You hit them because you love them
|Mission Reward:||Best Mother's Day Ever|
|Special Part(s): GD_Shields.A_Item.|
|[Love Thumper Variants]|
Special Weapon Effects
If thumping you is wrong, I don't want to be right – Enormously high recharge delay. High roid damage. When shield is depleted, in addition to normal Roid bonus the shield also produces an explosive nova every time the user connects with a melee attack.
Usage & Description
Given that the characteristic trait of the Love Thumper is its recharge delay, assumption is made that the user will be utilizing the shield strictly for its roid bonus. The tactic for using Love Thumper is to allow damage to deplete the shield and then use the roid and Nova bonus damage for as long as possible before the shield begins to recharge. Any further damage will restart the timer, which by itself gives more than enough time to move between groups of enemies.
The Love Thumper is a good choice for melee-focused characters such as Zero's Bloodshed builds. Paired with a powerful melee bonus such as a high level Rapier, a Strength Relic and the Many Must Fall skill, this shield can help to wreak havoc on groups of enemies while helping keep Zer0 cloaked.
Gaige can make good use of this shield. The Sharing is Caring skill will greatly increase the damage done by Deathtrap. The drawback is that unlike a cloaked Zer0, Gaige would be completely vulnerable to damage. That said, a Gaige using Blood Soaked Shields could regenerate her entire shield every time she makes a kill, granting the huge melee damage to Deathtrap while having a shield. Alternatively, since Deathtrap keeps whatever shield Gaige has equipped at the time of summoning, Gaige can switch from the Love Thumper to a shield more beneficial to herself once Deathtrap is released.
As the protection from this shield is limited (it works more like a booster than a shield), some form of health recovery is advised for any character using it. That said, this is a niche item that, outside mentioned scenarios, is surpassed in every aspect by other shields.
This shield is ideal for use with Krieg's Mania tree, as Mania revolves around providing boosts when Krieg's shield is down, using health damage to provide boosts to his action-skill cooldown and boosting explosive damage, especially during Second Wind. As such, it is wise to avoid completing this mission until late in the game.
- Love Thumper can spawn with elemental resistance.
- Love Thumper has the second highest roid damage of the game, only surpassed by the Hide of Terramorphous. (Provided the body and battery are manufactured by Maliwan and the capacitor is manufactured by Hyperion.)
- The nova will also trigger with certain vehicle weapons, such as the bandit technical's sawblade launcher.
- This shield is optimal for farming the level 5 of "Roid Rage". Players can equip any low level Love Thumper on a high level character and farm low level foes.
- The recharge rate is variable, but can be anywhere from several minutes to potentially hours before the recharge even restarts, as any damage will restart the timer. The shield can be quickly recharged by equipping another shield with a faster recharge rate and then switching back to the Love Thumper.
- The nova damage is affected by grenade and explosive damage bonuses. Source - Analysis
- The Love Thumper's explosive nova can harm teammates in multiplayer, and also Gaige herself if active on Deathtrap. This is an intended effect of the Love Thumper.
- Zer0's Grim skill will put the Love Thumper in immediate regeneration when Zer0 makes a kill, hindering the shield's effectiveness as a melee buffer.
- The flavor text is a reference to a song called "(If you loving you is wrong) I don't want to be right."
- The Love Thumper's purple rarity is unusual for unique items in Borderlands 2.