Incredible weapons in Borderlands
23rd Feb 2010 | 12:56
Article originally published in PSM3 Magazine
Borderlands features a random weapon generation feature which creates a near inﬁnite amount of guns for you to collect. These are the best weapons we picked up during one playthrough. You'll end up with your own personal collection on your trek through Pandora... good luck.
LB7 CAUSTIC WRATH
A decent 'softening' sniper to have in your backpack, this corrosive sniper is handy for weakening enemies before a full-scale skirmish. Use your scope wisely and combine it with a shock weapon for maximum effect.
ZX11 HUNTER'S STRIKER
A man's shotty, this non-elemental weapon packs a real punch with +30 Critical Hit damage and +50% accuracy on top of already beefy stats. Ideal for anyone around level 25-30 looking to get stuck in.
Don't let the weak damage fool you - this revolver has a decent zoom and a chance of inﬂicting explosive damage. You can get multiple Madjacks by killing its respawning owner, One-Eyed Jack, in the Firepower: Market Correction mission.
Clue's in the name here folks - this rocket launcher, complete with a nifty zoom, will ignite any enemy it's ﬁred at and they'll burn for ages. Pity it's let down by a small, two-shot magazine. Still, a good choice of weapon for dedicated Brick players.
TD430D DESERT SMG
This deceptively mean SMG may seem tame with a damage of 51, but it has a great rate of ﬁre, lowered recoil and oh yeah, highly-explosive bullets. Combine with a decent Mercenary Mod for best effect.
HX-A MALEVOLENT THUMPER
Sometimes you don't need fancy elemental effects to bring the hurt. This SMG has +98% damage and +52% reload speed for hasty take-downs. An ideal primary weapon for Soldier and Hunter classes.
SG15 HUNTER'S SHOTGUN
Another power weapon, this shotgun packs a tidy 115 damage with a x9 multiplier and critical hit modiﬁer. Sadly, it's let down by having a small two-shot mag and a lengthy reload time. Good for second winds though.
HVY40 INCENDIARY MACHINE GUN
Does what it says on the tin (so to speak). If the bullets don't drop your enemies, the fact it will also set them on ﬁre, will. Shame it only has a x2 elemental damage and a relatively small mag, but one to look out for.
RPG21 STATIC ROCKET LAUNCHER
We claimed this in the ﬁnal round of the Rust Commons West arena battle. It packs a punch, can remove shields from whole groups of enemies, and causes lasting shock damage. A good all-rounder.
RV10 PESTILENT DEFILER
The description for this powerful revolver is simply 'Give sick'. And that's what it does, with a high chance of corroding enemies with every shot, and the added bonus of that damage spreading. Nice.
PPZ 7.2 LIQUID ORION SNIPER
Not so hot in terms of actual damage, but this elemental sniper riﬂe is great at causing shock damage and has a 15 bullet mag so you rarely have to reload. Ideal for Sniper-speced Hunters to soften up the enemy.
DEF11-A INCENDIARY DEFENDER
A powerful and rare shotgun that sets enemies on ﬁre for ages, and regenerates ammo at an alarming rate. Once you've bought/found this man-roasting piece of kit you may never need another weapon.
RV10 WHITE LAW
A simple pistol that packs a massive punch. This is the thing that makes bad-guys literally explode into clouds of chunks. Messy, but loses its sting as you approach the late 20 levels. Keep an eye out for an upgrade...
VRR550 BURNING SNIPER
Fancy a break from zapping and corroding enemies from afar? This is the sniper for you. Has a 150% bonus for critical hits (perfect for the Hunter class) and a 3x elemental ﬁre damage effect. Toasty.
HVY29 SHATTERING MAULER
Shattering is the right word. This heavy machine gun may not have fancy elemental effects, but with a 128% damage bonus on top of already healthy (or should that be unhealthy) stats, it's brutal.
SPR11 TERRIBLE CARNAGE
This is a shotgun that shoots rockets. You heard that right, rockets. Each shot has a massive +426% damage, and the rate of ﬁre you can blast them off at isn't too shabby either. A fantastic party piece.
110011 WAVE BLASTER
The very ﬁrst Eridian weapon you ﬁnd, this has reasonable damage, reasonable accuracy, reasonable ﬁre rate. Why is it special? Because it has inﬁnite ammo and makes you feel like a futuristic badass.
MAL31 SAVAGE LAW
A solid mid-level pistol with just about everything pimped. Has zoom, recoil, damage, and ﬁre rate boosts. Ideal if you haven't gone down an elemental development route and need a quick, reliable shooter.
DVLXX FEARSOME THUNDER
The most powerful sniper riﬂe we found. This has a basic damage of 586, and if that doesn't take down your target, there's an added bonus of 150% for critical hits. It's basically a monster in the right hands.
TD230 B LIGHTNING SMG
Won't win any prizes for stopping power, but if you need to electrocute large groups of enemies and keep your distance to avoid having your ass handed back to you, this is the weapon for you.
RPG10 CAUSTIC ROCKET LAUNCHER
This RPG is a serious bit of kit. Weighing in with a hefty 529 basic damage, it also has a high chance of melting the face off anything you ﬁre it at. The drawback? It only ﬁres one rocket in a clip... make it count.
SG10 VITRIOLIC CRUX
Not overly powerful or accurate, but causes massive corrosion damage. You can kill most things by taking one shot then sitting back as they burn - providing you actually connect in the ﬁrst place.
GGN20XX SOLID GAMBLE
Another weapon with a very apt name. Not a ﬂashy sniper, but it will pop heads like over-ripe melons if you manage to zero in with a critical hit. You'll even get an extra 200% damage for your troubles.
We claimed this after besting Baron Flynt inside his Thor fortress. A six-shot shotgun, this causes huge damage, inﬂicts corrosion after a critical hit, and ﬁres all-six shots in one burst. Hardcore, and perfect for fans of melting things.
Another fancy-pants Eridian weapon, this slow-ﬁring riﬂe will kick out an orb of energy that inﬂ icts a whopping 886 damage per hit, and - as a ﬁ nal insult to the injury - cause sustained shock damage. Alien-chic.