In Borderlands 1, the items are included in The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and can be dropped by Crawmerax the Invincible, Badass Bruisers, Lance Pyros, Badass Engineers, Drifters, on rare occasions can be found by opening Crimson Lance Chests, and even less commonly by the occupants of Lancers.
Those listed below are the only legitimate pearlescent items, all added with The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. Each manufacturer has only 1 pearlescent weapon, and each weapon type has only 1 pearlescent (with two exceptions, there are no pearlescent Assault Shotguns or Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifles). There are three pearlescent shields, one of which is an Atlas.
Before General Knoxx
- Pearlescent was an old bug in Borderlands before the advent of the Secret Armory of General Knoxx where "white" weapons would appear over "dark orange" weapons in the inventory. It was fixed in the patch preceding The Secret Armory of General Knoxx . For all information for this old bug, visit Pearlescent (Before General Knoxx).
Pearlescent weapons are actually a hybrid cross between Unique and Legendary weapons. They are like Legendary weapons in that they can be looted from Crimson Lance Chest, and have both a Title and a Prefix (Unique weapons don't have a prefix). On the other hand, each Pearlescent weapon can only be rarely looted from a finite set of enemies, just like Unique weapons. Finally, Pearlescent weapons will spawn with some part restrictions, and always have specific material, just like Unique weapons.
- The chance of obtaining pearlescent weapons is exceedingly small, so much so that it cannot be properly conveyed with any ratio comparison to "Legendary" weapons.
- Each manufacturer has its own pearlescent weapon or shield, with the exceptions of Atlas, which has two; and Gearbox and Eridians, which have none.
- Pearlescent items can only be as high in level as 68.
Pearlescent items have returned in Borderlands 2, as of April 2nd, 2013. Little is known of their drop rates at this point, other than the fact that they can only be found in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode and have an increased chance to drop from Legendary Loot Midgets, Chubby enemies, and can be looted from chests. They also require at least one of the Ultimate Vault Hunter packs.
They can also be won from the slot machine from Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep or dropped as loot from the final boss in Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack Two: Digistruct Peak Challenge.
The following is a list of all Pearlescent weapons in Borderlands 2: