Best builds in Armored Core 6: Meta builds to defeat each boss

Best builds in Armored Core 6: Meta builds to defeat each boss
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Harry Boulton

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19th Sep 2023 10:00

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We've got all of the best builds in Armored Core 6 right here, so you can craft the meta mechs you'll need to defeat each boss in the game.

It is no surprise that Armored Core 6 is a challenging game, so we don't blame you if you're looking for the ideal setups to avoid being sent to the reload screen once more. While there is no 'correct' build for any boss or level, there are some parts that work extremely well in the game and should help you clear that final hurdle.

So, make sure to continue reading to see all of the best builds in Armored Core 6, collating all of the best parts in the game to give you the meta configuration for each boss.

What is the best meta build in Armored Core 6?

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While it is very much down to personal preference - and this build won't work for every scenario - here is our pick for the best build in Armored Core 6 if you're looking for an all-around meta selection:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM DF-GA-08 HU-BEN (Gatling Gun)
L-ARM DF-GA-08 HU-BEN (Gatling Gun)
R-BACK VE-60SNA (Stun Needle Launcher)
L-BACK VE-60SNA (Stun Needle Launcher)

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-033M VERRILL
CORE DF-BD-08 TIAN QIANG
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS DF-LG-08 TIAN QIANG

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FCS-G2/P05
GENERATOR VP-20D
EXPANSION TERMINAL ARMOR

While generally speedier builds are favoured for mech v mech fights and Arena battles, the best mech build listed above is the ideal meta choice if you're looking to steamroll through the game.

The dual gatling guns will melt through any opponent's HP, and the Stun Needle Launchers that will become available at the end of Chapter 3 will deal heavy stun and AP damage.

You will need to make sure that you're close enough for the guns to be effective, and that your target is still when you fire the Stun Needles, as otherwise, this build can be relatively ineffective. Once you get the hang of it, however, you will quickly realise how fast you can take down the bosses in the game, making it much easier than most other solutions.

Best builds for bosses in Armored Core 6

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If you're looking to take down a specific boss, however, then make sure to check out our meta builds below, giving you the specific parts you'll need to take down even the most challenging foes:

STRIDER

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Here is the best build to beat the STRIDER boss in Armored Core 6:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM MG-014 LUDLOW
L-ARM HI-32 BU-TT/A
R-BACK BML-G1/P20MLT-04
L-BACK BML-G1/P20MLT-04

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE DF-BD-08 TIAN-QIANG
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS LG-012 MELANDER C3

Inner

Part Type Part
BOOSTER BST-G2/P04
FCS FCS-G1/P01
GENERATOR DF-GN-02 LING-TAI

JUGGERNAUT

Image of the JUGGERNAUT boss in Armored Core 6
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The JUGGERNAUT can be quite tricky to take down after climbing the wall, so check out the best build below so you know you've got the right kit.

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-026 HALDEMAN
L-ARM HI-32 BU-TT/A
R-BACK BML-G1/P20MLT-04
L-BACK BML-G1/P20MLT-04

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HC-2000 FINDER EYE
CORE CC-2000 ORBITER
ARMS AC-2000 TOOL ARM
LEGS KASUAR/42Z

Inner

Part Type Part
BOOSTER BST-G2/P04
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20S

BALTEUS

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Here is the best Balteus build in Armored Core 6:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM HI-16 GU-Q1
L-ARM HI-32 BU-TT/A
R-BACK Vvc-70VPM
L-BACK Vvc-70VPM

Core

Part Type Part
HEAD DF-HD-08 TIAN-QIANG
CORE BD-011 MELANDER
ARMS AC-2000 TOOL ARM
LEGS KASUAR/42Z

Frame

Part Type Part
BOOSTER ALULA/21E
FCS FCS-G1/P01
GENERATOR AG-J-098 JOSO

CLEANER

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Check out our pick for the best CLEANER build in Armored Core 6 below:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM RD-024 TURNER
L-ARM DF-GR-07 GOU-CHEN
R-BACK BML-G1-P20MLT-04
L-BACK BML-G1-P20MLT-04

Core

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE CC-2000 ORBITER
ARMS AC-2000 TOOL ARM
LEGS VP-424

FRAME & EXPANSION

Part Type Part
BOOSTER ALULA/21E
FCS FCS-G1/P01
GENERATOR AG-E-013 YABA
EXPANSION TERMINAL ARMOR

SEA SPIDER

Image of the Sea Spider boss in Armored Core 6
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Here are the parts you'll want for the best SEA SPIDER build in Armored Core 6:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM Vvc-760PR
L-ARM HI-32 BU-TT/A
R-BACK Vvc-703PM
L-BACK Vvc-703PM

Core

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE BD-011 MELANDER
ARMS EL-TA-10 FIRMEZA
LEGS KAZUAR/42Z

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER ALULA/21E
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20S
EXPANSION TERMINAL ARMOR

CATAPHRACT

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Looking to beat the CATAPHRACT? Check out the best build to defeat the boss in Armored Core 6:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM IRIDIUM
L-ARM PB-033M ASHMEAD
R-BACK SONGBIRDS
L-BACK SONGBIRDS

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE BD-011 MELANDER
ARMS EL-TA-10 FIRMEZA
LEGS EL-TL-11 FORTALEZA

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER N/A
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20S
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

RAVEN

Image of the RAVEN boss in Armored Core 6
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We've got the best build to beat RAVEN in Armored Core 6 here:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM 44-141 JVLN APLHA
L-ARM PB-033M ASHMEAD
R-BACK SONGBIRDS
L-BACK SONGBIRDS

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE BD-011 MELANDER
ARMS EL-TA-10 FIRMEZA
LEGS EL-TL-11 FORTALEZA

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER N/A
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20S
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

Ice Worm

Image of the Ice Worm boss in Armored Core 6
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This is the best Ice Worm build in Armored Core 6:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM 44-141 JVLN ALPHA
L-ARM 44-141 JVLN ALPHA
R-BACK VE-60SNA
L-BACK SONGBIRDS

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE DF-BD-08 TIAN-QIANG
ARMS AR-011 MELANDER
LEGS EL-TL-11 FORTALEZA

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER N/A
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20S
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

ENFORCER

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You'll want to equip the best build for ENFORCER in Armored Core 6 if you are struggling with the boss:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM HI-32 BU-TT/A
R-BACK Vvc-703PM
L-BACK Vvc-703PM

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE CC-2000 ORBITER
ARMS AC-2000 TOOL ARM
LEGS KASUAR/42Z

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER BST-G2/P04
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-06 MING-TANG
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

V.V Hawkins/V.VIII Pater

Image of the Hawkins & Pater boss in Armored Core 6
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Look no further than the parts below to get the best build for V.V Hawkins and V.VIII Pater in Armored Core 6:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM VE-67LLA
R-BACK Vvc-706PM
L-BACK Vvc-706PM

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE 07-061 MIND ALPHA
ARMS AR-011 MELANDER
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-06 MING-TANG
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

V.IV Rusty

Image of V.IV Rusty in Armored Core 6
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Struggling with V.IV Rusty? Check out our best build for it below:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM VE-67LLA
R-BACK Vvc-706PM
L-BACK Vvc-706PM

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE 07-061 MIND ALPHA
ARMS AR-011 MELANDER
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-06 MING-TANG
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

Ibis Series CEL240

Image of the Ibis Series CEL240 boss in Armored Core 6
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As one of the hardest bosses in the game, you'll definitely want to use the best build for Ibis Series CEL240:

Unit

Part Type Part
R-ARM DF-GA-08 HU-BEN (Gatling Gun)
L-ARM DF-GA-08 HU-BEN (Gatling Gun)
R-BACK VE-60SNA (Stun Needle Launcher)
L-BACK VE-60SNA (Stun Needle Launcher)

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-033M VERRILL
CORE DF-BD-08 TIAN QIANG
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS DF-LG-08 TIAN QIANG

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FCS-G2/P05
GENERATOR VP-20D
EXPANSION TERMINAL ARMOR

"Cinder" Carla / "Chatty" Stick

Image of "Cinder" Carla and "Chatty" Stick in Armored Core 6
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Here is our pick for the best build if you're stuck on the "Cinder" Carla and "Chatty" Stick boss fight:

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM VE-67LLA
R-BACK Vvc-700LD
L-BACK Vvc-700LD

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-033M VERRILL
CORE VE-40A
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20S
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

Arquebus Balteus

Image of the Arquebus Balteus boss fight in Armored Core 6
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An old friend returns stronger if you make the right choices for the good ending, so check out the best build below for the Arquebus Balteus boss in Armored Core 6:

Part Type Part
R-ARM 44-141 JVLN ALPHA
L-ARM VE-67LLA
R-BACK SONGBIRDS
L-BACK SONGBIRDS

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-033M VERRILL
CORE BD-012 MELANDER C3
ARMS IA-C01A: EPHEMERA
LEGS EL-TL-11 FORTALEZA

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER (NOTHING)
FCS VE-21A
GENERATOR VP-20D
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

V.I Freud

Image of V.I Freud in Armored Core 6
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Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM VE-67LLA
R-BACK Vvc-700LD
L-BACK Vvc-700LD

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD IA-C01H: EPHEMERA
CORE VE-40A
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-08 SAN-TAI
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

IB-C03 HAL 826/Handler Walter

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If you opted for the Liberator of Rubicon ending then you'll have to face Handler Walter in the end, so copy our best build if you're struggling to overcome the challenge:

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM VE-67LLA
R-BACK Vvc-700LD
L-BACK Vvc-700LD

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD IA-C01H: EPHEMERA
CORE VE-40A
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-08 SAN-TAI
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

IB-07: SOL 644/Ayre

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Here is the best build you'll need to take down Ayre in Armored Core 6 if you're going for the Fires of Raven ending:

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
R-BACK VE-60SNA
L-BACK VE-60SNA

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-012 MELANDER C3
CORE DF-BD-08 TIAN-QIANG
ARMS DF-AR-08 TIAN-QIANG
LEGS LG-022T BORNEMISSZA

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER N/A
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20D
EXPANSION TERMINAL ARMOR

ALLMIND

Image of the ALLMIND boss in Armored Core 6
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If you've put in the work to get the Alea Iacta Est ending, then you'll definitely want to check out the best build for the ALLMIND boss below:

Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM IA-C01W2: Moonlight
R-BACK Vvc-700LD
L-BACK Vvc-700LD

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD IA-C01H: EPHEMERA
CORE VE-40A
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-08 SAN-TAI
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

Best Armored Core 6 builds for every playstyle: Agile, tank & more

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Armored Core 6 is more than its bosses though, and you will still need to adapt your builds for each mission and sub-boss. We've collated a selection of builds for agile, midweight, and tank styles below to help you out with this:

Best agile build

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Part Type Part
R-ARM WR-0777
L-ARM HI-32 BU-TT/A
R-BACK Vvc-706PM
L-BACK Vvc-706PM

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HC-2000 FINDER EYE
CORE CC-2000 ORIBTER
ARMS NACHTREIHER 46E
LEGS 06-041 MIND ALPHA

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR VP-20C
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

This build is perfect if you want to use your dodging skills to avoid any damage and remain as fast as possible. You will, of course, have lower AP - but this should be compensated by your heightened dodging capabilities.

Best midweight build

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Part Type Part
R-ARM SG-027 ZIMMERMAN
L-ARM IA-C01W2: Moonlight
R-BACK Vvc-700LD
L-BACK Vvc-700LD

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD IA-C01H: EPHEMERA
CORE VE-40A
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FC-006 ABBOT
GENERATOR DF-GN-08 SAN-TAI
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

This midweight build is perfect if you're looking for a balance between AP and manoeuvrability, and it is perhaps the best all-round combination of parts that you can use. The RC-2000 SPRING CHICKEN legs are key here - as they can hold a large load while also giving you the recognisable bounce of reverse-jointed legs.

Best tank build

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Part Type Part
R-ARM DF-GA-08 HU-BEN
L-ARM DF-GA-08 HU-BEN
R-BACK VE-60SNA
L-BACK VE-60SNA

Frame

Part Type Part
HEAD HD-033M VERRILL
CORE DF-BD-08 TIAN QIANG
ARMS AR-012 MELANDER C3
LEGS DF-LG-08 TIAN QIANG

Inner & Expansion

Part Type Part
BOOSTER IA-C01B: GILLS
FCS FCS-G2/P05
GENERATOR VP-20D
EXPANSION PULSE ARMOR

While this perhaps isn't the strongest when dealing with a barrage of standard enemies, it can trivialise most of the game when used right - giving you an abundance of AP and incredible damage output.

So, that wraps up all of the best builds in Armored Core 6, giving you all the meta parts you'll need to defeat each boss and complete all of the Sortie missions and Arena battles.

Make sure to also check out our Armored Core 6 homepage for more guides, as you will definitely need the help when you're journeying across Rubicon.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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