Best Athena builds Level 1 to 70 UPDATED – Borderlands Pre-Sequel

Athena the Gladiator

Athena the Gladiator is one of the best, if not the best playable character in Borderlands Pre-Sequel. She is a great all-rounder in all sorts of situations. Whenever it’s about mobbing or bossing, Athena can pull anything off.

If you are considering playing (or you already play) the Gladiator, then it’s best to know some great builds for Athena. This guide has gathered some of the best Athena the Gladiator builds, from level 0 to level 70. Before diving into builds, it’s good to know a little about Athena and her skills to get the most out of her.

Athena the Gladiator

A brief presentation of Athena

Athena the Gladiator has a secretive past in Borderlands Pre Sequel, and the game doesn’t tell you much about her. The only known thing about her is that she is one of the trained assassins of Atlas Corporation. After the training, all the other assassins, along with Athena, were recruited by Crimson Lance.

Athena has a shield and a skinny build. In the original appearance, she is seen wearing a black cloak with a gun and shield in her hands. She looks extremely cool and has a very agile-looking body to compliment her assassin’s reputation.

Her action skill is Kinetic Aspis, based completely on her shield. It allows her to raise her shield and charge it. After charging it, she can throw it at the enemies and release all the stored power. Due to her abilities, speed, and everything in between, she makes up for an extremely great playable character for both solo and coop.

Athena the Gladiator leveling build Borderlands Pre-Sequel 

As some players suggest, Athena is a great starting character, arguably the best. We can go with many builds, but we will go with an offensive build for this guide. It’s a Ceraunic Storm tree-based build that is great for the offensive. The build mainly uses Aspis, but you can be aggressive initially.

Athena has no major issues, but using the wrong build at the beginning could ruin your entire game. We recommend following the leveling guide below to level your Athena to get the most out of her during the early game. Ceraunic Storm has some of the best Athena skills, so you can not go wrong there. Here is how you should level Athena in Borderlands Pre-Sequel.

Level 0: Start the game and level up.

Level 0 – 3: Unlock Athena’s skill, Kinetic Aspis.

Level 3 – 4: Invest one point into Maelstrom skill.

Level 4 – 8: Invest four points into Storm Weaving skill.

Level 8 – 13: Invest five points into Gathering Tempest skill.

Level 13 – 18: Invest one point into Conduit skill.

Level 18 – 19: Invest one point into Smite skill.

Level 19 – 20: Invest one point into Zeus’ Rage skill.

Level 20 – 25: Invest five points into Overload skill.

Level 25 – 30: Invest five points into Ephodos skill.

Level 30 – 35: Invest five points into Vanguard skill.

After leveling your Athena, you should have a build looking like the one below:

Athena the Gladiator Pre Sequel

Best Mid Game builds for Athena the Gladiator borderlands Pre-Sequel

You can choose many builds for Athena at mid-game, but only a feware the best. Below are the two best Athena builds for mid-game in Borderlands Pre-Sequel.

Athena – the God of Thunder build

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This build is an off-tank build, meaning your job will be to take the heat of the battle on yourself. This build is also great for fighting opponents and dealing heavy damage. It’s based on the Ceraunic Storm skill tree, which is all about elemental abilities. It’s going to increase your overall survivability and elemental damage.

The creator of this build was easily able to solo some of the most powerful enemies in Borderlands Pre Sequel. Some of them include Iwajira, Empyrean Sentinel, and Invincible Sentinel. This means that this build is going to work great in solo games, as well as coop games. There is no way that one can go wrong with this build.

Athena Build: God Of Thunder

Athena – the Goddess of the Storm build

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A heavily storm-focused build that is just overpowered with the right player. It has all the skills you need to get the most out of your Athena. The guns, the skills, and the items are all there just to make Athena one hell of a force to deal with.

The build works for both solo and coop games. With this build, make sure to use Fire Hail, Hyperion Shotguns, Badaboom, and Black Hole relic to get the most out of it. It’s a great build with the right equipment because you can only get the bonuses and effects from this build then. But if you don’t have them, use the best ones available.

Goddess of the storm Gladiator build

Best Athena the Gladiator Builds level 70 Borderlands Pre-Sequel

Once you are near the end game, you can create any build for Athena, but to get the best out of her, you will need the best Athena builds. We have gathered the two best Athena builds in Borderlands Pre-Sequel.

Athena – the Elemental Queen build

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The creator of this build wanted to create something other than a melee build for Athena, so he went with an elemental build. This build is great for downing enemies, regenerating shield, health, and overall damage. Additionally, certain skills help you get bonuses with shock attacks and grant you a chance not to consume ammo.

The build is great for both solo and coop games. You can use many different guns to maximize your elemental effects. Furthermore, there is also a rocket launcher with this build which is one of the best, if not the best, in Borderlands Pre-Sequel. Overall, if you use the build and get used to it, you will be a force to reckon with in solo and coop games. The skills used in this tree are from all three skill trees. That said, the build is based on Ceramic Storm and Phalanx tree. This build is built by skills such as Storm Weaving, Conduit, Elemental Barrage, Flash Freeze, Omega-Senshu, Hold the Line, Return Fire, and a few more. We don’t recommend changing the build unless you know what you are doing.

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Best gears for Athena – the Elemental Queen build

Weapon 1: Heart Breaker

Weapon 2: Pitchfork

Weapon 3: Badaboom

Weapon 4: Fridgia

Grenade: Tesla

Shield: Naught

Oz Kit: Oxidizer

MOD: Celestial Gladiator

Athena the Gladiator

Athena – the Alpha Promachos build

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The build creator believes Athena is a great character for beginners and a beast for advanced players. The Alpha Promachos build is a great alternative to the usual ceramic builds. It’s a Xiphos tree-based build or uses it along with the other trees to make Athena more powerful.

The build is great for both solo and co-op games. You can get a lot out of this build with the proper weapons and items. The build compromises many skills from all the trees, so it’s hard to pick any important skill as all skills are important. You should only change or mix and match the skills if you really know Athena well.

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Best gears for Athena – the Alpha Promachos build

Weapon 1: Thunderfire

Weapon 2: Acuminous Frostfire

Weapon 3: Practicable Crowdsourcing

Weapon 4: Muckamuck

Grenade: Quasar

Shield: Shield of Ages

Oz Kit: 3DD1.E

MOD: Celestial Gladiator

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