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For the class mod in Borderlands 2, see Warrior (class mod).

The Warrior is the final boss of Borderlands 2. It is a biological Eridian superweapon lying dormant on Pandora. It resides within a Vault in the northern reaches of the planet, and can be controlled through the use of the Vault Key.

The Warrior is a colossal beast made of hard rock and lava, with four legs, two arms, a pair of wings, and a long tail that can fire a laser of slag energy. Sharp teeth and claws give it an overall predatory appearance. It uses its wings to bear it aloft, although it is unclear whether this achieves actual flight or simply aids in leaping through the area.

Background

Within the Eridian tomb explored in the Borderlands 3 quest The Demon in the Dark, an Eridian glyph elaborates on the origins of the Warrior- in the course of Pandora's creation as a prison for the Destroyer, an unknown group[1] attempted to "appease" the Destroyer by attacking Pandora. However, the Warrior was made by its creators beforehand, and fought off the invaders. Upon quelling the attempted coup, the Eridians ordered it to return to its slumber. The last lines of the glyph's recording says that it will wake in response to those who would disturb Pandora's peace.

Involvement

After defeating the Empyrean Sentinel, and opening Elpis's Vault, Handsome Jack intended to utilize the Warrior to cleanse Pandora of its bandit population and bring order to the planet. The Crimson Raiders are intent on stopping Jack from waking it, though they fail, and the Vault Hunters instead defeat the Warrior.

Appearances

Strategy

Main article: The Talon of God

Notes

  • It is possible to earn Second Winds from destroying its chest but not from killing the Warrior itself.
  • The Warrior has an increased chance to drop the legendary Conference Call shotgun, Impaler shield, Flakker shotgun, Leech grenade mod, Handsome Jack's Mask (class specific), and the Volcano sniper rifle.
    • When killed during the story mission, it has a significantly increased chance to drop one of them from the second lootsplosion after calling the moonshot.
  • When first fought during the story, the Warrior will erupt in an erratic lootsplosion then collapse, dropping mostly white-rarity items, and a moonshot is required to defeat it entirely, after which the second lootsplosion occurs, launching any high-quality items all over the place. This includes the legendary within its loot pool, should it drop that item.
    • It is possible for loot to fall into lava and become unobtainable.
    • In subsequent fights, there is no need to call a moonshot, as shortly after its collapse, the warrior will explode automatically.
  • The Flakker's drop rate was changed to 100% on day 30 of the Borderlands 2 $100,000 Loot Hunt.

Trivia

  • The Warrior shares several physical features with native Pandora fauna, such as a bifurcated jaw.
  • In the Holodome Onslaught DLC, Gaige mentions that "We killed the f**k out of that thing" when asked about the Warrior.

References

  1. Later explained in The Worlds of Borderlands to be a rebel faction of Eridians.
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