With #Respawn's much anticipated release of Titanfall 2 having happened at long last, we're now getting to know the individual abilities of each of the six new Titans. So let's start off with a deep dive into Legion who, according to Respawn, "utilizes an assortment of ballistic abilities focusing on defense and control." Sounds promising.
Titanfall 2's trigger-happy tower of power #Legion has the highest possible damage output, able to deliver almost unrelenting punishment for a decent length of time. This #Titan is designed to blast through everything in its path, and its abilities complement that fact by making every attack count.
Adding to the high damage output of Legion, it also has the highest possible health. This means that it can remain out in the open battlefield for longer stretches of time, and can engage multiple hostile Titans with ease. Having said that, Legion’s health is not infinite, so strategy is still a must.
Legion has the lowest possible mobility of all Titans. It may hit hard and take a lot of damage, but this is one Titan you definitely do not want for its speed. Equipped with a whopping zero dashes, you will have to plan your approaches to opposing forces as you will not be able to just simply zip out of the way. Legion also has a very slow movement speed and so can be an opportune target for quite a good length of time.
Mini Gun Packs A Mighty Punch
Legion’s weapon of choice is the Predator Cannon, which is really just a #minigun. This weapon requires a charge-up before it can be fired, revolving the barrel of the cannon a few times before the steady stream of bullets begins to hose out. This wait time can be mitigated by spinning up the cannon beforehand (kind of a standby mode) and can be triggered by holding LT (for #Xbox players).
Once it begins to fire, the bullets exit in a steady, devastating stream that prevents a consistent counterattack, due to its high damage capabilities. However, the drawback from the Predator Cannon’s power is that after a short burst of consistent fire, the minigun will overheat, requiring it to cool down before it can be fired again. In this regard, utilize other abilities intermittently to give your main weapon a break.
Smart Core: This provides Legion with infinite ammo and assists in zeroing in on all opposing targets on your HUD. You're able to dish out incredible damage without being foiled by those fast-moving targets, such as Pilots and the other more agile Titans. Smart Core is purely offensive and will enable you to take out at least one Titan with little difficulty.
Powershot: This ability is a short charge-up of the Predator Cannon that delivers a quick burst of significant damage. At the closer ranges, the #Powershot will knock back any enemies in its path. This of course only works on Titans, as Pilots and Grunts will be easily eliminated. In the same breath, the Powershot can deal damage at long ranges, with the burst able to deliver a precision shot. The charge-up time for this ability is approximately one second, so it will not take Legion out of the fight for too long.
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Gun Shield: This is a fun ability that complements the Legion’s aggressive style of play. As opposed to a shielding ability that negates the use of other attacks for a short time, the Gun Shield establishes a kind of energy-based blast wall around the Predator Cannon. This allows Legion to have a mobile defense system while delivering heavy damage. The Gun Shield allows Legion to create its own cover and forces hostile forces to flee when they realize they cannot deal damage. The only down sides to the Gun Shield are that it is only one directional, and that it only lasts for a short period of time.
Mode Switch: This ability allows Legion to alternate the function of his Predator Cannon rounds, changing them from long range to close range, depending on the battlefield scenario. Close-range rounds have a fairly wide spread and can deliver incredible amounts of punishment at the middling-to-close ranges. However, they experience some damage falloff at the longer ranges and it is more difficult to hit your targets. Switching to long-range rounds allows Legion to hit far-off targets with greater ease, making up for his lack of mobility.
So What's The Best Use Of Legion?
Legion is the powerhouse of Titanfall 2, capable of doling out excessive punishment and damage to any target unlucky enough to cross its path on the battlefields of the #Frontier. However, use it with caution, as it has practically zero mobility and is equipped with not a single dash. So while Legion can absorb heavy damage, it is not able to retreat in a stealthy fashion to escape. Consider strategic moves within cover as opposed to a blind charge out into the open.
If you are stuck in the open, the Gun Shield will assist with your defense and offense simultaneously, and is your best bet for long-term survival while piloting Legion. Be prepared to hit hard and move slow.
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