As requested, I am redoing my old Horde guides to match the current game. Since Clayton is my dude, only makes since to start with him. As with all my guides, just type in Hu1k Daddy in the search and they should pop up.
So without further delay, lets get started.
Clayton is a much improved character in OP4 with an all new passive, better working skill cards, and much improved personal perks while in game. There are Ultimately two separate builds that you can build Clayton with that I believe match his new style. Lets break it down.
Personal Perks in Horde
Up- Health, Increases your overall Max Health.
Down- Damage (This Perk increases Damage for all Weapons, and Mele)
Left- This increases the length of your Ultimate duration
Right- This will replenish Ammo for either a Trishot or a Mulcher only.
Early Build -When you first start leveling Clayton, as with most Hero’s, you will need to have patience. Most of his early cards are not very good and make him more of a pure Tank type character, which can help you in some Escape runs. So it may be a good idea to try and level him this way especially early on.
So, if we are looking at level 1-5, here is what I would go with.
Flash Freeze, Heavy Capacity, Bait Armor
Flash Freeze can be helpful early on as it will help you Freeze enemies quicker and can allow you to pin bosses down for your team. Heavy Capacity is the first early mainstay card you will want to keep on for every build and just allows you to have more ammo for any Heavy Weapon. (Note this does not include the Boomshot) Bait Armor is a good main for Escape runs as since it only allows 5 seconds per hit, it can help in those tight areas where enemies are everywhere.
Mid Range Build- Ok, so you have a good feeling about how Clayton works. Right on! He just gets better as he levels up and just keep grinding those levels as it is completely worth it.
Looking at level 1-10, here is what I would go with.
*Heavy Shell, Heavy Capacity, Phoenix Armor, Bait Armor, Team Resist *
Heavy Shell will be your next mainstay for any Clayton build. The reason being is that his Ultimate without this card will only reflect Bullets. However with this Card, it will reflect anything. Be careful however as Sires can still grab you with your Ult on and this card equipped. Phoenix Armor is a pretty good card for Horde or Escape as when you are revived from DBNO you will get back on your feet with some stim. I prefer this card on escape runs as you level up further as it seems to be better suited for this game mode. Team Resist is a helpful support card as it makes your allies take less damage and it has no range to it. Meaning that they can be anywhere on the map to receive this benefit. It also helps on Escape runs as it will reduce the Venom damage to your team if you are stuck and need to move.
Late Build-Final Build- Alright you grub killing awesome guy. You did it! You got Clayton to where he can be the most fun to play with and get the most out of him.
Now there is an important thing to note with Clayton at this point. This is where the Builds for the final can be different. He has the option to go with whats called the “Stun Build” or the “Mulcher Build”. There are pluses and minuses for each so lets break them down.
Stun Build - Heavy Shell, Heavy Charger, Serrated Edge, Concussive Explosives, Reflect Shredder
The stun build is a good all around build for Clayton and can basically stop bosses in there tracks to allow your teammates time to react to the boss and act accordingly. Heavy Charger will allow you to get your Ult back very quickly while using the Salvo’s and mix this with Concussive Explosives then you can stun bosses or Scions in there tracks to keep peppering them with bullets. Serrated Edge will give some extra bang for your Torque bow and can really help against a Matriarch or a Swarmack. Reflect Shredder is another mainstay for any build as it just gives your Ult even more damage and allows bleeding.
Now the downside to this build is that its expensive and you will be doing a lot of running around to either lockers or to grabbing more Salvos. This build is best suited for a 1-50 run where you can expect a base to be built and allow lockers to be made. Also this build is still the more supportive build and doesn’t allow Clayton to be the powerhouse that he can be.
Mulcher Build- Heavy Shell, Heavy Charger. Heavy Capacity, Mulcher Mastery, Reflect Shredder
The Mulcher build is my go to for Clayton. I absolutely love this build and how you can truly feel like the Grub Killer that you are. There are some that say the Trishot is better for this build but I disagree for two reasons. 1) With the mulcher you can shoot faster and longer than a Trishot, this works well with Clayton’s passive as you will constantly be healed while shooting and with Heavy Charger as your Ult will be available extremely quickly on a constant basis. 2) When you have Mulcher Mastery to level 5 you will already be doing more damage per shot than that of a Trishot. I believe a Trishot does 430 damage per shot while at this level the mulcher will do 450 per shot. This is with the Damage Personal Perk not even being used at this point.
Now the downside to this build. While it may make you feel like a god on the battlefield, there are some drawbacks. Your team will get overrun much easier since nothing will be stunned like in the previous build. If you get your Mulcher knocked from your hands your pretty much useless instantly and will need to find a way to get it back in your hands or find another one. And the biggest drawback, is that against a Matriach or a Warden you will have an extremely hard time taking them down. While you can solo against a Brumack with this build, these two present a tough situation for you due to the small hit boxes on them. Would recommend taking out other enemies and allow your team to focus on the these particular bosses.
Alright , that about sums it up. I hope this can help you, and maybe shed some light on how Clayton can be run.
As always if you find a better build let it be known below, and I hope you appreciate the effort and time put into these as they take quite a long time to do.
Good luck Gears!