The Devastator is an excellent close-quarters pistol. Its accuracy is atrocious and is hindered further by its slow projectile velocity, but its fire rate is effectively double what is listed on the item card, making it far faster than most Torgue revolvers, and all Devestators but those with the Double Penetrating prefix only take one ammo per shot despite the raw power of the weapon. The sheer amount of high-damage explosions can make it surprisingly effective at longer ranges. A Gunzerker with Keep Firing... can make great use of the Devastator, especially using a shotgun or another Torgue pistol as its companion, such as the Pocket Rocket or Unkempt Harold.
Can appear with the "Double Penetrating" prefix, making the gun fire four bullets instead of two.
The weapon's flavor text is a reference to the Duke Nukem video game franchise. One of the titular character's lines was "Hail to the king, baby!" Additionally, there is a weapon in the Duke Nukem series that fired mini-rocket projectiles, also called the Devastator.