So my friends asked me to please stop using the Ronin when we play together, causing me to move onto the Tone. I don't have much issue pinning done Tone's general role, playstyle and most advantageous tactics, at least to a large extent, but I'm somewhat stuck on the Tone Kit. Most of them don't really interest me too much, but I'm torn between two: Reinforced Shield Wall and Rocket Barrage. The former supposedly makes the Shield Wall last longer and take more damage while the latter gives me two extra rockets per Rocket Salvo. So... Which one would you suggest for Frontier Defence?
I was able to track down a spreadsheet of numbers for Titanfall 2. It tells me that each Tracker Cannon shot deals 530 damage with a *1.5 weak spot multiplier and that each rocket in a Salvo deals 550 damage, neither of which has any distance falloff. Right there, those two extra rockets constitute over 1000 damage per salvo, which is pretty nice. More so if I can score multiple locks. I can't seem to find any stats on the Shield Wall, however. I don't know how much damage it can absorb by default or even really how long it lasts, nor do I know how much the Reinforced Shield Wall buff increases that. From a few unscientific tests, the Shield Wall doesn't seem to block all that much damage nor last all that long even with the buff.
Now, on the one hand, having some kind of personal defence so I don't have to hoof it every time my position is compromised is nice, and I'll be the first to admit that the base Shield Wall isn't really all that great for that. It doesn't seem to last all that long, though I don't know if that's because it expires or because it gets killed. The problem is that even with the buff, it still doesn't seem to help all that much. It doesn't allow me to "trade" with the Titan columns in Frontier Defence, certainly, and it's the skill's really long cooldown that kind of kills it for me. Even when it works well, it doesn't work all that well.
On the other hand, are two extra rockets really worth giving up some measure of personal protection or - potentially - another Tone Kit? I mean sure, it's a boost of 30% to the Rocket Salvo's damage and I use that A LOT, but isn't that powerful enough on its own? Not really sure quite yet. And yes, I know I could grab, say, the double-ping sonar but again - the cooldown on that skill means I'd barely even get to use it.
And just to be clear - I'm talking solely and only about Frontier Defence. I'm sure a Shield Wall would be very useful in PvP to get me out of a bind or buy me breathing room, but I never used the Tone in PvP to begin with (I was a "Legion Main") nor do I really intend to. As with a lot of other Titans, it seems like some perfectly adequate PvP skills just don't end up scaling well in PvE where DPS and Sustain seem to matter far more than clutch moments. I'm leaning towards sticking with Tracker Rockets and using the Tone as a long-range Assassin such that I'd just run away if engaged in close quarters, but I'm not entirely sure.