It sure has been awhile since we last looked at the metal behemoths that give Titanfall 2 its namesake, so it’s about time we continue. Meet the Ronin, the silent samurai.
The Ronin is based on the Stryder chassis, making him very light and vulnerable. The goal with the Ronin is to get in and do massive amounts of damage, then make a quick escape. Without a lot of health, the Ronin can be shredded down pretty quick if not played correctly. Utilizing his high speed, abilities, and dashes correctly, the Ronin will prove to be an amazing asset on the battlefield.
Let’s get right into Ronin’s loadout shall we?
Primary Weapon – Leadwall Shotgun: Ronin’s primary weapon is the Leadwall Shotgun. The Leadwall is a very high power but low capacity shotgun. The bullets fired from this shotgun also ricochet off walls, which I just found out myself. This primary weapon is perfect for Ronin since he is a mostly close quarters Titan. Use the shotgun to get in and tear apart other Titans, or to wipe out waves of enemy pilots or minions.
Ordinance – Arc Wave: Ronin’s ordinance is a little hard to hit, but it’s very rewarding when properly done. The Arc Wave is an electric wave created by Ronin’s sword that damages and slows enemies when hit by it. The wave can be used both as a close quarters damage boost and a longer range shot to slow down fleeing opponents. Once you slow them down with your Arc Wave, rush in and melee them with your sword, hopefully nailing that oh-so exquisite execution.
Tactical – Phase Dash: This move is the bread and butter for the Ronin. The Phase Dash temporarily phases out of the corporeal world after a short dash. Ronin is able to move freely in this secondary world for a short period of time. This is how you will be able to sneak up on opponents, dodge other core abilities and incoming fire–it may even be just what you need to close that gap to take out enemy Titans. Timed right between the cooldowns, the Ronin becomes a force to reckoned with among other Pilots.
Defensive – Sword Block: Ronin doesn’t have the best defensive ability in the world, though it does have its advantages. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Ronin lifts his sword to block incoming damage. This can be held indefinitely, so you can raise and lower the sword as you see fit. Though the damage block isn’t a lot, being able to hold it as long as you want is its shining factor.
Core Ability – Sword Core: Ever wanted to slice your way through other giant enemy robots? Now is your chance with the Sword Core ultimate ability. After activating his core, the Ronin pulls out his blade as his new primary weapon. This opens Ronin up for new sword attacks that weren’t available before. The core also empowers Ronin’s current melee and sword abilities, including the sword block. Activating the Sword Core at the right time can make or break an enemy team of Titans, so long as you utilize his other abilities, as well.
Though Ronin is a very vulnerable Titan, if played right, you will be dodging in and out of battle taking out other Titans. On the scale, I think that Ronin would fall into my bottom three for favorite Titans. This by no means makes Ronin a bad Titan, it just doesn’t see as much play from me like the others do. Phasing in and out of battle and hitting the Arc Wave are key in the Ronin’s playstyle, so make sure you utilize those cooldowns to the best of your ability. Check out the Ronin Titan and all of its Samurai glory below!
Next time we will look over the Tone Titan. Hint: Tone lands in the last of the top three for me. Make sure to stay locked here at Entertainment Buddha so you can check it out when it goes up.
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