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The Once and Future Slab is a story mission in Borderlands 2 given by Roland. The mission is performed, starting at Sanctuary and continuing in Thousand Cuts locations.


"With the first obstacle to Control Core Angel accounted for, Roland has turned your attention to the second obstacle: a big-ass Hyperion defense bunker.
Roland feels you need the help of a local bandit leader, the Slab King, to destroy this bunker. The Slab King can be found in Thousand Cuts, but be careful though he hates Jack as much as anyone, his men won't exactly welcome you with open arms."



  • Take Roland's note
  • Go to Thousand Cuts
  • Survive initiation
  • Deliver note
  • Follow Brick
  • Destroy mortar beacons: 0/3


Upon reaching Thousand Cuts, the Vault Hunter is greeted by numerous bandits as well as buzzards. The buzzards provide a frequent source of harassment that causes a negative impact on shield recharge and are therefore a priority target. The section right before Brokeface Bridge often has a few badasses and goliaths. Goliaths are particularly useful if their helmets are shot off, allowing Vault Hunters to pass while they fight other enemies. Eliminating all opposition is not mandatory, as enemies outside will not follow into the king's stronghold.

Once inside, the Slab King takes the Vault Hunter as new a recruit and sends in a welcoming party: a 4-5 wave bandit assault. The King will not intervene in the fight and is accompanied by 2 passive Badass Goliaths, which will join the fight either when their helmets are shot off or during the last wave. Common bandits will appear, which are all easily dispatched with incendiary weapons. Occasionally, a Goliath can spawn, which can be used to distract the bandits. Alternatively, Vault Hunters can choose to enrage the Badass Goliaths early and dupe them into fighting other bandits, which can potentially finish all waves with minimal effort.

The Slab King reveals himself as Brick once the Vault Hunter has survived the initiation, and inducts them into his Slab gang.

After Brick agrees to help Roland, Handsome Jack launches a surprise mortar attack on the Slabs, along with loaders. To halt Jack's attack on Thousand Cuts, the Vault Hunter and Brick must destroy the mortar beacons guiding the mortars. Upon approaching each mortar beacon, red targets appear where a mortar will soon strike. Brick approaches each mortar beacon in turn and breaks the shield, leaving them vulnerable to gunfire. Each destroyed beacon will unleash progressively tougher waves of loaders. Brick is invincible and can do massive melee damage to every enemy, so Vault Hunters should mostly leave the fight to him, though beware he doesn't distract enemies well.


"With the Slab bandit clan on your side, destroying the Hyperion bunker that defends Control Core Angel should be relatively easy. Emphasis on "should."

Turn In: Roland

Mission Transcript[]

Main article: The Once and Future Slab/Transcript


  • Mission item - Roland's Note: Roland has asked you to deliver this note to the Slab King.
  • Brick's dialogue during the bandit assault waves will trigger when the bandits die in any way. This can cause his compliments to play even without the Vault Hunters killing his men, such as via goliaths.


  • Roland's note reads: "IOU One world saved -B" (Can be seen by standing close to it.) It can be roughly translated to "I owe you one world saved Brick".
  • The title of the mission is a reference to the 1485 book Le Morte d'Arthur and the claim of the inscription on the tomb of King Arthur being "Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus", popularly translated as "Here lies Arthur, the once and future king."

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