Fear the Swarm! – Always corrosive. When zoomed fires a 6-round burst fire with high Elemental Effect, each shot has a slightly increased area of effect.
Because of its guaranteed corrosive effect, the Hornet is very useful for playing through areas with armoured opponents.
Because Knuckle Dragger is first fought at level 1, it is possible to acquire a level 0-1 Hornet, in early gameplay.
It is also possible to acquire a level 2 Hornet if you level up when you kill Knuckle Dragger
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 very similar skin to the Maliwan Hive. Both weapons are always corrosive, may shoot multiple projectiles per pull of the trigger, and their names refer to the Vespidae family of insects.
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 makes a larger explosion on impact (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.