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Hellshock is a legendary pistol in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Maliwan. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Vermilingua located in The Splinterlands on Pandora.

Special Weapon Effects

I had not thought death had undone so many. – Always incendiary and shock. Projectiles bounce once, starting as the chosen element and switching to the other after the first impact.

Usage & Description

The guaranteed dual combination of incendiary and shock makes the Hellshock effective at dealing with a wide array of enemies. By firing at a target's feet, it is possible to utilize the bounce properties to switch elements without ceasing fire. Its damage is far higher than comparable Maliwan pistols, and the two shots fired at the cost of one ammo make it one of the highest DPS weapons available.

To minimize the shooting delay from charging the weapon, one can continually pump the trigger to keep the weapon close to firing, at the cost of losing the ability to sprint (unless one is playing Moze with the Rushin' Offensive skill).


  • Hotfix 3/5/2020: Damage greatly increased. Projectiles per shot increased to 2.
  • Hotfix 7/23/2020: Now drops from Vermilingua instead of Gigamind.


  • The flavor text is a line from Dante Alighieri's Inferno.