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For the shotgun in Borderlands of the same name, see Maliwan Crux.

Crux is a legendary shotgun in Borderlands manufactured by S&S Munitions.

Examples are on the talk page.

Special Weapon Effects[]

Cross their heart, hope they die. – Spread pattern is an upright cross. Explosive. Faster reload.

Usage & Description[]

The S&S Crux fires in a pre-defined pattern, in this case, an upright cross (like a + sign). This form of spread is actually very effective against (upright) human targets, who will be hit by the vertical spread of the cross pattern when multiple shots are fired. The Crux is also an effective weapon for "crowd control" as multiple shots fired into the crowd will always fit the defined pattern. If worse comes to worst, the Crux can always be fired from the hip in full automatic, firing an impressive storm of explosive pellets.

The Crux always spawns with impressively high accuracy. However, like all shotguns with a fixed pattern, the Crux is unaffected by accuracy. Always favor a Crux with the higher damage, and disregard accuracy.

The S&S Crux always comes with a very large magazine and, more often than not, a high fire rate. While the Crux is more stable than standard shotgun, it is recommend to shoulder the weapon to stabilize it, and take full advantage of the cross spread.

The Crux is always explosive. The misnamed Plague is the result of a code glitch. The Plague does not have any special elemental abilities, apart from a slightly increased proc frequency while the Crux is one of the very few weapons on Pandora that give both an elemental effect and a damage boost.

The S&S Crux damage can actually go up to 263x7.

Pellet pattern[]

The 7 pellets fired from a single shot of the Crux will not always form a definable cross pattern but the pellets' impact points will always fall on the lines x=0 or y=0 (y and x axes respectively).


The Crux effect comes from the acc5_SandSCrux accessory, which is based on acc5_Explosive. Compared to its counterpart, the acc5_SandSCrux provides much more damage, more tech and a larger magazine. For an explanation on how to interpret the information on the following table, please see the stat modifiers page.

acc5_SandSCrux acc5_Explosive
Damage: +20%
Tech Level: +9
Reload Speed: -30%
Clip Size: +5
Accuracy Minimum: -50%
Spread: -200%
Damage: -40%
Tech Level: +6


  • The word "crux" is Latin for "cross".
  • The red text is a reference to the common phrase pleading truth, "Cross my heart, hope to die."