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Smaller, Lighter, Faster is one of Gaige's Tier One Ordered Chaos skills, and one of two skills which are mandatory to reach Tier Two. This skill reduces the size of Gaige's weapon magazine in exchange for reload speed.


Each rank in this skill improves Gaige's reload speed by 6%, but subtracts 1% from her magazine size. The skill will only subtract whole numbers from a magazine count. The game will determine the size of a magazine by rounding down the net magazine size to the nearest whole number.

Level 1 2 3 4
Reload Speed +6% +12% +18% +24%
Magazine Size -1% -2% -3% -4%
Level 5 6 7 8 9 10
Reload Speed +30% +36% +42% +48% +54% +60%
Magazine Size -5% -6% -7% -8% -9% -10%

Can only be leveled past 4 with Jill of All Trades, Punk, Legendary Anarchist, and Legendary Mechromancer class mods.


The faster reloads help build up Anarchy for Gaige, and the smaller magazine size helps even more as she will need to reload more frequently.

This skill works well in conjunction with weapons that already have small magazines. Large-capacity Bandit brand assault rifles and SMGs stand to lose the most bullets per magazine, whereas weapons with smaller magazines stand to lose the more than the listed percentage when whole bullet counts are rounded down.


  • Any points into this skill will cause any weapon with a default magazine size of 1 to be reduced to a magazine size of 0, making the weapon unusable. Notably, this includes the Infinity, 12 Pounder and some variants of Coach Guns.
    • However, this can be subverted with the use of any "Neutral" variant of the Necromancer class mod, from Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. The lowest possible magazine size boost from a Neutral Necromancer class mod is 13%, more than enough to negate the bullet that is subtracted by this skill, allowing Anarchy-specced Mechromancers to use these weapons.
  • Smaller, Lighter, Faster is the only skill in Borderlands 2 to have four points by default.
  • The ammo usage per shot of a weapon is not modified by this skill, even if it reduces the maximum magazine size below the listed ammo usage per shot. For example, if this skill is used in conjunction with a Bushwack with an unmodified magazine size of 3, firing the weapon will still use three ammo total from the player's ammo pool, despite only two being loaded in the weapon.

Gaige skills
Best Friends Forever Little Big Trouble Ordered Chaos