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…Durable robot notable for its unique defense system. Depending on the situation, Bulwark can activate an energy shield or a frontal physical shield… – in-game description


Introduction

The Bulwark is an unofficial heavy robot (based on wiki criteria) with 2 heavy hardpoints, introduced in Update 3.9.

Abilities

The Bulwark's ability is called Protection, which activates a special energy shield called an "Aegis-Class Barrier".

The Aegis is a defense system that functions similarly to an Ancile shield, the difference being that it defends the robot against all damage types (the Hellburner's Overload (or its explosion upon death), and the Mercury's Helldive being the only exceptions), which includes kinetic, splash, and energy. It will also protect the robot from the Ember's flames. However, it cannot regenerate while it is in use.

When the Aegis shield is deactivated, the robot is then able to regenerate its special shield (it regenerates 3% shield capacity per second), and in the process deploys a frontal physical shield, similar to that of a Lancelot. However, the size of the shield is significantly smaller, so some weapon shots will still hit the robot (e.g the Thunder due to bullet spread). One of the Bulwark's key strengths is that it has a shield active at all times (either the Aegis-class barrier or its physical shield).

Strategy

The Bulwark can excel as a brawler due to not only its aforementioned ability, but also having above average health and decent speed for its size. However it relies mostly on its capability of absorbing damage, which allows it to wreak havoc beyond enemy lines. The Ember is a good weapon choice for this style due to it penetrating all shield types (except enemy Bulwarks).

This robot can also fill a mid-range support role, both its special energy shield and physical shield can help against sniper fire. Its highly mounted hardpoints helps it get advantageous shooting angles, and allows it to shoot over certain obstacles.

Note: The Bulwark is unable to mount an Ancile shield.

Threat Measure Bulwark is the only robot to be mounted with a special Aegis shield that blocks every weapon types. This makes the robot truly tough to stop, once you waste your firepower into reloading as Bulwark deploys his destructive weapons upon you. Almost no robot and weapon can penetrate the Aegis shield without having to damage Bulwark. Bulwark's threat is high, but Ember could try to bypass the Aegis shield.

Possible Setups

Some effective builds for the Bulwark are:

Close Range (350m or less)

Slot Types Heavy Slot 1 
#Slots x2 Name (If applicable)
Setup 1 
Ember
Setup 2 
Redeemer
Setup 3 
Thunder
Shotgun
Setup 4 
Exodus
Death Button
Setup 5 
Avenger
Leadhose
(Occasionally called John Deere)

Mid-Range (500-600m)

Slot Types Heavy Slot Name
#Slots x2

Setup 1 

Dragoon
Setup 2 
Zeus
Setup 2
Viper
Pesticide

Long Range (800-1,000m)

Slot Types Heavy Slot 
#Slots x2
Setup 1 
Tempest
Setup 2 
Trebuchet
Setup 3 
Flux

Mark I Statistics

Purchase Information

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Health Barrier (Aegis) Shield (Physical) Speed (km/h)
1 10,000 Components 97,000 58,000 77,000 35

Upgrade Information

Level Cost Ag Health Barrier
(Aegis)
Shield
(Physical)
Speed Time
2 100,000 103,000 62,000 82,000 37 5 hours
3 200,000 110,000 66,000 87,000 38 12 hours
4 400,000 117,000 70,000 93,000 39 1 day
5 2,000,000 124,000 74,000 99,000 40 2 days
6 4,000,000 132,000 79,000 105,000 41 4 days
7 6,000,000 140,000 84,000 112,000 43 6 days
8 11,000,000 149,000 89,000 119,000 44 7 days
9 17,000,000 158,000 95,000 127,000 45 8 days
10 36,000,000 168,000 101,000 135,000 45 9 days
11 52,000,000 179,000 107,000 144,000 45 10 days
12 70,000,000 190,000 114,000 153,000 45 11 days
Total 198,700,000 +93,000 +56,000 +76,000 +10 58 days 17 hours

Mark II Statistics

Purchase Information

Note: Level 12 Mark I is required to upgrade (purchase) to Mark II.

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Health Barrier (Aegis) Shield (Physical) Speed (km/h)
1 500 Au 116,400 69,600 92,400 35

Upgrade Information

Level Cost Ag Health Barrier
(Aegis)
Shield
(Physical)
Speed Time
2 100,000 123,600 74,400 98,400 37 5 hours
3 200,000 132,000 79,200 104,400 38 12 hours
4 400,000 140,400 84,000 111,600 39 1 day
5 2,000,000 148,800 88,800 118,800 40 2 days
6 4,000,000 158,400 94,800 126,000 41 4 days
7 6,000,000 168,000 100,800 134,400 43 6 days
8 11,000,000 178,800 106,800 142,800 44 7 days
9 17,000,000 189,600 114,000 152,400 45 8 days
10 36,000,000 201,600 121,200 162,000 45 9 days
11 52,000,000 214,800 128,400 172,800 45 10 days
12 70,000,000 228,000 136,800 183,600 45 11 days
Total 198,700,000 +111,600 +67,600 +91,200 +10 58 days 17 hours


Update History

Version Changes
4.5 Economy Changes:
Total Upgrade Time: 64 days 17 hours⟶58 days 17 hours
4.4 New skin: Ultramarine (Halloween)
4.3 New skin: Feng
Durability increased by 9%
Speed increased by 13%
Physical shield durability increased by 20%
Aegis shield capacity increased by 39%
Aegis cooldown decreased from 33 sec. → 22 sec
3.9 Robot was added to the game


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Poll

Best setup for the Bulwark is?
 
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15
 
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5
 
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The poll was created at 01:11 on August 17, 2018, and so far 191 people voted.

Trivia

  • The word Aegis is Greek, meaning "a violent windstorm", "goatskin coat", and "The shield of a deity."
  • In Greek Mythology, Aegis is mentioned in the Iliad as being a shield, which was also used by the Olympians to wrap Mount Ida in clouds, and to strike fear into peoples' hearts.
  • Athena also uses the Aegis, to push back the Achaeans back onto their ships.
  • A Bulwark is a defensive wall, generally employed to break up large waves of attackers. Bulwark is also used to refer to walls or barriers designed to control the path of floods.
  • The front of the Bulwark looks similar to the Carnage