In this article, we’ll show you 20+ tips to play Gene as well as some other tips on how to play against him, after that is adding Gene to your tier list where we give him his ranking for every single game mode.
Just in case you missed it, we already did an article about all of Gene basic stats and strategies. If you really want to master Gene, it is recommended to read it here, as well as this article, which is more of actual tips to master him rather than a breakdown of his mechanics.
General Attacking Tips for Gene
Use his range to control
One thing that’s really unique about Gene’s attack is the amount of control that it offers from a distance.
While it is relatively easy to dodge a rocket from Brock, for example, at a distance it’s almost impossible to do the same thing with an attack from Gene.
Conservative shots at range
That being said, it does an incredibly low amount of damage from a distance so you should not spam your shots when you’re attacking an enemy from a long range.
Instead, you should fire off an attack when you have all three ammo recharged up or as the enemy brawler is about to start healing or if you get a chance to land a complete hit on them.
Check the bushes often
Gene is one of the best Brawlers for checking bushes because of his widespread attack at a distance.
This is something that only Gene can be able to do.
Play on bushy maps
Playing him on maps with lots of bushes can actually be very beneficial.
Attack around walls
You can effectively deal damage to players that are hiding behind walls if you angle it correctly.
Personally, when facing gene I find this rather annoying.
Back up to hit multiple Brawlers
One tidbit here, if you blast them on with Shelly‘s attack and they do not have enough HP to withstand the entire attack, parts of that attack will go through them and be able to deal damage to Brawlers behind them.
Gene’s original attack doesn’t contain multiple particles of several attacks until after it reaches a specific distance and then it splits up.
This means that if you are in a very unique situation where you have an enemy that is almost being taken out and another enemy is behind that Brawler it may be beneficial for you to fall back just enough so that Gene attack will split up before dealing damage to them. So, the additional attacks will have a chance to hit the other Brawler behind that guy rather than the entire blast getting soaked up by the original target.
That’s pretty situational and it takes a high amount of skill to know exactly when you should or should not do that but it is a tip.
Patiently wait for the right time
You should play Gene passively and defensively while you wait for the right opportunity to attack rather than go for the kills.
Similar to Crow, Gene is a long fight Brawler that wins by out ranging and out blasting the enemies rather than actually being the star player who gets all the kills.
It certainly may not be as fun as playing other Brawlers, but your team can dominate together if you’re able to do this right.
Tips for Gene Super & Star Powers
Carefully aim Gene’s super
Gene super takes up a lot of time to charge it up, especially if you’re attacking from a distance.
This means that you should be very careful to make sure that you use it only when you know you can actually land a hit.
Use super when close to your team
When you’re about to use your super you should actually think a lot about your own positioning before you do so.
For example, you should do it when close to your teammate so that once you fight an enemy Brawler, you guys can 2v1 them rather than run the risk of getting taken out in a 1v1 fight.
Use Super with full ammo
One really huge tip to use Gene super is making sure that you have all of your shots available, all three ammo slot reloaded so you can burst them out once they do get to you.
Pay attention to enemy ammo
Another tip is to pay attention to the enemy’s ammo as well so that you can bring them close to you when you know that they cannot deal out enough damage to take you out.
Compare your own health
It’s especially important for you to pay attention to your own health and the enemy’s health when you’re about to release the super.
Because if they have too much health or if you have too little, you definitely run the risk of it all backfiring and getting you taken out which is certainly something that you don’t want to do.
Know your 1v1 interactions
At max level with three attacks and his super, Gene can deal 4620 damage.
Dodge hooked Brawlers
Now when you’re using your super on Rico and Colt, make sure you are very careful to juke to the sides so that you can unload your attacks and take them out before they’re able to actually unload their bolts and take you out.
Hook when the enemy has no ammo!
There are other Brawlers that can be burst down by Gene because they have a low amount of HP, but they also have a lot of burst damage to potential themselves.
For Brawlers like Leon, Brock and Spike, you want to wait until after they are out of ammo before you pull them toward you or make sure that they don’t have enough health to withstand the first couple of burst attacks.
Immediately shoot hooked Brawlers
Which brings me up to the next point is that you should not wait until the enemy Brawler has been pulled all the way to you before you start unloading your shots on them.
They are stunned while they are being pulled and you are not, which means that you are actually able to fire off shots and that does give you a first-strike advantage.
If you walk back while pulling them, it will give you just enough time to unload one additional shot which does mean that you can actually burst them down very quickly.
Stick close to low HP friendly Brawlers
If you have Gene star power, it’s a good idea to stick close to friendly Brawlers who are low on HP so that you can heal them up.
Another big tip to play Gene is that if you are playing against brawlers have shots that bounce or splash, you should not clump up together to heal friendly brawlers that are close to you.
Tips To Play Against Gene
The best brawlers to play against Gene:
- Assassins like Leon, Mortis and Darryl who can quickly take Gene out even if they do end up getting pulled in.
- Tanks like Bull, El Primo who have too much HP for Gene to take out because of his low DPS.
- Throwers like Barley and Dynamike were able to attack him from a distance without being taken out.
If you are playing a thrower, you should stay behind a wall because Gene does a great job of countering you if he can actually pull a thrower close to him.
If you are a long-range Brawler like Rico, Piper or Brock you should absolutely keep your distance from Gene.
Typically, Gene beats long-range Brawlers at a close range because they tend to be a little bit more squishy, but Gene loses the long-range fight because he deals so little damage at a distance. However, only the longest range Brawlers are actually better at fighting Gene at the distance because Gene range is so far.
For other brawlers like Nita, Colt, Bo, Poco, Penny, Spike and Crow, it’s definitely going to come down to skill.
Let’s go ahead and give Gene his first tier list placements. If you’re reading this a month or so after Gene has been released, we highly recommend checking out our most recent tier list because we do update them as certain brawlers become stronger and weaker.
For Gem Grab, Gene is going to the A tier. Gem Grab is probably his best Game Mode to play.
He’s best played as a control brawler with the goal of keeping players pushed back from a distance and pressuring the enemy gem carrier with his super, preventing them from being able to go in and get gems.
Well, Gem Grab is a team game.
The best strategy is typically to have one team member get all of the gems and keep them safe.
Because of this, Gene is one of the Brawlers that can actually turn the tide of battle from a loss to a victory by using his super correctly.
He can be played somewhat as a long-range gem carrier but he does struggle a lot against Pam who has so much health and healing.
Not to mention the fact that she and the other gem carriers typically do a lot more damage from a distance.
For solo showdown, Gene is going to the B tier.
He can be played but he tends to struggle a lot on showdown due to his own lack of damage. This makes it very hard for him to get power points from boxes and his star power is completely useless there, not to mention he has to be incredibly careful about which Brawler’s he should pull with his super.
Unless of course, you’ve already gotten a ton of power points, at that point, you probably deserve the victory.
Another great game of for Gene is duo showdown where he is going into the A tier.
With the teammate, Gene actually plays very well in duo showdown, because you can coordinate supers and work together to open up boxes.
His star power also gets a lot of benefit due to the fact that it’s typically a good idea to stay close to your teammate when you’re playing duo showdown.
His supers are also very threatening and can even be used to guard players or prevent them from getting too close to power points for the fear of getting hooked and getting blasted by Gene and his teammate.
For Brawl Ball, he’s going into the B tier.
We originally thought that he was going to be an excellent option in Brawl Ball due to his ability to grab a Brawler and create an opportunity for you or your teammate to actually score a goal.
He still is a good option on the right map but his super is not nearly as impactful as Tara super and the meta really doesn’t favor him at the moment.
For Bounty, Gene is going into the B tier.
He has the longest regular attacking range in the game aside from Spike, if spikes attacks are perfectly angled.
It was actually kind of surprised to see that he had a little bit of viability in Bounty.
Because of his range that being said, his super is incredibly difficult to hit at such a long range and he does such little damage from a distance, so there are just many other better options than Gene for Bounty.
Gene’s worse game mode by far is Heist where he’s going into the F tier.
Just don’t play him in Heist, he is awful not only can he hardly do any damage to the safe from a distance, his super actually pull Brawlers closer to you which means that they’re actually closer to these safe and that is not good.
So yeah, don’t play Gene in Heist.