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If you ever wandered if the RHINO set was any good, let me tell you this : it is. Paired with the Fire weapons from the DLC Fire & Ice Weapon Pack ; it really is.
So let's talk first about the synergie between the weapons and the set bonus.


Those weapons have low impact and low base damage, but generates a lot of energy.
The RHINO gear set bonus increases the impact by +50% while under the effect of implants that boost the weapon damage.
Raising the impact to an improved high impact for Caldarium and Ignis ; and improved medium impact for Strigil.
Using the implant Mechanized Counterweight is therefor mandatory (Energized Power Cell is worse). Costing 12 energy, it won't be a problem to use it and still have enough energy to execute with the high energy gain bonus of the weapons.

MG Caldarium and Ignis needs +80% impact bonus to reach high impact. Strigil needs more than 100, so it won't be possible to reach that high without sacrificing more important things.


"Striking ennemies multiple times causes excess heat to build up, which will then be released as a fiery burst."
About that "fiery burst", it is easier to trigger depending on the limb you're aiming at. Unarmored parts makes it easy to trigger it, but armored torso part is the worst.
The damage of the fiery burst depend of the damage of the attack triggering it.
So if Wanted to tryhard to do the most damage possible I would : be under the effect of Mechanized Counterweight, aim for the unarmored head, and trigger the fiery burst on an attack using the higher damage value of my weapon (slash/thrust...).
The number of hit required to trigger the fiery burst is consistent, so it's not impossible to predict when it will be triggered.


Now, let's talk about the RHINO gear.

Body gear : +10% stamina consumption
Arm gears : -8% ASPD / +60% impact bonus
Leg gears : +5% stamina consumption for Dodge & Run

As you can imagine, it is very important to increase the maximum stamina. Hence the double Endurance Enhancer at CP55 and the Pneumatic Calibrator later.
You may have already understand, but with those stats ; I'm sure you realised that the MG Vigiles and Vulcan are going to be really awful for thise build.

To mitigate the use of Vital Injection, I think the best option with this build is to use the Aggression Amplifier implant. I tried to use the Medi-Voltaic Injection, but I often didn't had enough energy to use the two implants and execute ennemies.


A Walk in the Park : If you bought the DLC, the most interesting thing coming from it would be the mascot head. Those head gears still activate the bonus set making them useful for the drone's ability (-30% energy consumption).
When the Anti-Kinetic Shield is avaible, equiping the Head of Donnie Donuts would be a great addition.
Why this one in particular ? The lowest defense of the RHINO set is thrust. The mascot head with the most thrust defense is this one.


There's not so much to talk about. Be wary of your stamina at low CP, it will be the main issue of that build.
So let's look at the build :


CP35

Vital Boost v.1 & v.2
Two Vital Injection v.1
Aggression Amplifier v.1
Endurance Enhancer v.1
Mechanized Counterweight v.2


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CP45 +9

+ Sunglasses

Ancillary Core XL
Three Vital Boost v.3
Two Vital Injection v.3
Aggression Amplifier v.2
Endurance Enhancer v.3
Mechanized Counterweight v.3


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CP55

+ Sunglasses

Three Vital Boost v.3
Two Vital Injection v.3
Aggression Amplifier v.1 and v.2
Endurance Enhancer v.3 and v.5
Mechanized Counterweight v.3


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CP65

+ Sunglasses

Two Vital Boost v.5 and one v.3
Three Vital Injection v.3
Aggression Amplifier v.1 and v.2
Endurance Enhancer v.3 and v.5
Pneumatic Calibrator v.2
Mechanized Counterweight v.3


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CP75

+ Sunglasses

Three Vital Boost v.5
Three Vital Injection v.3
Two Aggression Amplifier v.1 and v.2
Endurance Enhancer v.3 and v.5
Pneumatic Calibrator v.4
Mechanized Counterweight v.4


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CP85

+ Sunglasses

Three Vital Boost v.5
Three Vital Injection v.5
Two Aggression Amplifier v.1 and v.2
Two Endurance Enhancer v.5
Gyro-Stabilizer v.2
Pneumatic Calibrator v.4
Mechanized Counterweight v.4

 

Damage wise, this is a very powerful build. Probably the most damaging if we take the fiery burst in consideration.
I believe this is the best optimization for the RHINO set and the MG Caldarium / Ignis / Strigil.

 

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