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Borderlands 3 Legendary Maliwan SMG - Plasma Coil

Borderlands 3 Legendary Maliwan SMG – Plasma Coil

PLASMA COIL | ARMS RACE | Legendary Item Guide [Borderlands 3]

Weapon Overview:

Manufacturer: Maliwan
Type: SMG
Rarity: Legendary
Drop Rate: ???
Anointed: Yes
Various Parts: Yes
Splash Damage: Yes

Weapon Stats:

Level: 72
Mayhem: 10
Damage: 81059
Accuracy: 90%
Handling: 60%
Reload Time: 1.9s
Fire Rate: 14.88/s
Magazine Size: 48

About the Plasma Coil:

The Plasma Coil is a Legendary Weapon in Borderlands 3. This Maliwan SMG is locked to the Shock + Radiation elemental combo. It shoots a burst of plasma bolts at a high fire rate that deal a lot of damage. The damage over time is also very effective at stripping enemy life bars.

Special Weapon Effect:

“Harness the 4th state of matter”

  • Always Shock + Radiation
  • 16 fire burst
  • High elemental damage


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.


Elemental Damage Guide

How to get the Plasma Coil?

The Plasma Coil is an Arms Race exclusive Legendary. It can randomly drop from any suitable loot source within the Stormblind Complex located on Pandora. However, you have a high chance of getting the Plasma Coil from the Loot Room at Madwidth Power/ location B  on the map.

Arms Race Red Chest Loot v3 - Borderlands 3

Arms Race Red Chest Loot v3 – Borderlands 3

Plasma Coil Drop Rates:

  • Madwidth Power Loot Room: 13.3 – 18.6%
  • Heavyweight Harker:  5.6% – 6.1%
  • Rival Bandit Revenant (x3): 25% – 37.5%
  • Cofferant or Chubby Skagg: 30%
  • Air-Drop Chests: 15%
  • Red Chest: 5%
  • Badass Enemies: 3% – 4.5%
  • White Chest: 1.5%
  • Other Enemies: 0.5% – 0.75%


  • The red flavor text is a reference to Plasma being the 4th state of matter.

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