As Gearbox Software’s upcoming hero shooter, Battleborn, draws closer to its early May release date, the studio has been slowly pulling back the curtain on the 25-character roster that will be available at launch.
Thanks to a pair of recently released videos from the development team, we get our first look at the 19th and 20th heroes: Attikus and Galilea. Along with the footage, we also get a detailed look at their abilities, background information, and skills, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog.
“Slave. Laborer. Greatest warrior among the Jennerit underclass — the Thralls. All his life, Attikus has been told what to do, shoved into the deepest mines of Tempest, and kept down. Thanks to an experimental biotech harness, this already-imposing brute was given the one thing the Jennerit didn’t expect: intelligence.”
“The only thing more dangerous than a huge, imposing beast with an axe to grind against his oppressors… is a smart imposing beast with an axe to grind against his oppressors.”
- Main Attacks:
- Barefisted Brawling: while his normal fist would just as easily knock you out, watch out for when his abilities are fully charged. You’ll be seeing stars as his enhanced hand delivers a burst of shield-draining damage.
- Charged Hook: Hold back for a couple seconds and Attikus’ high-octane haymaker delivers a world of pain. To your face.
- Pounce: Just because this beast is huge doesn’t mean it can’t move. Attikus can leap to a target location and knock foes back.
- Hedronic Arc: That metal arm grafted to Attikus’ body? He uses it to shock enemies when they come in for a closer look.
- Hedronic Eruption: Attikus’ ultimate ability hurls shockwaves of energy to clear enemies out of his path.
- Hedronic Collector: A fringe benefit of the biotech harness — his passive ability can syphon energy from killed enemies. Once enough energy gets collected, he can pay it forward, juicing up the next skill he uses and making it even more powerful.
“A sacred order within the Eldrid, the Arbiters of Being were charged with undermining the Jennerit Empire’s technology, and Galilea was its most promising warrior. Entrusting her with a long undercover mission, Galilea was embedded within the Jennerit and worked her way through the recruits of the Silent Sisters.
During an attempt to sabotage their Sustainment technology, Ambra discovered and attacked Galilea, mortally wounding her. Once a close friend, Ambra attempted to use Sustainment to save Galilea’s life but it was only partially successful. Now unstable, immortal, and reeking of life-draining dark energy, Galilea is at war with herself and her new powers as she hopes to find a new purpose among the Peacekeepers.”
- Main Attacks:
- Wraith’s Greatsword: she may be a fallen holy warrior of the Eldrid, but Galilea is still incredibly handy and swift in close combat.
- Sentinel’s Greatshield: when Galilea is ready to wade deep into combat and stare her enemy in the eye, nothing’s better than a shield for deflecting blows and defending allies.
- Shield Throw: that shield Galilea wields can do a lot more than simply absorb damage — give it a toss and share the pain! And, no, she has nothing to do with a certain someone that rhymes with Shnaptain Shamerica.
- Desecrate: always ready for a sword fight, she curses the ground beneath enemies to amplify damage against them.
- Abyssal Form: Take personal time-out with this ability. Galilea’s ultimate ability explodes into dark energy allowing her to take a break from the action or run for cover. During that time, she takes reduced damage and regenerates a huge chunk of her health.
- Corruption: the more that she connects blows and uses skills, Galilea’s Corruption grows. Once charged, she begins projecting a passive aura that drains the health of nearby enemies.
Check out details on the two previously revealed hero characters, Deande and Gahlt.
Battleborn is to be released on May 3 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.