Ol' Painful is a unique assault rifle manufactured by Vladof in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.

Special Weapon Effects

Come on in... Ol' Painful is waiting. – Always incendiary. Fires laser bolts. Increased damage, accuracy, and fire rate. Greatly increased magazine size. Reduced recoil.

Usage & Description

The Ol' Painful has surprisingly high base damage and is most effective when used for sustained fire to take advantage of its high fire rate once the barrel has spooled up. This is effective in close quarters against multiple targets, and at mid-to-long range against a single target due to its surprising accuracy. As an incendiary weapon however, it does lose significant power when in a vacuum, as its shots can't trigger an elemental status effect.

It can be used to great effect by Athena when specced into the Ceraunic Storm skill tree, due to its guaranteed incendiary element. Its viability within Ceraunic Storm is further bolstered when boosting its naturally high fire rate using the skill Unrelenting.

Nisha can also use Ol' Painful to great effect with her Action Skill, as it eliminates the already surprisingly low recoil from sustained fire.

Its heavy ammo consumption can be remedied with Athena's Elemental Barrage or Jack's Absolute Advantage, as both give a chance to not consume ammo.


  • Originally an unobtainable weapon, Ol 'Painful was first discovered within the game code for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel alongside The Machine, Jack-o'-Cannon, Wet Week, Boomacorn and several weapons that were either also found within, or cut from Borderlands 2.
  • Ol' Painful was made available during the Christmas period of both 2014 and 2015 as a rare drop from Odjurymir, a giant kraggon who replaced Iwajira during these times. As of the January 25th 2016 hotfix, Ol' Painful has been made a world drop.


  • The name and flavor text are a reference to the "Old Painless" minigun carried by Blain in the 1987 film Predator.
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