In Borderlands 2, The Cradle is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Henry located in The Highlands. In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Cradle is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.
...to the grave. – When depleted, the shield is tossed in a similar fashion to Tediore weapons to cause an explosion but also releases an explosive nova. Reduced capacity and increased recharge rate.
Usage and Description
Kills made with this shield count toward the Boomerbang challenge.
The Cradle's nova damage is boosted by grenade damage bonuses.
As the Cradle's nova does not scale properly, a level 50 version will only deal about ~5,000 damage, making it only effective in low-level modes.
The Cradle's name and flavor text come from the saying, "From the cradle to the grave", which in this case, refers to the shield's disposable aspect once depleted.
The Cradle is one of four weapons and items in Borderlands 2 to have unique white flavor text, with the other three being the Fibber, the Mongol, and the Unforgiven.
The Cradle's name results in grammatically incorrect names for variants that spawn with an elemental bonus as the prefix is placed before the "the" instead of "Cradle". A blast proof variant is listed as "Blast Proof The Cradle" when the correct version should be "The Blast Proof Cradle".