Borderlands 3 Legendary Dahl SMG - Kaoson
Borderlands 3 Legendary Dahl SMG - Kaoson

About the Kaoson:

The Kaoson is a Legendary weapon in Borderlands 3. This Dahl SMG shoots stickies like a Torgue weapon. After the initial impact damage, the stickies will explode after a few seconds, dealing the second chunk of damage.


None, Incendiary, Corrosive, Shock, Cryo, and Radiation

Special Weapon Effect:

“Small but packs a punch.”

  • Fires sticky shots that will explode on reload.
  • Increased Splash Damage Radius
  • Full-Auto, Burst Fire, Semi-Auto

How to get the Kaoson?:

The Kaoson is Mayhem Mode 6 or higher Legendary. You can get it from Captain Traunt who is located at the end of Athenas on Athenas.

Was the Kaoson nerfed?

Yes, the Kaoson has been nerfed as it became the go-to SMG. The Kaoson was more power than intended and therefore adjusted. It still provides plenty of damage that focuses on explosive damage bonuses, but not quite at the scale as in the past.

Is the Kaoson still good?

Yeah, the Kaoson is still a top tier SMG as it still provides plenty of damage.

Drop Rate:

The Drop Rate of the Kaoson is 16.50%


  • June 11th, 2020
    • Accuracy Impulse Increased – Its accuracy allowed players to deal pin-point damage, then with the added explosive damage, it was further maximizing output. We are increasing the accuracy impulse to account for the explosive damage bonus better.
    • Max Accuracy Increased – At full auto, the spread proved exceedingly tight, again allowing more damage to be maximized than we intended.  We’ve increased the maximum accordingly.
    • Critical Damage Reduced – The explosive damage provided by this weapon allows critical hits more frequently, so we are lowering its critical bonus by a small amount.
    • Base Damage Decreased – As the Kaoson basically has two points of damage—the initial bullet, and then the explosive round—it was providing way more damage than a typical SMG.  We’re lowering the base damage to better account for its dual damage feature.

Let Me Know What You Think

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  1. Justin Smith

    LeShaun jeezus this smg is strong look at those stats

  2. Ryan Motley

    This gun is amazing!

  3. SpyderRob

    Thank you!

  4. temp_anon

    I like it on my explosive Moze. :3

  5. Rekteffex

    This thing is a bonafide face melter! My only issue, its that it burns through ammo waaaaaay fast, espe… https://t.co/kp2Dhnef0t

  6. Kenneth Wood

    JESUS F CHRIST THIS THING IS INSANE…..sums up my first impression. Farmed it on a fadeaway flak and… https://t.co/DuTYu8BpsS

  7. DrDavidHuxley

    love the stability and accuracy. It shreds but then all the new guns do.

  8. DPJ

    Powerful, accurate and feels crisp! Just melts through ammo!

  9. SynfulSoulja

    I think I’m not using it correctly… my experience with it was short, I tried it, thought it was terri… https://t.co/A7VKVgISOe

  10. Tristan D Ivy

    It is a beast. I farmed for it after your last post and it works well in all Mayhem! Thank you! 😆

  11. Gammerboi3000

    Soo willing to trade it

  12. Mac Lyell

    I farmed for 5 of them and only got one elemental drop which cane with burst fire….

  13. Bryan

    That’s would be godly with my amara build

  14. M00N

    I fucking love the Kaoson its just soooo good. Even on zane it still melts.

  15. Carl Nash

    Rad gun!especially level 10!

  16. Josh

    Seems to be the only gun able to do damage on my m10 moze, can’t seem to find a q system after killing Joey over 15.times

  17. ahmad2536

    Love it

  18. DrDavidHuxley

    It is a happy convergence of a gun that I love to use in terms of how it handles and massive damage output.

  19. Webster

    New must have gun, amazing on moze

  20. Scott M

    Keep hearing good things, yet to grab one

  21. krouu

  22. Dre Panayiotou

    My new favourite weapon hands down! Just need to farm for more variants.

  23. Marc lloyd

    Time to mothball my beloved Night Hawkin

  24. Luis Molina

    If you’re running mind sweeper moze this is a must have


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