Boss Fight: Bassus¶
The fight with Bassus can be a real punch in the gut out of nowhere if you’re not prepared for his fighting style. He’s a relentless Brute who inflicts massive melee damage with his energy-powered weapon. Not only that, he has incredibly tough armor and health which can be difficult to eat through without the right weapons and tactics. You’ll find that many of the weapons available to you will be fairly useless at chipping away his armor, so don’t waste your time with them. Instead, the first thing you should do is create some space between yourself and Bassus. You can do this by running and sliding, but you can also use your Grappleshot.
Once you’ve created some distance between yourself and Bassus, the main thing you should aim to do is equip the nearby Sentinel Beam This is a powerful energy weapon which can be found on the floor just opposite the mining laser controls, as shown in the gif below.
The Sentinel Beam inflicts massive damage to Bassus compared with most other weapons, and it will make the fight much easier to get through. However, another way to speed the fight up and kill Bassus quickly is by using the nearby blast coils which are scattered around the interior of the machine. You can pick one of these up and throw them at Bassus to inflict massive damage if you have time, but failing that you can try kiting Bassus near to a bunch of blast coils, then shoot them to trigger a massive explosion. This will inflict a lot of damage to Bassus and give you enough time to finish him off with the Sentinel Beam, or with a few energy grenades. When you’ve defeated Bassus, you’ll unlock the Unearthed achievement.