Hail is a unique Vladof assault rifle in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It is obtained from Bandit Slaughter: Round 5 in Borderlands 2, and is in the loot pool of Iwajira in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Special Weapon Effects

What plaything can you offer me today? – Always elemental. Fires projectiles that sharply ascend before falling in an arc. After a certain distance bullets will split in two. User is healed 3% of damage dealt while holding this weapon. Bonus critical hit damage of 200% (150% in the pre-sequel), Inflicts elemental splash damage of 80%.

Usage & Description

The Hail's unique projectile behavior can make this a challenging weapon to use effectively. Hail rifles trade distance for damage and area denial. This weapon can be used to rain a devastating hail of elemental damage down upon a wide area, showering advancing enemies and ones behind cover alike, spread elemental damage over a large area while firing while scoped will concentrate massive damage onto a tight space.

Aiming low will mitigate the arc of the weapon.

The +200% critical hit damage that all Hails spawn with further increases this weapon's effectiveness by showering projectiles down upon enemies' critical spots. The 3% transfusion effect further enhances the gun's usefulness.


  • Hail restores 3% of damage inflicted as health to the wielder.
  • Use of Vel0city or Accelerate can make this gun either extremely hard to use, or easier, depending on the user's ability to adjust aim downwards to compensate for the much faster projectiles.
  • The Hail works well with Gaige's Close Enough, allowing shots to be fired over obstructions in the enemy's general direction, while hiding behind cover, and effectively killing enemies with little risk of being hit by return fire.
  • When used with The Bee, the Hail's split projectiles both gain full amp damage.
  • Unlike most elemental assault rifles, the Hail delivers splash damage with each shot, inflicting 80% of the base gun damage.
  • The Hail's damage is boosted by grenade damage bonuses.


  • The flavor text is a part of line said by Ming the Merciless, the main antagonist in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.
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