A Stone Melee / Electric Armor Brute build with softcap Defense

While playing today, our team began discussing Brute and Tanker armor sets, and I offered to post the build I have planned for my StoneMelee/ElecArmor Brute, along with the Tanker I played on live with a similar build. The question was whether a Brute with /ElecArmor could softcap Def, and the answer is yes.

At least with Stone Melee, this armor has multiple layers of mitigation towards survival. From Elec: decent resists; a heal; a damage/end aura, and a End sap/buff. From Stone Melee, loads of KB, disorient from Fault (which might be less welcome on a Brute than a Tanker), and the Boss-holding keystone of Seismic Smash.

A few build details: 47.2% S/L Def, 40.4% Melee Def, 64.2% S/L resist (w/o Incarnate), >90% Energy resist (w/o Incarnate), plenty of recharge.

Since I actually used a build like this on my Tanker during live, I made a similar post in the Brute forum, however with that build.

Ambershock is only around level 20, so I have not played this build enough to know whether it’ll really do it for me (my favorite Brute so far is Super Strength / Willpower). The character fits a roleplaying concept I have for The Amber Fist, so I will at least level Ambershock to 50 and see what happens.

Here’s the Brute build, with details and a Mids chunk:

Villain Plan by Mids’ Villain Designer 1.96
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Ambershock: Level 50 Science Brute
Primary Power Set: Stone Melee
Secondary Power Set: Electric Armor
Power Pool: Speed
Power Pool: Fighting
Power Pool: Leaping
Power Pool: Leadership
Ancillary Pool: Energy Mastery

Villain Profile:
Level 1: Stone Fist [list][] (A) Kinetic Combat - Accuracy/Damage
[
] (3) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance
[] (5) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Recharge
[
] (15) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[/list]Level 1: Charged Armor [list][] (A) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Endurance
[
] (9) Reactive Armor - Resistance
[] (11) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Recharge
[
] (21) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Endurance/Recharge
[/list]Level 2: Stone Mallet [list][] (A) Kinetic Combat - Accuracy/Damage
[
] (3) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance
[] (7) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Recharge
[
] (15) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[/list]Level 4: Heavy Mallet [list][] (A) Kinetic Combat - Accuracy/Damage
[
] (5) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance
[] (7) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Recharge
[
] (17) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[/list]Level 6: Super Speed [list][] (A) Winter’s Gift - Slow Resistance (20%)
[/list]Level 8: Conductive Shield [list][
] (A) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Endurance
[] (9) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Recharge
[
] (11) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Endurance/Recharge
[] (21) Reactive Armor - Resistance
[/list]Level 10: Static Shield [list][
] (A) Steadfast Protection - Resistance/+Def 3%
[] (50) Resist Damage IO
[/list]Level 12: Fault [list][
] (A) Razzle Dazzle - Accuracy/Recharge
[] (13) Razzle Dazzle - Endurance/Stun
[
] (13) Razzle Dazzle - Accuracy/Endurance
[] (17) Razzle Dazzle - Stun/Range
[
] (40) Razzle Dazzle - Accuracy/Stun/Recharge
[/list]Level 14: Build Up [list][] (A) Recharge Reduction IO
[/list]Level 16: Grounded [list][
] (A) Gladiator’s Armor - TP Protection +3% Def (All)
[/list]Level 18: Seismic Smash [list][] (A) Superior Brute’s Fury - Accuracy/Damage
[
] (19) Superior Brute’s Fury - Damage/Recharge
[] (19) Superior Brute’s Fury - Accuracy/Damage/Recharge
[
] (25) Superior Brute’s Fury - Accuracy/Endurance/Recharge
[] (43) Superior Brute’s Fury - Accuracy/Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[
] (43) Superior Brute’s Fury - Recharge/Fury Bonus
[/list]Level 20: Lightning Reflexes [list][] (A) Run Speed IO
[/list]Level 22: Lightning Field [list][
] (A) Obliteration - Damage
[] (23) Obliteration - Accuracy/Recharge
[
] (23) Obliteration - Damage/Recharge
[] (25) Obliteration - Accuracy/Damage/Recharge
[
] (27) Obliteration - Accuracy/Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[] (27) Obliteration - Chance for Smashing Damage
[/list]Level 24: Hasten [list][
] (A) Recharge Reduction IO
[] (45) Recharge Reduction IO
[
] (46) Recharge Reduction IO
[/list]Level 26: Boxing [list][] (A) Kinetic Combat - Accuracy/Damage
[
] (45) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance
[] (45) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Recharge
[
] (46) Kinetic Combat - Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[/list]Level 28: Energize [list][] (A) Doctored Wounds - Heal
[
] (29) Doctored Wounds - Heal/Endurance
[] (29) Doctored Wounds - Endurance/Recharge
[
] (31) Doctored Wounds - Heal/Recharge
[] (34) Doctored Wounds - Recharge
[/list]Level 30: Tough [list][
] (A) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Endurance
[] (31) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Recharge
[
] (31) Reactive Armor - Resistance/Endurance/Recharge
[] (46) Reactive Armor - Resistance
[/list]Level 32: Tremor [list][
] (A) Obliteration - Damage
[] (33) Obliteration - Accuracy/Recharge
[
] (33) Obliteration - Damage/Recharge
[] (33) Obliteration - Accuracy/Damage/Recharge
[
] (40) Obliteration - Accuracy/Damage/Endurance/Recharge
[] (50) Obliteration - Chance for Smashing Damage
[/list]Level 35: Power Sink [list][
] (A) Performance Shifter - EndMod/Recharge
[] (36) Performance Shifter - EndMod/Accuracy/Recharge
[
] (36) Efficacy Adaptor - EndMod/Recharge
[] (36) Efficacy Adaptor - EndMod/Accuracy/Recharge
[/list]Level 38: Weave [list][
] (A) Luck of the Gambler - Defense
[] (39) Luck of the Gambler - Defense/Endurance
[
] (39) Luck of the Gambler - Defense/Recharge
[] (39) Luck of the Gambler - Recharge Speed
[
] (43) Kismet - Accuracy +6%
[] (50) Shield Wall - +Res (Teleportation), +3% Res (All)
[/list]Level 41: Combat Jumping [list][
] (A) Luck of the Gambler - Defense/Endurance
[] (42) Luck of the Gambler - Defense/Recharge
[
] (42) Luck of the Gambler - Defense
[] (42) Luck of the Gambler - Recharge Speed
[/list]Level 44: Superior Conditioning [list][
] (A) Endurance Modification IO
[/list]Level 47: Maneuvers [list][] (A) Luck of the Gambler - Defense
[
] (48) Luck of the Gambler - Defense/Endurance
[] (48) Luck of the Gambler - Defense/Recharge
[
] (48) Luck of the Gambler - Recharge Speed
[/list]Level 49: Tactics [list][] (A) Rectified Reticle - Increased Perception
[/list]Level 1: Brawl [list][
] (A) Accuracy IO
[/list]Level 1: Prestige Power Dash [list][] (A) Empty
[/list]Level 1: Prestige Power Slide [list][
] (A) Empty
[/list]Level 1: Prestige Power Quick [list][] (A) Empty
[/list]Level 1: Prestige Power Rush [list][
] (A) Empty
[/list]Level 1: Prestige Power Surge [list][] (A) Empty
[/list]Level 1: Fury
Level 1: Sprint [list][
] (A) Jumping IO
[/list]Level 2: Rest [list][] (A) Empty
[/list]Level 4: Ninja Run
Level 2: Swift [list][
] (A) Run Speed IO
[/list]Level 2: Health [list][] (A) Numina’s Convalescence - +Regeneration/+Recovery
[
] (37) Numina’s Convalescence - Heal
[] (37) Numina’s Convalescence - Heal/Endurance
[
] (40) Numina’s Convalescence - Heal/Recharge
[/list]Level 2: Hurdle [list][] (A) Jumping IO
[/list]Level 2: Stamina [list][
] (A) Performance Shifter - EndMod
[] (34) Performance Shifter - EndMod/Recharge
[
] (34) Performance Shifter - EndMod/Accuracy
[*] (37) Performance Shifter - Chance for +End
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