Crucible Hunter - Sazan

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Sazan is one of Crucible's essence hunters. She's a very aggressive DPS who swaps between three different weapons when fighting her enemies.

This Crucible hunter is very good at just about everything. She can deal damage from a distance with her assault rifle, and also deal massive damage up close with her shotgun. She has a knife she can throw which deals a powerful damage over time if it makes contact.

Her mobility is a dash move that, at level 4, can hold two charges. She is a mobile powerhouse who can keep pace with the fastes hunters in the game, all while dealing oppressive damage to them from multiple ranges.

Anyone who fights a good Sazan will quickly realize that she's a master of close range and mid range engagements. Her mobility makes her hard to hit and she can easily hold her own with just about anyone.

Overview

Sazan is a fast paced, high mobility DPS hunter in Crucible. She does a ton of damage, but not the most damage. Her shotgun is devastating at close range and a headshot can deal a ton of damage.

Her knife is also devastating. It takes a lot of skill to land the electroknife, but doing so puts a powerful damage over time on the target. Starting at level 4 Sazan can hold two charges of her dash, which is where she really gets her strength. At that point she can get in and out of combat as she wishes and hunt down anyone foolish enough to stand in her path.

Sazan's hunter stats

Sazan is a low health DPS hunter. She excels at going and out of combat fluidly while dealing reasonably high damage. Her dash makes her excellent at making tactical movement decisions in fights.

Base Health:

800

Base Movement Speed:

4.5 meters per second?

 

Sazan's abilities:

Sazan's abilities focus on getting into the fight and getting her hands dirty. Her mobility is perfect for dodging attacks and throwing enemeis off balance. She can easily get with her jet dashes and shotun people while dodging abilities with the jet dash as well. Sazan more than almost any other character relies very heavily on her essence upgrades, so be sure to farm essence quickly at the start of a match or else things might go awry.

Jet Dash

Sazan's jet dash is her primary mobility. At level 4 she can hold two charges of this. It makes her dash in the direction she's moving and is by far her most important ability.

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Dash Distance:

7 meters?

Cooldown:

3 seconds

 

Inertia Gun

Sazan equips her inertia gun, refreshing it's energy. This weapon has 18 rounds and can't be reloaded without swapping weapons. This weapon is one of Sazan's core damaging abilities. It's her only way to deal damage at mid range, and at close range it does decent damage if she hits enough shots.

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Damage:

8 per shot

Critical Hit Multiplier:

2x

Magazine Size:

18

Fire Rate:

5 per second

Cooldown:

6 seconds (begins after swapping to next weapon)

Max Range:

240m

Projectile Speed:

300 meters per second

Damage Falloff Starts:

30 meters

Damage Falloff Ends:

90 meters

Effects:

Slows enemies by 5% per hit, up to a maximum of 25% slow effect.

 

Shotgun

Sazan swaps to her shotgun and blasts enemies for massive damage at close ranges. The shotgun deals the most consistent chunk of damage from her kit. This weapon is extremely effective at close ranges, obviously.

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Damage:

9 per pellet

Critical Hit Multiplier:

2x

Pellets Per Shot:

7

Magazine Size:

3

Fire Rate:

1.5 shots per second

Cooldown:

6 seconds (begins after swapping to next weapon)

Max Range:

150 meters

Projectile Speed:

780 meters per second

Damage Falloff Starts:

7.8 meters

Damage Falloff Ends:

30 meters

Effects:

Starting at level 2, swapping to the shotgun gives Sazan a 33% speed boost for 3.25 seconds. This effect persists even when swapping to another weapon.

 

Electroknife

Sazan's electroknife is her ace in the hole. She can pull out a knife and throw it. It's very difficult to land this ability, but doing so causes a powerful damage over time effect. Hitting this ability can easily turn the tide of an engagement in Sazan's favor.

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Damage:

30

Critical Hit Multiplier:

2

Magazine Size:

1

Cooldown:

6 seconds (begins after swapping to next weapon)

Max Range:

156m

Projectile Speed:

70 meters per second

Effects:

Sazan throws an electroknife which puts a 210 damage over time debuff on her target that lasts for 20 seconds.

 

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Strategy

Sazan is a lot HP but medium damage DPS with very practical mobility. She can easily enter a fight and navigate it effectively, similar to Tosca. Her damage is very consistent for players with good aim and she can dodge attacks very effectively with her jet dash.

Farming essence as a team is extremely important to playing Sazan. He kit doesn't fully come online until level 4, and even level 5 in some ways. At level 4 she gets a second charge of her jet dash, which is game changing for escaping combat, or effectively fighting and chasing down enemies.

Early game it's prudent to be cautious about approaching fights as Sazan as she can easily be outran by many different hunters. If she finds herself in a 4v1 early game she's doomed. Be vigilant early until her kit comes online.

At level 2 swapping to her shotgun gives her a temporary movement speed buff, this is vital to chasing enemies and escaping combat. Managing this cooldown is vital to success as Sazan. Also inertia gun deals a mild slow, so keep that in mind when running away.

Finally her electroknife is game changing because of the damage it deals; however, it's very difficult to hit. One trick to landing the electroknife is to dash in point blank and then throw it. It's much easier to hit the knife from point blank than it is from a distance.

Essence Upgrades

Sazan's essence upgrades give a lot of different options. There are ways to increase damage, utility, survivability, or a mix of all. Luckily her most mandatory upgrades are on the levels that only have one choice, leaving players to decide how best to build Sazan to their needs.

 

Level Essence for next level Perk 1 Perk 2 Perk 3
Level 1 1800 Restorative Exchange Stalker's Knife Taking Cover
Level 2 3200 Fully Engaged    
Level 3 4400? Capacitor Overflow Full Blast Shot Cut and Rush
Level 4 6200? Go the Extra Mile    
Level 5   Upping the Voltage Disrupter Charge  

 

 

Level 1 upgrades:

Restorative Exchange: Swapping weapons heals 20 health.
Stalker's Knife: Electroknife detects targets within 25 meters on impact.
Taking Cover: Completing interaction or using a med kit cloaks for 5 seconds.

 

Level 2 upgrades:

Fully Engaged: Swapping weapons grants short-term passive abilities: Electroknife gains cloak, Shotgun gains speed boost, Intertia gun grants 150 shields.

 

Level 3 upgrades:

Capactior Overflow: Swapping weapons grants 6% damage boost for 10 seconds.
Full Blast Shot: Shotgun knocks back targets and is more accurate.
Cut and Rush: Jet-dash inflicts 60 damage and 60 DoT to opponents.

 

Level 4 upgrades:

Go the Extra Mile: Number of dashes increases from 1 to 2.

 

Level 5 upgrades:

Upping the Voltage: Gain 33% extra energy per weapon. Increases electroknife damage +33%.
Disrupter Charge: First shot with Intertia Gun disrupts target abilities for 1/2 second.