Borderlands 2 Siren/Maya Skill Builds

Updated on April 12, 2016

Maya the Siren

Maya is one of the most fun Borderlands 2 characters to play. A runaway Siren from a powerful monastery on her homeworld (the monks were using her to control her own people), her character is comfortable with her powers but still growing into and enjoying her freedom. As a player, you get to grow with Maya and learn all the potential damage (and explosions!) she can inflict with her Phaselock skill, among others. Having a good skill set can help tremendously with getting the most effect out of Maya's awesome powers.

These are my favorite Maya builds.

  1. Pure Damage: Focuses on weapon damage and using Phaselock offensively.
  2. Survivalist/Team Player: Builds up your health generation.
  3. Phaselock Guru: Phaselock and explosions everywhere!!

Build 1: Pure Damage

This build concentrates on weapon damage and using Phaselock offensively. A lot of the health-increase skills are avoided in order to maximize on elemental, gun, and Phaselock damage. This is probably one of the top couple DPS builds in the game, comparable with the Gunzerker.

D P and S for Build 1: Pure Damage
D P and S for Build 1: Pure Damage

Note: Skills in bold are more important in each build.

Tier 1
Ward MAX: Shield Capacity +25%, Shield Recharge Delay -40%
Accelerate MAX: Gun Damage +15%, Bullet Speed +20%
Mind’s Eye MAX: Crit Hit Damage +25%, Melee Damage +30%
Flicker MAX: 30% more likely to cause elemental damage with guns
Foresight MAX: Magazine Size +20%, Reload Speed +25%
Tier 2
Wreck [2/5]- When an enemy is Phaselocked, Fire Rate +20%, Damage +12%
Tier 3
Converge 1/1:- Phaselock pulls other enemies towards the Phaselocked one
Chain Reaction MAX: When an enemy is Phaselocked, all shots have a 40% chance to ricochet and hit another enemy
Cloud Kill 1/1: Shooting an enemy creates a corrosive-damage-dealing Acid Cloud
Tier 4
Reaper MAX: If an enemy has more than half health, Gun Damage +40%
Tier 5
Blight Phoenix MAX: Killing an enemy causes you to deal constant Fire and Corrosive damage to nearby enemies
Tier 6
Ruin 1/1: Phaselock now Slags, Electrocutes, and Corrodes nearby enemies

Build 2: Survivalist/Team Player

The Siren gets to have all the team heal skills in this game, many of which are passive and make your team very hard to kill. The Siren gets ridiculous amounts of health regeneration and other defensive skills, so if your DPS build isn’t working out the way you want, adjust to something more balanced in the direction of this build.

Build 2: Survivalist/Team Player
Build 2: Survivalist/Team Player
Tier 1
Ward MAX: Shield Capacity +25%, Shield Recharge Delay -40%
Accelerate [MAX]- Gun Damage +15%, Bullet Speed +20%
Sweet Release MAX: 5 Life orbs are created after killing a Phaselocked enemy that restores you or your friends HP by up to 15%
Foresight 4/5: Magazine Size +16%, Reload Speed +20%
Tier 2
Kinetic Reflection 4/5: After killing an enemy, you can deflect bullets; Damage Reduction 40%, Deflected Bullet Damage +80%
Restoration MAX: Maximum Health +15%, shooting teamates converts 30% of the damage into health for them
Tier 3
Converge 1/1: Phaselock pulls other enemies towards the Phaselocked one
Elated MAX: When an enemy is Phaselocked, you and your friends regenerate 5% of your total health per second
Recompense 1/5: When you take health damage, there is a 10% chance your attacker takes the equal amount
Tier 4
Quicken MAX: Phaselock cooldown rate +30%
Sustenance 4/5: Constantly regenerate +1.6% of your health per second
Tier 5
Sub-Sequence [1/5]- When a Phaselocked enemy dies, there’s a 20% chance for the Phaselock to seek out another enemy

Build 3: Phaselock Guru

This is for those who love the Phaselock. And splosions. Sub-Sequence (TIER 5) is a must, and Ruin (TIER 6) is impossible to get so Helios (TIER 2) is your Phaselock’s main offense. Duration and cool-down for the skill are maxed out, so Phaselock can be cast every 10 seconds or so. Splosions for days.

Build 3: Phaselock Guru
Build 3: Phaselock Guru
Tier 1
Ward MAX: Shield Capacity +25%, Shield Recharge Delay -40%
Accelerate MAX: Gun Damage +15%, Bullet Speed +20%
Sweet Release 1/5: 1 Life orb is created after killing a Phaselocked enemy that restores you or your friends HP by up to 15%
Foresight MAX: Magazine Size +20%, Reload Speed +25%
Tier 2
Suspension MAX: Phaselock duration +2.5 seconds
Suspension MAX: Phaselock duration +2.5 seconds
Tier 3
Converge 1/1: Phaselock pulls other enemies towards the Phaselocked one
Chain Reaction MAX: When an enemy is Phaselocked, all shots have a 40% chance to ricochet and hit another enemy
Cloud Kill 1/1: Shooting an enemy creates a corrosive-damage-dealing Acid Cloud
Tier 4
Quicken MAX: Phaselock cool-down rate +30%
Reaper 2/5: If an enemy has more than half health, Gun Damage +16%
Tier 5
Sub-Sequence MAX: When a Phaselocked enemy dies, there’s a 100% chance for the Phaselock to seek out another enemy

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        Louminati 

        11 months ago

        "Team Player"

        Don't get Res. Anyone seeing this should go watch Derch on YouTube, he is excellent at builds and guides.

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        hummer77 

        2 years ago

        There is a rez you can get on siren only for teammates tho. The harmony tree, look for the feather. You can phaseshift your teammates to red.

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        GreenMind Guides 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hey this is a cool Hu. You really know your stuff and you can write, too...

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        Jazz 

        3 years ago

        No Res? What?

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        Some Random Guy 

        4 years ago

        What. the.

        Now we got level 72 so maybe it's because of that.... but between a 20% chance to have phaselock pick a new target or RES, DAMN. ARE YOU A SUPPORT?

        But anyway. Just think of all those 5 round arenas; if a siren dies, she can still go through a "window" somewhere, shoot the heck out of enemies and resurrect at will. (Or phaselock for that matter, though some find that being able to resurrect and not fail the mission sometimes helps)

        Anyway. Why argue about the Siren anyway? It's the best class.

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        Datguy 

        5 years ago

        #1 Build Helios instead of Flicker was my Imagined Build, with all the Elemental Damage you deal with Phaselock, popping Fire from the Phaselock and using Torgue/Jakobs/Dahl stuff for raw damage seems like the best win.

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        Brandy 

        5 years ago

        Chain reaction is good when you maxed sweet release. You just only need 1 good gun for that. But also you can neutralize your enemy or lets just say a mini stun :D

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        WizKaleka 

        6 years ago

        Why not use Helios as part of DPS build? It doesn't show the dmg in the game but it seems like a good one to have.

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        Craig 

        6 years ago

        I find it odd that there is no pure medic team player... but I got you

        Tier 1 Max sweet release

        Max ward

        Max accelerate

        tier 2 Max restoration

        Max suspension

        Tier 3 converge

        Revive

        Max elated

        tier 4 Max quicken

        then what ever you want after

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        Kam0laZ 

        6 years ago

        I'm playing solo Siren, and Build 1 seems nice.

        Just started Vault Hunter Mode, currently lvl 39.

        Instead of Flicker I raised Helios to add fire to Phaselock (I use mostly Torgue guns anyway, explosive power FTW).

        Sacrificed 1 point in Chain Reaction to add Sweet Release, since I use a Nurse COM that gives bonus to it, and thinking of sacrificing Mind's Eye and Wreck to get some Kinetic Reflection, Suspension and Inertia.

        Also, adaptative shields are great.

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        Orange 

        6 years ago

        I personally find it odd that your Survivalist/Team Player build doesn't have Res. I find that skill alone to be extremely useful when playing with a team, because you can res them from long range and stay in cover while you do it. I mean, it only uses 1 skill point as well.

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        Kreddi 

        6 years ago

        I would not agree with your phaselock build.

        A small tip i found while playing maya:

        Don't put anymore points in Motion skill-tree after the vacum effect at 11 points.

        The bouncing does not refresh duration of phaselock, making it practicly useless as you spend 10 skill points just to get another possible bounce.

        However, going all the way down cataclysm first and then get the vacum skill in Motion is an amazing combo as it removes practicly all shield of every unit in the area (currently lvl 42)

        ^Copy pasted that from a comment i made somewhere else earlier, and i would really discourage people leveling up the bouncing of phaselock until (if of course) a bounce refreshes the duration of phaselock completely

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