Armored Core 6: Best PVE Builds

Armored Core 6 offers a lot of choices, which can feel a bit overwhelming at times. However, our guide provides several well-balanced and enjoyable builds to help you progress smoothly to the endgame!

Armored Core 6 The Best PVE Builds
Armored Core 6: We have the best PVE builds for your mech! | © FromSoftware/EarlyGame

Armored Core 6 marks a great comeback for the series, which began in 1997. If you've ever tried any FromSoftware game, you'll appreciate how they let you freely customize your mechs or characters to your liking. Sekiro is one of the few exceptions where there are some limitations.

Creating a strong PVE build in Armored Core 6 can be quite challenging because of the many options for gadgets, suits, weapons, and more. As a souls-franchise veteran, I had a way harder time choosing my playstyle in Armored Core 6 compared to Elden Ring or the Dark Souls series.

...But I eventually succeeded and can now show you some of the best PVE builds you can use in the game. Since there are so many different customization options in the game, I'm confident you'll come up with some other great ideas too!

Let's roll!

Armored Core 6: Best PVE Builds

Armored Core 6 One of many options
Armored Core 6: There are endless possibilties how you could build your AC. | © FromSoftware/EarlyGame

In this summary, we gathered different options for a lightweight, mediumweight and heavyweight build. We've also tested which build performs well early in the game, so you won't struggle against certain bosses.

Early Game Build

Plasma-Cannon Tenderfoot – Best suited for the start, because you'll obtain these items early in the game and can easily upgrade for a strong late-game mech. Plus, it's great for getting used to the game's mechanics because many enemies are vulnerable to plasma damage.

Right-arm unitVvc - 760PR (Plasma Rifle)
Left-arm unitVvc - 760PR
Right-back unitVvc - 70VPM (Plasma Missile Launcher)
Left-back unitVvc - 70VPM
HeadVP-44S or VE-44A
CoreVP-40S or VE-40A
ArmsVP-46S or VE-46A
LegsVP-422 or VE-42A
BoosterBST-G2/P04/ ALULA/21E
FCSFCS-G2/P05
GeneratorVP-20C
ExpansionPulse Protection

Later on, you can also swap out the Plasma Rifles, for stronger Plasma weapons. This way, your gear is also ready for the endgame content.

Lightweight Build

These builds make you feel as light as a feather, even in a 32-foot-tall mech. You can move swiftly and concentrate on using close-range weapons.

Sweet SixteenSting
Right-arm unitWR-0777 Sweet Sixteen (Shotgun)WR-0777 Sweet Sixteen (Shotgun)
Left-arm unitWR-0777WR-0777
Right-back unitVvc-706PM (Plasma Missile Launcher)45-091 Orbt (Drone)
Left-back unitVvc-706PM (Plasma Missile Launcher)Vvc-703PM (Plasma Missile Launcher)
HeadHD-011 MelanderDF-HD-08 Tian-Qiang
CoreNachtreiher/40ECC-2000 Orbiter
ArmsNachtreiher/46EAA-J-123/RC Jailbreak
LegsEL-TL-10 FirmezaEL-TL-10 Firmeza
BoosterIA-C01B: GillsBST-G2/P06SPD
FCSFC-008 TalbotFCS- G2/P05
GeneratorVP-20CAG-E-013 Yaba
ExpansionTerminal ArmorPulse Armor

Mediumweight Build

Armored Core 6 Creating a Working Build Is Important
Armored Core 6: In this action-packed fights, you need to brace for the worst. | © FromSoftware/EarlyGame

Medium builds are well-balanced and the most versatile options you have. They give you access to strong weapons without sacrificing too much speed.

Zap-O-RamaDoomscroller
Right-arm unitVvc-760PR (Plasma Rifle)SG-027 Zimmerman (Shotgun)
Left-arm unitVvc-770LB (Laser Blade)SG-027 Zimmerman
Right-back unit45-091 JVLN (Beta Detonating Missile Launcher)Fasan/60E (Plasma Canon)
Left-back unitVP-61 PS (Pulse Shield)Vvc-700LD (Laser Drone)
HeadHC-2000 Finder EyeEphemera
CoreBD-012 Melander C307-061 Mind Alpha
ArmsAC-2000 Tool ArmAA-J-123 Basho
Legs06-041 Mind AlphaVP-422
BoosterFLUEGEL/21ZBST-G2/P06SPD
FCSFCS-G2/P05FCS-G2/P05
GeneratorDF-GN-06 Ming-TangVP-20C
ExpansionPulse ArmorPulse Armor

Heavyweight Build

Armored Core 6 Massive Bost Fights Await You
Armored Core 6: The size of your enemies is sometimes unbelievable. | © FromSoftware/EarlyGame

If you're looking for a powerful battle tank or live long enough to outlive the bosses without worrying of getting staggered, then the heavy builds are suited best for you!

Big & BulkyHull Krogan
Right-arm unitDF-GA-08 Hu-Ben (Minigun)SG-027 Zimmerman (Shotgun)
Left-arm unitSG-026 Haldeman (Shotgun)SG-027 Zimmerman
Right-back unitVE-60SNA (Stun Needle Launcher)Fasan/60E (Plasma Canon)
Left-back unitVvc-700LD (Laser Drone)Fasan/60E
HeadIA-CO1H: EphemeraIA-C01H: Ephemera
Core07-061 Mind AlphaDF-BD-08 Tian-Qiang
Arms04-101 Mind AlphaDF-AR-09 Tian-Lao
LegsLG-033M VerrillLG-022T Bornemissza
BoosterBC-0400 Mule/
FCSFCS-G2/P05VE-21A
GeneratorVP-20DVP-20D
ExpansionPulse ArmorPulse Armor

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