Tediore is a weapons manufacturer on Pandora. Their primary feature is a very quick reload speed. Weapons made by this manufacturer are common and are well known for being the cheapest and most accessible.
In Borderlands 2 onwards, Tediore is known for producing disposable weapons which, instead of being reloaded, are thrown away and explode. The power of the explosion produced is proportional to the amount of ammo left in the weapon. New weapons are digistructed directly into the Vault Hunter's hands, loaded with ammo from the character's inventory.
Tediore prides itself on being the common-man brand, providing cheap and accessible guns to all. Fittingly, their marketing focus has always been family-oriented and comparable to real-life budget companies, with advertisements that boast the affordability of their guns and encouraging their customers to buy their weaponry in bulk. Tediore guns are affordable to the point that a handful of their guns could be bought for the price of a single firearm from any other company, which also applies to the prices of their guns in-game, as they typically sell for the least amount of money. While their budget builds come at the cost of inferior stats, Tediore's fast reloads prove one thing: when the user's main firearm runs empty, the simple advantage of having a loaded gun in their hand can be the user's saving grace.
Tediore guns are built cheaply and are therefore manufactured with inexpensive, lightweight material like plastic or fiberglass, in comparison to most other corporations, which use metal and timber. The sheer disposability of Tediore guns is made even more apparent from Borderlands 2 onwards, as their firearms are single-use without visible magazines. When depleted, the weapon is thrown and explodes.
Throughout all games, Tediore's involvement in the story has been minimal: there are little to no missions that involve visiting Tediore-owned locations, their leaders are never encountered in person, and they have never been presented as an antagonistic group.
However, due to their manufacture of cheap and affordable products, Tediore has a reputation of being an inferior brand that is referenced in Borderlands 3:
- Both Rhys and Katagawa Jr. use Tediore as an example of a business that would be embarrassing to lose to.
- Claptrap mentions an incident where another CL4-TP unit's wheel melted off while dating a Tediore shotgun.
- Montgomery Jakobs ended up purchasing the Tediore-made navigation AI, BALEX, in an attempt to save money after spending almost all his funds on GenIVIV, a Maliwan Security AI. BALEX' conflict with GenIVIV led to him crashing The Family Jewel, Jakobs corporation's flagship.
- Timothy Lawrence, who had been trapped on the Handsome Jackpot for over seven years, questions whether or not the Tediore company is even active.
- Low Damage
- Low Accuracy
- Very fast reloads
- Very fast weapon swapping
- All unique weapons regenerate ammo
The following are items made by Tediore.
- Combat rifle - Guardian
- Repeater pistol - Protector
- Revolver - Equalizer
- Shotgun - Defender
- Submachine gun - Savior
- Contact - Explosive
- Health regeneration - Healing, Restorative, Panacea
- Tediore Value = Level 13-21
- Tediore Special = Level 22-30
- Tediore Super = Level 31-39
- Tediore Limited = Level 40-47
- Tediore Supreme = Level 48+
Tediore guns have reduced damage, as well as increased spread. This usually makes them inferior compared to the weapons from other manufacturers, and not so well suited as a primary weapon. However, they have exceptional reload speed and excellent swap-in and swap-out speed. This makes them excellent as emergency side-arms. For example, a Tediore Anarchy will never match a Torgue Anarchy in terms of firepower. But, in certain cases, (like in the case of a skag ambush) the Tediore submachine gun will become operable (swapped in, loaded and ready to fire) faster than the Torgue submachine gun.
Tediore unique and legendary weapons also follow this trend: None of them have exceptional firepower or combat abilities. However, all of legendaries can regenerate ammo, giving them more of a secondary weapon role.
Lilith can use Tediore guns to great effect: Her phasewalk play-style (phase in, fight, phase out, repeat) leaves her with very little time to reload. Tediore guns help not waste time swapping and reloading weapons.
The Tediore Loyalty class mod, Common Man, is assigned to Brick.
- "Cheap, reliable, lightweight, and incredibly fast reload speeds. Tediore makes an easy to use gun." (Marcus Kincaid)
- "If you're on a budget, Tediore is always the way to go." (Marcus Kincaid)
- "Did you know Tediore's guns reload faster than a leaping skag? It's true. I've seen it." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
- "Why buy one Tediore when you can buy two for twice the cost?" (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
- "Tediore ... Because your wallet should be thicker." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
- "Tediore ... Firepower for the common man." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
- Tediore makes weapons used on Outrunners, as evidenced by vehicular weaponry counting toward Tediore when determining a character's favorite manufacturer.
- Tediore manufactures Mulciber Mk2 turret parts for the same reason as the Runner weaponry.
- Tediore manufactures ladders as evidenced by their logo at the bottom-side of the ladders in Borderlands 2.
- Fast reload speed.
- Low overall stats.
- Thrown, and explode like grenades when reloaded. Any ammunition left in the thrown gun will be used to fuel the explosion.
- Rocket launchers are thrown like rockets when reloaded, but rapidly go off-course.
The following are items made by Tediore.
• Aimshot • Biggun • Handgun • Power Shot • Quickshot
• Ace • Chaff • Green • Kindle • Spark • Special • Subcompact MG
• Double Barrels! • Home Security • Shotgun Supreme! • Sportsman • Triple Barrels!
- Rocket Launchers
• Bazooka • Dispatch • Launcher • Spread
- SMG – Avenger
- SMG – Infection Cleaner
|Pistols||Pine Fresh||Red Hot||Energizing||Disinfecting|
|Shotguns||Spring Time||Sunny||Blue Light||Boosted|
- Tediore launchers with Bandit grip always receieve the Multi-Use prefix even when elemental capacitor is present.
|Accessory Effect||Pistols||SMGs||Shotguns||Rocket Launchers|
|Fire rate +||Peppy||-||-||Bustling|
|Projectile count +||-||-||Gentle||-|
|Bullet speed +||-||Brisk||Original||-|
|Reload speed +||-||Refill||Basic||Stocking|
|Weapon swap speed +||-||-||-||Swapper's|
|Magazine size +||Jam Packed||-||Extra Large||Bonus|
|Double mod||Two for One||-||-||-|
|General boost||-||-||New and Improved||-|
Gun Appearance by Quality
- White weapons
White-quality Tediore weaponry is sun-bleached grey or white with occasional areas of faded blue remaining. Many, if not all, white Tediore weapons have a large white "Tediore" decal stamped on the side.
- Green weapons
Green-quality Tediore weaponry seems to be made mostly out of a yellow/beige plastic or metal, with red in some places on certain weapons. Many green Tediore weapons have a large brown "Tediore" decal stamped on the side. It is also possible for these guns simply to have a small decal located near the sights of the gun.
- Blue weapons
Blue-quality Tediore weaponry seems to be made out of a combination of a dark purple plastic or metal along with a woven sky blue material that resembles carbon-fiber. These weapons usually have a small yellow Tediore decal that is present on both sides of the weapon, located towards the back of the gun's sights.
- Purple weapons
Purple-quality Tediore weaponry seems to be made out of a combination of a dark purple plastic or metal along with a woven dark purple material that resembles carbon-fiber. These weapons usually have a small blue Tediore decal that is present on only the left side of the weapon, located towards the back of the gun's sights.
- Gemstone weapons
Tediore weaponry with the prefix "Cubic Zerconia¹" resemble other purple weapons, in that parts of them seem to be made out of a dark woven material. However, instead of dark purple metal, the other parts of these weapons are made of a bluish-white crystalline material. This material appears to reflect light, similar to the materials of other manufacturers' gem prefix weapons. This appearance cannot be found in rocket launchers or E-tech weaponry.
- Legendary weapons
Most of Tediore's Legendary weapons vary in appearance, although most being made from some type of reinforced plastic with the gun's individual paint and pattern. The only exception is the Gunerang, which resembles an indigenous Australian boomerang with black matte paint in places.
- Seraph weapons
The two seraph shotguns (Retcher and Omen) appear to be made from pale-blue and silver light-absorbent carbon fiber and soft metals. All of Tediore's Seraph weapons have been E-tech variants of a Splatgun shotgun.
- Pearlescent weapons
Avenger, being the only Tediore pearlescent, has the same skin of that of a purple-tier weapon, with the submachine gun having it's body made out of a woven dark purple material that resembles carbon-fiber.
In Borderlands 2, Tediore weaponry is still known for its quick reload speeds, although their firearms do not require a physical reload. Instead, Tediore has introduced a new digistruct system for their guns and made every single weapon they manufacture to be disposable. When a Tediore gun runs out of ammo, the weapon is thrown away and promptly explodes. A new weapon is then immediately digistructed in the user's waiting hands.
This means that any ammo which was loaded into the weapon is also lost if the gun is reloaded before its magazine is empty, but the power of the explosion is also proportional to the amount of ammo left inside the gun. Rocket launchers are an exception to this: they will not consume extra ammo on reload, only enough to replenish shots actually fired. The reload damage not only scale with the ammo thrown away, but also with grenade damage, which make Tediore weapons most effective on characters focusing on it.
This may mean that even though Tediore weapons are known for their mediocre qualities and that the character loses ammo left inside the gun when manually reloading, they may be utilized by Gunzerkers with ammo regeneration abilities to quickly deal out massive amounts of damage in combination with their action skill. In addition, Tediore shotguns also get their effective range drastically increased, as throwing the shotgun at enemies at medium distance is much more effective than traditional shooting.
- "Cheap, reliable, lightweight, and incredibly fast reload speeds; Tediore makes an easy-to-use gun." (Marcus Kincaid, Borderlands)
- "If you're on a budget, Tediore is always the way to go." (Marcus Kincaid, Borderlands)
- "Money is tight. Times are bad. You need a gun. Go the Tediore way."
- "Tediore - Because Breaking your enemies shouldn't break your bank." (Radio Ad in Borderlands 2)
- "Hi! The Tediore corporation would like to tell you that for the cost of one Hyperion pistol, you could own three Tediore submachine guns. That's nearly THREE TIMES as many! Who needs fancy elemental tech or high damage when you can reload faster than you can blink? Order now, and you'll receive the Tediore Family Pack -- three shotguns, four assault rifles, and a teeny-tiny rocket launcher for the kids. Makes a great gift!" (Radio Ad in Borderlands 2)
- "Mrs. Tediore here! I'm not going to tell you that spending exorbitant amounts of money on weapons with silly features like elemental tech or increased damage will break the bank, leaving you so poor you're incapable of buying food, shelter, or medicine when you need it most, to the point where your desire for excessive personal protection ironically results in your own death. I'd never say that! I'm simply here to suggest that Tediore's weapons are so cheap, that you could easily buy an entire arsenal and still have enough money left over to, say, buy a car! Buy a house! Not starve to death! Tediore: because breaking your enemies shouldn't break the bank." (Radio Ad in Borderlands 2)
- Like rocket launchers, when Tediore weaponry explodes, the explosion always does elemental damage according to the element of the gun to enemies and/or the character. If the weapon has no element, then the explosion does explosive elemental damage.
- When reloading a Tediore rocket launcher, instead of tossing the weapon in the normal arc, the rocket launcher will launch itself in the direction faced when the reload animation begins. After approximately one second of flight time the thrown rocket launcher will begin to deviate randomly off course. This can make hitting distant targets with the reload more difficult.
- While playing as Zer0, reloading a Tediore weapon will not break Decepti0n, allowing you to weaken an enemy with a reload before finishing it off with another attack.
- Due to the high damage of the reload throw it can often be beneficial for characters to keep a spare Tediore gun of a weapon class they rarely use. That way they can put the surplus ammo of that category to good use.
- Interestingly, Tediore's purple-rarity rocket launchers will use the same material as their blue-rarity counterparts instead of the black material shared with Tediore's other purple weapons.
- In Borderlands 2, Tediore weapons have a somewhat more futuristic quality to them; this heavily relies on their squarish, boxy and compact designs. This also applies to weapon sights, which are often rectangular or square in appearance. This aesthetic for the scope can increase accuracy, as it provides a view that isolates the environment, allowing focus on a main enemy.
- Although somewhat rare, certain Tediore purple-rarity pistols are equipped with a laser module.
- Tediore weapon sights all carry the same aesthetic; rocket launcher sights are vertically titled and possess an elongated rectangular shape, pistol sights are short, rectangular scopes with a small metal protrusion, shotgun sights are equally boxy with a rounded end, and submachine gun sights have a squarish sight with a corresponding scope on the end; this produces a rectangular shape when zoomed in.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
- Pistols – Shooterang
- SMGs – IVF
- Rocket launchers – Kaneda's Laser
- Lasers – Laser Disker • Min Min Lighter
Class mods – Factory Second
Weapon prefixes remain generally the same as in Borderlands 2 with a few changes:
Weapons without weapon accessory but with cryo elemental capacitor have prefixes listed below.
- Only exception to this are rocket launchers with Bandit grip which always receive the Multi-Use prefix even with elemental capacitor present.
Laser weapons prefixes are listed in this table.
As before, Tediore weapons are thrown and explode like grenades when reloaded. However, lasers behave differently when reloaded: they deal shock damage (regardless of weapon element) to nearby enemies in a manner similar to Tesla Grenades while in flight before exploding for elemental damage of the same element as the weapon itself.
- "Tediore! For the budget-conscious masses."
- "Tediore! Reloading is so passé!"
- "Tediore! Because who has time to reload?"
- "Tediore! Mayhem on a budget!"
Tediore retains its gimmick of disposable guns with quick reloads, with new guns being digistructed in the user's hand. Their mediocre stats have been further reduced, especially on their submachine guns and pistols, making them perform notably worse compared to other companies. However, their reload throws have been heavily expanded, with a variety of delivery methods. With the correct modules, reload thrown Tediore guns will put out significantly more damage than being fired as a typical firearm, and some can even perform as room-clearing tools through the use of homing MIRVs or walking turrets. The explosions of Tediore weapons will now match the element carried by the weapon, with very few exceptions (i.e. The Boo).
Like in Borderlands 2, Tediore guns are crafted from cheap plastic, with higher rarity versions being made of fiberglass. Some models may feature an ammo counter. Tediore guns do not have a magazine part - instead, different parts on the weapon can increase its magazine capacity.
As an added aesthetic, Tediore firearms have firing sounds reminiscent of guns in 8-bit games. This becomes more prominent the more the gun is emptied, and ends with a short "depleted" sound effect. Thrown Tediore occasionally produce glitchy sound effects, and they will also vocalize with voice clips, with bouncing modules making short pain noises, and leg modules taunting enemies.
Tediore no longer manufactures rocket launchers in Borderlands 3.
The effect of discarded Tediore weapons have been expanded.
All Tediores spawn with one module, which affects how the reloaded weapon acts:
- Tediore module
The discarded weapon is thrown forwards and explodes upon impact or after a certain amount of time.
- Leg module
The discarded weapon spawn legs and can walk around for some time before exploding. When an enemy is spotted, the weapon will jump at them and explode.
- Homing module
The discarded weapon flies around and homes in on the enemy for an explosion.
- Bouncing module
The discarded weapon bounces in a manner similar to rubberized grenades before exploding.
Additional accessories can also spawn which provide additional effects on top of the modules found on all Tediores:
- MIRV Accessory
Found on some Sureshots, Keenfires, and Everblasts, the reloaded weapon will spawn 3-5 MIRVs after detonating.
- Homing and Bouncing Modules will apply their abilities only to the spawned MIRVs.
- Target Accessory
Found on some Deadshots, Kill-O-Matics, and Powerblasts, the reloaded weapon can be shot to prematurely detonate it, resulting in a more powerful explosion with a larger blast radius.
- Erratic Shooting Accessory
Found on some Quickshots, Excellerators, and Fastblasts, the reloaded weapon will shoot while in flight.
- If this is paired with the Leg module, the reloaded weapon will function like a turret once it lands and can target enemies until it runs out of ammo, after which it jumps into the enemy.
- Elemental Puddle
Found on all Lurkshots, Gibberguns, and Elderblasts, the reloaded weapon leaves a puddle matching its element upon detonating which damages anything that enters it.
- Rocket Stock
Possible on all Tediores, the reloaded weapon stabilizes shortly after being thrown, then accelerates to a high flight speed.
• Deadshot • Lurkshot • Quickshot • Sureshot
- Submachine guns
• Excellerator • Gibbergun • Keenfire • Kill-O-Matic
• Elderblast • Everblast • Fastblast • Powerblast
- Pistols – Baby Maker • Bangarang • Gunerang • Scorpio XL • S3RV-80S-EXECUTE
- Submachine guns – Long Musket • Smart-Gun XXL • Ten Gallon
- Shotguns – Shotgun • Creeping Death • Flama Diddle • Polybius • Superstreamer • The Horizon
- Chocolate Thunder • ECHO-2 • Fungus Among Us • Cheddar Shredder • Fastball • Firestorm • Hunter-Seeker • Quasar • Storm Front • Widowmaker
- This is fun!
- Thank you!
- It's me!
- I! Soar!
- Time for kill!
- What is it to live?
- You will die! YOU. WILL. DIE.
- Here come dat boi!
- I am unleashed!
- You will not survive!
- To live? To die.
- Shooty time!
- DIE DIE DIE DIE.
- Penis penis penis penis penis penis.
- Gonna do a big shoot.
- Blood. I want blood.
- Kiss me!
- Accept your fate!
- I fight for the user!
- Enemy spotted!
- Several of the reloaded weapon's spoken lines in Borderlands 3 are references:
- In Borderlands 2, it is revealed through radio advertisements that the company founder/main advertiser is Mrs. Tediore.
- The ex-chairman of Tediore was called Aaron Linde. This was made canon by Handsome Jack on the Echocasts twitter account [source].
- On radio broadcasts of Borderlands 2, it is implied that Tediore does make assault rifles as part of a "Tediore Family Pack".