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Phaselock
Phaselock
Stand still!
Character/Class Maya, Siren
Type Action Skill
Maximum Points 1
Minimum Level 5
Effect Traps enemy in a sphere of energy, temporarily removing them from the battlefield. Alternatively, directly damages certain enemies.
Cooldown 13 Seconds.

Phaselock is an ability unique to the Siren, Maya, in Borderlands 2.

It is an action skill which allows her to lock an enemy in another dimension, preventing the desired target from fighting back for a short while. Some enemies cannot be Phaselocked and instead instantly take damage.

Cooldown

Base cooldown: 13 seconds. Each level in the Quicken skill reduces the cooldown by 6% (0.78 seconds). However, the Thoughtlock skill will increase cooldown by 3 seconds.

Damage

The initial form of this skill does no damage to the enemy locked inside. Several skills gives this power the potential to harm the enemy.

  • Helios: A large fire burst that damage the enemy both inside and outside the orb.
  • Converge: Pulls nearby targets to the orb and deals a small amount of damage.
  • Ruin: Damage all nearby targets with Slag, Corrosion and Shock elements.

A number of enemies cannot be phaselocked. These targets are instead dealt a fixed amount of damage. Ruin and Helios damage will still take place to the target and nearby enemies, but no additional Converge effect will happen.

Skill Initial base damage [1] Elemental effect base damage [1]
Vs. immune 200 none
Helios 1.6 Fire 1.8 Fire / s (9 total)
Converge 8 none
Ruin 7.2 Slag
7.2 Shock
7.2 Corrosive
7.2 Shock / s (14.4 total)[2]
7.2 Corrosive / s (57.6 total)[2]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Per rank, if applicable.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note that this amount will be doubled by Slag.

Damage is equal to base damage * 1.13level. For comparison, a melee attack has a base damage of 20. Elemental Effect Damage bonuses will increase the elemental effect damage of Phaselock.

A Roid Shield will grant its damage bonus to Phaselock, when active.

Duration

Base duration: 5 seconds. Each level of the Suspension skill increases the duration by 0.5 second. Thoughtlock will further increase the duration by 4 seconds. Phaselock ends instantly when its target is killed, unless Sub-Sequence procs (in which case the orb seeks to a new target).

Strategy

  • Phaselock is primarily useful for immobilizing targets, and adding supplementary effects to harm them further. A key target may be trapped to make it easier to hit or damage, or a dangerous target in a group of enemies can be temporarily removed from the fight while others are being dispatched. The Cataclysm tree has skills that evolve Phaselock to damage multiple targets at once.
  • Using Converge (tier 3 Motion Tree) will allow skills such as Scorn (tier 6 Harmony), Helios (tier 2 Cataclysm), Chain Reaction, Cloud Kill (tier 3 Cataclysm) and Ruin (tier 6 Cataclysm) to become much more effective as the singularity effect will draw enemies in to AoE range, however most of these choices require significant point investment.
  • It is worth noting that due to Phaselock's primarily crowd control and support nature that it is possible to create an effective build for Maya which ignores the use of Phaselock entirely.

Enemies that cannot be Phaselocked

These enemies can not be Phaselocked, but may take a large amount of damage instead.

Converge, Helios, and Ruin will still take effect, while Suspension, Sub-Sequence, Thoughtlock, Sweet Release, Elated, and Chain Reaction does not. Phaselock cooldown starts right after the enemy takes damage.

Common enemies:

  • Thresher (all variants)
  • Loot Goon Goliath
  • One-Armed Bandits
  • Buzzard
  • Constructor
  • Ultimate Badass Varkid
  • All land vehicles (does not work on them at all)
  • Handsome Jack's Body Double
  • Sand Worms (all variants)

Bosses:

Savage Witch Doctors break free of being Phaselocked much sooner.

Notes

Maya Skills
Phaselock
Motion Harmony Cataclysm

Elated • Life Tap • Mind's Eye • Recompense • Res • Restoration • Scorn • Sustenance • Sweet Release • Wreck

Bugs

  • If you shoot the helmet off a Goliath and Phaselock them at just the same time, they will enter a glitched berserk state. In this state, the Goliath holds onto his guns, but simply won't use them, using melee attacks instead. Additionally, they will continue to walk at their (very slow) pre-berserk movement speed.
  • Bandit Technicals (Sandskiffs in the Pirates Booty DLC) seem to be completely immune to Phaselock - both the stun, and the damage effect. It is currently unknown whether this is a bug or is intended.

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