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Borderlands 3 Legendary Tediore SMG - Needle Gun

Borderlands 3 Legendary Tediore SMG – Needle Gun

Weapon Overview:

Manufacturer: Tediore
Type: SMG
Rarity: Legendary
Drop Rate: 6 – 11%
Anointed: Yes
Various Parts: Yes
Splash Damage: No

Weapon Stats:

Level: 72
Mayhem: 10
Damage: 7041×2
Accuracy: 58%
Handling: 58%
Reload Time: 1.6s
Fire Rate: 8.49/s
Magazine Size: 33

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.


Elemental Damage Guide

Physical Damage is useful against everything. It has no special properties but also does not suffer weaknesses.

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.

Cryo damage slows enemies and eventually freezing them. Cryo efficiency is the percentage of damage dealt that is applied as Cryo, at 100% efficiency, enemies will freeze at 20% health. Frozen enemies are unable to move and take 3x Melee damage

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?

The Needle Gun is a Revenge of the Cartels Legendary. You can get it from Josie Byte, Franco Firewall, and Joey Ultraviolet in Villa Ultraviolet during the Revenge of the Cartels Event.

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


  • Hotfix – June 24, 2021
    • Buffed Damage by 200%
  • Hotfix – January 21, 2021
    • Tediore Nerf: -50% Reload-Explosion Damage


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