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Beam is the title of a group of common lasers in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. They are manufactured by Dahl, Maliwan, Hyperion and Tediore, and features the Maliwan barrel "Beam".

Usage & Description

Beam lasers fire a sustained arc of energy that persists as long as the trigger is held down. Despite its looks, the arc has limited range, and holding down the trigger causes the weapon to sway wildly with recoil, making it hard to control. The only exception is if Beam laser is produced by Hyperion, in which the arc becomes very accurate with extended use.

Depending on the manufacturer of the laser's body, the Beam lasers can spawn with manufacturer-specific gimmicks:

  • Beam with the Dahl body shoots bursts when aiming, along with recoil reduction. They also come with the innate ability to penetrate through enemy targets, inflicting damage to several enemies at once.
  • Beam with Hyperion bodies starts firing with a low accuracy that increases as the weapon shoots longer (Hyperion's reverse recoil). Also, they are given the increased by 50% (60% with Hyperion stock) critical hit damage.
  • The genuine Maliwan Beam come with the highest elemental damage and chance out of all manufacturers, making it reliable for inflicting elemental status effects. It have a continuous damage bonus is more damaging the longer the trigger is held and be able to rack out significant amounts of damage over a short period of time (up to 218%), which is useful against larger and stronger enemies.
  • Beam with the Tediore barrel has the weaker listed damage but the quick reloading due the Tediore gimmick of being thrown like a grenade when reloaded. But such Beam has the boosted manufacturer gimmick: thrown weapon acts like Tesla grenades upon reload, weakly shocking nearby enemies until it detonates.

Common

Element Body manufacturer
Dahl Hyperion Maliwan Tediore
old new
Cryo
Arctic Fox Beam Glacier Beam Zero Beam Comet Beam Coolstream Beam
Corrosive
Scorpion Beam Destabilizing Beam Deconstructor Beam Venus Beam Paintstripper Beam
Incendiary
Beetle Beam Convector Beam Afterburner Beam Mercury Beam Enkindler Beam
Shock
Eel Beam Motivator Beam Energizer Beam Polaris Beam Spark Beam

Notable variants

  • Maliwan Bright SpadroonUnique always shock Beam with very high damage, extremely large magazine size and high continuous damage bonus but extremely low range.
  • Maliwan FreezeasyUnique always cryo Beam with high elemental effect chance at the cost of drastically reduced gun damage.
  • Maliwan Ol' RosieUnique purple Beam with very high continuous damage bonus.
  • Maliwan Tannis' Laser of EnlightenmentUnique always Incendiary laser with high elemental effect chance and greatly increased magazine size; fires a cone of flames in front of the barrel, at a reduced range.
  • Maliwan Vibra-PulseUnique always shock and healing laser from Moxxi. It fires a continuous beam which inflicts increasingly heavier damage upon a target and chains damage to surrounding enemies.
  • Tediore VandergraffenUnique always shock laser with beam barrel and increased elemental effect chance.
  • Absolute Zero – always cryo Legendary variant of genuine Maliwan Beam in The Claptastic Voyage with greatly increased damage and high elemental effect chance but greatly reduced magazine size.

Notes

  • The Beams of white rarity by Dahl, Hyperion and Tediore only comes with incendiary element.
  • The variants of Hyperion Beams can spawn with Hyperion's new-style or old-style sets of materials and prefixes.
    • Old-style Hyperion Beams have higher damage output, slightly better stats of rate of fire and reload time, but lower listed accuracy.
  • The Beam with a Hyperion body offsets the typical huge recoil that Beam-barreled lasers suffer from, making them extremely accurate and damaging weapons even at medium-long ranges.
  • Beam lasers is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.


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