Amplify Shield
Amp it up!
Manufacturer: Hyperion
Model: Amplify Shield
Game: Borderlands 2
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
[Amplify Shield Variants]

Amplify Shield is a common shield type in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel manufactured by Hyperion.

Usage & Description

Amplify Shields, when filled, add a bonus amount of Amp Damage to the next shot (called an Amp Shot) fired from any projectile weapon, at a cost of a certain amount of shield damage (the shield's Amp Shot Drain). They are thus well suited to longer-ranged character builds where they can be allowed to recharge between shots and there is little risk of taking damage.

An Amplify Shield is essentially the opposite of a Roid Shield.

As rarity increases, the amp damage increase, while shield recharge delay and amp shot drain decrease.

Notable Variants

Borderlands 2

  • The BeeLegendary amp shield with low capacity, high amp damage and zero amp drain.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

  • RerouterLegendary amp shield with high amp damage, high amp drain, and heals for an equal amount of amp damage when an amp shot is fired.


  • As of November 14th, 2012, Gearbox released Patch 1.2.0 for Borderlands 2, Which added a balance that caused Amp Damage to be divided evenly among multiple projectiles rather than added to each, and added a bug fix so Amp Damage no longer applies to every round remaining in a thrown Tediore weapon, significantly reducing this shield type's former effectiveness for close-range character builds. Splash damage from explosions caused by a weapon's projectiles do receive the full amp bonus though, regardless of how many projectiles are fired, and guns that fire multiple projectiles but don't have a damage multiplier in the item card will have each projectile get the full amp bonus.
  • Amp Damage is not further divided on shotguns with an accessory that increases their pellet count. This is most evident (and effective) on shotguns with lower pellet counts.
  • The common amplify shields is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.
  • Amplify damage is added before calculation of critical hit damage. This makes weapons that give a bonus to critical hit damage especially powerful.
  • Amplify damage is also added before calculation of elemental damage bonuses. Thus, hitting a target with the corresponding elemental type will multiply both gun damage and amp damage.
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