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Borderlands is about to get…legendary

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Guns. They’re the cause of and the solution to any problem that you may have in life. Nothing sorts out an argument quicker than a 9mm interjection of instant facts, and games without guns are boring, according to science. It’s why Borderlands was a winner, as that franchise had more guns than a conservative church in the American south. Some guns were created more equal than others in Borderlands however. And your chances of picking one up, are about to increase by a legen…wait for it…dary proportion.

Borderlands developer Gearbox have just announced that the drop rate in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is about to triple when it comes to Legendary guns. That means that your chances are going up from “sweet buggerall” to “let’s not make fun of Darryn today” when it comes to getting your hands on those mythic death-dealers. “After analyzing thousands of hours of your gameplay and feedback survey data, we’ve decided to add a permanent 3x drop rate increase to both games!,” Gearbox’s Jeff Skall wrote.

Yes, you read that right – starting May 26, hot fixes* that increase legendary drop rates will be rolling out for Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection across all platforms! We’ll be looking to permanently incorporate these hot fixes via future updates down the road.

For the curious, here’s a little background on how the experiments went down. Every week between April 9 and May 13 had a different legendary drop rate modifier applied via hot fix, but we held back on the exact details. We did this because we wanted to find out what drop rate felt right and didn’t want player opinions being influenced by the numbers.

For those five weeks, community members tested out the drop rates and let us know what they thought via the forums and feedback surveys. After digging through all the data, we discovered that standard drop rates were perceived as too rare but that anything over a 3x boost felt like too much – almost to the point where it was starting to take away the challenge and excitement from seeing that beautiful orange glow.

Legendary guns in Borderlands have always been special. In a game where swapping out your guns every time you ascend a few levels, legendary arms from the likes of Hyperion, Dahl and Vladof can stay with you for many a quest. They’ve got the best buffs,flavour text and they squeeze a tremendous amount of damage out of any bandit in your way.

Also, that orange glow in your inventory? It makes you better than everyone else. And that’s another science fact. Well, except for those folks who are wielding pearlescent weapons. Elite bastards…

Last Updated: May 28, 2015


  1. Pearls are generally not as good as legendaries. Even though they’re meant to be. It’s Borderlands though, if you start bringing logic into the equation everything falls apart. XD


    • HairyEwok

      May 28, 2015 at 11:19

      What made the game really screwed up is the stacking you could do of the weapons abilities into a single one. Infinite bullets, super shooting speed, super crit, explosion, burn, corrode and shock. Nasty stuff i tell you.


      • Pariah

        May 28, 2015 at 11:21

        Those were mostly patched out though. As of 1.8, the only 2 glitches still active are the weapon merging and the buck up glitch. I can’t speak for TPS though.


        • Matthew Holliday

          May 28, 2015 at 11:33

          its usefull at those weird intermediate levels where the max ammo you can carry is an issue.

          but mostly its just a speedrun thing.


          • Pariah

            May 28, 2015 at 11:37

            It’s more about the reloading than the ammo consumption in late game. Reloading is a pain. And the glitch also allows for heavy rocket builds in classes that aren’t the gunzerker who regens ammo while zerking. Gaige for instance pretty much needs it late game to stay relevant. Otherwise she does basically no damage.

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 28, 2015 at 11:33

      not entirely accurate.

      most pearls are about on par with most legendaries, except with higher damage stats.
      certain legendaries however, are so strong that MOST pearls simply cant compete, there are one or two that are as strong as the strongest legendaries though.

      nowadays, legendaries arent were its at, its the once off quest reward stuff that has the strongest flavour text.
      heck, one of the strongest builds around right now for both the gunzerker from BL2 and jack from TPS, includes regular blue or purple shotguns, purely because their damage stats are higher than the equivilent legendaries.


  2. HairyEwok

    May 28, 2015 at 11:02

    I was hoping for a Barney Stinson ION 😛


    • Trevor Matrix

      May 28, 2015 at 11:09

      Barney is so last season.


      • HairyEwok

        May 28, 2015 at 11:17

        Haven’t you heard. Last season is so this season now. The future season would be winter since it’s still coming.


  3. Deceased

    May 28, 2015 at 11:10

    I loved this article XD


  4. hairyknees

    May 28, 2015 at 11:23

    About F@#$%&ing time! I need more legendary weapons in my life!


  5. Matthew Holliday

    May 28, 2015 at 11:26

    thats cool, my TPS characters need more legendaries.
    and with the reintroduction of farmable bosses and certain bosses getting unique loot, should make for a fun time.

    doesnt affect my borderlands 2 save though, ive already caught all 150 pokemons there.


  6. BurninZ

    May 28, 2015 at 12:00

    Just started playing the Pre-Sequal and man i love Borderlands. it has not grabbed me like BL:2 but its really fun to play. I have just downloaded the 9gb patch though. Wonder how big this update will be. Telkom is going to hate me, and throttle my line to a slow death after this month. Re-downloaded Injustice, Borderlands update, Bloodborn update and i’m grabbing MGS on PS+ next week.


  7. CAE9872

    May 28, 2015 at 12:26

    Great news given I am playing B: Pre-Sequel at moment!


  8. Ir0nseraph

    May 28, 2015 at 12:38

    This is good news , I honestly forgot about my borderlands , it still needs to be finished it seems I have a slight backlog.


  9. Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

    May 28, 2015 at 13:39

    I was hoping that the title would refer to a Legendary Edition that is the PC equivalent of the Handsome Edition…
    I feel betrayed.


  10. Vincent Perro

    May 28, 2015 at 16:36

    This news is so gearbox’ish! These guys are Robert Downie Jr. of game developing, they can make any mess and it’ll be awesome 😉


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