For the unique shotgun in Borderlands 2, see Tidal Wave.

The Tidal Wave is a legendary shotgun in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Jakobs. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from The Holy Dumptruck located in The Droughts on Pandora.

Special Weapon Effects

Flee the wave, dude! – Fires 2 rows of 6 slow moving projectiles in a wave pattern that ricochets off of surfaces for 5 seconds then dissipates if it does not hit an enemy.

Usage & Description

The Tidal Wave boasts extremely high damage as well as increased critical hit damage. A point blank critical hit is enough to kill almost any enemy in a single shot. However, the slow projectile speed and wide spread make it unsuitable for long or even medium range combat.


  • The weapon shares its special effect with T.K's Wave but differs in the number of projectiles fired.
  • The weapon can sometimes be found as a blue rarity shotgun. This isn't permanent as the weapon's legendary rarity is restored by quitting to the main menu and reloading the character.


  • The Tidal Wave is a returning weapon from Borderlands 2 but as a legendary weapon instead of unique.
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