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The NOG is a Maliwan unit found in Borderlands 3. It is midget with large helmet who use various pieces of high tech equipment in combat and usually appear in situations where NOG can support other Maliwan troopers.
NOGs are support units that utilize swarms of drones for offense and defense. Individually, they present little threat. However, NOGs are almost never encountered alone and are typically deployed alongside various Maliwan troops. In combat, NOGs can use their drones to double the shields of a single ally. The NOG will follow this ally until either is killed, or the NOG receives sufficient damage. Alternatively, NOGs can use their drones to create a circular, front-facing shield to protect themselves.
Offensively, NOGs will typically use their drones to attack in various configurations. These include firing lasers, a homing ball of drones, or waves of drones sent directly at the Vault Hunters. The deadliest, however, is a horizontal line of energy cast between two drones, similar to rounds fired from the Cutsman. These deal high damage and are fired in sequential groups.
All NOGs possess a shield. As such, it is advisable to use shock weapons or action skills to deplete their shields quickly before switching to incendiary weapons. However, Hardened NOGs will also possess armor, necessitating the use of corrosive damage as well. Because of their ability to provide support for enemies, NOGs should be considered priority targets to avoid a more difficult fight.
If a NOG begins buffing an enemy's shield, a single drone will project extra shielding from above the enemy. This can be interrupted by destroying the drone or by attacking the NOG itself. When at low health, NOGs may also create a circular shield in front of themselves. Dealing damage to this shield will eventually cause it to break. This will also stun the NOG for several seconds and allow for extra damage to be dealt.
- Despite being humanoid enemies, shooting a NOG in the head does not count as a critical hit. Their critical hit spot instead takes the form of a small disc located on the NOG's back.
- Using NOG Potion 9 will cause NOGs to fight for the Vault Hunters.
- It is revealed in Technical NOGout that the NOGs' helmets are actually virtual reality visors that trick the NOG into believing they are playing a video game. It is implied that the NOGs are completely unaware they are in actual combat.