Borderlands 2: Easiest Way to Get Rare, Epic, & Legendary Items

Borderlands 2 - Vault Hunters Relic

Borderlands 2 Vault Hunters Relic

There are lots of types of rare gear in Borderlands 2 -- rare weapons, rare shields, rare class mods, rare grenade mods, and even rare artifacts. Your mission? Get the best Borderlands 2 gear through the easiest way possible. Let us help give you some ideas that work really well.

Borderlands 2 Color Rarity Guide

The Borderlands 2 loot engine generates all items dynamically. It doesn't just pull them from a library of pre-created gear. The names, special abilities, and statistics are all chosen this way for each item. So if you get a special shield or weapon, then it happened by chance (usually). The level of rarity the item has is also dynamically set. Note that some rare items can be worse than common items. Also note that rarer items have an increased value for selling them so if you want to make money. There are 6 colour types for the label of the weapon to be colored as. They correspond with the level of rarity

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FIX: Borderlands Fails to Launch - Nothing Happens

Borderlands 2 Game Launcher

Borderlands 2 Launcher

Edit: Great news! A new Borderlands 2 Windows 8 fix is now available for patching your game! Check out Borderlands 2: Patch v1.1.3 - Windows 8 Fix!

Whether you bought the Steam copy of Borderlands 2 or the CD / DVD copy, you may have encountered this annoying error. You try to launch the game via the launcher, and nothing happens.

Basically. the mouse cursor moves like it's loading, stop, and it failed to launch.

This happens on Windows 8 Consumer Preview and even Windows 7.

It doesn't matter if you have 32bit / x86, or 64bit / x64 either. It can even happen on Vista.

Luckily, there is an easy solution.

How to Fix Borderlands 2 Not Opening

If your Borderlands 2 Doesn't Open, then click this Google Search link (or type "Borderlands 2 Windows 8 Fix").

Locate the patch and use it.

Though it is called "Windows 8 Fix", it actually works on the other mentioned operating systems I talked about earlier too.

Hope that was able to help you troubleshoot and solve your problem!

If it still is not launching for you still, then I suggest taking a look at our other guide Guide: How to Get Borderlands 2 to Run on Windows 8 ! (And Windows 7). It has several additional solutions that can help you get the game to run correctly.

Borderlands 2 Clan War: Zafords vs. Hodunks - Who To Side With?



There is a clan mission in Borderlands 2 called Clan War: Zafords vs. Hodunks.

You have to side with one of the two gangs / clans -- either the Zafords or the Hodunks.

You can join either side really and it doesn't matter, but the reward is different.

If you don't care about that, then kill the one you dislike more.

Clan War: Zafords vs. Hodunks Mission Reward

If you join the Zafords and kill the other clan's leader, you will get a SMG gun as your reward.

If you join Hodunks, then you get a shotgun as your reward.

So pick based off of what weapon you most need!

Borderlands 2: Gaige the Mechromancer Skill Tree

Borderlands 2: Gaige the Mechromancer

Gaige the Mechromancer

With the new DLC coming soon to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (PS3), and PC, Gaige the Mechromancer is going to be an available class to play as. Is she good for support? For soloing? For duo parties? Here is her class skills! Check out her 3 skilltrees below.

**Summon Deathtrap - Action Skill. Summon Deathtrap to fight for you. Cool down: 60 seconds.**

Best Friends Forever Skill Tree

Close Enough
Description: Your bullets that hit walls or other objects have a chance to ricochet off toward a nearby enemy. Ricocheted bullets deal reduced damage.
Bullet Ricochet Chance" +10%
Richocheted Bullet Damage: 50%

Cooking Up Trouble
Description: While your gun's Magazine is full you Regenerate Health.
Regenerate 0.4% of your Maximum Health per second.

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Borderlands 2: Best Solo Class

Wondering what the Best Borderlands 2 Solo Class is?

Borderlands 2 Axton the Commando

Axton the Commando

It's an important thing to think about -- since you may not have partners to play in coop with.

So if you have no party members, then you need to keep in mind the following...

-- When in a party, your group members can revive you
-- When in a party, enemies scale to your level

So enemies aren't as powerful when you solo AND you also have nobody to bring you back to second winds are important!

Also keep in mind that EVERYONE has their own opinion so if you disagree, then please comment as to why and who you would choose.

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FIX Borderlands 2 - Missing File Errors (xapofx1_5.dll, d3dx9_43.dll, XAudio2_7.dll, X3DAudio1_7.dll)

Borderlands 2 - Missing File FixWhen playing Borderlands 2 on the PC, you may encounter errors that are not present on the console versions.

Four errors that are particularly infamous for the PC version of Borderlands 2, are for the following files


1) Navigate to one of these two folders depending on if you have the Steam version of the game or the DVD / CD copy:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Borderlands 2\Binaries\Redist\DXRedistCutdown
C:\Program Files (x86)\2K Games\Borderlands 2\Binaries\Redist\DXRedistCutdown

2) Launch DXSETUP and follow the install

Still not working? Then continue with the steps below. Make sure to have an application like WinRAR or 7ZIP (free) that can handle extracting CAB files.

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Borderlands 2: Disable Black Outline, Framerate Smoothing, Cel Shading

Borderlands 2That's right people. More Borderlands 2 hacks, tweaks, and mods.

These focus on the video / graphical side of the game.

Two of them are for changing the graphical style, whereas one may in fact increase the performance of Borderlands 2.

So use these as you wish! They're easy edits.

If you have any questions then please comment below. Now -- to begin the guide!

All of these use the all-important, WillowEngine.ini that can be opened and edited with Notepad.

It is located: here:
My Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2\WillowGame\Config\

How to Disable Black Outline in Borderlands 2

So the black outline shader may be annoying you.

It really shouldn't be, but if that is the case, then search for DefaultPostProcessName=WillowEngineMaterials.WillowScenePostProcess and change that line to...

Easy right? All the edits here are!

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Borderlands 2: Disable Start Up Cinematic Intro Movie

Borderlands 2 IconThat Borderlands 2 intro video can be annoying to some people. Luckily, you can disable it if you so wish! I personally like the cinematic, but that's just me 🙂

Anyway, follow the below hack / mod to disable the cinematic. It's very easy.

Disable Borderlands 2 Intro Movie

1) Navigate to My Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2\WillowGame\Config\ and open WillowEngine.ini with Notepad
2) Locate the [FullScreenMovie] section and make its contents the following:

Boom, done! No more intro movie 🙂 If you have problems saving, then right click the INI file -> Properties -> Uncheck "Read-Only".

Video: Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition Unboxing

Wanna see what's in the Borderlands 2 Loot Chest Edition box? Check out the video below.

This cool, limited edition package comes with the following:

Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Loot Chest

Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Loot Chest

-- Replica Borderlands Loot Chest
-- Creatures of Pandora Wide Format ID Chart
-- Field Notes from Sir Hammerlock
-- Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
-- Four Lithograph Postcards
-- Vending Machine Bobblehead Box
-- Four Sticker Set
-- Exclusive Steelbook Case
-- Game Disc
-- Comic Book Download
-- Authentic Mercus Bobblehead
-- Inside the Vault Hardbound Book
-- Cloth Map of Pandora

Very cool stuff. I especially like the cloth map that comes with it!

Borderlands 2: How to Unlock Promo items - Cheat / Hack

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

If you want more Borderlands 2 character skins (and some other nice extras), do the following to unlock the promotional skins.

Borderlands 2 How to Unlock Promotional Items

1) Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\2K Games\Borderlands 2\DLC\POPremierClub\Lic and open WillowDLC.ini
or C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Borderlands 2\DLC\POPremierClub\Lic

2) Locate [PromotionalUnlocks] and edit the section to look like the following:

Done! Now login and enjoy your Borderlands 2 promotion items (character skins for each class ~ Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, Zer0 / Zero the Assassin, and Axton the Commando / Commander / Soldier). Nice secret huh? Note that if you patch your game, this tweak will likely no longer work.

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