Projectile Recursion is a legendary shotgun in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Maliwan. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.

Special Weapon Effects

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See red text for description. – Increased elemental damage. Fires a highly accurate beam that will bounce to multiple targets.

Usage & Description

The Projectile Recursion deals high elemental damage with extreme precision, functioning more like a sniper rifle than a shotgun. The particle beam fired by the weapon will attempt to seek out secondary targets upon hitting an enemy, and it can chain to multiple enemies in a single shot. Its main drawback is its high ammo consumption. Care should also be taken when using this weapon in missions where killing a certain amount of enemies is required, as it may launch enemies through walls or out of bounds (such as slaughter shaft), making completion impossible.


  • The Projectile Recursion must charge between each shot, making its actual fire rate much lower than listed.
    • Class Mods and other effects that lower weapon charge time will help to achieve its true fire rate.


  • The Projectile Recursion's two flavor texts form a circular reference, which is a type of recursion.
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