Rounding out our run-through of the four main characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel‘s skill trees, today we’ll look at Nisha, the Lawbringer. As we’ve done with each previous character, today we’ll focus on her build and playstyle from a solo perspective. Tomorrow we’ll hit the co-op high points, finishing out this journey through the current crop of Borderlands characters. As the DLC characters are released, we’ll hit them as they come.
ACTION SKILL: SHOWDOWN – While Showdown is active, you gain drastically increased Gun Damage, Fire Rate, Reload Speed, Accuracy and Bullet Speed. The other big portion is that your aim will automatically snap to enemies, essentially acting like an aimbot.
LAW AND ORDER SKILL TREE: The Law and Order skill tree is based around building up stacks of Order and the various buffs that come from those skills.
Law: (Tier 1, 4 ranks) Law increases your Shield Capacity and Melee Damage by 5% per rank.
Order: (Tier 1, 1 rank) Every time you take 15% of your max health in damage, you get a stack of Order, which is capped at 10 stacks. For each stack of Order, you have a 1.2% chance to heal double that damage taken. Your stacks will quickly erode out of combat.
The Third Degree: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) Your next melee attack will gain extra damage after Showdown ends as well as after killing an enemy. The boosted damage effect can stack up to 5 times.
Rough Rider: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) This skill augments your butt-slam ability. It increases your Slam damage and max Order stacks by 5. When you hit enemies with your slam, you gain stacks of Order, per enemy hit.
Wanted: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) Any enemy that triggers an Order stack also gains a stack of Wanted. Attacking these Wanted enemies deals extra damage for each stack of Wanted.
Discipline: (Tier 3, 1 rank) Increases your max stacks of Order by 5. Every ten stacks restores your shields, as well as buffing your Shield Recharge Delay, Gun Damage and Melee Damage, for each Order Stack.
Due Process: (Tier 4, 5 ranks) Hitting an enemy with your melee attack boosts your Gun Damage for a few seconds.
Blood of the Guilty: (Tier 4, 1 rank) Increases your max Order stacks by 5; when you or an ally kill an enemy, you gain some health back and a stack of Order.
Jurisdiction: (Tier 4, 5 ranks) Showdown will now regenerate your health, and also boosts your Movement Speed.
No Pain, No Gain: (Tier 5, 5 ranks) Increases your Gun Damage in proportion to how low your health is.
Rarin’ to Go: (Tier 5, 5 ranks) Killing an enemy boosts your Gun Damage and Reload Speed, based on how many stacks of Order you have.
Thunder Crackdown: (Tier 6, 1 rank) Raises your Order stacks by 5. Your melee attack is also upgraded, now unleashing a cone of Lightning, dealing increased damage based on your Order stacks.
FAN THE HAMMER Skill Tree: The Fan the Hammer tree is built to increase your effectiveness with guns, in particular Pistols; as well as Showdown’s effectiveness.
Saddle Up: (Tier 1, 5 ranks) This is a kill skill, meaning you need to get a kill to trigger it. Doing so will grant you increased Movement Speed by +4% and Gun Damage by +5% per rank, for a short time.
Ruthless: (Tier 1, 5 ranks) Kills made during Showdown will extend its duration by +0.1 second per rank.
Magnificent Six: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) The last six bullets of any Non-Elemental gun deal extra bonus damage.
Bottled Courage: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) When you trigger Showdown, some of your shields will be restored. While Showdown is on cooldown, you gain lower Shield Recharge Delay and Rate.
Short Fused: (Tier 3, 1 rank) Killing an enemy gives your shots bonus Explosive damage for several seconds, closer enemies taking more damage.
Faster’n You: (Tier 4, 5 ranks) When you kill an enemy, you gain increased Fire Rate, Weapon Swap, and Reload Speed for several seconds.
Pickpocket: (Tier 4, 1 rank) Your melee attacks steal up to six bullets from enemies, loading them right into your gun.
Gunslinger: (Tier 4, 5 ranks) Reloads a portion of your gun’s magazine when Showdown begins, and also when it ends.
Hell’s Comin’ With Me: (Tier 5, 5 ranks) Reloading or topping off your gun with Pickpocket gives you a brief chance to fire twice.
High Noon: (Tier 5, 5 ranks) The longer you are in Showdown, you gain extra Gun Damage.
One for Each of Ya: (Tier 6, 1 rank) When you have a Pistol equipped, you’ll spawn an exact duplicate of it in your off hand.
RIFLEWOMAN Skill Tree: The Riflewoman skill tree, somewhat obviously, increases your skills with rifles and other guns.
Snap Shot: (Tier 1, 5 ranks) When you fire from the hip, you gain +7% Accuracy and +5% Recoil Reduction, per rank.
Bona Fide Grit: (Tier 1, 5 ranks) This is another Kill Skill – doing so grants bonus Critical Hit Damage and Health Regen for a short time.
Quick Shot: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) After you reload, you gain bonus Gun Damage and Fire Rate for a short time, while you fire from the hip.
Unchained: (Tier 2, 5 ranks) Shooting an enemy gains a stack of Unchained, with a max rate of 1 per second. Each stack grants bonus Fire Rate.
Fistful of Bullets: (Tier 3, 1 rank) This is a pure increase to magazine size on all weapons by 3.
Crack Shot: (Tier 4, 5 ranks) Firing the first shot from a full magazine deals bonus damage. If that particular shot kills an enemy, they explode, dealing AoE damage.
Impatience: (Tier 4, 1 rank) Killing an enemy grants a stack of Impatience, which increases your reload speed, per stack.
Hot Lead: (Tier 4, 5 ranks) Critical Hits with non-Elemental have a chance to deal Incendiary damage, and have a high chance to Ignite enemies.
Trick Shot: (Tier 5, 5 ranks) Bullets that hit walls or other scenery have a chance to ricochet into enemies at a reduced damage.
Tombstone: (Tier 5, 5 ranks) After you kill an enemy, all your hits have a chance to count as Critical Hits for several seconds.
The Unforgiven: (Tier 6, 1 rank) Shots during Showdown will ricochet off enemies, into other enemies, dealing 10% damage. Every enemy hit during Showdown also explodes at the end of Showdown.
In general, Nisha functions really well as a pure damage dealer. She doesn’t really have a ton of reliable health or shield regen skills, instead, she’s loaded with gun stat buffs. Her Action Skill lets her snap from target to target, dishing out the increased damage it has. From a solo perspective, this is a pretty feast or famine approach to playing. You’ll be relying on items for shield and health buffs primarily, that way you can max out the damage you deal. I would personally recommend the Riflewoman tree, then dive down the Fan the Hammer tree. Those trees will get you loaded up with strong weapon buffs, letting you run through enemies quickly. Nisha is a character that’s pretty well built for solo play, since she doesn’t have a lot of co-op focused skills; just make sure you keep her healthy and you’ll be taking enemies down.