Nomads are a type of enemy in Borderlands 2. They are slow-moving bandits with high health. Some nomads wield large, bulletproof shields that provide nearly full cover. Most nomads will only carry a gun whereas others will dual wield a pair of guns.


  • The basic Nomad wields an assault rifle and will slowly advance towards his targets, rarely seeking cover. He can knock back an enemy with an over-the-shoulder melee attack.
  • The Nomad Pyro wears fire-resistant armor and wields a flamethrower, switching to assault rifles to engage targets outside the flamethrower's range. The fuel tank on a pyro's back is a critical hit location; when destroyed, the tank explodes, killing the pyro instantly. They are primarily found in Frostburn Canyon.
  • The Tesla coils on a Shock-Nomadic's backpack provide him with shields and rapidly damage the shields of nearby characters. From a distance they use assault rifles and occasional shock grenades. Like the Pyro, the Shock-Nomadic's pack can be shot, but shooting it does not result in an explosion; instead, it arcs lightning onto anything nearby and disables the Shock-Nomadic's shield in the process. They will give orders to nearby bandits.
  • A Nomad Taskmaster gives orders to the other bandits in the area, improving their combat effectiveness but potentially letting alert players prepare for the imminent shift in tactics. The Taskmaster carries a heavy armored shield that can deflect bullets. This armor plating can also be shot off with enough bullets or explosives. After this armor plating is removed, attackers can shoot the Taskmaster through the hole in their shield. If a Taskmaster absorbs enough damage on his shield, he may recoil, opening him up to attack from the front. Distractions such as Axton's turret will allow an attacker to flank the shield.
  • The Nomad Torturer is functionally identical to a Taskmaster except for the Psycho Midget chained to his shield to absorb incoming bullets. Shooting the three chains that bind the midget to the shield will free him, allowing him to attack his tormentor if a Vault Hunter isn't close enough to draw his attention. Freeing the midget also reveals a small hole in the shield that attackers can fire through to damage the nomad. Aside from using assault rifles, they can also unleash a powerful shield bash when in melee range. Freeing the midget commonly causes the Torturer to use this attack on the midget, providing players a relatively easy opening to attack.
  • Duster-clad Marshalls appear in Lynchwood, serving as the Sheriff's muscle. About five will appear near the bank when the bank is blown up during and after Breaking the Bank.
  • The Sheriff's Posse accompanies the Sheriff of Lynchwood during the showdown, in front of the Lynchwood bank, and sometimes throughout the area riding armored skags.
  • Badass Nomad

    Badass Nomad

    Badass Nomads are stronger Nomad Taskmasters with spikes on their shields.
  • Heavy Nomads carry rocket launchers (TVHM).
  • Sometimes there are Midget Raiders, who behave like normal nomads but are midget-sized. They are found in Lynchwood, Sawtooth Cauldron, and Fink's Slaughterhouse, and speak the usual nomad dialogue in a high pitched voice (TVHM).
  • On very rare occasions, a player might see a Loot Midget Nomad. Unlike normal loot midgets, the loot midget nomad is a natural spawn, and is extremely rare to see and/or spawn, they appear where all normal nomads can spawn.

Taskmaster Commands

  • Take cover boys!/Get behind something, idiots!/Put your damn heads down! - Enemies will take cover.
  • Charge him/her boys!/Charge!/Overrun 'em! - Enemies will behave like a Psycho and run into melee range to attack targets.
  • Toss grenades!/'Nades, now!/Throw grenades! - Enemies will throw grenades at targets.
  • Shoot the short guy!/Shoot the 'zerker!/Everybody kill the short guy! - Enemies will focus on Salvador.
  • Kill the ninja thing/guy!/Get that Assassin!/Get the tall one! - Enemies will focus Zer0.
  • Kill the hot chick!/I want that Siren dead!/Get rid of the magic chick!/Men! Take out the Siren! - Enemies will focus on Maya.
  • Kill that Mechromancer!/The little girl! Kill her!/Somebody shut that Mechromancer down!/The Mechro-chick! Get her! - Enemies will focus on Gaige.
  • The Commando! Get him!/Tear the Commando Apart!/Rip up that Commando! - Enemies will focus on Axton.
  • Focus on that Slagger! - Enemies will focus on whoever applied the Slag effect.
  • I want that sucker dead!/Pop that jackhole's head open like a grape!

Notable Nomads



  • Quit making me work for it!
  • Drop your gear, I'll let you go!
  • Dibs on their scalps!
  • Well, who's this?
  • I'll make a coat outta ya!
  • You won't last two minutes!
  • I want everything you got!
  • Just leave!
  • Leave us alone!
  • Gimme your damn loot!
  • I'll survive, you won't!
  • You should be runnin'!
  • Look at all that gear!
  • Some nice gear ya got!
  • Just DIE already!
  • Die, midget lover!
  • You're worse than a midget!
  • You can still run!
  • Midget loving taint-sacks!
  • Get 'em, boys!
  • I'm gonna pick your corpse clean!
  • I got no time for this!
  • This one's mine!
  • You're nothin'! Nothin'!
  • Make this easy on yourself!
  • Here's the winder!! (when using a melee attack)
  • Shut up, tiny! (spoken by Nomad Torturers on rare occasions when their captive midgets squeal in fright)
  • Shut the hell up! (spoken by Nomad Torturers on rare occasions when their captive midgets squeal in fright)


  • Don't scavenge my stuff...
  • But, my gear...
  • Midget lover...
  • I miss my midget...
  • At least I won't have to deal with you people anymore...
  • Bury me with my stuff...
  • Leave me alone...
  • Been waiting for this...
  • Hell...
  • Fine...good...
  • This is the end...
  • Why...

Player fleeing

  • I ain't followin' you!
  • Stayin' back here!
  • That's the idea!
  • Yeah, runnin' away!
  • You'd better run!

Player crippled

  • Freaking finally!
  • I told you to leave us alone!
  • Almost as bad as the midgets!

When attacked

  • Aw nuts. (when slagged)
  • Slag? Really?! (when slagged)
  • Slagging bitch! (when slagged)
  • Augh, disgusting! (when slagged)
  • Lay off!
  • How?!
  • Son of a ... bitch!
  • Damn bastard...
  • Stop it!
  • You bitch!

Nearby when Goliath is attacked

  • What are you doing!
  • No! You'll rage him!
  • He'll rage out!
  • Stop it, you moron!
  • No, not the helmet!
  • We put the helmet on for a reason!
  • You're almost as dumb as the midgets!
  • Leave it on!
  • Keep the helmet on!
  • Don't shoot the helmet! 
  • We can't stop him!

Nearby when Goliath goes into rage mode

  • Everybody run!
  • He's angry!
  • Start runnin'!
  • He's loose!
  • Who took off his helmet!?
  • He's free! He's free!

During Goliath's rage

  • We can't stop him!
  • Kill it! KILL IT!
  • We're gonna die!
  • We're dead!
  • Goliath? I-I order you to stop!

Fighting escaped midget

  • Midget on the loose!
  • Get back on the shield!
  • My midget!
  • They freed my midget!
  • Shoulda never let you free!
  • I will end you!
  • I knew I shoulda killed you!
  • That was your last chance!
  • Kill the midget!
  • You're going back in your box!
  • You're not getting fed this month!
  • I will kill you, short stuff!
  • I will break you, pint size!
  • I friggin' HATE midgets!

Losing shield

  • Shield's gone!
  • Lost my shields!
  • Lucky sonofabitch!
  • My shield!
  • Quit screwin' my shields!
  • Shields are down!
  • You're pissin' me off!

Mortally wounded

  • Just... end it already...
  • I'm so sick of this...
  • Wounded again...great...!
  • I... don't... die...
  • Keep trying...!

Ally's demise

  • He owed me rations!
  • Ha ha!
  • Serves him right!

When grenade is thrown

  • Aw crap.
  • Huh?
  • Grenade!
  • Oh! Grenade!
  • Dammit!
  • What?!

When Buzzard(s) appear

  • We got gyros in the air!
  • Took ya long enough!
  • Strafe 'em already!
  • We got gyros, we're fine!

When Buzzard pilots die

  • You suck, pilot!
  • Learn to fly!
  • Worst pilot ever!
  • Where's our air support!?
  • You fly, they can't! What's your problem!?

When Zer0's Decepti0n fades out

  • That was a decoy you morons!
  • The real one! Get the real one!
  • How'd he move so fast?
  • Crap! It was just a hologram!
  • Idiots! You can't tell a person from a hologram?!
  • It's an illusion! The real one is over there!
  • He was tricking us!
  • Shoot the real one!
  • Damn it, he fooled us!

When Axton throws down a turret

  • Look out!
  • What the?!
  • Nice turret!
  • That ain't gonna help you!
  • W'the hell is that?!
  • I want one of those!
  • It'll take more than that!

When Phaselocked by Maya

  • What's this crap?!
  • Frickin' witch thing!
  • What the hell?
  • Put me down!
  • Let me down, NOW!
  • Whoa... WHOA!
  • Lemme down!

When Salvador Gunzerks

  • One gun wasn't enough!
  • You and me 'zerker!
  • I'll survive this!
  • Two guns?! So what?
  • Show me what you've got 'zerker!
  • What the hell?
  • 'Zerker's doublin' up!
  • Bring it on, 'zerker!

When Gaige summons Deathtrap

  • Stop that bot!
  • Cute robot!
  • Don't sweat it boys, just a dumb machine!
  • The hell is that thing?
  • Scrap that bot!
  • We don't take kindly to bots around here!
  • The bot! Somebody wreck it!
  • Don't break that bot! We could use it!


  • Nomads detest midgets, choosing to affix them to the front of their shield to show their hatred for them.
  • Whenever a nomad issues a command, he will always lift his shield to the side, exposing his body.



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