Here is my first Character breakdown for Horde. And if you haven’t checked out my Beginners General Horde Guide by Hu1k Daddy. Please check it out.
JD is personally my current favorite character in the game. This may raise some eyebrows as from the outset, many people do not like him. Well here is a guide that can help you figure out what he is about and how to use him.
General Playstyle and Early Levels:
JD is about two things. Explosives and Bleeding. But When you first start out with him, he feels kinda week. Why? Because his best skills are not yet available. But even so he Feels really weak , more so than the other Hero Gears. You have this cool new Lancer GL but only spawn with one Grenade in it? WTF. Well that sucks. Good news is, once you get past this frustrating point in trying to level him up-its totally worth it.
Stick with the GL. It becomes extremely powerful. However early on in the leveling process you wont actually be using your Grenade Launcher very much but rather just the regular shooting.
During this time you will burn through ammo faster than any one due to the GL’s rate of fire. Now you may think ok well ill get the ammo regin personal upgrade to help. Yea, no. Stay away from this personal upgrade perk as its completely useless and it doesn’t even refill Grenades or any heavy ammo.
So the better option, is to focus on two Perks. Cooldown for Ult and Assault Damage. This will allow you to do better damage with all Assault Weapons. For a list on those, check the Gears5 Weapon guide.
The best early skills in my opinion are as follows:
*Officers Prerogative, Lancer GL mastery, Concussive Strike, Score Boost
This will be what your looking at for about Rank 5. You can choose any of these 3 and be ok. But if you want to level quickly then the Score boost can help, as it does give you more Exp as well at the end of the run.
Mid Level Playstyle
Congrats, you made it. Here is where the starts to begin.
Once you reach rank level 9 you unlock Custom Boomshot. This Card allows you to do more Damage with a Boomshot and will also destroy a Bastions Over-shield on a Perfect Reload. You dead sucka!
Another good Card to Swap in is Custom Lancer GL which unlocks at level 7. As more Damage is always better right?
For a Good Card set at 9 would be like this:
*Officer’s Prerogative, Lancer GL Mastery, Concussive Strike, Custom Lancer GL, Custom Boomshot
This Provides a good mix of Strengths to JD and helps deal with Bosses so much Easier. Matriarch shows up. Get an Air Strike on him, watch him get stunned then GL him with 3 straight Grenades. Boom and dead.
High Level Playstyle
This is it! You made it. This is where JD can one shot Bosses on Elite Diff with no Issues. Be proud that you made it this far, as it gets really fun now.
Ok, so earlier I said JD was about two Things, Explosives and Bleeding. Well we kinda talked about Explosives with the Boomshot but nothing about Bleeding. Well that is about to change.
This is for players up to rank 12 and beyond. As this set really has no weakness to it and you can do Massive amounts of Damage. Im talking like 600,000 points of damage.
Here is the set at rank 12:
*Officers Prerogative, Custom Lancer GL, Custom Boomshot, Launcher Capacity, Razor Hail
Now if you have been saving up Scrap this whole time, Launcher Capacity is JD’s best Card hands down. Its a Rare, so try and level this as soon as you can. Why you ask? Well becuase it does more than the Card says it does. It also increases the amount of Hand Grenades per level and also the amount of GL Launcher ammo.
This is great as now you can do more overall Damage. But it works even better with Razor Hail as this causes bleeding on any target hit by your explosives. Yes even the Robots. This combo is crazy and does massive amount of Damage. You can Air Strike bosses and watch their Health Drop Faster than ever with the Bleed effect on.
So to sum this up. JD is a High Damage Dealer and specializes in killing Bosses and Mini Bosses. Be watchful for Rejects and Leech’s as they rush you and prevent you from doing explosives all day. Try and get a Chainsaw Lancer early on to Swap between so you dont get overrun, if there is a Marcus playing and they are willing to swap with you.
You can run a 3 man squad on Elite with this set. Just need a Del and a Jack.
Now once you become fully leveled, obviously go with the legendary at 16, as this combines well with Spotter Support. I don’t run this much in pubs as many other players don’t mark enemies a lot, but hey at this point Im sure you know what your doing.
If any questions, post them here. Good luck Gears!