Claptrap Skill Tree Detailed In Latest Borderlands The Pre Sequel Video; High Fives, Random Weapons, Pirate Ships And The 1812 Overture [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Oct 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is out on last-gen platforms in a little under two weeks. The intermediate episode, which takes place between the first and second Borderlands games, will show players just what exactly happened to Pandora's moon, Elpis, which underwent a radical facechange between episodes 1 and 2.

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Four Vault hunters, happened. That's what. The fine folks at 2K and Gearbox have already highlighted the skills and abilities of Nisha the Lawbringer, who is now a playable 'good' guy, and they have just released a new video showing off the many working wonders of Claptrap, everyone's favorite dubstepping robot.

Each of the characters possess their own unique abilities. Claptrap's big Action skill is called VaultHunter.exe, which is still in the 'beta' process and allows the little robot to analyze the "situation in front of him and then choose the best skill for it." He's essentially a mimic, borrowing a few of the skills from the other players. The AI won't always give you the most appropriate skill for the situation, but given that this is Borderlands, it will probably be the most hilarious.

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The first Skill tree is the Fragmented Fragtrap tree, which features a vast array of weapon subroutines.

"Flexibility is the name of the game," says Joel Eschler, Producer at 2k Australia. A certain weapon type, melee, grenade, etc, will become highlighted and allow for bonus offensive power, heavily suggesting that you will do better with this particular weapon than others. It is rather ingenious; too often as players we like our one weapon. This lovingly forces us into switching up our style.

When fully leveled, the Fragmented Fragtrap tree lets you toss out an Elemental Laser disco ball. And how cool is that?

The second tree is more co-op based and called, 'I Love You Guys!' which improves the damage and defenses of the team. The capstone skill is 'High Five Guys', in which the droid puts a hand up for some props and will buff the team if he gets it; if he doesn't get it, he keeps all the buffs for himself.

The final skill tree is the Boomtrap, which turns Claptrap himself into a weapon of death. He can send out smaller versions of himself as activated grenades or, as the capstone skill shows: turn himself into a pirate ship, shooting cannons while the 1812 Overture blasts over his loudspeakers.

The producers' walkthrough demo has Claptrap utilizing the "I Love You Guys!" skill tree. Check it all out below and don't forget you can play around with the Skills for all of the characters via the online editor.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is out on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 14.

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