The Cradle is a legendary standard shield manufactured by Tediore in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

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.

Special Shield Effects 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".
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