Ceci n'est pas une sniper rifle! – Always incendiary. Fires slow-moving, Minecraft styled arrows that have a parabolic trajectory. Cannot spawn with a scope. Consumes 1 ammo per shot. +150% critical hit damage. Slightly increased (+4.5%) chance of ignition (as of hotfix of 17 October 2013).
Usage & Description
The lack of a scope makes the Longbow primarily suitable for close to mid-range combat. The parabolic arc of the arrows means that aim will need adjustment to compensate for the arc of the arrow.
When auto-targeting is turned on in the options menu, the snap-to targeting places the arc of the Longbow's projectile immediately at a standard humanoid enemy's head. A major advantage of the Longbow is its extreme accuracy; firing may not actually increase accuracy. Evidence of this can be shown as the rifle itself has very minimum movement when the sights are aimed down.
Although it is displayed as a legendary weapon, the Longbow is internally classified as an E-tech weapon, with a barrel part, SR_Barrel_Alien_Longbow. The Longbow's status as an E-tech weapon is also evident in inventories, where the weapon will be grouped with E-tech weapons rather than with legendary weapons.
Unlike standard legendary or E-tech weapons, the Longbow can spawn without an accessory, giving it the prefix Thermogenic.
Since the Longbow will always lack a scope, it cannot spawn with the accessories that would affix to the scope. These include the fire rate (Operational), damage (Auditing) and magazine size (Resource) accessories.
The Longbow was modified via a hotfix released on October 17th, 2013 as part of the Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt. Its chance to ignite was increased by 4.5%, while its damage was increased by 20%. As with all hotfixes released as part of the loot hunt, these changes were later incorporated into a permanent patch.
The flavor text ("Ceci n'est pas une sniper rifle!" [Lit. "This is not a Sniper Rifle",The French flavor text is "Ceci n'est pas un fusil de précision!"]) is a reference to Magritte's The Treachery of Images, a painting of a pipe with the words "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." written underneath in cursive lettering. The point of this painting was to demonstrate that it was not, in fact, a pipe but a painting of one. A similar reference was made in Minecraft. The game's menu splash text, "Ceci n'est pas une title screen!" (all-French version should be"Ceci n'est pas un texte d'accueil !") translates to "This is not a title screen!".
Like Hyperion pistols and all E-tech weapons, the Longbow features fins on the side of the gun that extend outward as the gun fires. When fully extended these fins resemble the arc of a bow or crossbow due to their placement and unusual size.
The Longbow uses the Hyperion sniper rifle sound instead of an E-tech sniper rifle firing sound.
As a further reference to Minecraft, its fixed incendiary elemental is a nod to the only "elemental" enchantment the Minecraft bow can get, Flame, which shoots a flaming arrow.