Updated Wed, Dec 16, 2009 by RadarX
Soldier - The Soldier is the first class in Tabula Rasa's combatant class sub-tree. Soldier classes are the primary combatants, doing the most direct damage on the battlefield. Most soldier abilities are concerned with aggressive, direct damage. While the Commando and Ranger classes do branch from here, a few of the skills you will carry on and use frequently.
Reflecting on Reflective!
Should you take Shrapnel? Recent changes to the skill have actually made it a viable option if you like to utilize a short range AE. A number of players have found it invaluable for CP defense missions. The scrap cost is nominal, so shouldn't be factored in. However, total skill point allocation may put this as a luxury you can't afford.
Rage is a class defining skill useful to almost every class. The real question when it comes to Rage is how far to pump your skill. You'll notice two of the ranks are self only meaning how much you group needs to be taken into consideration. For soloers most would recommend Rank 3 saving 4 and 5 for those who have a squad regularly.
Reflective Armor changes recently have made it efficient against all types of damage. While the armor rating may be lower than what you'd see in higher Tier equipment, the very high regen and ability to reflect back as much as 75% damage can't be overlooked. There are a number of Spies and Snipers that would argue it is in even more effective than Stealth Armor.
Machine Guns up until recent ammunition changes were an impractical and very expensive weapon to use. While it may only hold you over until Commando it still is a nice weapon to use close range. For Rangers, the weapon will still provide a great skill up until Spy and many Snipers still use it in conjunction with Shredder Ammo against things that get too close.
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