In Borderlands 2, Invader is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Saturn located in Arid Nexus - Badlands. In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, it can be obtained randomly from any suitable loot source and the Grinder.
Special Weapon Effects
The Executioner has arrived. – Fires a burst of 5 rounds when scoped. Greatly reduced damage. Greatly increased magazine size and reload speed.
Usage & Description
While the Invader's special effect on its own is rather common (seen on all Dahl weapons), due to the fact that it is on a Hyperion rifle, the burst becomes more accurate and more stable as the burst moves through its 5-round cycle. This makes the last round out of the burst most accurate versus other burst fire weapons that become less accurate throughout the burst.
The Invader's damage is rather poor for a sniper rifle, but the burst fire and reverse recoil effect together helps to offset this with a high damage-per-second when focused on a critical target of an enemy. The Invader will always score at least one shot with pinpoint accuracy and can keep such accuracy in short periods of time such as sniping multiple enemies, allowing the burst fire to make as much use out of each shot before the burst ends.
The Invader can be difficult to use practically due to its extreme ammunition consumption. This can be partially offset by equipping a relic that increases the limit for sniper rifle ammo and a bullet absorbing shield.
An elemental version of the weapon will guarantee procs with a burst, so a shock or slag can decimate shields or provide opportunities to deal high amounts of damage with 'Slag & Swap' techniques (respectively).
If the Invader is fired immediately after zooming into the scope, the Hyperion reverse-recoil effect will not work, and the Invader will kick upwards with each shot with surprisingly high recoil. This effect reduces quickly while the Invader remains scoped; after 1.5-2 seconds, the shots will be laser-accurate.
A SHiFT code for a single Venture Invader is included in the Diamond Plate Loot Chest. The item card caption reads: "It's burst-fire (like a Dahl), but more accurate (like a Hyperion). Which will make you damn deadly at long ranges (like a sniper)."
The flavor text references the original Invader sniper rifle in Borderlands. It was supposed to be called the "Executioner" and ended up with the wrong title due to a code bug.
The red color scheme is a throwback to the Borderlands Invader, which was dark red.