On The Hunt is an interview series where I talk with various Borderlands fans who are participating in The Hunt. We will dive into their experiences with the event and what it means to them. This article will feature JoltzDude139, BadKarma, and CatQB1991.
Table of contents
- What is the Hunt
- Can you give a quick introduction of yourself?
- What is your history with Borderlands 2?
- What does the Hunt mean to you?
- Do you have any expectations for the hunt?
- Are you a competitive person and participating to win or is it for fun?
- Is this your first Hunt or are you regular?
- Any exciting things during your last attempt?
- What is your most feared item to loot during the Hunt?
- Are you adding any “mayhem modifiers” to your stream if you hit certain donation goals?
- Do you have a quick tip for new players who are new the the Hunt?
- Prediction time: How many Gubs are you going to encounter during your run?
- Final Words
What is the Hunt
For those who don’t know what The Hunt is, here is a quick breakdown. The Hunt is a Borderlands Community-Led charity event. The goal is to have fun and have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Participants of The Hunt will challenge themselves in a Borderlands Scavenger Run while also raising money and awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. During the challenge, players will start a new character and collect specific gear. The person that manages to collect the most points or completes the farm list in the least amount of time, wins the event.
So join the fun and have an impact on people’s lives as St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Can you give a quick introduction of yourself?
I’m JoltzDude139 and I am a Borderlands content creator. I specialize in showcasing mainly Borderlands 1 and 2 on my channels. My goal is to show people how to have fun building characters while showing off cool tips and tricks.
Hi, I am BadKarma and I have been a creator on Twitch since 2015. I am passionate about gaming and love looter RPGs like Borderlands, Destiny, and especially ARPGs like Diablo and Path of Exile.
I go by Cat, but my name is Catherine! I love video games, of course. But I have health issues preventing a usual 9 to 5 grind, so naturally streaming was on my mind. It became a way for me to interact, have a social life, & form a community to vibe with. That being said, I did not expect to get where I am now.. The Borderlands community has always been there for me. I had my own personal demons (addiction); preventing me from doing what I truly love. 5 years later & sober, I’m finally doing what I’ve always wanted since I was a kid. Met some amazing people I can not imagine not having in my life.
What is your history with Borderlands 2?
JoltzDude139: Borderlands 2 is my home. This game has brought me endless joy over the years and remains one of my favorite games of all time. I played Borderlands 1 at release and loved the game. When Borderlands 2 was announced, I was hyped!
BadKarma: I really enjoyed the first Borderlands and played Borderlands 2 at launch, Zer0 was my first BL2 Vault Hunter! I never replayed the game until I started regularly streaming on Twitch and found the community Hunt events happening in 2016 because of mutual creator friends. After that point I exclusively streamed Borderlands 2 for a few years (until BL3 launch) and began hosting a Borderlands Marathon event every year to play all Borderlands titles back to back in a single session.
Cat: I started playing the series more seriously when 2 was released. I was just graduating high school, getting more & more immersed in looter shooter titles. I played Borderlands 1 with friends on their systems. I loved it so much; I bought Borderlands 2 & l never looked back.
What does the Hunt mean to you?
JoltzDude139: The Hunt is all about raising money for charity while having some good old farming fun with the community.
BadKarma: To me, The Hunt is the ultimate community event! This event is organized by the community for the community. We have elevated this in-game loot hunt to have a real world impact by tying it to a wonderful cause and raising money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Helping those children and their families has been a driving force for me and my content since 2018 when I began working with the St Jude Play Live program.
I have also been fortunate to meet some of my favorite people in the gaming world through these Hunt events. TweetyExpert hosted my channel during The Hunt in 2018 and we have become like siblings since then. BlameFrost joined me and some others as well and we had some of the most fun gaming sessions I’ve ever had during those events. Bringing a community together in a way I’ve never seen any other game do and it will always be my favorite gaming event because of it.
Cat: “The Hunt” for me is a chance for our community to come together. Have some friendly competition, while helping a cause way bigger than ourselves.
Do you have any expectations for the hunt?
JoltzDude139: My expectations for the hunt are to just have fun farming as I go along. Hopefully we can break a new record for money raised this year!
BadKarma: I expect to have tons of fun and meet some awesome new people! Every year I find creators participating in The Hunt that I have never had the pleasure of meeting before. This is one of my absolute favorite parts of the event. I love getting to know new friends that have a passion for this game and the community.
Cat: I just want to have fun & get as many donations for the kiddos as possible!
Are you a competitive person and participating to win or is it for fun?
JoltzDude139: I’ve never competed in the hunt. While I love doing some farming, I don’t think I could stream 18 hours a day. It also involves playing specific metas which limit the fun factor for me.
BadKarma: I would love to participate in a competitive way, but my work and family schedule doesn’t really allow for the hours I would need to grind to finish the full list of loot. Instead, I have found ways to engage with my community to make The Hunt fun with fundraising incentives that are actually detrimental to my Hunt progress. Viewers can donate to St Jude to force me to drop my items, delete and re-farm previous items, or even delete my entire character and start over!
Cat: I’m not as competitive in PVE as PVP, so I’m just doing it for fun. But I’m giving it my all either way.
Is this your first Hunt or are you regular?
JoltzDude139: I’ve done the hunt for BL2 since 2017. I had to miss the last one since I had to get surgery.
BadKarma: I have participated in every Hunt event since the first one I found out about and missed (2016 event). I began assisting with the fundraising efforts for the last two Hunt events.
Cat: This is my 1st official attempt, but I have done trial runs in the past on the channel for fun.
Any exciting things during your last attempt?
JoltzDude139: I think it was the hunt 2018 in which Terramorphous dropped me a double Hide of Terramorphous in one kill. That was a crazy moment!
BadKarma: I did have to delete my character and restart The Hunt twice. I don’t know if “exciting” is the right word for how I felt doing that, but my community sure did love it!
Cat: Not yet! But this year, we will get some sick moments. I know it.
What is your most feared item to loot during the Hunt?
JoltzDude139: The one item I’m not looking forward to farming in the hunt is the Twister. Triple O is a 1% spawn chance and then he has a 1/3 chance to drop the Twister.
BadKarma: The item farm I hate the most in all of gaming is definitely the Twister! Farming for OOO spawns and then the drop is something I absolutely hate because of past experiences. I had to farm over 500 runs to get OOO to spawn one year and I’ll never forgive BL2 for that.
Cat: Any item that has like less than a 3% chance of dropping tbh…
Are you adding any “mayhem modifiers” to your stream if you hit certain donation goals?
JoltzDude139: I’ve never been a “make the streamer suffer with donations” sort of person. I see the appeal in it, but I stream to have fun with the community.
BadKarma: Oh yes! Many many milestones and incentives for my campaign this year. I will have incentives to force specific farms, remove points for items found, delete characters and other fun stuff unrelated to the game.
Cat: Yes. I don’t prefer them, but anything for the kiddos!!
Do you have a quick tip for new players who are new the the Hunt?
JoltzDude139: For new players, I would just play to have fun. Pick your favorite character, go down the item list, and mark of drops one by one. If you can’t get every item, that is okay.
BadKarma: Have the most fun possible! Help us bring awareness to St Jude and how much they help children and their families. Read the rules for sure, you gotta know what is allowed and what is not.
Then, if you have the time, check out some speedrun videos and guides from darksmoke, Deceptix, TheFuncannon and others to find out how they path through the campaign as fast as possible. Completing the campaign and leveling up as fast as possible will help you farm for the loot efficiently. There are some speedrun strats that are not allowed during The Hunt so be aware of what you can and can’t use.
Cat: Lootlemon & MentalMars as a guide. They are truly my go-to for ANYTHING I need to know. Even after thousands of hours playing the series, I use them regularly.
Prediction time: How many Gubs are you going to encounter during your run?
JoltzDude139: Well at least one since I need it for points, but I assume there will be another one to follow.
The Hunt is held from February 2nd to 11th, 2024, and is open to anyone who wants to participate. You can sign up at BorderlandsHunt.com
Also, check out the interviews I did with: