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Special Weapon Effects
Description & usage
The Chimera is mostly equivalent to a standard explosive revolver, but with much more damage, and stronger elemental tech. Weak explosive effects are actually the default non-proc effect. Whenever the chimera does proc, it is always corrosive, incendiary or shock (but never explosive). The Chimera is hard to adapt to any scenario outside of combat with the ordinary bandit, as most other enemies on Pandora are either less susceptible to some elements (zombies being immune to corrosive damage for example), or have multiple examples of different elemental forms (badass elemental varieties of skag).
Overall, the Chimera effect should be treated like a novelty, rather than something you can really rely on. Nevertheless, the Chimera's default explosive effect combined with its high damage is something Vault Hunters can count on.
The Chimera effect comes from the acc5_Atlas_Chimera accessory, which is based on acc5_Explosive. It packs more tech, and much more damage, in the sense that it does not have any damage reduction due to the elemental effect. For an explanation on how to interpret the information on the following table, please see the stat modifiers page.
|Tech Level: +10||Tech Level: +6|
- A shotgun with a similar effect, the Boomacorn, was found within the code for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel about a week after release. It currently cannot be obtained without modding.
- The name is a reference to the chimera of Greek legends, which has the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a snake/dragon/scorpion.