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The Fabled Tortoise is a legendary Turtle Shield manufactured by Pangolin. Fabled Tortoise is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Blue located in Caustic Caverns.

Special Weapon Effects

Win by a hare – Very high shield capacity, but reduced movement speed while active. Movement speed is increased beyond normal upon shield depletion. Greatly reduced health.


  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Fabled Tortoise has a less significant movement speed penalty while it is active.
  • Effects that increase shield capacity based on a percent may provide a smaller bonus than expected due to a hidden cap in the calculation.
  • Wearers always have one of these movement speed effects:
    • While shield is depleted (current capacity at 0 or below), running speed is increased to about 150% of normal.
    • While shield is active (current capacity at 1 or above), running speed is reduced to roughly half of the normal speed.
  • The Fabled Tortoise can spawn with a Torgue capacitor, granting the Blast-Proof prefix and explosive damage reduction to its wearer. It cannot spawn with any elemental immunities.
  • The shield's reduced health characteristic is removed from its item card, although the health penalty is nevertheless applied.
  • Any Overpowered (greater than level 72) variant of the Fabled Tortoise is undesirable for most, as the shield's inherent health penalty may reduce the wearer's maximum health to one. Though this will not directly kill the wearer, any damage taken able to penetrate the shield will put the character into Fight For Your Life, because health gate will not activate.
  • Raider, Titan, Legendary Titan, Sniper and Legendary Sniper class mods have shield capacity penalties that can be used to permanently keep the shield depleted, allowing for a practically permanent speed boost. A low level Fabled Tortoise will minimize the health penalty and make sure the class mod's penalty will exceed the capacity.
    • Note that this strategy will not permanently activate skills that require shields to be depleted, such as Fearless. This is because these skills activate when the shield capacity hits 0, and will not count negative capacity.


  • The flavor text references the Aesop's Fable The Tortoise and the Hare, a story of a race between a tortoise and a hare; the tortoise wins the race even though he is slower because he is able to stay on task while the hare is distracted.

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