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 shrinks the magazines of Gaige's weapons in exchange for weapon damage.
Each rank in this skill improves Gaige's reload speed by 6%, but subtracts 1% from her magazine size. The detriment can easily outweigh the net benefit of the skill, as 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. For example, a Jakobs shotgun with a 1-shot magazine becomes unfirable after investing in the skill, as the true magazine size after putting one point into this skill will become 0.99, becoming 0 shots per magazine. This skill, as such, more heavily affects weapons with smaller magazines than larger magazines.
The faster reloads help build up Anarchy for Gaige, and the smaller magazine size also 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 highest percent of their magazine, as magazine sizes will round down to the nearest whole bullet.
- Smaller, Lighter, Faster is the only skill in Borderlands 2 to have four points by default.
- 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 the Coach Gun.
- 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.
- 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.
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