Made of Sterner Stuff is a tier four skill in Gaige's Best Friends Forever skill tree. It gives both Gaige and Deathtrap passive damage resistance, and increases Deathtrap's melee damage.


  • Damage Resistance: +1% per level
  • Deathtrap Melee Damage: +3% per level
Level 1 2 3 4 5
Damage Resistance +1% +2% +3% +4% +5%
Deathtrap Melee Damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15%
Level 6 7 8 9 10 11
Damage Resistance +6% +7% +8% +9% +10% +11%
Deathtrap Melee Damage +18% +21% +24% +27% +30% +33%

Can only be leveled past 5 with Necromancer, Roboteer, Legendary Roboteer, and Slayer of Terramorphous class mods.


  • Even though this skill should only reduce damage by up to 11%, it has been found through testing that if you invest even one point, Burn damage from DoT effects are reduced by ~50%, with a ~4% reduction per point afterwards.
  • "Sterner Stuff" is an idiom coined by William Shakespeare, classically notated in this quote from his play Julius Caesar: "When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff..."
  • It could be a reference to Optimus Prime's incredulous response to Megatron's ploy to stall his actions in the original, 1986 Transformers movie. "You, who are without mercy, now plead for it? I thought you were made of sterner stuff."

Gaige skills
Best Friends Forever Little Big Trouble Ordered Chaos
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