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Hellwalker is a legendary shotgun in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Jakobs. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Road Dog located in The Splinterlands on Pandora.

Special Weapon Effects

So, my demons. Your time has come. – Always incendiary. Reduced magazine size and reload time. Massively increased damage. Projectile spread assumes an inverted pentagram pattern. Makes heavy electric guitar noises when fired and picked up.

Usage & Description

The Hellwalker has extremely high damage and a short reload, but low accuracy, indicative of the weapon's intended use as a mobile hip-fire shotgun. This coupled with its high knockback makes it extremely useful for taking down unarmored targets successively, though the high damage will still punch through shields effectively.

The Hellwalker is extremely powerful compared to other weapons that can be acquired early game. It can often be used for 10 or 15 levels after finding it. Thus, this weapon breaks progression to the point that it should probably be avoided unless the player is speedrunning the game, as there will be no point in hunting for new guns for a long time.

Notes

  • The Hellwalker always spawns with the "Speedloadn'" prefix.
  • The Hellwalker is extremely useful with FL4K's Fade Away and Leave No Trace skills. As every pellet will score a critical hit during Fade Away, it is possible to keep shooting and deal large amounts of damage without reloading when the skill is active.
  • Moze's Cloud of Lead and Some for the Road skills allow for the Hellwalker to be fired multiple times from a single magazine, massively increasing its damage potential.
  • As it is an elemental shotgun, it can pair well with an Amara build created around elemental and close-range damage.
  • Anointments that grant bonus damage for the next one or two magazines are not recommended due to the small magazine size.
  • The Hellwalker always has a magazine of 2 and consumes 2 ammo per shot. Therefore, using skills, artifacts or class mods to increase the magazine size by 50% doubles the number of shots needed before reloading.

Trivia

  • The Hellwalker is a reference to the Super shotgun from the Doom franchise, particularly the iteration seen in DOOM (2016).
    • The musical effects that play when the weapon is picked up and fired are reminiscent of certain notes heard in the DOOM (2016) soundtrack, such as those in BFG Division by Mick Gordon.
  • The flavor text is from the first line of lyrics from the TesseracT song Concealing Fate, Part 2: Deception.
  • The weapon's muzzle will glow red hot and audibly smolder if left idle for extended periods, lasting until it is switched out.
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