Friday, March 1, 2013

Cabal Vanguard 

ME3 Cabal Vanguard
Turian biotics are isolated from regular infantry in elite units called Cabals, whose proud dictum is, "the intangible is unstoppable." Since turian biotics are relatively rare, Cabals become small, tight-knit teams of fearsome biotic warriors that are trained to handle the deadliest infiltration missions.
Cabal training makes these deadly turians both biotically and technically proficient. Cabals equip their members with venom-infused gauntlets that are fatal to any enemy foolish enough to get within range.


Heavy Melee and Dodge 

  • Venom Gauntlets - The Turian Cabal Vanguard leaps to a target and slashes outwards with venom-tipped blades, dealing poison damage over time.
  • Increased Mobility - The Turian Cabal Vanguard teleports a short distance at the expense of barrier strength.

Player Notes 

General Notes
  • The Cabal Vanguard is the only Vanguard without Biotic Charge. Their replacement for Charge, Poison Strike, is substantially different from Charge; rather than striking a targeted enemy (and potentially others around them), Poison Strike launches the Cabal Vanguard forward a set distance, passing through walls and objects while damaging enemies that they pass through. While Poison Strike does make the Cabal Vanguard invulnerable, it does not restore their barrier.
  • The Cabal is the only character in the game besides the N7 Fury whose Regular Melee is infinite; she will deliver a series of strikes with her claws as long the players keeps pressing the melee button.
  • Heavy Melee can be somehow compared to N7 Shadow's Shadow Strike: the Cabal will "teleport" behind the enemy and deliver a powerful attack. She will strike with both claws, in a fashion similar to Vorcha's heavy melee. However, there is a limit of range for the attack to trigger the teleport.
    • In addition, the Heavy Melee has very low ending lag, which allows the Cabal to follow it up with multiple Regular Melee Attacks.
  • The Cabal Vanguard specializes in poison damage-over-time—their offensive powers and melee attacks all inflict additional damage over a few seconds in addition to direct damage. Synthetics are not immune to poison damage. Their damage-over-time abilities allow them to restrict enemy regeneration and prevent enemies from cloaking.
  • Both their dodge ability and Poison Strike allow the Cabal Vanguard to pass through walls. Along with the movement speed increase from Biotic Focus, the Cabal Vanguard is a very mobile character capable of skillful hit-and-run and flanking tactics.
  • If evolved for maximum melee damage, the Cabal can take down foot soldiers (even some Shielded ones) with a single Heavy Melee.
  • The Cabal is very useful for assassinating key enemies behind the enemy lines by phasing through the area with Poison Strike and dodge.
  • The Cabal relies mainly on speed, its teleporting ability, and having teammates to cover fire by attacking more dangerous enemies that can shrug of her attacks, such as Brutes and Scions.
  • A longer-ranged Poison Strike can be used to safely disrupt bosses' shields/barriers while launching the Cabal Vanguard far enough away from their high-damaging attacks or instant-kills. This tactic is more risky if evolved for Double Dash, but with careful timing, it is possible to Poison Strike through a target, wait for them to turn around, then Poison Strike through it again before backing off or letting Poison Strike's cooldown end.
  • The Cabal can deal easily with most enemies, except for Phantoms, Dragoons and Atlases. She can actually kill Phantoms and Dragoons with no problems, as long they don't strike first or have the upper hand in range.
  • Poison Strike can not only provide the Cabal Vanguard with a means of getting away from Phantoms in a hurry but can also disrupt Phantoms' cloaking due to its damage over time.
  • Care should be taken against the Geth, as their attacks can easily stun and prevent the Cabal to unleash her true potential, interrupting her melee attacks and overhelming her with massive firepower.
  • Poison Strike can not only provide the Cabal Vanguard with a means of getting away from Geth Hunters in a hurry but can also disrupt Geth Hunters' cloaking due to its damage over time.
  • The Cabal can deal easily with most foot soldiers.
  • Care should be taken if trying to take down Ravagers with melee attacks, as their sacs will explode and expose the Cabal to damage.
  • Banshees and Brutes should be deal with the extreme care, as the Cabal exposes herself very easily between attacks, and cannot stun those enemies easily with the Heavy Melee.
  • Care should be taken if trying to take down Abominations with melee attacks, as their explosion will harm the player. Extra care with Possessed Abominations.
  • Poison Strike can be a useful tool for taking out Abominations, as long as there are no allies in the vicinity. Poison Strike can be used to eliminate an Abomination and phase through a wall before the Abomination explodes. Alternatively, Poison Strike can provide a narrow window of invulnerability for the Cabal Vanguard to avoid damage. Its damage over time also gives a window of time to escape before an Abomination succumbs to the poison.

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