For the legendary shield in Borderlands 2, see The Transformer (Borderlands 2).

The Transformer is a legendary absorb shield in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Hyperion.
It is obtained from the mission It's Alive located in Desolation's Edge, on Nekrotafeyo. Also, The Transformer is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Queen Ant Wanette located in The Splinterlands on Pandora.

Special Shield Effects

There's more than your eye can see – 100% shock damage to shield-charge conversion, and 40% projectile absorption. All parts are fixed.

Usage & Description

The Transformer's defining trait is its ability to absorb shock damage and use this to replenish itself. This offers an unusual tactical advantage, not only against shock damage enemies but also in mixed enemy compositions where some deal shock damage. In such circumstances, it can be beneficial to target any shock damage enemies last in order to exploit their damage output as an ad hoc source of healing. Under such circumstances, sustained shock damage can offset other incoming damage and allow a Vault Hunter to weather fire from multiple sources without the need to evade.

Of note, the Transformer can also convert self-inflicted Shock damage into Shields, which can be particularly useful to quickly restore shields.

As an absorb shield with a high absorption chance of 40%, the Transformer also helps to maintain ammunition levels during protracted fights.


  • The Transformer will still receive base damage from electrified attacks. For example, an electrified bullet will have its shock effect nullified, but the bullet itself will still deal damage.
  • The Transformer is highly effective against Killavolt, as nearly all of his attacks rely on shock damage. In addition, the character will also be immune to the electrified tiles in Killavolt's arena.
  • The Transformer does not synergize with the Elemental Projector artifact while the character is electrocuted.


  • The Transformer is a returning legendary shield from Borderlands 2 but as a Hyperion product instead of Vladof.
    • Unlike the previous iteration, all parts are fixed.
  • The flavor text is a reference to the Transformers franchise. 
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