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A Pearlescent weapon

Pearlescent (sometimes referred to as cyan) weapons and shields are the rarest loot in the games in which they appear.


In the first Borderlands game, Pearlescent items are included in The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC, where they can be dropped by Crawmerax the Invincible, Badass Bruisers, Lance Pyros, Badass Engineers, and Drifters. On rare occasions they can be found by opening Crimson Lance Chests, and even less commonly by the occupants of Lancers. They do not appear outside of this DLC.


Each manufacturer has only 1 pearlescent weapon, and each weapon type has only 1 pearlescent (with two exceptions: there are no pearlescent Assault Shotguns or Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifles). There are 3 pearlescent shields. Atlas is the only manufacturer which has both a pearlescent weapon and a pearlescent shield.

Borderlands Pearlescent Drop Guide

A comprehensive drop guide for pearlescent weapons and shields.

Manufacturer Item Type Model Name
Anshin Shield Rose
Atlas Revolver Aries
Atlas Shield Omega
Dahl Combat Shotgun Jackal
Hyperion Repeater Pistol Nemesis
Jakobs Pump-Action Sniper Rifle Bessie
Maliwan SMG Tsunami
Pangolin Shield Ironclad
S&S Munitions Support Machine Gun Serpens
Tediore Burst Rifle Avenger
Torgue Rocket Launcher Undertaker
Vladof Machine Pistol Stalker

Before General Knoxx

  • Pearlescent was an old bug in Borderlands before the advent of the Secret Armory of General Knoxx where "white" weapons would appear over "dark orange" weapons in the inventory. It was fixed in the patch preceding The Secret Armory of General Knoxx . For all information for this old bug, visit Pearlescent (Before General Knoxx).


Pearlescent weapons are actually a hybrid cross between Unique and Legendary weapons. They are like Legendary weapons in that they can be looted from Crimson Lance Chest, and have both a Title and a Prefix (Unique weapons don't have a prefix). On the other hand, each Pearlescent weapon can only be rarely looted from a finite set of enemies, just like Unique weapons. Finally, Pearlescent weapons will spawn with some part restrictions, and always have specific material, just like Unique weapons.


  • The chance of obtaining pearlescent weapons is exceedingly small, so much so that it cannot be properly conveyed with any ratio comparison to "Legendary" weapons.
  • Each manufacturer has its own pearlescent weapon or shield, with the exceptions of Atlas, which has two; and Gearbox and Eridians, which have none.
  • Pearlescent items can only be as high in level as 68.


Borderlands 2

In Borderlands 2, Pearlescent weapons appear at the highest difficulty levels. They require at least one of the Ultimate Vault Hunter upgrade packs in order to spawn.

The first set of Pearlescent weapons is included in the first Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade pack. These will appear only while playing in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode. While they can appear from any loot source, they have an increased chance to drop from Legendary Loot Midgets, tubby enemies, and the final boss in The Raid on Digistruct Peak. They can also be won from the slot machine in Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, even in Normal Mode and True Vault Hunter Mode, making that slot machine the only source of Pearlescent weapons of level less than 50.

Manufacturer Weapon Type Model Name
Dahl Assault Rifle Bearcat
Jakobs Pistol Unforgiven
Hyperion Shotgun Butcher
Maliwan Sniper Rifle Storm
Tediore Submachine Gun Avenger
Vladof Pistol Stalker
Bandit Assault Rifle Sawbar
Torgue Rocket Launcher Tunguska

A second set of Pearlescent weapons is included in the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade 2 pack. These four weapons will only fall while playing in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, and only from tubby enemies of level 61 or greater. They will thence never appear with a level of less than 61.

Manufacturer Weapon Type Model Name
Jakobs Assault Rifle Bekah
Jakobs Sniper Rifle Godfinger
Maliwan Pistol Wanderlust
Torgue Shotgun Carnage