Brainstormer

Brainstormer Borderlands 3 Legendary Showcase

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.

Elements:

Shock

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.

Drop Rate:

The Drop Rate of the Brainstormer is 13.5% on Mayhem 6+; 30% Otherwise

Notes:

  • 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 it’s chains are entirely unaffected by splash and AoE boosts.

Changelog:

Trivia:

  • 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

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