About the Needle Gun:
The Needle Gun is a Legendary weapon in Borderlands 3. This Tediore SMG can apply a stacking vulnerability debuff on enemies. At Max stats, additional damage refills the Needle Gun’s magazine. This effect does have a cooldown.
You need to hit your enemy at least once every 2 seconds or else the debuff resets. The magazine refill will accrue when you manage to stack the debuff on an enemy 10 times.
Special Weapon Effect:
“Not your average needle.”
- Debuffs enemies.
- At Max debuff (10), you refill your ammo.
- Homing Reload
- Continuous firing increases the fire rate.
Fire damage is strong against Flesh and can cause targets to burn. Burning deals high damage over a 5-second duration.
Corrosive damage is strong against Armor and causes targets to melt. Melting deals high damage over a 7-second duration.
Shock damage is strong against Shields and causes targets to be electrocuted. Electrocution deals very high damage over a 3-second duration.
Radiation damage can cause targets to become Irradiated. Irradiated enemies deal Aura Damage to nearby enemies for 8 seconds. If an Irradiated enemy dies, they explode, Irradiating any enemies damaged by the explosion.
How do you get the Needle Gun in Borderlands 3?
Is the Needle Gun any good?
The Needle Gun is a Top Tier weapon, it’s one of the best SMGs in Borderlands 3.
Needle Gun Drop Rates
- Joey Ultraviolet: 11%
- Josie Byte: 6.6% or 11.6 when assisting Joey
- Franco Firewall: 6.6% or 11.6 when assisting Joey
- Hotfix – June 24, 2021
- Buffed Damage by 200%
- Hotfix – January 21, 2021
- Tediore Nerf: -50% Reload-Explosion Damage