This BL2 Commando (Axton) Build is what I used to play the game in normal and true vault hunter mode, mainly solo with some co-op. A straight forward build and very handy in either case, with great survivability. The main skill tree is Guerilla for those playing to lvl 50 and Guerilla & Survival for those maxed @ lvl 72.
Axton is a great character for those wanting to play solo or those new to the game. Because the utility of his turret allows him to survive a great deal of battles. And provides a much needed boost and DPS in tight and unforgiving situations that you will inevitably face throughout your playthrough.
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Note: Leaving only Grenadier and Laser Sight. Expanding your grenade slots can easily be done through the Black Market and the +50% Turret Accuracy could be useful, though at no point did I think “my turret needs to be more accurate.” But still useful if you’re going for a heavy turret build.
This tree and the skills above are the core of your build. From this point you can invest another 27 points into Survival to also grab Gemini for double turrets and invest your remaining 11 points into Gunpowder to allow you access to Longbow Turret. Which increases your turret deploy range, and gives +110% Turret Health.
Note: Using Mag-Lock can be useful, though not necessary, especially if you’re planning to go for Longbow Turret. Because there are times where due to the lack of space you end up placing your turret in a path which isn’t ideal. Besides that, your secondary heal becomes Preparation and Quick Charge + Pressure makes it easier to keep up your shield.
Note: The Gunpowder tree only has a few notable skills worth your points, which have been mentioned above. Battlefront is where you would put any remaining points if you have any.
You have a very strong offensive and defensive build, regardless of whether you’re playing to lvl 50 or 72. Axton (The Commando) is a great class to start off with and learn the ropes of the game. His trusty turret allows him a great deal of leverage and soloing becomes much easier for your first playthrough, or higher difficulty modes. Always remember to make use of the turret and don’t be afraid of deploying it as soon as you feel a sense of danger.
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