“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Plato, the Greek philosopher, was a thinker, not a fighter. The father of modern philosophy, Plato believed in the concept of “divine madness” — a state of godlike inspiration achieved via drunkenness, eroticism, or by dreaming.
Plato lived in the 400s BC — an inherently violent age. But he had no use for weapons. His words were cutting enough. He could eviscerate most opponents with his razor-sharp wit alone.
But if Plato was alive today, and if had a penchant for metallic mayhem, I’m betting that he would be a big fan of energy weapons — he did name one of his dialogues “Ion,” after all.
If Plato played War Robots, I’m betting that he would embrace energy weapons above all else. Why? Because he believed that there is only one “real” version of anything: the perfect version. And what is more perfect that a weapon of pure energy?
So, with this in mind, it’s time to get your Greek on, and try these energy builds out on the battlefield.
One of Plato’s most famous works is The Republic, his vision of the perfect society. In it, he advocates the concept of the “Noble Lie” — an untruth told for the greater benefit of society. In War Robots, the Noble Lie is telling yourself that you can thrive without Shocktrains. The reality is, despite recent nerfs, this contentious energy weapon is still among the most powerful in the game.
Many players have a real love-hate relationship with Shocktrains — they love using them, and hate facing them. You really can’t blame them; while it’s infuriating to get hit by that burning red beam, deep down, we all secretly love it when the tables are turned. Most enemy reds will hate you for using Shocktrains. Combining them with arguably the most powerful bot in the game will just inflame their animosity. But it will also result in more wins for you. Clearly, though, this is not for brawling. It’s a hit-and-hide build that can single-handedly turn the tide of battle.
According to Plato, the perfect rulers for his perfect society were... you guessed it, philosophers. Convenient, huh? With such a premium placed on the act of thinking, Plato would love a robot build that maximizes his pondering time. Flux Fury fits the bill.
This new heavy laser is the ultimate camping weapon. With a range of 1,100 metres, there’s no need to leave spawn at all, and with an eleven-second recharge time, there is plenty of time to contemplate the meaning of life between shots. Flux is still a rarity on the battlefield. I’m guessing many players don’t even know what is killing them when their feel the sudden burn from those intense blue light beams. Of course, the build’s weakness is the Fury’s relative lack of mobility. If a red manages to close distance on you, then all the thinking in the world won’t save your metallic behind.
Plato was actually a pretty ruthless guy. For instance, he believed that children should be taken from their parents and raised by the state, thereby creating generations of citizens loyal to nothing but the Republic.
Well, using a Dragoon Raijin will have your enemies crying “Uncle” as you show them “who’s their Daddy.” Dragoon Raijin is a great counter to the Shocktrain Spectre. Just crawl to a sniping position, engage Bastion mode, and allow your twin shields to absorb shocktrain blasts as you carve you enemies with your Dragoon “plasmoids.” Bastion mode gives you the equivalent damage of nearly two and a half Dragoons, providing more than enough firepower to take down most enemies.
While it might seem that being a philosopher was a pretty sweet gig, appearances can be deceiving. If fact, most ancient philosophers met pretty gruesome ends. For instance, Empedocles leapt to his death into a volcanic crater; Socrates drank poisoned hemlock after being accused of corrupting Greek youth; Diogenes apparently died after eating a raw octopus…. You get the picture.
But actually, Plato seems to have been the lucky one — he apparently died while being serenaded by a Thracian lady flutist. It seems like a merciful way to go — much like the deceptively painless death provided by the Zeus-Scourge Lancelot. Scourge deals less damage the farther you are from your target. At 600 metres, a Scourge hit seems like nothing more than a nuisance. But second by second, it drains you of life.
Suddenly, you’re hit by the Zeus, and bam! — you’re nothing but smoldering metal.
All of these builds are most effective on larger, more open maps. But don’t just take my word for it. As Plato said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” So, equip your energy weapons, and step into the light.
In the words of the great thinker himself,
“Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice.”