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Found in the stats boxes of guns are sometimes cryptic or humorous messages. These lines indicate a certain effect on the gun. Several decoded messages are as follows in alphabetical order:
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Found in the stats boxes of guns are sometimes cryptic or humorous messages. These lines indicate a certain effect on the gun. Several decoded messages are as follows in alphabetical order:
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*'''2 More Bullets Makes All The Difference '''- Fires 5 round burst instead of standard 3 round burst [Combat Rifles]
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*'''A beast of many forms - Fire, Lightning, and Poison. '''- Bullets alternate between the 3 elemental damage types on every shot. [Revolvers]
*2 More Bullets Makes All The Difference - Fires 5 round burst instead of standard 3 round burst [Combat Rifles]
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*'''A Gift from Papa Krom '''- Fires a three-shot burst when aiming. [Repeater Pistols]
*A beast of many forms - Fire, Lightning, and Poison. - Bullets alternate between the 3 elemental damage types on every shot. [Revolvers]
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*'''A hunter lives among the stars... '''- Chance to do Random Shock Damage in vicinity of user when fired. [Sniper Rifles]
*A Gift from Papa Krom - Fires a three-shot burst when aiming. [Repeater Pistols]
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*'''Aim for the Sniper '''- Better accuracy while scoped. [Shotguns]
*A hunter lives among the stars... - Chance to do Random Shock Damage in vicinity of user when fired. [Sniper Rifles]
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*'''A Lead Wind Blows... '''- Fires two bullets per one ammo [SMGs]
*Aim for the Sniper - Better accuracy while scoped. [Shotguns]
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*'''Ammo is no longer an issue. '''- Regenerates Ammo [Repeater Pistols]
*A Lead Wind Blows... - Fires two bullets per one ammo [SMGs]
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*'''BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM! '''- While scoped, a five round burst. [Sniper Rifles]
*Ammo is no longer an issue. - Regenerates Ammo [Repeater Pistols]
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*'''Be Careful Not to Drop It... Might Lose A Toe '''- +100% Melee Damage. [Repeater Pistols]
*BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM! - While scoped, a five round burst. [Sniper Rifles]
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*'''Beware The Horde '''- Once fired, one rocket becomes several. The longer the rockets travel, the more they split, which can lead to 20+ rockets for a single shot! [Rocket Launchers] (Sort of like a MIRV warhead.)
*Be Careful Not to Drop It... Might Lose A Toe - +100% Melee Damage. [Repeater Pistols]
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*'''Big Tony says "Hi"''' - Massive Magazine. [Repeater Pistols]
*Beware The Horde - Once fired, one rocket becomes several. The longer the rockets travel, the more they split, which can lead to 20+ rockets for a single shot! [Rocket Launchers] (Sort of like a MIRV warhead.)
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*'''Bring Out Your Dead '''- x4 Corrosion [Shotguns] (Reference to the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
*Big Tony says "Hi" - Massive Magazine. [Repeater Pistols]
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*'''Bring The HEAT!''' - Incendiary Rounds [Revolvers/Repeater Pistols]
*Bring Out Your Dead - x4 Corrosion [Shotguns] (Reference to the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
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*'''Cross Their Heart, Hope They Die''' - Spread follows a cross-shaped pattern. [Shotguns]
*Bring The HEAT! - Incendiary Rounds [Revolvers/Repeater Pistols]
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*'''Drop the Hammer '''- Chance to cause massive damage [Shotguns]
*Cross Their Heart, Hope They Die - Spread follows a cross-shaped pattern. [Shotguns]
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*'''Fast Hands '''- Super fast reload
*Drop the Hammer - Chance to cause massive damage [Shotguns]
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*'''Five Heads of Death''' - Each shot fires five tightly-grouped bursts, spaced out along a horizontal path. (Example) [Shotguns]
*Fast Hands - Super fast reload
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*'''Fools! They call me maaaad!''' - Bullets zig-zag when fired, and ricochet. [Revolvers]
*Five Heads of Death - Each shot fires five tightly-grouped bursts, spaced out along a horizontal path. (Example) [Shotguns]
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*'''For the Mother Land '''- 10x Grenade damage. [Sniper Rifles]. (Reference to the Battle of Stalingrad during World War 2 in which the Soviet's use of snipers and hand grenades was crucial to their victory).
*Fools! They call me maaaad! - Bullets zig-zag when fired, and ricochet. [Revolvers]
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*'''Give Sick. '''- High chance for Corrosive damage; effect has a chance to transfer to nearby enemies.
*For the Mother Land - 10x Grenade damage. [Sniper Rifles]. (Reference to the Battle of Stalingrad during World War 2 in which the Soviet's use of snipers and hand grenades was crucial to their victory).
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*'''Gonna cook someone today '''- Creates small nuclear explosion when fired. [Rocket Launchers]
*Give Sick. - High chance for Corrosive damage; effect has a chance to transfer to nearby enemies.
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*'''Guns of the Revolution never fall silent.''' - Massive Magazine. [Combat Rifles]
*Gonna cook someone today - Creates small nuclear explosion when fired. [Rocket Launchers]
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*'''Hallelujah! '''- Regenerates Ammo [SMGs]
*Guns of the Revolution never fall silent. - Massive Magazine. [Combat Rifles]
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*'''Have A Nice Day''' - Shots create a 'smiley-face' pattern.
*Hallelujah! - Regenerates Ammo [SMGs]
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*'''Hold Your Ground... Forever '''- Regenerates Ammo [Combat Rifles]
*Have A Nice Day - Shots create a 'smiley-face' pattern.
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*'''Holy Crap, It Shoots Rockets! '''- shoots rockets intermittently while firing. [Shotguns] (Uses the weapon's ammo type, not actual rockets)
*Hold Your Ground... Forever - Regenerates Ammo [Combat Rifles]
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*'''I Can Do This All Day... '''- Regenerates Ammo [Shotguns]
*Holy Crap, It Shoots Rockets! - shoots rockets intermittently while firing. [Shotguns] (Uses the weapon's ammo type, not actual rockets)
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*'''"I feel like I'm gonna break this thing."''' - Slower walking speed while held; Causes Massive Shock Damage [Alien Rifles/Eridian] (Reference to the movie 'Men In Black'; Specifically, the ridiculously-powerful miniature handgun, 'The Noisy Cricket')
*I Can Do This All Day... - Regenerates Ammo [Shotguns]
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*'''I Have You In My Eye, Sir '''(Massive Zoom, Seen on a white sniper rifle)
*"I feel like I'm gonna break this thing." - Slower walking speed while held; Causes Massive Shock Damage [Alien Rifles/Eridian] (Reference to the movie 'Men In Black'; Specifically, the ridiculously-powerful miniature handgun, 'The Noisy Cricket')
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*'''Invade your skull.''' - While scoped, fires the entire clip in one burst. [Repeater Pistols]
*I Have You In My Eye Sir (Massive Zoom, Seen on a white sniper rifle)
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*'''I spy with my little eye...''' - Massive zoom [SMG]
*Invade your skull. - While scoped, fires the entire clip in one burst. [Repeater Pistols]
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*'''It Rises! '''- Rockets have an arced trajectory. [Rocket Launchers]
*I spy with my little eye... - Massive zoom [SMG]
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*'''It's a Helluvah Thing '''- Speculated to have some knockback effect.
*It Rises! - Rockets have an arced trajectory. [Rocket Launchers]
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*'''Lightning never strikes the same place twice, but it can strike freaking everywhere! '''- Area-of-Effect Shock [Alien Rifles/Eridian]
*It's a Helluvah Thing - Speculated to have some knockback effect.
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*'''Makes Their Brain Hurt '''- Each shot fires a shotgun-like burst. [Sniper Rifles]
*Lightning never strikes the same place twice, but it can strike freaking everywhere! - Area-of-Effect Shock [Alien Rifles/Eridian]
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*'''Monster Kill! '''- Fires several rockets simultaneously with each trigger pull. [Rocket Launchers] (Still only uses one ammo per shot.)
*Makes Their Brain Hurt - Each shot fires a shotgun-like burst. [Sniper Rifles]
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*'''May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won't.''' - [Revolvers] (quote from Gen. George S. Patton, WWII general)
*Monster Kill! - Fires several rockets simultaneously with each trigger pull. [Rocket Launchers] (Still only uses one ammo per shot.)
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*'''Never Stop Shooting '''- Regenerates ammo [Repeater Pistols]
*May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won't. [Revolvers] (quote from Gen. George S. Patton, WWII general)
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*'''Omnia vincit amor '''- 100% critcal damage bonus.
*Never Stop Shooting - Regenerates ammo [Repeater Pistols]
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*'''One Bad Dog '''- Massive Magazine. [Shotguns]
*Omnia vincit amor - 100% critcal damage bonus.
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*'''Pele needs a sacrifice!''' - Massive Fire Damage.
*One Bad Dog - Massive Magazine. [Shotguns]
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*'''PEWPEWPEW''' - Has a chance to home in on your target
*Pele needs a sacrifice! - Massive Fire Damage.
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*'''Ride the Wave, Dude!''' - Bullets follow a wave pattern up and down as they go out from the gun [Shotgun]
*PEWPEWPEW - Has a chance to home in on your target
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*'''Sniper Killer... Qu'est que c'est''' - Fully Automatic. [Sniper Rifles] (Reference to the song Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads, the lyrics are "Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?" The phrase is French, Un ami, qu'est-ce que c'est?)
*Ride the Wave, Dude! - Bullets follow a wave pattern up and down as they go out from the gun [Shotgun]
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*'''Sniper Rifles are for Chumps.''' - High Accuracy; Tight Pellet Spread [Shotguns]
*Sniper Killer... Qu'est que c'est - Fully Automatic. [Sniper Rifles] (Reference to the song Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads, the lyrics are "Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?" The phrase is French, Un ami, qu'est-ce que c'est?)
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*'''Sometimes, I Forget To Reload '''- unlimited Magazine/ammo
*Sniper Rifles are for Chumps. - High Accuracy; Tight Pellet Spread [Shotguns]
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*'''The All-Seeing Eye.''' - Massive Weapon Zoom. [Combat Rifles]
*Sometimes, I Forget To Reload - unlimited Magazine/ammo
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*'''The Cutting Edge '''- Shots have a chance to ignore shields.
*The All-Seeing Eye. - Massive Weapon Zoom. [Combat Rifles]
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*'''The Destructor has come.''' - While scoped, fires the entire clip in one burst. [Combat Rifles] (Reference to the movie Ghost Busters; Specially a quote from the character "Gozer the Gozerian")
*The Cutting Edge - Shots have a chance to ignore shields.
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*'''The ultimate close quarters feline. '''- Bullets follow a spiral path when fired. [SMGs]
*The Destructor has come. - While scoped, fires the entire clip in one burst. [Combat Rifles] (Reference to the movie Ghost Busters; Specially a quote from the character "Gozer the Gozerian")
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*'''Unending Firepower '''- Ammo is unlimited, it spends when you fire, but instantly regenerates
*The ultimate close quarters feline. - Bullets follow a spiral path when fired. [SMGs]
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*'''Unrelenting Firepower '''- Regenerates ammo [Revolvers]
*Unending Firepower - Ammo is unlimited, it spends when you fire, but instantly regenerates
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*'''The Unstoppable Force! '''- Rockets periodically explode in mid-flight. [Rocket Launchers] (Note the rocket continues traveling to hit its mark, regardless of how many times it explodes in flight.)
*Unrelenting Firepower - Regenerates ammo [Revolvers]
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*'''Walk It Off '''- Chance to score a Critical Hit on an enemy's legs. [Sniper rifles]
*The Unstoppable Force! - Rockets periodically explode in mid-flight. [Rocket Launchers] (Note the rocket continues traveling to hit its mark, regardless of how many times it explodes in flight.)
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*'''War is in your blood''' - Massive Magazine. [Combat Rifles]
*Walk It Off - Chance to score a Critical Hit on an enemy's legs. [Sniper rifles]
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*'''Why Don't You Go Shoot Yourself An Elephant?''' - Massive Damage; No Scope [Sniper Rifles]
*War is in your blood - Massive Magazine. [Combat Rifles]
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*'''We Don't Need No Water...''' - x4 Fire [SMG]
*Why Don't You Go Shoot Yourself An Elephant? - Massive Damage; No Scope [Sniper Rifles]
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*'''Your Move, Creep''' - Fires a three-round burst per one ammo [Repeater Pistols] (References the movie Robocop; the clue is one of the character's catchphrases, and the three-round burst is indicative of his signature sidearm, the Auto-9)
*We Don't Need No Water... - x4 Fire [SMG]
 
*Your Move, Creep - Fires a three-round burst per one ammo [Repeater Pistols] (References the movie Robocop; the clue is one of the character's catchphrases, and the three-round burst is indicative of his signature sidearm, the Auto-9)
 
   
 
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"You won't last long here, not without help, not without guns... a hell of a lot of guns." — Helena Pierce, Borderlands debut trailer

According to Gearbox, there are over 17 million 500 thousand different variations of weapons, as of release. The game uses a procedural process to generate its various guns in certain classes, such as handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and more, but with many variations of firing speed, reload speed, damage type and more.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to determine the basics of a weapon without having to pick it up and open an inventory screen. When you approach a weapon on the ground, a small holographic window appears above it that displays information such as weapon type (shotgun, assault rifle, sniper rifle, etc.), damage type (static, incendiary, caustic, etc.), monetary value, as well as the weapon's rarity using a color coding system.

If a human enemy is carrying a special weapon that they drop upon their death, they will wield it against the player. Otherwise they use a default weapon for their enemy type.

The different types of weapons are these:

Effects

Found in the stats boxes of guns are sometimes cryptic or humorous messages. These lines indicate a certain effect on the gun. Several decoded messages are as follows in alphabetical order:

  • 2 More Bullets Makes All The Difference - Fires 5 round burst instead of standard 3 round burst [Combat Rifles]
  • A beast of many forms - Fire, Lightning, and Poison. - Bullets alternate between the 3 elemental damage types on every shot. [Revolvers]
  • A Gift from Papa Krom - Fires a three-shot burst when aiming. [Repeater Pistols]
  • A hunter lives among the stars... - Chance to do Random Shock Damage in vicinity of user when fired. [Sniper Rifles]
  • Aim for the Sniper - Better accuracy while scoped. [Shotguns]
  • A Lead Wind Blows... - Fires two bullets per one ammo [SMGs]
  • Ammo is no longer an issue. - Regenerates Ammo [Repeater Pistols]
  • BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM!BAM! - While scoped, a five round burst. [Sniper Rifles]
  • Be Careful Not to Drop It... Might Lose A Toe - +100% Melee Damage. [Repeater Pistols]
  • Beware The Horde - Once fired, one rocket becomes several. The longer the rockets travel, the more they split, which can lead to 20+ rockets for a single shot! [Rocket Launchers] (Sort of like a MIRV warhead.)
  • Big Tony says "Hi" - Massive Magazine. [Repeater Pistols]
  • Bring Out Your Dead - x4 Corrosion [Shotguns] (Reference to the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
  • Bring The HEAT! - Incendiary Rounds [Revolvers/Repeater Pistols]
  • Cross Their Heart, Hope They Die - Spread follows a cross-shaped pattern. [Shotguns]
  • Drop the Hammer - Chance to cause massive damage [Shotguns]
  • Fast Hands - Super fast reload
  • Five Heads of Death - Each shot fires five tightly-grouped bursts, spaced out along a horizontal path. (Example) [Shotguns]
  • Fools! They call me maaaad! - Bullets zig-zag when fired, and ricochet. [Revolvers]
  • For the Mother Land - 10x Grenade damage. [Sniper Rifles]. (Reference to the Battle of Stalingrad during World War 2 in which the Soviet's use of snipers and hand grenades was crucial to their victory).
  • Give Sick. - High chance for Corrosive damage; effect has a chance to transfer to nearby enemies.
  • Gonna cook someone today - Creates small nuclear explosion when fired. [Rocket Launchers]
  • Guns of the Revolution never fall silent. - Massive Magazine. [Combat Rifles]
  • Hallelujah! - Regenerates Ammo [SMGs]
  • Have A Nice Day - Shots create a 'smiley-face' pattern.
  • Hold Your Ground... Forever - Regenerates Ammo [Combat Rifles]
  • Holy Crap, It Shoots Rockets! - shoots rockets intermittently while firing. [Shotguns] (Uses the weapon's ammo type, not actual rockets)
  • I Can Do This All Day... - Regenerates Ammo [Shotguns]
  • "I feel like I'm gonna break this thing." - Slower walking speed while held; Causes Massive Shock Damage [Alien Rifles/Eridian] (Reference to the movie 'Men In Black'; Specifically, the ridiculously-powerful miniature handgun, 'The Noisy Cricket')
  • I Have You In My Eye, Sir (Massive Zoom, Seen on a white sniper rifle)
  • Invade your skull. - While scoped, fires the entire clip in one burst. [Repeater Pistols]
  • I spy with my little eye... - Massive zoom [SMG]
  • It Rises! - Rockets have an arced trajectory. [Rocket Launchers]
  • It's a Helluvah Thing - Speculated to have some knockback effect.
  • Lightning never strikes the same place twice, but it can strike freaking everywhere! - Area-of-Effect Shock [Alien Rifles/Eridian]
  • Makes Their Brain Hurt - Each shot fires a shotgun-like burst. [Sniper Rifles]
  • Monster Kill! - Fires several rockets simultaneously with each trigger pull. [Rocket Launchers] (Still only uses one ammo per shot.)
  • May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won't. - [Revolvers] (quote from Gen. George S. Patton, WWII general)
  • Never Stop Shooting - Regenerates ammo [Repeater Pistols]
  • Omnia vincit amor - 100% critcal damage bonus.
  • One Bad Dog - Massive Magazine. [Shotguns]
  • Pele needs a sacrifice! - Massive Fire Damage.
  • PEWPEWPEW - Has a chance to home in on your target
  • Ride the Wave, Dude! - Bullets follow a wave pattern up and down as they go out from the gun [Shotgun]
  • Sniper Killer... Qu'est que c'est - Fully Automatic. [Sniper Rifles] (Reference to the song Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads, the lyrics are "Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?" The phrase is French, Un ami, qu'est-ce que c'est?)
  • Sniper Rifles are for Chumps. - High Accuracy; Tight Pellet Spread [Shotguns]
  • Sometimes, I Forget To Reload - unlimited Magazine/ammo
  • The All-Seeing Eye. - Massive Weapon Zoom. [Combat Rifles]
  • The Cutting Edge - Shots have a chance to ignore shields.
  • The Destructor has come. - While scoped, fires the entire clip in one burst. [Combat Rifles] (Reference to the movie Ghost Busters; Specially a quote from the character "Gozer the Gozerian")
  • The ultimate close quarters feline. - Bullets follow a spiral path when fired. [SMGs]
  • Unending Firepower - Ammo is unlimited, it spends when you fire, but instantly regenerates
  • Unrelenting Firepower - Regenerates ammo [Revolvers]
  • The Unstoppable Force! - Rockets periodically explode in mid-flight. [Rocket Launchers] (Note the rocket continues traveling to hit its mark, regardless of how many times it explodes in flight.)
  • Walk It Off - Chance to score a Critical Hit on an enemy's legs. [Sniper rifles]
  • War is in your blood - Massive Magazine. [Combat Rifles]
  • Why Don't You Go Shoot Yourself An Elephant? - Massive Damage; No Scope [Sniper Rifles]
  • We Don't Need No Water... - x4 Fire [SMG]
  • Your Move, Creep - Fires a three-round burst per one ammo [Repeater Pistols] (References the movie Robocop; the clue is one of the character's catchphrases, and the three-round burst is indicative of his signature sidearm, the Auto-9)
Note: Some of these effects may not be 100% accurate.

Rarity

Guncolorrarity

Gun colors in descending rarity

Borderlands uses a classification system for gear that follows the standard color-coding system for RPGs. A common (white) gun would be average, money will glow (yellow) when dropped or found, an uncommon (green) would be slightly above average, a rare (blue) would be a premium gun, an epic (purple) would be a very strong gun, and legendary (orange) guns are the best of the best. The rarity of each gun is indicated by color as stated on the page of each gun. (See Category:Weapons)

White < Green < Blue < Purple < Yellow < Orange < Dark Orange < Pearlescent

The rarity of a gun influences how good it will be, but you will find that some guns are exceptions to the color code. For example, you might find a rare (blue) gun that has drastically less damage than a common gun that has the rocket ammo effect.

Note: May Be hard to spot the difference between White and Pearlescent, Pearlescent will be placed above Dark Orange guns or at the top of your backpack, and will usually have red text In the stat/description box of the gun.

Elemental Effects

The elemental effects include fire, electrical, explosive, and corrosive.  The frequency of the elemental effect is a multiplier indicated by the elemental plaque and a "x2" in the weapon description.  Elemental attacks are added to the base damage of the weapon used and can have secondary benefits.

Each element has a specific benefit to use against differing enemies:

 - Fire has a benefit against fleshy enemies and causes the enemy to burn for a length of time.

 - Shock has a benefit against shields. It depletes them more readily but is less effective against flesh and armor than a normal weapon of the same type.

 - Explosive weapons have a chance for the round to explode in enemies, dealing much more damage and leading to an incredibly messy death on a critical hit.

 - Corrosive has a benefit against armored enemies, slowly draining health and making them weaker to other attacks as the ongoing damage progresses.

Each element as it's own specific death animation, most of which leave no trace of the target involed behind:

- Shock makes lighting arc up and down their body, eventually leading to their head exploding.

- Fire slowly incinerates the enemy. A fair bit of screaming is involved.

- Explosive leaves you with a loud bang and giblets. Fun against low level enemies.

- Corrosive is similar to fire, only it's acid doing the job.


Manufacturer Grade

In the land of Borderlands there are multiple manufacturers that make the guns that you shoot baddies with.  Each company has attributes associated with it. 

Manufacturers:

More info

Guaranteed Weapons

This category includes weapons and modifications that have a 100% chance to drop off a specific enemy or be contained in a specific location.

See Article Guaranteed Drops

Weaponry List

Please see the Weaponry List category page to see all weapons added to the wiki thus far.

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