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Armored Core 6 Balteus boss: best build and strategy

Everything you need to tear apart Balteus' Pulse Shields and win in Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon's Attack the Watchpoint mission
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Armored Core 6’s Balteus is a huge AC kitted out with loads of missiles and thick Pulse Shields that make it hard to fight, and it’ll likely be your first big roadblock while playing Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. This AC unit is designed specifically to take you down, and so you’ll have to design an AC specifically to counter it.

The key here is taking out the Pulse Shield quickly and effectively – just shooting at it with ordinary weapons will have you stuck in a cycle for a long period of time. Just make sure to use the AC parts we suggest in this guide, and you will be able to walk through Balteus during Armored Core 6’s Attack the Watchpoint mission.

Best Balteus build – AC6

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As usual, the most important factor in a build to take down Balteus is the weaponry. Balteus’ missile swarms are actually fairly easy to dodge as long as you pick your moment, so you don’t need to necessarily be super small or lightweight. If you want to build a literal tank in order to take down Balteus, you absolutely can. Just make sure you have something to penetrate those Pulse Shields.

As such, we’re listing a Pulse Gun – this weapon is short-range, so you’ll need to get close to Balteus in order to use it, but it will rip apart the Pulse Shield in no time, leaving the AC staggered, allowing you to unload your most powerful weapons. To that end, we suggest a big chargeable melee weapon to make the most of the moments when Balteus is staggered.

In this build, you can swap between the Pulse weapon and your melee weapon in your left hand, while peppering with bullets and missiles consistently with the right.

  • Right arm: RF-025 SCUDDER
  • Left arm: HI-16: GU-Q1
  • Right back: Vvc-70VPM
  • Left back: Vvc-770LB

How to beat Balteus – AC6

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Balteus is threatening because of how many missiles it can launch at once, on top of a tough Pulse Shield that will make it tough to break through and actually deal damage. But of course, if you’ve followed out weapon build instructions as outlined above, you’ll have everything you need to take it down.

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Your right arm and right back in our weapon build are an assault rifle and vertical Plasma Missiles. You can pepper Balteus with both of these as soon as they reload, from any range. Meanwhile your left hand has the Pulse weapon, and your left back has a melee weapon you can swap to for big damage. You want to get close to Balteus before you let loose with your Pulse weapon to take its shields apart.

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As soon as Balteus staggers, swap your priority to dealing damage with all weapons, prioritizing your melee option. Repeat this while dodging incoming attacks, and you will take Balteus down quickly and easily.