you will be running throughout the fights.  So if this is a new action skill than this would be an indication that only 1 Skill Tree will focus on pets. Could it be that the different pets that FL4K has are actually different augments that let you change up your pet and its abilities? Question…..

We can also see FL4K call upon the pets by summoning an energy sphere on the combat zone. The blast looks deadly and the health icons seem to imply that you can get healing off of it.

E3 2019 Update:

  • In an interview with IGN, Randy Varnell confirmed that FL4K isn’t Loaderbot from Tales From the Borderlands.
  • The canisters strapped across FL4K’s chest contain food for the pets.

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