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Aurelia Hammerlock may be the best character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

After playing Borderlands the Pre-Sequel using Lady Hammerlock Aurelia, I'm convinced she is the best playable character and DLC.

Having just started Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, my character of choice is Aurelia Hammerlock - and boy did I pick a good one. From her snarky dialogue to her icy personality, Aurelia reeks with sass. 

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel occurs between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, which was a difficult transition in my opinion. I get very attached to characters, so I wasn't fond of the fact that all the playable characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel never surfaced in Borderlands 2. I couldn't help but wonder what happened to him.

I can only imagine that my dear Aurelia didn't make it in the end. 

Time to just let it go

It took me a long time while playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to view Jack as a friend after all of the hassle he put everyone through. But like Disney's Elsa, I just had to let it go and enjoy the game. 

In order to enjoy the game more, I took it upon myself to buy who I think is the best DLC character, Aurelia, and I have yet to regret it. For only $10 USD, you unlock an ice queen that has three varying skill trees: 

  • The Huntress
  • Cold Money
  • Contractual Aristocracy

I've been following the Cold Money tree, as the skills provide bigger ice damage bonuses for her ice throwing skill. Alternatively, The Huntress focuses on fighting, while Contractual Aristocracy is more of a multiplayer focused tree. 

Ice ice baby

When playing as Aurelia, ice gets strewn all over the screen. Her action skill on the bumper of the controller conjures an ice storm that wages war on a foe and even moves to foes in the surrounding area.

With the Cold Money tree filled in, I've also unlocked a passive skill that focuses ice power when my shield is hit. That skill in particular has a really awesome animation, with ice just being thrown out of Aurelia's shield. 

While playing in a winter wonderland of ice, enemies will freeze, and by slashing with the melee skill, you can obliterate them. It really comes in handy with the Skags that appear throughout the game.

Aurelia is sort of like Gaige

The character I played most in Borderlands 2 was Gaige, who had Death Trap as her action skill. Death Trap was Gaige's science-fair robot experiment that would target all foes, similar to the effect that Aurelia has.

Since the ice storm just goes around the combat area, the AOE skill constantly freezes enemies in Aurelia's path. It's most handy when you need to get the second wind near death, since almost all enemies take ice damage.

An all-in-all opinion

When it comes to playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Aurelia Lady Hammerlock Baroness is a great character to play as. She really brings a twist on the remedial gun-slinging first-person shooter that is Borderlands.

If taking a break from relying solely on your guns sounds like a good idea, Aurelia Lady Hammerlock is a great choice. She could have had more dialogue in the game, and I would have really enjoyed hearing more of her snarky attitude, but she's very well done overall.

Have you played lady Aurelia? What do you think of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? Share your thoughts below!

Published Sep. 27th 2015

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