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Infinitum Tanker (and other types too!) Build Collection


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I have been a Main tanker since Live and have collected quite a few builds - I have shared them piece by piece here, so I thought i would just put them all in one place, if anyone ever needed them.

 

I rely on not getting killed more than damage output or number of attacks.  The damage I can output on each of them is still impressive though.

 

I even included my Brutes that can also tank as well as any of my tanks.

 

Tanker Armor Rankings IMO

 

1. Invulnerability

1.* Stone Armor (QoL reasons)

2. Shield Defense

3. Dark Armor

4. Willpower

5. Ice Armor

6. Super Reflexes

7. Radiation Armor

8. Electric Armor

9. Fiery Aura

 

**Note** If Energy Aura were a tanker set it would be solidly Number 2

 

Also 4, 5, 6, are all very very close.

 

Update 12/4/2020

 

All builds updated with New EM, New Dark Melee, and general tweaks.

 

I have now included my Scrappers, Stalkers and More Brutes because they can basically take point when a tanker isn't present and be totally fine doing so.

 

The most reliable and durable are Infinitum/ Nova Infinitum/ CaptainInfinitum/ CaptainStarburst/ Brikhouse.

 

The most devastating are UltraInfinitum/ Lodestarr/ Novaflux/ Novaforge/ Obsidian Paladin/ FYF-9x Stinger/ EtherealBlaze/ OmegaInfinitum/ JadePaladin.

 

The most fun IMO is Ultra Infinitum - However, Revamped Energy Melee has made any of the EM characters a contender in this category just from sheer play strategy (active target selection and power rotation) and free feel of flow.  But honestly everytime in play any of these builds I havent played in a while it's the most fun ever anyway. lol

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy these, and hope they help, if you have any questions feel free to ask.  @Infinitum - Excelsior Server

 

Infinitum - Tanker (Invulnerability - Super Strength).mxd ---- My first ever 50 Live and Homecoming.  Really solid. 

Invulnerability/Super Strength

 

Captain Infinitum - Tanker (Shield Defense - Street Justice).mxd ---- Ultra Reliable, not held back by not having a heal - cause you usually can work your way out of any situation by outlasting the bad guys.

Shield Defense/Street Justice

 

Ultra Infinitum - Tanker (Shield Defense - Electric Melee).mxd ---- Really fun AOE shred anything but a boss build - every 30 seconds you are like a battle ship firing a broadside.

Shield Defense/Electric Melee

 

Alpha Infinitum - Tanker (Super Reflexes - Claws).mxd ---- First foray into Tanker SR - Claws mixed with the recharge seems like a good pair.

Super Reflexes/Claws

 

Omega Infinitum - Tanker (Dark Armor - Dark Melee).mxd ---- really fun Dark Brawler esque build - very solid with ToF Buff, despite the shadow maul nerf - Dark IMO is the best Resistance Set.

Dark Armor/Dark Melee

 

Absolute Infinitum - Tanker (Ice Armor - Ice Melee).mxd ---- Ice Ice Baby - Very solid survivable Tanker build - that can debuff, slow and control enemies as well.  Very fun indeed!

Ice Armor/Ice Melee

 

Turbo Infinitum - Tanker (Fiery Aura - Fire Melee).mxd ---- Triple fire - burn baby burn - will be really good when/if fire gets buffed.

Fiery Aura/Fire Melee

 

Gadsden - Tanker (Willpower - Street Justice).mxd ---- Brawler Build - Very Survivable

Willpower/Street Justice

 

Radianite - Tanker (Radiation Armor - Radiation Melee).mxd ---- Solid - multi tiered mitigation - great damage

Radiation Armor/Radiation Melee

 

Novakick - Tanker (Shield Defense - Martial Arts).mxd ---- My youngest son's Main - he wanted an unkillable karate guy.

Shield Defense/Martial Arts

 

Shadowstryke - Brute (Radiation Melee - Electric Armor).mxd ---- My first OP homecoming build - can tank anything with no issues except for Hydra - and even then with incarnates and skill you can these.

Radiation Melee/Electric Armor

 

Brikhouse - Tanker (Invulnerability - Street Justice).mxd ---- My wife's Brawler Tank - Street Justice

Invulnerability/Street Justice

 

Nova Crucible - Tanker (Electric Armor - Dual Blades).mxd ---- Solid Build, Dual blades can be tricky but I think this Maximizes its effectiveness with the combo system.

Electric Armor/Dual Blades

 

Halenrock Tanker (Stone Armor - Stone Melee).mxd ---- My Van Halen Tribute, Still leveling this on HC live, but have tested this in Beta and its awesome - Sub TP foe for Combat TP

Stone Armor/Stone Melee

 

Magnus Obsidian - Tanker (Shield Defense - Dark Melee).mxd ---- Solid Dark Melee build with added AOE from Shield Charge.

Shield Defense/Dark Melee

 

Practitioner - Tanker (Super Reflexes - Titan Weapons).mxd ---- Concept that I haven't leveled yet but have put on Test and its pretty good.

Super Reflexes/Titan Weapons

 

Endri Lightstar - Scrapper (Katana - Ninjitsu).mxd ---- A Jedi Knight Concept that can take any alpha, and output swift slick retribution very smoothly.

Katana/Ninjitsu

 

Billy Lee - Scrapper (Street Justice - Ninjitsu).mxd ---- My double dragon late 80s early 90s tribute - similar to Endri but with Street Justice.

Street Justice/Ninjitsu

 

FYF9x Stinger - Scrapper (Claws - Energy Aura).mxd ---- Very efficient, repetitive and slicey dicey death machine - Can take alphas very well.

Claws/Energy Aura

 

Granjero 4.0 - Brute (Radiation Melee - Firey Aura).mxd ---- My farmer build - efficient as they should be

Radiation Melee/Fiery Aura

 

Mr Smith- Stalker (Street Justice - Super Reflexes).mxd ---- Street Justice stalker build based on an assassin that has a wife that's also an assassin.

Street Justice/Super Reflexes

 

Shadowflux - Stalker (Electrical Melee - Shield Defense).mxd ---- High Tech Cybernetic Assassin - nightmare death machine for the bad guys.

Electric Melee/Shield Defense

 

Twilight Warrior - Scrapper (Martial Arts - Ninjitsu).mxd ---- Just your traditional Martial Artist based loosely on Sub Zero with Liu Kang's style.

Martial Arts/Ninjitsu

 

Ethereal Blaze- Tanker (Fiery Aura - Psionic Melee).mxd ---- This one puts out crazy burst damage when paired with Musculature and Assault Radial - combined with Insight strike its pretty amazing.

Fiery Aura/Psionic Melee

 

 

 

EM Buff Characters

 

Nova Infinitum - Tanker (Invulnerability - Energy Melee).mxd ---- Same Reliability as Infinitum - but with Ultra lethal ST dmg output and decent AoE.

Invulnerability/Energy Melee

 

Lodestarr - Tanker (Fiery Aura - Energy Melee).mxd ---- Fiery Embrace + BU + Burn+WH+PC Lethal AOE  --  Fiery Embrace + BU + TF+ET Ultra Lethal ST damage.

Fiery Aura/Energy Melee

 

Energystar - Brute (Energy Melee - Invulnerability).mxd ---- Brute Version of Nova Infinitum - Less survivable but a good portion more Damage output.

Energy Melee/Invulnerability

 

Novaflux - Stalker (Energy Melee - Energy Aura).mxd ---- This IMO is the Premier EM build I have - its super effecient - can take alphas - can output Second to none ST dmg and decent AOE.

Energy Melee/Energy Aura

 

Novaforge - Scrapper (Energy Melee - Energy Aura).mxd ---- Close second to Novaflux - scrapper version is a slightly more durable.

Energy Melee/Energy Aura

 

Obsidian Paladin - Stalker (Energy Melee - Shield Defense).mxd ---- Outputs more damage than Novaflux and Novaforge but is less survivable due to no heal - thats why you have to kill it first and fast.

Energy Melee/Shield Defense

 

Arclyte - Brute (Energy Melee - Energy Aura).mxd ---- Brute version of the other 3 EA builds - more survivable - Insane ST dmg output but less AOE.

Energy Melee/Energy Aura

 

Captain Starburst - Tanker (Shield Defense - Energy Melee).mxd ---- My oldest son's Main - As sturdy as Capn Infi but lots more burst damage.

Shield Defense/Energy Melee

 

Space Marshal Pratt - Scrapper (Energy Melee - Ninjitsu).mxd ---- Similar to Novaforge but with more stable defenses by using vectored rather than typed through Ninjitsu.

Energy Melee/Ninjitsu

 

 

My Take on Controllers that can also Tank  heh

 

Absolute Surge - Controller (Electric Control - Storm Summoning).mxd ---- Yeah you Lock them down, drain them, layer your pets and pseudopets, nothing touches you and you kill anything that gets near you.

Electric Control/Storm Summoning

 

Flarestorm - Controller (Fire Control - Storm Summoning).mxd ---- Similar to Absolute - but without the drain is a little more dangerous.

Fire Control/Storm Summoning

 

Geo Surge - Controller (Earth Control - Cold Domination).mxd ---- Similar to Flarestorm

Earth Control/Cold Domination

 

Positron Surge - Controller (Fire Control - Radiation Emission).mxd ---- Similar to Geosurge - these were my take on making Avatar last airbender types - if only we had water control.

Fire Control/Radiation Emission

 

Chronoshift - Controller (Gravity Control - Time Manipulation).mxd ---- Can lock down any Group - slower to kill than the rest of these.

Gravity Control/Time Manipulation

 

Phantomic - Controller (Illusion Control - Radiation Emission).mxd ---- Harder to lockdown the group but more pets to take them out and get their attention.

Illusion Control/Radiation Emission

 

 

 

If you see anything not listed just reply and I will post and updated version of what you are looking for.

 

Thanks for Looking!

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I have a few questions for the invuln/super strength build. Are you able to keep rage up at all times? What's your attack chain look like? And if I wanted laser beam eyes how should I alter build in your opinion?

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2 hours ago, diefree said:

I have a few questions for the invuln/super strength build. Are you able to keep rage up at all times? What's your attack chain look like? And if I wanted laser beam eyes how should I alter build in your opinion?

Yeah and a good portion of the time its double stacked also.

 

Attack chain is smooth, haymaker and footstomp are the bread and butter honestly and KO blow is as advertised.

 

If you wanted to swap in LBE just sub it for either conserve power or focused accuracy and it should be fine.

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First thank you for these builds and answering questions. I do have two more questions. First I take it hover and after burner are there for the slot to have global recharge and not actually turned on right? Also what incarnate slots do you recommend to compliment build? Seems you don't need more recharge.

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10 minutes ago, diefree said:

First thank you for these builds and answering questions. I do have two more questions. First I take it hover and after burner are there for the slot to have global recharge and not actually turned on right? Also what incarnate slots do you recommend to compliment build? Seems you don't need more recharge.

My pleasure.

 

Hover and afterburner are there because I like to fly fast.  So may as well gain the recharge bonus too.  They could be easily swapped for another pool or power.

 

On all my tank builds I don't really build for recharge - but if it's there I take it.

 

I build for max survival first - well without gimping the attack too bad that is.

 

Alpha - Agility

 

Destiny - ageless radial because you already have dull pain and ageless radial gives you more DDR.  It also helps you mitigate a hard crash from rage if it happens in mid fight and hasten crashes too. 

 

Other than a few crazy instances like that rage crash doesn't bother this build - conserve power is there if you needed it too.

 

Hybrid - I get two - Assault radial and melee core and swap them for what I may run across.  I normally run assault though.

 

Judgement - mighty radial because it looks cool,  and takes a bunch of them off their feet for a few seconds.

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2 hours ago, diefree said:

Thank you again. Think I'll keep focused accuracy since I hate whiffing.

Well you wont whiff with this build with or without FA, FA is on this build for enemies that try to blind you - they don't with this... Ever.

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59 minutes ago, Infinitum said:

Well you wont whiff with this build with or without FA, FA is on this build for enemies that try to blind you - they don't with this... Ever.

Put the +Perception IO in FA and you don't even need to turn it on.

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6 hours ago, Keovar said:

Got any builds with Shield/Mace or Fire/Sword?  

Yes, I don't know how I forgot to post the shield mace build.  Basically the shield, invul, rad, fire, Elec, dark, wp frameworks are all the same - just swap in your secondary of choice and try to keep the sets similar to the secondaries I have in there.

 

I'll post the build when I get home from work later.

 

Are you opposed to the psi melee swords?  If you like that the most damaging build I have ever made is Lodestarr a Fire Psi.  

 

If you want an actual physical sword set I can make you one when I get home also.

 

Thanks for looking!

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9 hours ago, Keovar said:

I was just thinking broadsword or titan because those can be styled as a flame blade in costume settings.  I’m thinking of making a sort of avenging angel/paladin character.  It should have fire aura defense set, a flaming sword of some sort for offense, and flight for travel.  It’s important that the sword appears and is used in most combat powers.  I don’t know if the psi blade is used in all or just one of the psi melee attacks.  Is it basically inspired by Psylocke?  I’d prefer it looked similar to a broadsword rather than a katana, scimitar, etc.  

Try this.

Tanker (Fiery Aura - Broadsword).mxd

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Hi there, I was curious if you've had any experience and/or success in creating a solid SS/Rad brute at all? I've been experimenting with Mids (very new to it still), and I'm wondering if there is a successful way to hit the res caps while still putting out ample damage?

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12 hours ago, diefree said:

I noticed the invul/ss tanker doesn't have taunt do you find yourself missing it or is tanking fine without it?

Nah, I don't miss it - I quit Tanking with taunt years ago.  It's just a preference, and skill to be able to tank and not need it.

 

It's still a useful power, especially if you are newer to tanking, but I usually opt for more damage or survivability in its place now because a good aura and aoe in the right hands is all the taunt you need.

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7 hours ago, Mythcreatio said:

Hi there, I was curious if you've had any experience and/or success in creating a solid SS/Rad brute at all? I've been experimenting with Mids (very new to it still), and I'm wondering if there is a successful way to hit the res caps while still putting out ample damage?

Sure, the rad part anyway but I should be able to swap in SS as the primary. 

 

I'll post something later for you.

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Thanks very much for posting these! I'm just trying a Tanker, and find myself clueless. I made a Dark/Staff, and looking at builds (yours and others) has helped a lot, but I'm still not overly pleased with it.
I was hoping you (or some kind soul) might have a Dark/Staff build, or some guidlines/thoughts for a Tank newb? Pretty please? ;]
Thanks!

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@Infinitum Silly question, But i might be making my first tanker. I was liking your Loestarr build, and people keep telling me that Psi melee is bad? As in, it got overnerfed some time in the past? Im still learning things, but my main concern is 100% PVE, i dont really pvp at all. So is it still good currently or is there some truth to what people have been telling me?

 

Thanks bunches in advance!

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