Railer is the title of a group of E-tech sniper rifles in Borderlands 2 manufactured by Dahl and Maliwan.

Usage & Description

Railers fire extremely quickly compared to ordinary sniper rifles. The projectiles they fire bounce off surfaces and pierce enemies. They consume 2 ammo per shot.

Railers have greater base damage than equivalent-level sniper rifles but have a multiplicative penalty to critical hit damage. Functionally, this reduces the effectiveness of critical hit bonuses; the larger the bonus, the less effective Railers will be when compared to regular sniper rifles, making it an especially poor choice for Zer0 but better for non-traditional sniper characters such as Axton.

Depending on which manufacturer the Railer spawns with, the weapon can have varying properties:

  • Maliwan - Higher elemental effect chance. Impacts cause a small splash effect.
  • Dahl - Burst fire while zoomed.


  • The Railer is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.
  • Zer0's B0re skill does not affect this weapon because it already penetrates enemies, overriding the ability to trigger B0re.
  • Gaige's Close Enough skill can trigger after the weapon has pierced through an enemy. It cannot cause further damage to the initial target but functions normally when bouncing towards other enemies.


  • The Railer is a direct reference to railguns, weapons that use immense electric currents and the magnetic fields they generate to accelerate conductive projectiles (or sabots containing non-conductive projectiles) to incredible speeds.
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