Buster Gundam

 

Model Number: GAT-X103 Pilot: Dearka Elsman
Cost: 300 Hp: 520 Transform: X Form Change: X

The long-ranged specialist unit among the GAT-X series that was developed by the Earth Alliance. Its backpack stores high firepower and long-ranged weapons with both beam and physical rounds, and its two main rifles can be joined together to greatly amplify their output.

Move Summary

Ranged Armament Ammo DMG Notes
Main Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle  3 110 Downs on hit, causes Vernier and has fast projectile speed
Charged Main Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle (Gerobi)   222 Beam can be curved
Charged Melee Anti Armor Shotgun  35~221 Can be faced left or right to fire at an angle
Melee Ammo Switch   – Switches Ammo Type for Sub
Sub 94mm High-energy Rifle  3 65~137 Can be fired consecutively with additional A inputs
Gun Launcher – Shotgun 2 37~129 Physical rounds with a wide spread
Gun Launcher – AP Rounds 1 125 High-speed physical “snipe”
Gun Launcher – Float Mines 1 104 Causes Flame Stun upon hit
Special Shooting 220mm 6-barrel Missile Pod  24 35 ~ 141 5AC: Fires 12 missiles

4/6AC: Fires 4 missiles from the left or right missile pods

Special Melee Full Salvo  2 119~146/119/115 Different variations depending on directional  inputs
Burst Attack GREATO!  ~255(B)/~228(L) Multi-stage attack

 

Cancel Routes:

A: AB, AC, BC
AB: AC
BC: BC

 

Overview

Buster is an excellent support unit with a myriad of options to gun down the enemy. Buster is one MS that does not have to worry about running out of ammo, and is well-suited for putting the enemy under constant pressure and oppressive fire. Unlike most units, however, Buster has zero melee options, and has to rely on tools like its shotgun for self-defense in close range. Learning to punish enemies from a distance, and defending oneself without the use of melee attacks, are two crucial points that Buster players need to excel in.

 

Details

Ranged Weapons

Main: Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle
Buster’s bread and butter, this weapon deals respectable damage and knocks back on hit. The guidance on this weapon is excellent, and its one-shot knock back ability makes this weapon well-suited as a landing punisher, and a “get-off-me” tool.

However, this weapon feels inadequate when used for self-defense in the extreme close-range, due to some muzzle correction issues. It may be wise to use this in conjunction with its many cancel routes leading to other weapons to down the enemy and leg it. 

Charged Main: Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle (Gerobi)
Standard gerobi with decent startup and muzzle correction. Beam can be curved slightly with directional input. This weapon stands out in many areas, and is your highest damage dealing option.

However, given Buster’s wide-range of armaments, all of which are quite stellar, merely staying far away and firing this off is somewhat of a waste. Use this as an occasional supplement to your other weapons to get the best value out of it.

Charged Melee: Anti Armor Shotgun
Buster links up its guns and fires a wide spread shotgun. Does a whopping 221 damage when all pellets hit.

This weapon can be used with a 4/6 input to face the gun muzzle left or right before firing. With the right reads, you will be able to catch enemies dashing horizontally or sidestepping.

One of the greatest mistakes a Buster player might make is accidentally inputting a direction when choosing to fire this straight towards an enemy closing in. Don’t mess up!

Melee: Ammo Switch
Cycles between the various ammo types of Buster sub-weapons. Proper memorization of the order of weapons is key to the mastery of this suit.

Its common for first-time Buster players to attempt to melee the enemy on muscle memory, and instead what you’ll see is Buster rapidly cycling between weapons. Hilarious, and sad. 

Sub: High-energy Rifle / Gun Launcher
Fires whichever ammo type is presently loaded but causes Vernier at all times:

1) 94mm High-energy Rifle
Standard beam rifle shots. Can be fired consecutively up to three times. Reloading only starts when the ammo reaches zero, so it’s recommended that you fire all three shots in a volley whenever you use this.

Although the first shot tracks the enemy well, the follow-up shots follow the same tracking of the first shot, so don’t expect this to be your end-all self defense tool.

This move is best used in the mid-range for creating pressure and catching landings, and is usually cancelled into from a Main shot. 

2) Gun Launcher – Shotgun
Buster fires a widespread shotgun that spreads out the further it travels. Similar to the csB shotgun, this has a smaller AOE, but causes just as much damage and has a faster startup.

Although conventional gaming wisdom dictates that shotguns are to be used in close-range, the pellets actually continue to spread and travel up to your maximum red lock range, so this can be used to cover a wide area from long range. Hitting even 1 pellet will stagger the enemy, setting them up for a big hit from your Main.

Of course, this tool is equally potent in the close range. Hitting the enemy with every pellet causes an instant down, so this may be your final line of defense against an enemy charging at you with Super Armor.

Try to get a feel for the way the pellets spread to take full advantage of this tool.

3) Gun Launcher – AP Round
Buster fires a fast-travelling Physical round that Downs on hit. While the startup is somewhat long, this weapon has good tracking and is generally a good tool for confirming hits on landings or on unsuspecting enemies due to it being able to curve very well. 

You can cancel into this from your Main to greatly improve your chances of catching an enemy landing.

4) Gun Launcher – Float Mines
Buster fires a bunch of mines that float directly in front of it. Causes Flame Stun to any units caught in it. This along with the Shotgun sub make up your go-to subweapon self-defense suite.

Compared with other mine-type weapons, this has a smaller AOE and a longer startup, so be sure to take that into account when using this tool.

 

Special Shooting: 220mm 6-barrel Missile Pod
Buster fires a barrage of missiles towards the target. Direction of salvo can be adjusted with directional input. Take note that Buster will only fire 4 missiles per salvo if 4/6AC is used.

The tracking on this move is really good, to the point where enemies boost dashing sideways can be caught. However, the missiles have a slow travel speed, and are best used in the mid-range.

While the 4/6AC fires fewer missiles, they actually move faster than the neutral version missiles. As a rule of thumb, release the missiles from the side that is closer to the enemy.

Special Melee: Full Salvo
Buster executes an evasive maneuver, while firing its multiple weapons simultaneously. All BC actions cut tracking, and given the varying travel speeds and high tracking nature of the missiles, this makes for a confusing encounter for enemies unbeknownst to Buster’s greatness.

This weapon has 3 inputs. 

1) 5BC: has Buster dodging to the rear, while firing its High-energy Rifle, Gun Launcher, and Missile Pod. Powerful in both the close and mid-range, due to the scattering nature of the weapons fired.

2) 4BC: has Buster dodging to the left while firing a salvo of 4 missiles and a shot from the High-energy Rifle. Unlike the sub version, the High-energy Rifle shot has a strong stagger effect.

3) 6BC: has Buster dodging to the right while firing a salvo of 4 missiles followed by a shot from its shotgun. While the shotgun loses effectiveness over a distance, the 4 missiles are as good at tracking as ever. 

When it comes to using the 4 or 6 inputs, its important to consider not only the weapons fired, but the direction you want to roll towards. Also take into consideration that other large beam attacks will destroy all the shotgun and missiles so against enemies with gerobi striker or large br mains, go for 4BC instead. 

Melee Set

Due to Buster’s B input being used entirely to swap ammo types, it has absolutely no melee moves. Punch your enemies in the face with bullets!

Burst Attack

GUREETO!
Buster starts a multi stage attack that starts with its Anti-Armor Shotgun, followed by a salvo of missiles before finishing off with its Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle. Very fast startup.

Each stage has individual tracking, and it is entirely possible to hit an enemy with the Anti-Armor before hitting another target with the Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle.

Unlike many other Burst Attacks, this has no Super Armor. 

Strategies

  • Buster’s main has little ammo, so it is imperative that the player picks his shots well to make full use of it.
  • Memorize the order of the sub-weapons. This ensures that you’re always prepared for any situation by having the appropriate ammo type loaded at all times. Read the opponent and plan ahead to ensure that you have the right weapon cocked and ready.
  • AC has very good tracking and there is plenty of ammo for this tool. Use this to force movement from the enemy before leading into your main.
  • While Buster has zero melee, it has a solid defensive maneuver in the form of its BC. Utilize this to give yourself some breathing room whenever you feel threatened at close range with BC Boost Dive, which is essentially Buster’s personalized Stepdive.

 

 

 

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