Though Elden Ring players continue to get a lot of mileage out of the game, mainly thanks to mods and bizarre challenge runs, as they wait for more news on its highly-anticipated DLC, many FromSoft fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Armored Core 6.
The latter is set to land later this week and treat players to plenty of action-packed and colourfully-rendered mech battles, each of which will feature enough explosions and energy blasts to decimate a small neighbourhood.
While many prospective players have recently been busy debating whether tank builds could end up being an overpowered option in one-on-one PVP matchups, others have decided not to waste time worrying about the meta and instead try to come up with the mech version of a classic soulsborne build.
Are you planning on adopting an Elden Ring-inspired mech build in Armored Core 6?
User Particular-Lie-4500 kicked off the discussion in question on the Armored Core subreddit, by asking the immortal question: “What is the equivalent of naked with a stick?”
“So, I am a Fromsoftware fan since the times of Bloodborne and have played most of the souls games, [including] Elden Ring,” they explained in their post, continuing: “Armored Core 6 is going to be my first Armored Core game and I wanted to know if there is a [mech] build that just fills you with as much sheer terror as seeing a naked [character] with a stick invading your [game]?”
Naturally, the subreddit’s mech experts (or mexperts, if you will) have responded to their request by coming up with a bunch of unorthodox designs you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alleyway.
“If I saw someone with only a chainsaw/pile bunker, or fists only, I’d be very cautious,” suggested user PXL-pushr, adding: “[I’d think] either this [player] is trolling, or I’ve just stepped into the ring with a god.”
On the other hand, user Barblesnott_Jr went for something terrifyingly specific, describing a mech with: “Blade in one hand, rifle in the other, no back or shoulder weapons equipped. A paint scheme that looks like it got puked on by a troupe of clowns. With that, you will be the most terrifying thing anyone has ever seen.”
In addition to this group describing what their worst in-game nightmares would look like, some fans in another thread have already begun brainstorming challenge run ideas that could rival the wacky efforts of Elden Ring’s streaming community.
Regardless of whether you’re now planning out a mech build designed purely to unnerve opponents, make sure to follow us for guides to both Armoured Core 6 and Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion.