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Lethal Strike is a tier 2 skill in Mordecai's Gunslinger skill tree. Increases melee damage. Also, every melee attack has a 35% chance to be a Lethal Strike and deal extremely high damage.


Each rank of this skill grants a bonus to melee damage, cumulative with other bonuses from Truxican Wrestler, Skirmisher, or Warmonger class mods. Furthermore, each melee attack has a 35% chance to be a Lethal Strike, receiving an additional, much greater damage bonus, and making a characteristic sound reminiscent of a steel blade scraping roughly against a target.

When a Lethal Strike takes place against a critical hit zone of a target, there is a chance for the lethal strike damage bonus to be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled; such a strike, however, will not be a critical hit proper, will not be announced with "Critical!", and will not receive any further critical damage bonus. Otherwise, a regular critical hit will occur, amplifying the regular lethal-strike-enhanced damage by the appropriate amount for the critical made.

Skill Progression

Contrary to the in-game skill description, each rank of this skill grants a 150% damage increase to lethal strikes.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
Melee damage bonus +10% +20% +30% +40% +50%
Lethal strike damage +150% +300% +450% +600% +750%

Additional levels may be acquired through the use of an Assassin or Truxican Wrestler class mod.

Level 6 7 8 9
Melee damage bonus +60% +70% +80% +90%
Lethal strike damage +900% +1050% +1200% +1350%


Gunslinger boosts Mordecai's melee attacks into an effective secondary form of attack. While the constant percentage boost to melee damage is not that significant, a lethal strike (per the skill's name) from Lethal Strike is extremely damaging, especially when slicing through an enemy's critical hit location with a bladed weapon such as a Razor.

This skill well complements a Hunter who specializes in the use of close-range weapons such as pistols or shotguns. If a melee attack is triggered during a reload, but after the weapon's magazine ammo counter is updated to full, the melee attack will cut the animation short but the reload will still have completed.


  • Against the tentacles of The Destroyer, Lethal Strike triggers with every melee attack.

Mordecai skills
Sniper Rogue Gunslinger

Caliber • Carrion Call • Focus • Killer • Loaded • Smirk • Trespass

Deadly • Gun Crazy • Hair Trigger • Lethal Strike • Predator • Relentless • Riotous Remedy