Standard Loader
Loaders are the mainstay of Hyperion's military might on Pandora. They come in an array of different varieties, each variant suited to a particular role when in action. Completely without conscience, they are the military, the enforcers, and frequently the executioners fielded by the Hyperion regime. Loaders supplement and make up the bulk of Hyperion's forces, but not the entirety of them, as human soldiers and support units also work alongside them. Loaders are highly versatile, serving a variety of roles ranging from basic infantry, to snipers, to air forces. Though mostly associated with Hyperion, loaders are also used by the Torgue corporation, which produces its own variants.

Loaders can enter the field by Moonbase shots, emerge from a Hyperion structure, or be digistructed from a digistruct pole, platform, or the eye of a constructor. Small numbers of them spawn randomly at Hyperion installations and facilities, usually alongside Hyperion human enemies.

Loaders use holographic signals to supplement their verbal status updates. A grenade image indicates they are about to lob a grenade, and a spanner/wrench symbol denotes the unit is heavily damaged and awaiting repair by a surveyor.

The majority of loaders have a multitude of critical hit points, including arm joints, leg joints, and their optics. Dealing sufficient damage to a limb joint will cause the limb to fall off, disabling various combat functions of the loader. For example, destroying a leg joint will cause the loader to fall to the ground and force it to crawl. It will still be able to fire the gun it wields however.

Loaders have a universal weakness to corrosive weapons. While shock, slag, and explosive elemental weapons will retain their regular damage, non-elemental weapons receive a -20% damage penalty but are compensated by their higher base attack. Incendiary weapons will do the worst damage, though loaders can still be ignited.

ARR Loaders, H3RL-E, or loaders being buffed by a Shielded Surveyor have shields which offer protection from corrosive attacks, as well as prevent limbs from being shot off until the shield is depleted.

Following Handsome Jack's death, loaders received an apparent redesign. The subsequent models are larger in size, more self-aware and intelligent, can equip a greater variety of modular weapons, and are much more durable. However, they are far more expensive and appear in fewer numbers.


Hyperion Loaders

Loader concept



Loot Midgets
See also: Loot Midget

Notable Loaders


Torgue Loaders

Torgue Loaders are armored robots encountered only in Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage DLC. They employ the same voice files as Hyperion loaders, have similar behavior patterns and use similar look, except the hulls covered in spikes and leather. Like Hyperion varieties, they can be crippled by shooting off their various limbs at the jointed critical zones.


Concept art


  • First Law disabled.
  • Contact.
  • Killing bandit.
  • Lethal force authorized.
  • Murderer detected.
  • Increasing aggression.
  • Deleting.
  • Removing bandit.
  • Success imminent.
  • Combat commencing.
  • Engaging target.
  • Target in sights.
  • Target death imminent.
  • Moving to engage.
  • Charging primary weapon. (exclusive to WAR, Badass and Super Badass Loaders)
  • Fire, fire, fire. (exclusive to HOT Loaders)
  • Increasing temperatures. (exclusive to HOT Loaders)
Taking Elemental damage
  • Ouch.
  • Ow.
  • Nonono.
  • Stop it.
  • Hey.
  • Taking damage.
  • Slagged.
  • Unit slagged.
  • Slag detected.
  • Foreign substance detected.
  • Damage resistance lowered.
  • Damage sensitivity heightened.
  • Increased damage impending.
  • Brace for damage.
Low health
  • Repairs needed.
  • Repairs wanted.
  • Requesting repairs.
  • Medic.
  • Injuries critical.
  • Unit shutdown imminent.
  • Error. Error.
  • Critical damage sustained.
  • Injuries fatal.
  • Malfunction.
  • Mission failed.
  • Unit destroyed.
  • Failure.
Vault Hunter retreating
  • Bandit retreating.
  • Bandit admits cowardice.
Throwing grenade
  • Warning: Grenade.
  • Throwing bomb.
  • Throwing grenade.
  • Grenade.
  • Grenade out.
Crippling a target
  • Mission success.


  • When Phaselocked, loaders will be forced into a folded position making critical hits more difficult to achieve.
  • When loaders are digistructed, their chemical makeup is displayed beside them, in the form of boxes from the periodic table. According to this, they consist of iron (Fe), tungsten (W), strontium (Sr), and nickel (Ni).
  • In Tales from the Borderlands, Rhys explains that after the death of Handsome Jack the loaders became increasingly smarter and more conscientious about their programming, as evidenced in Loader Bot.