Borderlands 2 Gear Up Weekend

#1 Edited by RecSpec (3681 posts) -

Gear up for the release of Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt -- the third campaign add-on for Borderlands 2, arriving January 15 -- with special in-game events this weekend!

January 11: The festivities begin today, January 11, with Vault Hunters reporting that various areas of Pandora have seen an influx of powerful shotguns. To join in the fun, simply boot up Borderlands 2 while connected to the internet before the supply runs dry -- based on current conditions, expect the excess to be exhausted at 10:55AM CST / 4:55PM GMT on Saturday, January 12 (What time is that for me?).

January 12:   Today's forecast? EXPLOSIONS! Keep an eye out for powerful grenade mods -- we hear they're rather abundant today. To join in the fun, simply boot up Borderlands 2 while connected to the internet and start looting before the supply runs dry on Sunday, January 13 at 10:55AM CST / 4:55PM GMT (What time is that for me? ). 
 
January 13:  If you've been looking for a new sniper rifle, today's your day: a fresh supply of powerful sniper rifles is appearing throughout Pandora! To join in the fun, simply boot up Borderlands 2 while connected to the internet and start looting before the supply returns to normal on Monday, January 14 at 10:55AM CST / 4:55PM GMT (What time is that for me? ). 
 
January 14:  The final day of festivities is upon us, as Pandora grows more dangerous (but also more rewarding) for those adventuring online alongside two or more players in True Vault Hunter Mode* -- should the varkids infesting Tundra Express, Caustic Caverns or Natural Selection Annex survive long enough to enter the pod state multiple times, they stand a far greater chance of morphing into the fearsome Vermivorous the Invincible. However, those that emerge victorious in their struggles against Vermivorous the Invincible also face greater rewards as the legendary Norfleet weapon is far more likely to appear upon his defeat.

Looks like there will be a few daily events going on this week. Not exactly sure what "an influx of powerful shotguns" means. My guess would be increased drop rates. But still, seems like a good reason to fire up the game and see what's going on. Haven't seen a new quest or any kind of explanation in the game so far. Coincides really nicely with the latest patch that fixed the broken shotgun bug.
#2 Posted by Subjugation (4693 posts) -

Actually, it coincides really nicely with me just getting the game during the Winter sales! I'm very curious as to what they mean by "an influx of powerful shotguns" as well. How do we even know what to be looking for? Do you have to be max level to benefit?

#3 Posted by SomethingClever (411 posts) -

So far I've just been seeing a lot more shotguns as loot but nothing particularly powerful compared to what I'm already using. I'm not that stoked because I don't use shotguns much. The minecraft shotty I had was good but it's a low level so I'm well beyond it now.

#4 Posted by Rhinox (19 posts) -

According to Gearbox personnel on their forums, the drop rate for shotties will be improved, as will the overall quality of said shotties.

Chris F on their boards is dropping hints about what is to come.

#5 Posted by Rhinox (19 posts) -

additional note, machines are not included in this. It's all about killing things and looting chests. Machines will not have anything special within.

#6 Posted by TehPickle (384 posts) -

Bah, shotguns! SMGs and Pistols are where it's at, for me.

#7 Posted by Sean2206 (261 posts) -

I assume this is on consoles and not just PC and I'm currently playing through it after getting it for Christmas so t=should be fun.

#8 Posted by Rhinox (19 posts) -

It's all handled server side, so there's no update to DL. It's on all systems, you should just find rarer shotguns with more frequency.

Personally, I've nabbed an electric splat shotty that does amazing damage and eats stalkers for lunch.

#9 Posted by golguin (3655 posts) -

@TehPickle said:

Bah, shotguns! SMGs and Pistols are where it's at, for me.

Pistols and SMGs are my favorite for sure, but I'll see what ups with these new shotties.

#10 Posted by morrelloman (601 posts) -

Melee everything.

#11 Posted by kbondelli (14 posts) -

When they say "various areas" do they mean that the drop rates are increased only in certain locations?

#12 Edited by RecSpec (3681 posts) -

So basically shotguns have a higher drop rate everywhere (common shotguns White-Purple) and may be better than average? Farming for a Deliverance still sucks. So I don't think the drop rate for Orange increased very much. 
 
Also, on the ticker on the main menu there's a mention of a Bug Hunt Weekend. So that might be tomorrow's event. Or an hilarious typo. 
 
Never mind. From Gearbox's forums "The increased rarity in shotgun drops applies to all areas in the game, all enemies, and all bosses."

#13 Posted by rolanthas (238 posts) -

Got a lvl 25 purple shotgun in Lynchwood today, standard mob drop. Dunno if that counts.

#14 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

@RecSpec said:

Also, on the ticker on the main menu there's a mention of a Bug Hunt Weekend. So that might be tomorrow's event. Or an hilarious typo.

Maybe they'll drop in a few xenomorphs.

A couple of new codes over on orcz.com.

I don't use shotguns unless they have a higher than normal rate of fire. "room broom"

#15 Posted by golguin (3655 posts) -

Is the level cap going to be raised? I haven't finished up all the missions in the latest DLC because I want some max level on some story guns.

#16 Posted by Swaboo (449 posts) -

@golguin said:

Is the level cap going to be raised? I haven't finished up all the missions in the latest DLC because I want some max level on some story guns.

Nah, that's in the next one, apparently.

#17 Posted by granderojo (1772 posts) -

I tried getting back into this game but my character which is on it's new game + is stuck at the point in the story when sanctuary moves. I would like to play the DLC but going through the underground section is fucking murder, I can't slog through it. Leveling is so slow too. This is rather unfortunate.

#18 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

I refuse to boot this unless they raise the drop rates on everything. End game farming for hours, for absolutely nothing worthwhile really soured me.

#19 Posted by RecSpec (3681 posts) -

Grenade mods today. Also people have been saying that Varkids transform a lot quicker. So looks like today is a good day to get a Quasar (from Ultimate Badass Varkids)

#20 Posted by Rhinox (19 posts) -

I got a couple really nice splatguns last night, early the morning. Looking forward to getting some awesome grenades this afternoon!

#21 Posted by knitlife (45 posts) -

@thabigred: I have a commando around that level and just got back to Sanctuary. Could use a few more levels before going back to the Wildlife Stalker Player Torture Map 2000, send a friend request if you want help getting unstuck.

#22 Posted by RecSpec (3681 posts) -

While it's not the weekend anymore, this is still going. 
 
Updated with today's event, where varkids transform more often, and a higher chance to get the Norfleet from Vermivorous. I don't think you can do it solo though.

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