Alchemist Borderlands 3 Legendary Showcase

About the Alchemist:

The Alchemist is a Legendary Weapon in Borderlands 3. This is a powerful Torgue Assault Rifle that is still effective on Mayhem Mode 4. The downside of the Alchemist is that it also deals shock damage to yourself. However, if you are rocking the Transformer shield you can turn this negative into a positive. Because the Transformer shield is 100% immune to shock damage. On top of that, it also converts the shock damage into energy to recharge your shield. The Alchemist is great for mobbing and bosses.


Incendiary, Shock.

Special Weapon Effect:

“You can’t gain something without giving something in return.”

  • You take a small of shock damage every time you fire this weapon.
  • The projectile’s initial damage deals Shock damage but the Explosion deals Incendiary damage.
  • Each stuck projectile increases the explosion’s damage by 9%.

How to get the Alchemist?:

The Alchemist can randomly be obtained from any loot source but has a high chance of dropping from Heckle/Hyde who is located in Jakobs Estate on Eden-6.

Drop Rate:

The Drop Rate of the Alchemist is 15% but only from Heckle


  • Pair the Alchemist with a The Transformer as this shield will negate the self-damage. Instead of taking damage the shock element will be used to recharge your shield.
  • The gyrojets do not gain any benefit from hitting critical points on initial impact, but upon detonation, they receive the critical hit damage bonus.
  • The base self-inflicted shock damage seems to be approximately 10% of the weapon’s damage and inversely proportional to the level of the Vault Hunter.
  • There are several factors that can change the amount of self-inflicted damage:
    • Increases to Vault Hunter gun damage increase the self-inflicted damage.
    • Splash damage reduction reduces the self-inflicted damage.
    • Elemental damage and status damage do not affect the amount of shock damage taken or dealt.
    • Shock damage resistance reduces the damage taken.
    • The damage inflicted cannot be recouped with life steal of any kind.
  • The self-inflicted damage is based on the projectiles themselves. As a result, skills that allow for additional projectiles to be fired, such as FL4K’s Two F4ng skill or Zane’s Playing Dirty skill, effectively double the self-inflicted damage.
  • While Zane’s Digi-Clone does not seem to take damage from using the Alchemist, it does seem to recover shields from that damage when using the Transformer.


  • The weapon’s name, effect, and flavor text are references to the manga/anime series Fullmetal Alchemist, in which the Law of Equivalent Exchange is stated as “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return.”

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