Tech and Biotic powers are cool but a weapon expert will get you farther.
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Alright the Soldier is the class you want to go with if you just started the game and getting a feel for it or trying to beat the game on veteran or insane. Here are basic pros and cons first:
-Has most health
-Access to every weapon (except SMGs)
-Adrenaline rush great in big firefights
-Has all ammo powers
-Combat Mastery when leveling up makes time slow down when sprinting
-Get M-76 Revenant which has the best damage in game, the Widow sniper rifle, or Claymore shotgun.
-Almost no tech and no biotic powers (unless you add a power on the Normandy upgrade system
-buying upgrades for all the guns will get expensive
-Have to bring squad mates who have tech or biotic powers
-Not as effective against biotic enemies
Ok to balance your cons bring Garrus, he has concussion shot and overload just sink points into that he can basically help against synthetic and biotics. I also suggest bringing Miranda or anyone with Warp which is good against armor and vorcha and Krogan it stops health regeneration.
Alright as soon as you can upgrade Adrenaline rush it is a LIFE saver in combat! Either evolved form is good but read them closely to see which one is good for you. Disruptor ammo and Incendiary rounds are great too upgrade them to Inferno and Heavy Disruptor rounds to devastate organic and synthetic enemies.
Tactics and strategies
Alright this is obvious but the most important rule is STAY IN COVER its your best friend and as a soldier if your running for cover time moves slower but you move faster making it easier to rush for cover and get a better shot. Use adrenaline rush as many times as you need its a great power and causes a lot of damage in that mode which is great in boss battles or if your low on ammo. Here is three types of combat that the soldier can use.
This is my rifle
You are not limited by guns as the soldier the Assault Rifle is the bread and butter of the Soldier great at any range, you get the Avenger first and its good until you find M-76 Revanant, I recommend the Mattock rifle (a dlc rifle from the firepower pack) as an early rifle its really accurate and deals a lot damage plus with Adrenaline Rush makes headshots easier and deals a lot more damage but the only downside is that its semi-auto.
The Geth rifle is a really good rifle but low damage but its great for ripping through shields and barriers but not armor so put Incendiary rounds to compliment this, its really accurate as well so using adrenaline rush will make every shot count.
But the only way you can find it is if you go to Tali's recruitment mission and play the mission on veteran or insane but with the soldier its not much of a problem.
But my personal favorite is the M-76 Revanant you can only find this on the collector ship when picking up a new gun I highly recommend it unless you like sniper rifles or shotguns. Its has a high damage rate and fire rate put any ammo power and its a beast, the only thing bad about it is that it has the worst accuracy out of the assault rifles but if you get accuracy upgrade and use adrenaline rush it balances out and you can destroy a lot of targets in seconds.
Adrenaline rush high
The soldier is built around Adrenaline rush this allows the soldier to damage a lot of enemies. Using sniper rifles with this makes sniping easier and you waste less ammo which is essential in long-range fighting.
It's also great when your swarmed with enemies which allows you to either mow them down with your Assault rifle or run away (but soldiers aren't infiltrators we stand and fight!). Upgrading it to its max will be worth it in higher difficulties where enemies do a lot of damage and Adrenaline rush lessens the damage.
- Close quarters
Using either the shotgun or an assault rifle (like the Revenant) is good but your out in the open so use Adrenaline rush to minimize damage to yourself and maximize damage you put out. A great shotgun is the Geth plasma shotgun or the Eviserate (which are both dlc shotguns) but the other shotguns are good too just put ammo powers like Cryo to get that one hit kill.
- Medium range
This where the soldier is handy engaging a enemy that's closing in or at a range use the assault rifle at this range where it's great or sniper if your good at it and just unload at anyone who gets close use adrenaline rush to make due with huge amounts of enemies. Stay in cover and shoot at the right time and you'll be fine.
- Long range
A soldier is also great at this range using an accurate assault rifle or a great Sniper Rifle like the Viper rifle which can shoot off multiple rounds coupled with Adrenaline rush will get you a lot of headshots and a lot of dead enemies.
I've played with the soldier many times and its really good but its just one class that you can play with it so go and experiment with every class and I hope you enjoyed this guide and I hope it helped anyone.
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