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The Bee is a Legendary Amplify Shield made by Hyperion in Borderlands 2. The Bee is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Hunter Hellquist located in Arid Nexus - Boneyard.

Special Weapon Effects

Float like a butterfly... - Large amount of Amp shot damage, 0 Amp Shot Drain. Lowered shield capacity.

Usage & Description

The Bee, while having low shield capacity and a fairly long recharge delay, gives extraordinary amp damage with zero shield drain per shot. This effectively provides endless amp damage until the user takes damage from an outside source. Because The Bee applies the amp damage bonus to every shot, it can be best exploited in conjunction with high rate of fire weapons or weapons that fire multiple projectiles.

Notes

  • The Bee can be extremely powerful. Amp damage affects every round, including every pellet in weapons like shotguns. For example, using Maggie, total damage roughly comes to (50k amp + 5k pellet) x 6 pellets, resulting in 330,000 damage per shot. (Pre-balancing)
  • The Bee also applies a damage bonus for every round remaining in a Tediore weapon when it is reloaded. This can result in a high-quality SMG dealing several million damage on impact.
  • Randy Pitchford has indicated on Twitter that there are plans to nerf The Bee at some point in the future, though no alteration has been made as of yet.
  • The Bee also affect vehicle's gun and MG damage, but not sawblades, rockets, or explosive barrel.
  • The Bee has been balanced as of Patch 1.2.0, decreasing its effectiveness.

Trivia

  • The weapon's flavor text is a reference to Muhammad Ali, who described his fighting style as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
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