Fear the Swarm! – Always corrosive. Fires a 6-round burst when zoomed in. Reduced accuracy. Increased elemental effect chance and shots have an elemental splash effect.
Because of its guaranteed corrosive effect, the Hornet is very useful for areas with armored opponents.
Because of how early Knuckle Dragger is fought, it is possible to acquire a level 0-1 Hornet.
It is also possible to acquire a level 2 Hornet if the character levels up when Knuckle Dragger is defeated.
The Hornet deals an additional 80% splash damage. Splash damage produced by the Hornet's shots counts as grenade damage, and as such, its damage is boosted by skills such as Steady.
The Hornet has a similar skin to the Maliwan Hive.
The Hornet was dropped by Boom and Bewm during Day 2 of the Borderlands 2 $100,000 Loot Hunt. The Hornet was also upgraded to shoot 6 shots when zoomed in and have a larger elemental splash effect (a change which was made permanent in Patch 1.8 released February 11, 2014). It also received increased stability and a larger magazine size on Day 1 of the Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt.