“Look out, everybody, things are about to get awesome!”
- Borderlands 2
- Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty
- Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary
- Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot
- Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck
HOT Loaders fire globs of flaming goo and grenades from a distance, and use a flamethrower when up close. They have fuel tanks on their backs that blow up like grenades when shot. They are fire-resistant, but vulnerable to explosive attacks. They explode when destroyed with a chance of setting nearby targets on fire rendering close range attacks dangerous. Their final explosion takes place after they are destroyed and close range healing effects such as Buzz Axe Rampage are negated.
In Borderlands 3, HOT Loaders wield an incendiary cannon in their right arm and a grenade launcher in their left. The cannon has two modes: an incendiary stream sprayed in a sweeping arc at close range and a large incendiary ball that explodes on impact at medium range. The grenades fired from its launcher also explode on impact and bypasses the character's shield.
The incendiary packs on the back can be destroyed to disable their cannon. If all four of its limbs are shot off, a HOT Loader will resort to firing a laser beam from its optic sensor.
A HOT Loader's limb joints and optic sensor are its critical hit points. They are never equipped with shields and are vulnerable to corrosive damage.
- "You will be incinerated".