Borderlands 3 Hotfix Nerfs Flakker, Buffs Other Manufacturer Weapons

The heavy-hitting Flakker is finally cut down to size.

Posted By | On 18th, Oct. 2019 Under News

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A new hotfix is live for Borderlands 3 as of yesterday and unfortunately, the “F’s” are rolling out in chat for the Flakker. The powerful Legendary Torgue shotgun has received a 33 percent damage nerf. It also uses the entire magazine for one shot. Given how much it was outperforming its counterparts, the nerf is understandable.

Fortunately, there are a number of weapon buffs for manufacturers like Maliwan, Tediore, Vladof and more. The Westergun has 25 percent increased damage, the ASMD deals 28 percent increased damage and so on. Vladof’s Infinti deals 40 percent increased damage while the Torgue Try-Bolt’s damage has been increased by 25 percent.

You can check out a number of the other weapon buffs below with full hotfix notes here. The series is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a five week event in Borderlands 3 with this week’s theme being increased Eridium drops. Get in on this quickly before the inevitable Halloween event rolls around.

Weapon Hotfixes


  • Westergun damage increased by 25%
  • ASMD damage increased by 28%
  • Cutsman damage reduced by 25%


Ten Gallon damage increased by 8%


  • Sickle reload speed increased by 25%
  • Faisor damage increased by 15%
  • Infiniti damage increased by 40%
  • Magnificent damage increased by 25%
  • Jericho damage increased by 40%
  • Lucian’s Call accuracy and handling reduced
  • Lyuda Critical Damage Bonus decreased by 30% and made a modification to address a reported bug that an extra bullet was spawned in the center

The Lyuda’s functionality is to split the projectile from 1 to 3 after a certain distance. It was reported that the original projectile was never destroyed in the process of splitting so 1 projectile actually became 4. Addressing this concern effectively removed a full shot’s worth of damage which auto-corrects the base damage of the weapon. Since we increased all sniper rifle critical damage bonus in a previous hotfix, we reduced some of the critical damage bonus on the Lyuda.


  • Try-Bolt damage increased by 25%
  • Alchemist damage increased by 25%
  • Devils Foursum damage increased by 13%
  • Flakker now consumes the full magazine when fired and damage is reduced by 33%

Flakker was greatly outperforming other shotguns due to the number of projectiles and the high rate of fire. We initially believed the resulting projectile spread would cause most of the explosions to miss the target, however this turned out to be false, so we reduced the projectile damage and allowed the weapon to only fire once per magazine. This change encourages players to capitalize on different stat bonuses to maximize the weapon’s damage output.

  • Laser-Sploder rocket projectiles spawn interval increased by 0.4 seconds


  • Maggie damage increased by 35%
  • Hellwalker damage reduced by 8%


We found that a couple of the Legendary Hyperion weaponry bypassed the Hyperion manufacturer playstyle too easily making their bonuses greatly outweigh the penalties. The Butcher was drastically outperforming all metrics and we chose to reduce the damage in order to keep the fast fire rate.

  • Conference Call damage increased by 15%
  • Crossroad accuracy reduced and it now fires 3 projectiles instead of 4
  • Butcher accuracy reduced and damage reduced by 25%

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