Dahl has been outfitting the defenders of freedom for over a century, and isn't about to stop anytime soon. We've built our company on the foundation that dead customers can't be repeat customers - keeping you alive is in our best interest! We also know that those of you doing the government's secret dirty work have enough to contend with and don't need to fight your weapon, too. That's why we at Dahl have strived to manufacture the smoothest and most stable guns on the market. And when you get surrounded - and you will - you'll be glad to know your Dahl has been precision machined to remain as accurate during sustained fire as humanly possible. So make sure you bring a Dahl with you the next time you go on assignment. It just might bring you back.
— Dahl sales pitch, Official Borderlands Guide

Dahl is a multi-conglomerate corporation featured prominently in the Borderlands series.

Dahl logo

Involvement

  • Dahl offers free ECHO HUDs to new settlers on Pandora. This is most likely the remains of a promotional deal offered during Pandora's short-lived "gold rush" era. They also created the ECHOnet.
  • Dahl had established mining operations on Pandora. They were mining Eridium, which according to Tannis was 'lucrative'. Dahl used unpaid convict labor for its mining operation and when they left Pandora due to Atlas sending the Crimson Lance after them, they simply set the convicts free.
  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Dahl was also mining resources on Elpis, Pandora's moon, which caused an event named "The Crackening", resulting in the deaths of many lunar residents, the loss of Elpis' atmosphere, the birth of Kraggons, and the shattering of the planet's surface.
    • A military unit that was abandoned after Dahl's hasty retreat from Elpis became the Lost Legion.
    • The 191st Brigade suffered a similar fate when they were sent to Pandora as corporate labor, which led to the formation of the New Pandora faction.
  • Dahl also appears to be the manufacturer of the green garbage bins around Pandora, having the stylized Dahl name embossed on the front of them. The Claptrap Repair Kits also are manufactured by Dahl. According to the sign on his garage in T-Bone Junction, Dahl also supports Scooter's Catch-a-Ride system, which is unusual, considering that the station poles are manufactured by Hyperion.
  • Dahl also manufactures toolboxes found all around Pandora.
  • Dahl hired Patricia Tannis as a scientific adviser to search for alien technology on Pandora.
  • Dahl also bought a large portion of Pandora cleverly named the Dahl Headlands.
  • Dahl built the wind turbines on Pandora according to Shep Sanders. On the mission Braking Wind he mentions in the summary "Dahl seized those (air conditioners) right about the time they built the turbines".
  • Dahl built Axton's Sabre Turret.
  • Dahl has its own brand of loot chest.
  • According to the ECHO recordings in Caustic Caverns, Dahl Overseer Amelia Harchek killed several of their members when they refused to mine the crystals from crystalisks (which at the time were completely docile and harmless), however, the beasts became violent shortly afterward and killed the rest of the team that tried to mine them, resulting in crystalisks becoming hostile to humans.
  • Dahl also manufactures the SDU's in both games.
  • Dahl built the Dahl 3rd Brigade Memorial Dam that later became the Bloodshot Stronghold.
  • In The Dust is an area known as Old Dahlwell Oasis, indicating Dahl's presence at some point before it fell into ruin.
  • Dahl also builds the perimeter sentry turrets that serve as a boundary marker for the various areas around Pandora.

Borderlands

Products

Dahl AD at T-Bone Junction
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Dahl firearms tend to have elevated recoil reduction. Their weapons are said to be marketed to mercenaries (and used by their own forces) and are generally finished in a green camouflage print (some rarer Dahl guns are seen in desert and urban camouflage print). Dahl weapons are mostly named after animals.

Dahl manufacturers combat rifles, combat shotguns, repeaters, revolvers, semi-auto sniper rifles, and submachine guns.

The following is a list of their named guns, legendary rarity guns and other products.

Unique Weapons:

Legendary Weapons:

Class Mods:

Grenade Mods:

  • Bouncing Betty - Explosive, Corrosive, Incendiary, Shock

Shields:

  • Corrosive Resistance - Neutralizing, Dilution, Hazmat

Pearlescent Weapons:

  • Shotgun - Jackal (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC only.)

Weapon Tiers

  • Dahl Mercenary
  • Dahl Soldier
  • Dahl Freelancer
  • Dahl Veteran
  • Dahl Elite

Quotes

  • "Dahl makes guns for professional mercs. They're heavy, accurate, and effective, assuming you're strong enough to hold one!" - Marcus Kincaid
  • "Dahl's guns absorb a lot of recoil, allowing you to stay accurate throughout the fight!" - Marcus Kincaid
  • "Improve your right hand; put a Dahl in it. Think of me when you bag your next skag and you'll be glad you chose a Dahl." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
  • "Dahl would like to remind you that mercenaries are people too, with feelings and guns, just like you and me." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
  • "Dahl... supporting mercenaries everywhere." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
  • "Dahl... live to fight another day." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)

Borderlands 2

In Borderlands 2, Dahl weapons have the gimmick of burst-fire when aimed down the sights.

Products

Common weapons

E-tech weapons

Unique weapons

Legendary weapons

Seraph weapons

Pearlescent weapons

Effervescent weapons

Class Mods

Grenade Mods

Shields

Prefixes

Weapons without accessory and without elemental capacitor
Grip Bandit Dahl Hyperion Jakobs Maliwan Tediore Torgue Vladof
Pistols Reserve Smooth Light Heavy No Prefix React Skirmish Blitz
SMGs Reserve Smooth Light N/A Burst Fire React N/A N/A
Assault Rifles Reserve Smooth N/A Heavy N/A N/A Skirmish Blitz
Sniper Rifles N/A Smooth Light Heavy Burst Fire N/A N/A Blitz
  • Rifle with Vladof barrel always receives the Double Tap prefix regardless of the grip it may spawn with.
  • Minigun always receives the Nonuple prefix regardless of the grip it may spawn with.
Weapons without accessory but with elemental capacitor
Capacitor Corrosive Fire Shock Slag
Pistols Corrosive Incendiary Sapping Amp
SMGs Corrosive Incendiary Sapping Amp
Assault Rifles Corrosive Incendiary Sapping Slag
Sniper Rifles Nerve Phospher Shock Slag
Weapons with weapon accessory, with or without elemental capacitor
Accessory Effect Pistols SMGs Assault Rifles Sniper Rifles
Accuracy + Floated Deft Scout Surgical
Fire rate + React - - Suppressive
Bullet speed + - Flying Feral Deep
Damage + Neutralizing Stopping Attack Pacifying
Reload speed + - Skirmish - -
Stability + Tactical Stoic Patrol Liquid
Melee + Close Quarters Bladed Breach Cartel
Critical + - - - Night
Magazine size + Loaded - Onslaught Operational
Double Twin - - -

Gun Appearance by Quality

Dahl assault rifles at increasing rarity levels: common, uncommon, rare, very rare, Gemstone, E-tech, and Seraph

  • White weapons
    Cheap, bulky and corroded metal skins with a desert ranger's camouflage; low quality budget weapons.
  • Green weapons
    Corroded in places, though not as bulky and has a pixel-based default forest camouflage. They appear well used and paint is evidently more visible than white tier weaponry.
  • Blue weapons
    Matte painted in an Arctic blue camouflage, little to no signs of corrosion or weathering. Looks almost brand new, almost identical to modern firearms used in the military.
  • Purple weapons
    Pristine appearance, no corrosion nor weathering, has a beautiful autumn camouflage finish. Has little to no environmental damage.
  • E-tech weapons
    Using purple weapon skins, they have a special E-tech barrel with the same purple-quality paint.
  • Gemstone weapons
    Reflective green metal with black grips/sights/etc.
  • Orange weapons
    Only few Dahl legendary weapons will cover the same respective trend of using camouflage:
    • The Emperor has an almost over-polished, golden metallic, autumn camouflage; The Dahl logo is on the weapon.
    • The Veruc has a matte purple paint job. The Dahl logo is displayed on the weapon's magazine in a highly visible light-orange color.
    • The Pitchfork has a similar appearance to the green tier weapons made by Dahl, though the camouflage is considerably less smooth and not as pixelated.
    • The Hornet and Hector's Paradise have yellow and black camouflage similar to that of real-life Hornets.
  • Seraph weapons
    Very smooth, polished silver bodies with tribal etchings in a darker gray camouflage.
  • Pearl weapons
    The Bearcat reuses the skin of a purple-rarity weapon.

Quotes

  • "If killing is your business, you buy Dahl. Period. Our recoil-free weapons give you the reliability you need while on the job. When the deaths of others puts food on your table, you don't need fancy features. You need stability. You need a weapon you can trust. You need Dahl." (Radio advertisement)
  • "In the heat of battle, there are only two things you can count on: your gut, and your Dahl equipment. When the mercs of Tantalus held off an entire Atlas armada, they chose Dahl. When the Last single-handedly defeated the swarms of the Devoted, a Dahl assault rifle smoked in her hands. Through thousands of conflicts across just as many planets, the career soldier knows there's only one weapon they can truly count on: Dahl. Because sixty-eight billion enemy corpses can't be wrong." (Radio advertisement)
  • "Stanton Dahl always said there were three types of people in this universe: people who need to be killed, the people doing the killing, and the people who pay them. He founded the Dahl corporation for the second group. When you fight not for country, not for honor, but to put food on your table, there's only one weapons manufacturer with your interests in mind: the Dahl corporation." (Radio advertisement)

Notes

  • Due to their burst fire when zoomed in, Dahl sniper rifles tend to waste ammo when used on lesser enemies where a single critical hit would be deadly. As the burst fire cannot be turned off this can be a serious strain on the ammo for heavy sniper users. The bursts' strain on ammo can be somewhat remedied by unscoping after the first shot as this will cancel the burst, though it does require some practice. On big enemies with a lot of health, the high accuracy of the burst can be very beneficial.
  • The burst count of a Dahl weapon varies depending on the equipped barrel, except for sniper rifles. For the most part, a Dahl weapon equipped with a Dahl barrel will feature higher burst counts than any other barrel, aside from the (possible) Vladof barrel that makes a Double Tap rifle, which fires in a two-shot burst of two bullets when zoomed in and fires two shots at a time when fired from the hip or a Vladof rotating barrel that creates a Minigun, which fires normally from the hip, and fires a three-shot burst of three bullets each when zoomed in. Assault rifles will fire in five-shot bursts compared to the three with other barrels, and pistols in a four-shot burst compared to the two-shot with other barrels.
    • A Dahl stock increases the burst count by 1.
  • In Borderlands 2, all Dahl assault rifles feature a charging handle that is pulled back after reloading the weapon.
  • Dahl weapon sights are all highly realistic; submachine guns and pistols have a reflex sight with a yellow reticle, rifles use a holographic sight, and sniper scopes have a smaller, unusable reflex sight mounted atop.
  • In Borderlands 2, Dahl manufactures many submachine guns popular among fans. Such submachine guns include the Lascaux and the Sand Hawk.
  • In Borderlands 2, Gaige can make effective use of many Dahl SMGs, as her Anarchy skill has little to no effect on their accuracy.
  • Dahl submachine guns and combat rifles feature automatic fire when fired from the hip, and when aiming down sights, will fire in 3-6 shot bursts, depending on the weapon. Dahl weapons also have incredibly low recoil, making it easy to maintain stability during continuous burst shots. Sniper rifles have the same burst fire trait, allowing for multiple critical hits per shot, but are not automatic when fired from the hip.


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

In addition to their full range of common Pistols, SMGs, Assault Rifles, and Sniper Rifles, Dahl products in BLTPS include items listed below.

Products

Common weapons:

Unique weapons:

Legendary weapons:

Class Mods

Grenade Mods

Shields

Oz Kits

Prefixes

Weapon prefixes remain generally the same as in Borderlands 2 with a few changes:

  • Slag weapons are replaced with cryo weapons.
  • Introduction of laser weapons.

Weapons without weapon accessory but with cryo elemental capacitor have prefixes listed below.

Weapon Prefix
Pistols Ice
SMGs Freezing
Assault Rifles Ice
Sniper Rifles Frozen

Lasers' titles and prefixes are listed in the respective article.

Quotes

  • "Dahl is mother. Dahl is father. Dahl is the manufacturer of the most trusted weaponry in use on battlefields around the galaxy today. Whether it's for sport, for a cause, or for simple survival – if you need someone dead, choose Dahl." (Radio advertisement)
  • "Professionals the galaxy over stake their reputations and their lives on the reliability of their weapons. They know that only Dahl can deliver consistently better battlefield results, with higher kill rates and greater accuracy. Dahl – the name the professionals trust." (Radio advertisement)
  • "War. Dahl. Peace. Dahl. Loved ones. Dahl. Victory. Dahl. Waving flags. Dahl. Family. Dahl. Vengeance. Dahl. Whatever your reason, choose Dahl for superior results. Dahl – the name the professionals trust." (Radio advertisement)

Borderlands 3

Alternative Fire Mode

The alternate firing mode for Dahl weapons features variable firing modes of full-auto, semi-auto or burst fire, with most weapons being able to access two of the three. Most Dahl weapons come with a scope, in which case it will always have different zoom levels for the firing modes:

  • Full Auto
    In the full auto mode, the weapon's scope (if present) will always have the lowest zoom level, and the fire rate stated on the item card will be that of this mode.
  • Burst Fire
    Pulling the trigger results in a quick burst of 3-5 shots with higher fire rate and accuracy and lower recoil than in full-auto. If the weapon does not have a full-auto mode, the fire rate stated on the item card will be that of this mode.
    • The fire rate increase compared to full-auto is +50% on SMG's, +55% on assault rifles, +65% on pistols and +100% on sniper rifles.
  • Semi-Auto
    Pulling the trigger results in a single shot with high accuracy and bonus damage.
    • Bonus damage is +20% on assault and sniper rifles and +10% on submachine guns. Pistols do not receive a damage bonus.
    • In the semi-auto mode, the weapon's scope (if present) will always have the highest zoom level.
  • Certain Dahl weapons do not have firing mode options (the Kenulox, Hellfire, Hornet, Barrage, and the Warlord) and alt-fire only toggles the scope magnification.
    • The Brashi's Dedication, a sniper rifle, switches between two elements, as well as different zoom magnifications with alt-fire. It does not have the ability to switch between firing modes.

Products

Common weapons

Unique weapons

Legendary weapons

Gallery

Borderlands 2 Concept Art

Borderlands 3 Concept Art

Media

Trivia

  • According to the Borderlands manual, Dahl manufactures over 71200 repeater pistol, 97200 revolver, 86400 combat shotgun, 33600 combat rifle, 174900 submachine gun, and 14400 sniper rifle varieties.
  • According to the Borderlands manual, official company mottos are "Mercs choose Dahl because they only get paid if they survive." and "Need to clear a room? Get a Dahl".
  • In the Borderlands line Marcus says about Dahl ("Dahl makes weapons for professional mercs. They're heavy, accurate and effective, assuming you are strong enough to hold one!"), there is a spelling mistake in the subtitles where "you are" is spelled "your".
  • In Borderlands 2, a radio ad for Dahl weapons reveals that the company was founded by Stanton Dahl.
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