Provacateur is the title of a group of common submachine guns in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. They are manufactured exclusively by Maliwan, and feature the incendiary-only Maliwan barrel.

Usage & Description

The Provacateur is part of a sub-group of SMGs that only can spawn with a fixed-element Maliwan barrel. They feature the higher-than-usual elemental damage/second and element chance granted by the Maliwan barrel. These parameters achieve even higher values, if the SMG is equipped with a Maliwan grip.

Despite the low rarity designation of these weapons, their high elemental chance and status effect damage can make them excellent choices for combat until a more suitable (or less common, e.g. legendary) weapon is obtained.

Notable Variants

Borderlands 2

  • Good TouchUnique submachine gun with increased critical hit damage and restores 2% of damage dealt as health.
  • HellFireLegendary submachine gun with increased elemental effect chance.
  • NirvanaEffervescent submachine gun with increased elemental effect chance.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

  • HellFireLegendary submachine gun with increased elemental effect chance.


  • Other SMGs in this grouping manufactured by Maliwan include the Venom (corrosive), Vexation (shock), Revenant (slag), and Hyperborean (cryo).
  • There is a glitch in weapon creation system for this grouping of weapons. Blue rarity weapons have proper textures but color of item card titles is that of Purple rarity. If Colorblind Mode in Video options is turned on, it will read [Purple] instead of [Blue].
    • Because of this glitch, blue and purple rarity weapons (with the same set of parts) will have identical stats.
  • The Provacateur is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.


  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a Provacateur is obtained from the bank during Systems Jammed. Even if it is considered a unique weapon, it will appear as an uncommon and have fixed Maliwan parts with no sight.
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