Like Lilith in the first Borderlands, Maya was chosen to fill the role of Siren in Borderlands 2. Contrary to her predecessor, Maya is a much more complete character with a very marked game identity, besides being one of the biggest fan favorites of the whole saga.
Despite this, choosing Maya’s build can be a bit complicated. All the options can be very tempting. Which way will we go? For a more aggressive and elemental Maya? For a defensive build with a lot of crowd control? Or will we play with friends and turn the siren into support? In this guide, we’ll find out.
The Best Maya Build: Healer Maya
The best build for The Siren is The Nurse Build. We all know that the support role is one of the most important for any game, and Borderlands 2 is no exception. With this build, Maya can protect her allies, give them various bonuses and weaken enemies. And since this is Borderlands, even a support can be very strong, so Maya can also do a lot of damage if she uses her build well.
You’ll obviously get the most out of this build when playing with a group, so there might be a better build if you’re going in solo.
List of Skills
+15% Gun Damage and +20% Bullet Speed.
Increases the duration of Phaselock by +2.5s.
Your Phaselock ability now also pulls nearby enemies toward the original target.
+25% Critical Hit Damage and +30% Melee Damage.
Killing an enemy who is currently Phaselocked creates 5 Life Orb which automatically seeks out and heals you and your friends. The healing is stronger when you or your friend’s health is low (up to 15% per Orb).
+6% Maximum Health and attack allies to heal them for 12% of the attack damage.
+50% Fire Rate and +30% Damage with guns while you have an enemy Phaselocked.
You and your friends regenerate +5% health per second while you have an enemy Phaselocked.
You can instantly revive a friend in Fight for Your Life by using Phaselock on him/her.
Regenerate up to +1.2% of your missing Health per second. The lower your health the more powerful the regeneration.
Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives you +3.6% Life Steal for a short while.
Melee Override. Press [melee] to throw an Orb of Slag that constantly damages enemies near it. This ability has a 18 second cooldown. Pressing [melee] when Scorn is on cooldown will perform a regular melee attack.
+24% Elemental Effect Chance.
Increases Magazine Size and Reload Speed with all weapon types. +20% Magazine Size and +25% Reload Speed.
Adds +50% Damage as Fire Damage to all shots fired when in Fight For Your Life.
While you have an enemy Phaselocked all of your bullets that hit enemies have a 40% chance to ricochet and hit another nearby enemy.
You deal +40% increased Gun Damage to any enemy who has more than 50% of his health remaining.
Kill Skill. Killing an enemy causes you to deal constant Fire and Corrosive Damage to nearby enemies for a short time. The damage is based on your Level and the Level of the Blight Phoenix.
Action Skill Augmentation. Phaselock now slags, corrodes and electrocutes all nearby enemies.
Best Equipment for Support Maya Build
Your gear is just as important as your skills in Borderlands. Here are the best pieces of gear for the support Maya build.
Best weapons for Maya
The most essential weapon for this build is the Slow Hand. We understand that this weapon can be tricky to use at first due to how it slows fires or ignores gravity, but it is a great tool for Maya.
First of all, this weapon heals its wielder, which is essential to stay alive long enough to heal the rest of our companions. Also, with this weapon, Maya will not be reduced to just being a healer: Her splash damage is very high, and her elemental ability is impressive.
The other weapon we will use is Trick Shot Maggie. This weapon will allow us to do a large amount of damage at the same time once our enemies are slugged. If Maya’s build is not based on doing damage naturally, we should take every opportunity to do sudden damage with all our items combined, and Trick Shot Maggie is very good at that.
Best grenades for Maya
The best grenades for Maya are undoubtedly Quasar. Although several alternatives exist, such as Magic Missile, Quasar traps enemies in effect similar to Maya’s power and electrocutes them all. This is very useful for Maya Support since in addition to dealing damage; it fulfills a utility function.
Best shield for Maya
Undoubtedly, The Bee is the best shield in Borderlands 2, but if there is one that gives her a fight, it is definitely The Antagonist. This shield helps reduce damage to your character, and to make it even better, it can slug the enemies. As you can imagine, Maya takes advantage of this since she and her allies can damage these enemies a lot.
Best relic for Maya
Stockpile Relic is a great shield for Maya using this build. With this shield, Maya recovers the ammo lost by using Trick Shot Maggie. In addition, we will also use the extra grenades that we can carry because, unlike other characters who only use them occasionally or do a lot of damage, Maya uses them as part of her kit.
Best class mod for Maya
As you can imagine, the best class mod for Maya is Legendary Nurse. In addition to the skill tree points we will gain, this class mod gives Maya and her team a huge health regeneration bonus, making this the ultimate class mod for your Maya Support.
Alternative Maya Solo Build – Elemental Maya
Although this build is also useful in co-op, there is no doubt that it shines in a Solo Build. With this combination, Maya can wreak havoc. The key is to try to use short-range weapons and try to use your power as much as possible. Once we do, we will destroy our opponents with damage that will gradually escalate, turning Maya into a killing machine.
On the other hand, we will also take a lot of damage… And that’s good. With this build, you will have a lot of stamina, enough to finish most of your enemies before they take you down, or at least leave some of them seriously injured to take advantage of your Second Wind.
Those were the best builds for Maya in Borderlands 2!