For the Lawbringer skill, see Rough Rider.
The Rough Rider
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Manufacturer: Jakobs
Model: The Rough Rider
Game: Borderlands 2
Special Part(s):
[The Rough Rider Variants]

The Rough Rider is a unique shield manufactured by Jakobs. The Rough Rider can be obtained as a rare drop from The Bulwark in Hunter's Grotto.

Special Shield Effects

It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. – 0 shield capacity. Increases resistance to all damage types by 20%. Increases maximum health.

Usage & Description

The Rough Rider's notable trait is that it has 0 shield capacity, offset by a damage resistance and health boost. Its damage modification and health-boosting helps out a defensive/regenerative build (including but not limited to - a character using Miss Moxxi guns, Transfusion grenades, a Zer0 build focusing around Resurgence, or a Krieg build utilizing the Mania tree.)

A character equipped with the Rough Rider will benefit from all talents which activate "when shields are depleted" until they equip a different shield, but all talents and bonuses which activate when shields are full will not apply as long as the Rough Rider is equipped.


  • Fearless is always active
  • Grim loses utility
  • A Sniper class mod will prevent "when shields are depleted" effects from triggering


  • If an effect subtracts from shield capacity, such as a Raider class mod, skills that activate "when shields are depleted" are prevented from triggering. This is because total capacity is considered negative while those abilities are triggered at 0 capacity.
  • Technically, The Rough Rider has 100 shield capacity that is permanently drained. This inactive capacity is viewable when using a Med Vendor.
  • Effects requiring shields to be full can be still be used with some characters by using a class mod that boosts shield capacity by a specific amount (for example, Zer0's Professional class mod), making this shield somewhat more useful.


  • The Rough Rider is the only shield to be permanently drained.
    • This is the only shield manufactured by Jakobs.
    • The Rough Rider shares Turtle Shields' body shape, which have high capacity and reduced max health. However, it functions in the opposite way; it has no capacity but increases health and damage resistance.
  • The shield's name and red text quote refer to President Theodore Roosevelt, founder of the military group the "Rough Riders", and the "Bull Moose" political party. After being shot, he spoke publicly saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose."
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