Salt the Wound is a tier 4 skill in Krieg's Mania skill tree. When Krieg takes damage while his shield is down, it adds a stack of Salt the Wound to a maximum of 20. Krieg's melee damage and shotgun damage increase for every stack accumulated. Stacks decay at a constant rate of one stack per second [1].


  • +1.5% melee damage per rank per stack.
  • +1% shotgun damage per rank per stack.
Level 1 2 3 4 5
Melee Damage
per Stack
+1.5% +3.0% +4.5% +6.0%+7.5%
Shotgun Damage
per Stack
+1% +2% +3% +4%+5%
Level 6 7 8 9 10 11
Melee Damage
per Stack
+9.0% +10.5% +12.0% +13.5% +15.0%+16.5%
Shotgun Damage
per Stack
+6% +7% +8% +9% +10%+11%

Can only leveled past 5 with Barbarian and Meat class mods.


  • This skill works well with Feed the Meat and Embrace the Pain, as they both keep Krieg's shields down which helps him build more stacks.
  • Krieg does not gain stacks of Salt the Wound from friendly fire damage of Fuel the Rampage.
  • The Rough Rider shield synergyses well with Salt the Wound, as all damage is reduced before being delivered directly to Krieg's health.


  1. Reddit Borderlands Posts
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