Which Javein should you start with in Anthem?
When you start Anthem for the first time, you will play a short tutorial and be given a choice of all 4 Javelins and you can only choose 1 until level 8, you do not automatically have the Ranger, even though that is what you used in the Tutorial, so here’s a little tour of the Javelin Types, pros and cons and what I would recommend you start with for maximum early level fun and experience gain.
My first choice for starting is the Storm, it’s fun, easy to play and does insane damage from the get go.
LEFT IS THE STANDARD ARMOUR SET OF THE STORM, WHICH IS STILL RATHER BADASS
RIGHT IS THE LEGION OF DAWN EDITION ARMOUR SET WHICH IS EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR
The gear you start with, is very good and symbiotic with each other, the Focus Seal is Frost Shards, this does very little damage, but leaves a freeze effect on the targets,.
You get 10 shards to fire off into a group and prime them for a combo, you can then use the default Blast Seal Lightning Strike which hits an area with a Radius of 5 meters for a large amount of Electrical damage, this is good for taking down shields and also Detonates the primer.
Combo damage is a huge thing, so being able to combo from the beginning is a huge deal, If you are only going on to the Storm later on like I did at level 21, you can just use some of the starting materials to craft a common version of those Seals to your current level, even at common, they will allow you to progress in Hard Difficulty
It takes a little getting used to, Personally, I struggle most with watching my own health and getting out of the way before they finish me off, as you will be hovering the majority of the time, your shields are better when you do so, the Storm is just made for it.
It also gives you a birds eye view of the battlefield allowing you to spit elements over almost everything without moving around pesky buildings.
A good few levels later filled with epics, I’m still using the Lightning strike and it’s nice and quick, and deals great damage.
Thought I’m not a big fan of Frost Shards, they do in the beginning, I’m currently using Shock Burst to prime, it is forgiving in aim over distance and chains under the right circumstances.
The second best in my opinion for starting is the colossus.
LEFT IS THE DEFAULT ARMOUR SET, ROUGH AND A TAD JANKY IN MY OPINION, YET ON THE RIGHT, THE LEGION OF DAWN COLOSSUS ARMOUR SET JUST LOOKS FANTASTIC!
It takes damage well and with the right setup deals insane AOE (see this video to the right for the huge AOE damage build)
The very well known build utilizes a Flamethrower and Lightning Arc as your gear to prime and detonate huge groups with ease.
This gear is not default though and will require some drops before obtaining, which is why it is second.
This combo works by whacking you Lightning Arc on which will detonate, but has 10 pulses, as you get close to the enemy, then go mental flaming them all while the Arc continues to pulse and detonate everything you set on fire, killing red bars on Hard mode generally.
Be sure to go for Colossus specific Components whereever possible as they tend to have super high armor and health, which as you dont have shields, is important.
Be sure to utilize your Physical Shield with charging for groups of enemies, knocking them over stops them from firing on you and all others and if you have the melee components, will probably just kill the weaker enemies instantly.