Everything you need to know coming from the Battleborn CTT

Battleborn - Helix - Balance - Update
Battleborn - Helix - Balance - Update

Coming from the Closed Technical Test (CTT) Gearbox has learned a lot from analyzing all the play sessions. Yes Phoebe was overpowered but she also had the advantage that her anti-hero, the Battleborn that was designed to counter her play style, wasn’t available in the CTT. Recently i got hold of some footage showcasing the Helix’ of currently announced Battleborn. Instead of diving into making Helix overview videos i started comparing the skill trees to the ones that i already got up on the Battleborn profile pages. I noticed several changes and that some skill trees got tweaked more than others. One noticeable thing was changes Gearbox made to the use of stun in the skill trees. This status effect got moved around or replaced by other status effects like slow or a new one called silence. In this change log new heroes like TobyDeande, Ghalt, Attikus & Galilea are not included as they were not available during the CCT.

*This is not an official Change log some stats might have changed that are not or previously not specified in the helix skill trees. Also as Battleborn is still in development nothing is set in stone, things change on daily basis.

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Check out Ambra’s profile page for the fully updated helix

Ambra’s primary and secondary attack have changed. The primary attack is now the secondary attack and vise versa. Also new is the heat gauge, every primary attack you perform now fills up a heat meter that will add bonus damage to your secondary attack, the scorching strikes.

Sunspots  will deal damage to enemies at the cost of their own life bar. Also you can now only summon 2 instead of 3 sunspots.

Solar Wind no longer pushes enemies back by default, instead it deals damage. The push back ability can be acquired within the helix.

  • LVL1 – LEFT – SUNSPOTTER
    Sunspot’s damage buff from +10 Damage to +16% Damage Over 4 Seconds
  • LVL1 – RIGHT – SEARING WIND
    Skill Replaced by ILLUMINATION, Now Solar Wind does +135 Damage over 3 Seconds
  • LVL2 – RIGHT – SOOTHING SUNLIGHT
    Skill Replaced by BLESSING OF THE SUN, Sunspot +10 Health Regeneration Per Second is replaced with +50% Health Regeneration Per Second
  • LVL3 – LEFT – BLOOD DRIVE
    +20% Life Steal is lowered to +15% Life Steal
  • LVL4 – LEFT – RADIANT GALE
    Knock up effect is replaced with a push back effect
  • LVL4 – RIGHT – RITUAL OF REPULSION
    Skill Replaced by SEARING WIND, Solar Wind Push back effect is replaced with damage buff. Up to +100% Damage depending on your range. Closer is Better
  • LVL5 – LEFT – CAUTERIZATION
    +25 Health Regenerating per second is now +60% Movement Speed when her Flame Shield is active.
  • LVL5 – RIGHT – FLAME BURST
    Flame Shield explodes on expiry buffed from +123 Damage to +200 Damage
  • LVL6 – LEFT – AGILE ANOMALY
    Sunspots don´t instantly get cast now but have increased range. +50% Area of Effect Radius
  • LVL7 – RIGHT – FLAME STAFF
    The Extra damage that Ambra’s Scorching Strikes does through the expenditure of Heat is gained as health. +100% Life Steal
  • LVL8 – LEFT – BASK IN THE LIGHT
    Sunspot now get an +20% Cooldown Time instead of slowing your enemy.
  • LVL8 – RIGHT – FAN THE FLAMES
    Increases the Health of Ambra’s Sunspots. +50% Sunspot Health instead of +30% Movement Speed by consuming Sunspot
  • LVL10 – LEFT – SHOCKWAVE
    Extinction Event now stuns nearby enemies for 2 Seconds instead of pushing them back
  • LVL10 – Right – World’s End
    Extinction Event lost its +180 Damage buff
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Check out Benedict’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL2- WIND CHILL
    Lift off slow effect lowered from 2 seconds to 1 second
  • LVL3 – READY ROCKETS
    Rocket Launcher -43% Reload time is now +30% Reload Speed.
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Check out Boldur’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL3 – LEFT – DEFT DEFENSE
    Skill now on the Right. Instead of getting his shield up faster Boldur is now able to block more damage and run at full speed while guarding
  • LVL3 – RIGHT – STUNNING BLOWS
    Skill now on the Left.
  • LVL4 – RIGHT – HEADSPLITTER
    Axe Toss now slows enemies instead of stunning them.
  • LVL5 – RIGHT – BERSERKER RAGE
    Rage health regeneration rate increases from +7 to +14 Health Regeneration per second
  • LVL6 – RIGHT – DEADLIER DASH
    Renamed skill to BOLDURCRASH
  • LVL7 – RIGHT – NATURAL ENHANCEMENT
    Renamed skill to DWARVEN CONSTITUTION
  • LVL9 – LEFT – AXE TOSS COOLDOWN
    Skill now on the Right.
  • LVL9 – RIGHT – DEATH AND AXES
    Skill now on the Left.
  • LVL10 – BOTH MASTERIES
    Both skills no longer force Runes of Power to always power up Boldur’s axe or shield. The Axe will gain +2% Damage for every 100 Health. While the shield will not generate any heat.
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Check out Caldarius’ profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL 2 – RIGHT – ZEALOUS FRENZY
    The energy blade attack speed by activating Gravitic Burst is increased from +15% Attack Speed to +20% Attack Speed for 5 seconds
  • LVL4 – LEFT – FLASH BARRAGE
    The 3 Flashbangs now do less damage from 56 to 53 damage
  • LVL7 – LEFT – ADAPTIVE HARMONICS
    Caldarius’ shield recharge delay buff is replaced with +18% Energy Blade attack damage
  • LVL10 – RIGHT – AERIAL BARRAGE
    Now drops a frag on lift off instead of firing one before final decent.
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Check out ISIC’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL1 – RIGHT – CRUSHIN’ THOSE SHIELDS ! 😀
    Plasma Dash bonus damage to shields when Overcharged gets buffed from +50% to +60% Bonus Damage to Shields
  • LVL2 – RIGHT – THIS MIGHT STING !
    Rotating Wards now only condense into plasma charges when using overcharge. Damage lowered from 141 to 131 Damage per Charge
  • LVL3 – LEFT – OUTTA MY WAY ! 🙂
    Skill got replaced by NOT DYIN’TODAY ! 🙂 +240 Maximum Shield Strength instead of having a push back effect on your Plasma Dash.
  • LVL10 – LEFT – SHIELDS UP ! 😀
    Activating Omega Strike deploys Energy Aegis to block inbound damage from in front. Energy Shield went up from +1000 to +2000 Damage Blocking
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Check out Marquis’ profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL4 – LEFT – TIME KILLER
    Enemies inside a Temporal Distortion bubble take more damage over time. From +28 to 45 Damage Per Second.
  • LVL7 – LEFT – BULLET BANKER
    Skill got replaced by AUTOLOADER, Bindlebane’s Reload & Attack speed are buffed instead of having an bigger magazine size.
  • LVL8 – LEFT – WINDFALL
    Predatory Strike areas of effect damage is altered from +30 Damage to +360 Damage Over 6 Seconds.
  • LVL10 – LEFT – BINDLEBLAST(S)
    Both Bindleblasts got a slight damage reduction -33% Damage Per Shot
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Check out Mellka’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL2 – LEFT – PARTING GIFT
    Spikes area of effect got a slight debuff instead of dealing +22 Damage Per Second it now does +20 Damage Per Second over 5 Seconds.
  • LVL2 – RIGHT – GONE IN A FLASH
    Skill got replaced with LIFT OFF!, Mellka now won’t cloak when using Spike. Spike now has en increased height.
  • LVL3 – LEFT – THRILL OF THE HUNT
    Got moved to LVL8. New skill is AIR STALL; Mellka’s off-hand melee attack deals increased damage and propels her backwards.
  • LVL4 – LEFT – BLADE EJECTION
    Claw Lunge additional damage is lowered from +58 to +50 Damage
  • LVL5 – RIGHT – COMBAT RHYTHM
    Killing an enemy afflicted with Venom grants a stack of increased health. Stacks got boosted from +10% to +30% Maximum Health per Stack.
  • LVL6 – RIGHT – DESPERATE LUNGE
    Extra Claw Lunge dash distance is replaced with reduced Cooldown Time
  • LVL7 – LEFT – POWER SPIKE
    Mellka’s Venom upgrade got lowered from +128 to +100 Damage
  • LVL7 – RIGHT – SECOND WIND
    Spike Cooldown depended on Mellka’s health is gone down from a maximum of -50% to -40% Cooldown time.
  • LVL8 – RIGHT – AIR STALL
    Got replaced by THRILL OF THE HUNT.
  • LVL9 – Right – FINISHING BLOW
    Claw Lunge deals increased damage is lowered from +29 to +21 Damage
  • LVL10 – LEFT – BLADE STORM
    Skill got upgraded with a new ability. Blade Launcher’s blades now also home in an envenomated enemies instead of just bouncing of the environment.
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Check out Miko’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL5 – LEFT – TOXIC TRANSFUSION
    Miko’s ability to steal health by using Molecular Mycology got lowered from +20% to +15% Life Steal
  • LVL10 – RIGHT – VICIOUS STRAIN
    Fungus Among Us damage over time got debuffed from +78 to +30 Damage Per Second
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Check out Montana’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL3 – LEFT – PUMPED UP
    Montana’s maximum health increases from +250 to +360 health
  • LVL3 – RIGHT – GATLING GREASE
    Minigun spinup time got removed skill got increased from -30% to -100% Spinup Time
  • LVL4 – RIGHT – FIRESTORM
    Hailstorm’s bullets did +24 Damage Per Second they now do +48 Damage Over 2 Seconds
  • LVL6 – LEFT – SWOLE SHIELD
    Montana’s maximum shield strength is increased from +195 to +240 Maximum Shield Strength
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Check out Orendi’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL5 – LEFT – PROGNOSTICATION
    Not really a change just looking at the skill from a different angle. If Gnosis still does 8 seconds cooldown to Shadowfire Pillar than with this -4 Seconds cooldown you still get the -12 cooldown.
  • LVL7 – RIGHT – ESSENCE THEFT
    Orendi’s skills did +20% Life Steal, now they do +15% Life Steal. So a slight decrease.
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Check out Oscar Mike’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL1 – RIGHT – SNEAK ATTACK
    Deactivating the Stealth Generator boosted your damage with +20% now with +16% Bonus Damage
  • LVL2 – RIGHT – NADES ON NADES
    Each of the 5 Child grenades did 20% damage now they do 40% damage on detonation with a maximum of +100% Damage
  • LVL5 – LEFT – HOLLOW-POINT ROUND
    Tactical Rounds penetrated enemy shields with +25% now do +60% Shield Penetration.
  • LVL7 – LEFT – AGILITY TRAINING
    The increases base movement speed got lowered from +9% to +8% Base Movement Speed
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Check out Phoebe’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL1 – RIGHT – PREPARATION
    Enemies hit by Blade Rush are now marked and will be silenced instead of stunned by the last strike of Phoebe’s primary melee combo.
  • LVL2 – LEFT – GATECRASHER
    Skill got replaced by SHIELD RESONATORS. Phasegate’s damaging electric storm got removed for an shield recharge trigger.
  • LVL3 – LEFT – SHIELD STABILIZERS
    Phoebe’s maximum shield strength got increased from +195 to +240 Shield Strength with +105 Shield Recharge per Second.
  • LVL4 – LEFT – UNINTENDED INNOVATION
    Blade Rush exploding blades travel slower
  • LVL4 – RIGHT – RADDOPPIO
    Skill got an make over, no more cooldown for Blade Rush. But True Strike will provide +30% Damage Reduction for 3 Seconds
  • LVL5 – RIGHT – REPRISE
    Phoebe’s second True Strike now deals increased +40% Damage
  • LVL7 – LEFT – EFFICIENT RESONATOR
    Skill got replaced for CORE OVERLOAD. The previous +105 Shield recharge rate per Second got added in LVL3 Skill SHIELD STABILIZERS. CORE OVERLOAD grants +15% Skill Damage
  • LVL9 – RIGHT – REFINED TECHNIQUE
    Blade Rush did up to +30% Damage the further they traveled this now is Up to +100% Damage
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Check out Rath’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL1 – LEFT – PHASING BLADES
    Skill got replaced by SLOWING STRIKE. Crossblade no longer goes through enemies instead it slows enemies on impact.
  • LVL2 – RIGHT – PARABOLIC BLADE
    Skill got replaced by ANGER’S ECHO. Crossblade will still travel back but deals half the damage.
  • LVL4 – RIGHT – CATALYTIC FLASH
    Catalytic Smash no longer blinds enemies but will silence them when hit.
  • LVL7 – LEFT – EVASIVE MANEUVERS
    When Rath’s shield breaks his movement speed is increased from 4 to 6 seconds
  • LVL9 – LEFT – SOFTENED TARGET
    The Crossblade buff from Catalytic Smash got slightly reduced from +35% to +25% Damage
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Check out Reyna’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL1 – RIGHT – PRIORITY PLASMA
    Level 1 Right skill moved down to Level 2 on the left and vise versa
  • LVL4 – LEFT – VITAL PROTOCOL
    Shield Booster’s health regeneration is lowered from +290 to +250 Health, but now is added when Shield Booster is applied instead of on breaking or expiring.
  • LVL4 – RIGHT – VENGEANCE PROTOCOL
    Shield Booster explosion damage is lowered from +232 to +200 Damage, but now is triggered when Shield Booster is applied instead of on breaking or expiring.
  • LVL6 – LEFT – VIGILANCE
    Increased Shield Booster overshield lowered from a shocking +113 to +112 Overshield
  • LVL8 – RIGHT – DOGPILER
    Damage on marked enemies by Priority Target is increased from +15% to +16% Extra Damage
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Check out Thorn’s profile page for the fully updated helix
  • LVL5 – LEFT – HEXTENSION
    Curse now also deals +10% Damage

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  1. Mellka needs to be buff not nerf :/

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    • These changes are purely based on helix comparison. It could be that her base damage and health (regen) got an significant boost. But I don’t have those stats, i have heard that gearbox made some changes to those stats for some of the heroes. Balancing is still done on daily basis.

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