Borderlands 2 Assassin Zer0 Builds Guide – Sniping, Cunning, Bloodshed


When the class revelations of Borderlands 2 started to roll out way back last year, it wasn’t unnatural to get overly excited about Zer0, the mysterious but ultra-cool cyber-ninja Assassin, who has a thing for cutting, deceiving, and head-shooting any threat he finds.

To play him efficiently, we’ve set up 4 builds for you to look at here. Note that though open to change, these builds tend to work best in co-op play.

Note. If the Skill Builder doesn’t load the build for you correctly, open it separately and try to open a Skill Tree of any character. It will ask you to input your age, do that, and once you have gone past that age restriction window, try to open the build again; it will work this time.

For more help on Borderlands 2 builds, read our Gunzerker, Commando and Siren Builds Guide.

Build #1
”Shotgun Ninja”

The first build we look at is the way people would conventionally play Zer0: close-ranged and aggressive. With some powerful melee-buffing abilities in the Bloodshed and Cunning tree, Zer0 can unleash the violent side of himself and become a lethal slaughterer.

While this build does leave Zer0 a little vulnerable because of its close-ranged nature, it gives him added advantage in speed and melee power, enabling him to dish out large amounts of damage to nearby enemies extremely quickly.

To get some health, we will maximize Iron Hand, and then follow up in the Bloodshed tree with everything that would buff our melee powers. You don’t really need to max out Backstab here, because we’ve got that covered in the Cunning tree.

The idea to invest 5 points in “Like the Wind” instead of the economical-but-effective ‘Many Must Fall’ is a debatable one. If you prefer the latter, you can take out the points from Like the Wind and put them in Innervate in the Cunning tree instead. The choice is yours.

I would recommend going through the Bloodshed tree first, to become a little beefy and overpowered in-terms of melee damage, and then focus on refining your build with investments in Cunning.

Build #2
“Ground Zer0 Sniper”

This is the alternative iconic way to play Zer0: as an assassin sniper. While many will play with the ‘sniper’ aspect of the character in mind, it can get a little daunting, as you cannot expect to have your scope equipped all the time and against all kinds of enemies.

Hence, to sort of refine our recipe, we’ll add in a bit from the Cunning tree.

Putting aside the slightly increased difficulty of playing as a Sniper Zer0, the Sniping tree has some fantastic set of abilities, which will greatly escalate your critical hit chances and general damage output.

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By Haider Khan

One of the long time staff at SegmentNext, Haider is an integral part of the team with a love for writing, playing guitar, and aviation. Apart from writing for us, Haider is also a competitive FPS player and also enjoys exotic RPG games like Diablo and Xenogears (his favorite game of all time) on the side.

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