Krakatoa is a legendary sniper rifle in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Maliwan. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.

Special Weapon Effects

Get him angry and he's bound to erupt. – Always incendiary. Massively increased damage. When an enemy is killed, a volcano appears at their location, shooting 1-4 fireballs in the nearby area.

Usage & Description

The Krakatoa's main selling point is its base damage, which allows it to one or two shot many enemies even on higher Mayhem levels. Paired with a reasonably fast fire rate for a sniper rifle, and the Krakatoa can absolutely devastate any enemy weak to Incendiary damage, and make short work of even Shielded targets.

The volcanoes which the Krakatoa spawns are not particularly useful, except for sometimes dealing extra damage, as they are fired in random directions.


  • In a hotfix on 05 March 2020, the Krakatoa received a major damage buff. Prior to this, the Krakatoa's damage was average for a Multiplex of similar parts.
  • If the Krakatoa kills an enemy which is a few meters above the ground, no volcano will generate.


  • The weapon's name refers to the volcano of the same name, which was the epicenter of one of the world's most violent volcanic events in recorded history during the August of 1883.
  • The weapon's flavor text is a reference to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" in which Squidward acted as the volcano-themed superhero "Captain Magma" who uses "krakatoa" as a catchphrase or power activation word. The quote used in the flavor text is used in his introduction by the narrator.


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