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Riot Troopers are not equipped with firearms and are only capable of melee attacks, or throwing their batons at a distance. They are capable of performing rapid "dashing" attacks that have a surprising range and can catch Vault Hunters off guard. They are also equipped with a riot shield that is capable of deflecting bullets, but it does not cover their entire body and leaves them vulnerable to leg or headshots. Although they can be staggered with enough gunfire to the shield, it is generally wiser to aim for the exposed parts of their body. Certain action skills, such as Phasegrasp and Rakk Attack!, can bypass their shields entirely.
- There exists a dark variant of the Riot Trooper that can be found serving General Traunt on Nekrotafeyo or on the Slaughterstar 3000. Aside from their name and color scheme, they are functionally the same as their basic counterparts.
- At the Midnight's Cairn, a special variant of the Riot Trooper exists, named Reflect Troopers, who are armed with new experimental technology created by weapons research project "Valhalla".
- In Mayhem Mode and True Vault Hunter Mode, they are renamed Basher Commando.