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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 a medium robot 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.

Possible Setups

Some effective builds for the Bulwark are:

Close Range (350m or less)

Slot Types Heavy Slot 1 
#Slots x2
Setup 1 
Ember
Setup 2 
Redeemer
Setup 3 
Thunder
Setup 4 
Exodus
Setup 5 
Avenger


Mid-Range (500-600m)

Slot Types 

Heavy Slot 

#Slots x2

Setup 1 

Dragoon
Setup 2 
Zeus


Long Range (800-1,000m)

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


Base Stats

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Health Barrier (Aegis) Shield (Physical) Speed (km/h)
1 10,000 Components 89,000 42,000 65,000 30


Upgrade Details

Standard

Level Cost Ag Health Barrier
(Aegis)
Shield
(Physical)
Speed Time
2 100,000 95,000 44,000 69,000 32 5 hours
3 200,000 101,000 47,000 74,000 33 12 hours
4 400,000 107,000 50,000 78,000 34 1 day
5 2,000,000 114,000 53,000 84,000 35 2 days
6 4,000,000 121,000 57,000 89,000 36 4 days
7 6,000,000 129,000 60,000 94,000 38 6 days
8 11,000,000 137,000 64,000 100,000 39 7 days
9 17,000,000 146,000 68,000 106,000 40 8 days
10 36,000,000 155,000 73,000 113,000 40 10 days
11 52,000,000 165,000 77,000 120,000 40 12 days
12 70,000,000 175,000 82,000 128,000 40 14 days
Total 198,700,000 +86,000 +40,000 +63,000 +10 64 days 17 hours


Mark II

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Health Barrier (Aegis) Shield (Physical) Speed (km/h)
1 500 Au 106,800 50,000 78,000 30


Level Cost Ag Health Barrier
(Aegis)
Shield
(Physical)
Speed Time
2 100,000 114,000 53,000 83,000 32 5 hours
3 200,000 121,200 57,000 89,000 33 12 hours
4 400,000 128,400 60,000 93,000 34 1 day
5 2,000,000 136,800 64,000 101,000 35 2 days
6 4,000,000 145,200 68,000 107,000 36 4 days
7 6,000,000 154,800 72,000 113,000 38 6 days
8 11,000,000 164,400 77,000 120,000 39 7 days
9 17,000,000 175,200 82,000 128,000 40 8 days
10 36,000,000 186,000 87,000 135,000 40 10 days
11 52,000,000 198,000 93,000 144,000 40 12 days
12 70,000,000 210,000 98,000 153,000 40 14 days
Total 198,700,000 +103,200 +48,000 +75,000 +10 64 days 17 hours


Update History

Version Changes
3.9 Robot was added to the game


Poll

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The poll was created at 01:11 on August 17, 2018, and so far 9 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 Illiad as being a shield, which was also used by The Olympian to wrap Mount Ida in clouds, and to strike fear into peoples' hearts.
  • Apollo 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