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Scout
Plasma Rifle Build

This is a general purpose, easy to use Drak Plasma Carbine build with 2 variants of the Drak that function very similarly. The main drawbacks of the carbine is it’s low damage, and overheat mechanic that prevents sustained fire in large waves. While we don’t fix the damage directly, increasing the fire rate will help our overall DPS. A bulk of the perks in both options revolve around reducing heat per shot, and increasing the cooling rate of the weapon. With both of these focuses, we can remain above 50% heat effectively to maintain the additional Rate of Fire, while also not needing to stay out of the fight for long to cool down. The Drak does less damage per shot overall, so the Boomstick is really the only choice to deal with tough enemies quickly. Equipment perk choices remain a constant throughout the Scout class, making it easier to use between builds.

Weapons

DRAK-25 Plasma Carbine

T1C – Stronger Particle Accelerator (x2 Projectile Velocity)
T2A – Larger Battery (+200 Max Ammo)
T3A – Custom Coil Alignment (-70% Weapon Spread)
T4A – Overcharged PCF (15% chance to inflict Electrocution)
T5B – Thermal Feedback Loop (+5 Rate of Fire when above 50% heat)
  Thermal Liquid Coolant (-15% Heat per Shot, +25% Cooling Rate)

This build really tries make the negatives of the Drak not feel as punishing, with the weapon overheating and how inaccurate it can be in sustained fire. T1 can be chosen based on preference, I really like having my bullets travel twice as fast, it reduces the need to lead your shots. Otherwise, the rest of the perks and Overclocks really have 1 combined purpose. Reduce overall heat cost per bullet, cool your weapon faster, and shoot faster. With the Thermal Liquid Coolant overclock, we can maintain the +5 Fire Rate T5B offers very easily. Stay above 50% heat when in fights, your weapon will cool very fast so don’t be afraid to push it to the brink of overheating.

Alternate
DRAK-25 Plasma Carbine

T1B – Improved Thermals (-25% Heat per Shot)
T2B – Increase Particle Density (+2 Damage)
T3A – Custom Coil Alignment (-70% Weapon Spread)
T4A – Overcharged PCF (15% chance to inflict Electrocution)
T5B – Thermal Feedback Loop (+5 Rate of Fire when above 50% heat)
Impact Deflection (Projectiles bounce once off terrain or enemies, -2 Rate of Fire)

An alternate choice to this build, however the playstyle and perk choice is very similar to the first Drak combination. The differences are, T1B, reduce heat per shot that we don’t have from Thermal Liquid Coolant. You may need to lead your shots more, but with Impact Deflection, you can play around with angles. We’ll also change T2B for more damage, but if you prefer the ammo, by all means go back to T2A. The rest of the perks and overall build remain the same. Keep your weapon above 50% heat to fire faster, and your bullets now bounce, adding and extra layer of carnage to this weapon.

Jury-Rigged Boomstick

T1A – Expanded Ammo Bags (+8 Max Ammo)
T2A –  Double Trigger (+7.5 Rate of Fire)
T3C –  High Capacity Shells (+3 Pellets per Shot)
T4A –  Super Blowthrough Shells (+3 Bullet Penetration)
T5C –  White Phosphorous Shells (50% of Damage converted to fire Damage)
Jumbo Shells (+8 Damage per Pellet; -10 Max Ammo; +0.5 Reload Time)

Boomstick is the best secondary weapon to pair with Drak. Drak can shoot a lot of bullets down range, but lacks the damage to effectively deal with anything stronger then a Guard. This is a high damage burst style weapon, able to deal with Praetorians with ease, or groups of grunts thanks to it’s penetrating bullets (T4A). Since this is a high burst damage weapon, we want to capitalize on that with T3C (High Cap Shells) and our overclock to increase our damage per pellet with each shot. T5C (White Phosphorous Shells) made the most sense with a build focused on effects, but also for the additional damage of lighting enemies on fire. Since our overclock also reduces the overall ammo we carry, T1A (Expanded Ammo Bags) helps mitigate that loss.

Equipment

Flaregun

T1A –  Expanded Ammo Bags (+3 Max Ammo)
T2C – High Capacity Mags (+1 Magazine Size)
T3A – Magnesium Core (+15 Second Duration)

I found these perks to be the best choices overall. There is the option to chance T1A to T1B if you want your flares to last longer, but given the composition of most caves, you are not staying in the same place long enough to get the full benefits most of the time.

Grappling Hook

T1B – Longer Cable (+5m Range)
T2A –  Greater Cable Stretch (+5m Range)
T3A – High Velocity Ejection System (-0.2 Second Shoot Speed)
T4C –  Bypassed Integrity Check (-1 Second Cooldown)

I found these perks to be best overall, increase in range and reduced cooldown.

Fox Amor Rig

T1A – Improved Generator (-1 Second Shield Recharge Delay)
T2B – Healthy (+20 Max Health)
T3A – Shock Absorbers (+33% Fall Damage Reduction)
T4C –  Breathing Room (+3 Second Revive Invulnerability)

Armor is pretty flexible in perk choice, I enjoyed the following perk combination. It will always be more beneficial to take T2B (Healthy) for the increase in health, rather then shield, which only gives +5. Shield also regenerates, while health does not unless you gather red sugar or a re-supply pod. I also found T4C to be helpful especially on harder difficulties were you might be revived in the middle of a horde of enemies, the extra seconds in invulnerability will really help to get to a safe distance to re-group.

Cryo Grenade

OR

Voltaic Stun Sweeper

Cryo is by far my favorite grenade, it has a wide range of applications were it is extremely useful. To name a few, instantly freezing large groups of enemies all at once, even praetorians. It can also be used to instantly kill smaller enemies like swarmers, they will also instantly kill all Mactera enemies. Lastly, freezing all enemies during/after getting a revive on a fellow dwarf is extremely strong to help them escape or to help yourself to get that revive.

An alternative choice here is the Voltaic Stun Sweeper. This “grenade” is very useful for this build specifically as it applies electrocution to enemies, up to 9 total. This allows us to deal 50% more damage with our main weapon easily thanks to this grenade choice.

Passive Perks

Thorns

Resupplier

Elemental Insulation

Deep Pockets

Thorns : One of the better perks for the Scout, since we don’t have any great crowd control against swarmers and alike, this perk really helps up out. It is capable of killing small enemies instantly after they hit us. It helps the overall crowd control capabilities. Definitely worth grabbing.

Resupplier : Another great perk that I recommend across all classes. If resupplying 50% faster wasn’t good enough to have in a pinch, gaining 25% more health each time is just the cherry on top. One of the best passive perks to have in my opinion.

Elemental Insulation : An optional choice, but a relatively strong one depending on the cave biome you’re in. Take 30% less damage from all elemental sources. This includes; Fire/Frost/Electricity/Poison/Radiation/Heat and Cold.

Deep Pockets : Another optional choice for the Scout, this is more a quality of life perk choice, it allows you to hold +15 more minerals of each type. This can be particularly helpful when gathering resources from hard to reach places, and in general limit the amount of trips needed to deposit them. This especially shines in any mission that does not have a Molly.

Active Perks

Heightened Senses

Field Medic

Iron Will

Beast Master

Heightened Senses: Based on personal preference. If you play solo, you can rely on Bosco to help you out from being grabbed, usually by a cave leach. For group games, as a Scout who is usually ahead of the group, or in hard to reach places, it can be useful to have an emergency safety button to escape bring grabbed from something that would otherwise kill you. This perk can be skipped if you’re playing with a reliable group that can save you quickly.

Field Medic: 100% a group game perk, do not use if playing solo. This perk should definitely be equipped when playing in a group game, especially for the Scout, but definitely useful on any class. The ability to revive allies 30%, fear enemies after reviving an ally, on top of the activation option of instantly reviving an ally, this perk can save games on its own.

Iron Will : Once per mission, you can revive yourself for 12 seconds before going back down. This may not sound like a great perk at first, but it can be used to save games. While on it’s own, not very strong, you can revive allies who can then revive you in turn. Alternatively, even in a solo game, there is a way you can stay alive, effectively turning this into a permanent self revive option. If you gather health within the 12 seconds, you will stay alive. This can be from Red Sugar, Resupply pods, or other means (Vampire Passive Perk). This perk can be very strong on a Scout who can zip around to gain health, or to quickly find an ally and revive them. Recommended saving it’s use until absolutely necessary.

Beast Master : A generally fun, and useful support perk, I found it’s best use in solo games, but it is not restricted to this mode. This perk allows you to convert a “Grunt” level enemy to be a companion. This includes “Grunts”;”Slashers” and “Guards”. I found Guards to be the best ones to grab, from the available options. It has the most health, which means, will survive the longest while grabbing enemy attention. In a pinch, the Slasher is also very helpful as it has the most damage to kill enemies from the available options. In the end, this is up to personal choice. There is a 5 minute cooldown between uses, allowing you to repeatability use this perk.