About the Brainstormer:
The Brainstormer is a Legendary Weapon in Borderlands 3. This Hyperion Shotgun always has the shock element. It fires 7 projectiles in a lightning bolt pattern. The Brainstormer is great for mobbing and stripping shields. This is because of its legendary effect as it can create a chain lightning shock between enemies that are in close proximity to each other.
Special Weapon Effect:
“Let’s put our heads together.”
- Always shock.
- Fires 7 projectiles in a lightning bolt pattern.
- Hitting an enemy has a chance to cause powerful shock bolts chaining from the target hit to nearby enemies.
How to get the Brainstormer?:
The Brainstormer can be randomly obtained from any loot source but it has a high chance of dropping from Katagawa Ball who is located in Skywell-27 on Promethea. It’s the boss at the end of the Space-Laser Tag story mission.
The Drop Rate of the Brainstormer is 13.5% on Mayhem 6+; 30% Otherwise
- Although the bolts’ way of dealing damage may look similar to a Status effect, only gun damage modifiers are applied, not status effect modifiers. Thus, Amara’s Anima skill cannot increase the duration of this effect.
- A Brainstormer with the Redundant prefix (fires 14 pellets and consumes 2 ammo per shot) has an increased chance of causing more bolts. However, a cash infused Brainstromer with a bonus element creates about the same number of chains as a Redundant.
- Bonus elemental damage from shields, grenade mods, or skills like Amara’s Infusion and Forceful Expression, also increase the chance of causing more bolts.
- If no enemies are nearby, no shock bolts will occur, greatly reducing the effectiveness of the weapon.
- The Brainstormer and its chains are entirely unaffected by splash and AoE boosts.
- Hotfix Aug 6, 2020 – Increased the chance for projectiles to chain
- The term “let’s put our heads together” is a term to pool ideas and work together. The name of the gun furthers this as to brainstorm is to come up with new ideas.
- The spread of the pellets is shaped like a lightning symbol