Published on: Nov 15, 2015 @ 11:41
Tlaloc is an Exotic Scout Rifle that can only be used by the Warlock. You can unlock it by reaching rank 3 with the Gunsmith and completing its Exotic quest.
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Tlaloc has a base Impact of 48 and RoF of 37, putting it into the same class as the Boolean Gemini, Hung Jury SR4, or Vision of Confluence. It’s unique perk is ‘Overflow’ which increases the weapons handling, rate of fire, and stability when the wielder’s super is fully charged.
When Overflow is active, there’s a ~20% boost in RoF. In a side-by-side comparison, Tlaloc with Overflow managed to fire 10 rounds, but without it Tlaloc was only able to fire off 8.
Similarly, another side-by-side RoF comparison showed that a Tlaloc with Overflow manages to shoot faster than even the MIDA Multi-Tool. For stability, the Overflow improvement is noticeable, along with the increase in handling which improves ADS speed as well as its ability to ‘ready’ faster.
So let’s review the upsides of using the this in the Crucible: High Impact, faster RoF than MIDA, slightly better stability than VoC, and incredibly fast handling. The obvious downside: all these benefits will only kick in when you’re holding onto your Super.
On the subject of grenades, the Grenadier perk reduces the overall cooldown of your grenades by 10%. If you’re playing at Tier 5 discipline with your Warlock, your grenade cooldown rate of :25 seconds will be further reduced by 2.5 seconds every time you get a kill using the Tlaloc. There’s no limit to how many times the ‘Grenadier’ perk can be triggered in a single life.
The biggest thing to remember is that you don’t have to limit yourself to using the same gun the entire match. If you’re using Tlaloc and find yourself in a situation where you’d really like to use your super, go ahead and do it. You can always simply switch off of Tlaloc, and go back to any other gun you feel comfortable with. Then, when your super recharges, just switch back to Tlaloc.
When trying to determine which barrel/weapon perks to use, tests were done with various barrels and perks against a standard max armor opponent (Sunbreaker Titan). While there were 2 scenarios where having Max Stability and Minimum Impact required one additional body shot to kill, all other scenarios proved that having Max Stability/Min Impact would yield the same results as if you were using Max Impact.
Go with max Stability, and run Soft Ballistics and Injection mold. The loss in impact will hardly make a difference if you’re a relatively accurate shot, and the boosted stability comes in handy when dealing with the guns high-ish rate of fire.
There’s a few solid choices that will compliment Tlaloc’s strengths:
- Voidfang Vestments: Being able to respawn with full grenade energy is great, for any Warlock class in the Crucible.
- Claws of Ahamkara: These gauntlets provide 2 melee charges for any subclass.
- Alchemist’s Raiment: Orbs collected when your Super is full recharge your grenades and melee.
- Nothing Manacles: Having an extra scatter grenade charge definitely helps boost the Voidwalker neutral game.
- Ophidian Aspect: Best for Voidwalker, but still usable by the others. Tlaloc already has superb handling, but having all weapons ready faster and have better reload speed can’t hurt.