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Rakk appear to be highly social creatures with a task-based hierarchy that includes scouts, hive defenders, food processing, and perhaps even long-term food storage not unlike honeypot ants on Earth. They are known to be vocal, howling or screeching to rally a flock when a target presents itself or proves itself to be a threat. They also emit a screech at the moment of their slashing attack.
Carnivorous and known to kill living prey, rakk can swoop down and use their tail to lacerate their targets without losing speed, letting them quickly gain altitude and set up another attack run. Like all creatures, there are Badass variants which have elemental properties and will often try to bomb enemies with ranged elemental attacks rather than employ the usual diving slash.
Rakk have a large target profile and no critical spot to exploit, however they are extremely fragile and almost any weapon can be used to dispatch individual rakk fairly quickly.
Shotguns are highly effective against flocks of rakk, filling the air with waves of metal capable of shredding entire sections of an attack run with each shot. Second on the list are Support Machine Guns which can rake a flock with a heavy rain of slugs, knocking one beast out of the sky after the other. Rocket Launchers can be used to vaporize entire flights of rakk if they head straight towards the rocket user. Anarchy Submachine Guns are also effective, combining the spread-out damage of Shotguns with the steady stream of machine guns. Repeater Pistols, Revolvers, and Sniper Rifles are generally not recommended as they either don't hit hard enough per-shot, or don't fire quickly enough to wipe out enough rakk before they strike.
Badass rakk are best taken down at very long range and never in an Outrunner. Use the vehicle to flee the immediate area and set up a corridor of fire to pummel this Badass enemy out of the sky. Combat Rifles or very accurate "Hunter" or "Death" shotguns with extended magazines or fast reload speeds are well suited to do this.
Players would do well to be wary of rakk patrolling the sky - if there is movement in the upper corners of the screen it's usually a good idea to investigate. If an attacking flock of rakk isn't promptly detected it can be deadly at lower levels, and devastating at higher levels. However, it should be noted that not every flock of rakk will attack the player without provocation and that it is occasionally best to leave them alone.
Types of Rakk
- Playthrough 2: Relentless Rakk
- Playthrough 2.5: Vindictive Rakk
The common rakk is dark brown with bright orange markings on its head, tail, and wings. Rakk can normally be seen circling in the sky waiting for something to blunder into the territory of its flock. Sometimes they can also be seen hanging upside down, preening itself with its rasp-covered mouth. Rakk do not usually drop anything when they die.
- Playthrough 2: Forager Rakk
- Playthrough 2.5: Cultivator Rakk
- Playthrough 2: Distended Rakk
- Playthrough 2.5: Tumescent Rakk
- Playthrough 2: Experienced Defender Rakk
- Playthrough 2.5: Hardened Defender Rakk
Specific variation, encountered only during the storyline fight with Rakk Hive. Apart from being grey-coloured, they are quite similar to their common brethren. Defenders are rather weak, despite their name, and even on P2.5 they reach maximum 42 level (while most of the enemies are on 49, 50 or above).
- Playthrough 2: Experienced Kamikaze Rakk
- Playthrough 2.5: Hardened Kamikaze Rakk
Like defender rakk, kamikaze rakk are only encountered during the storyline fight with the Rakk Hive. This variant is only released from the profound guts of the awakened rakk hive, and what makes them even more unique is their suicidal attack: they simply explode upon contact with the victim. Kamikaze rakk have dark, green bodies and lurid, orange wings. They're also the smallest kind.
Badass Elemental Rakk
Badass elemental rakk come in the usual array of fire, shock, and corrosive and like all badass enemies, these creatures have a high amount of health. Unlike regular varieties of rakk, badass rakk will swoop down near their prey, and begin bombardment with an elemental projectile instead of using the normal dive and slash attack pattern. The power of these elemental attacks combined with the high amount of health and supreme manueverability afforded these flying monstrosities make them extremely dangerous, especially the fire and shock types. Killing badass rakk may or may not result in a like elemental Artifact being dropped, but rarely will anything else fall out of the sky. There is a guaranteed spawning point for Badass Rakk in the Rust Commons West.
- Badass Corrosive Rakk
- Badass Fire Rakk
- Badass Shock Rakk
- Main article: Skelerakk
Rakk-traps are rakk that have been assimilated by the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap to fight on the side of the Robot Revolution. Rakk-traps behave akin to their normal counterparts, however their appearance will differ somewhat. Rakk-traps wear the typical claptrapped headgear of an assimilated creature, have their organic wing membrane replaced by a patched material in the manner of other claptrapped creatures, have visibly pulsing lines that appear similar to fiber optic lines, and have a Claptrap-type red reticle embedded on their heads. Rakk-traps appear only in Claptrap's New Robot Revolution.
Borderlands 2 Types
Volcanic rakk are only encountered in The Vault of The Warrior. They are generally weaker than other rakk at the same level, so they are very useful for getting second wind while fighting The Warrior. However their threat is that once they are attacked, they will counter-attack ceaselessly since they become immediately aggressive when they respawn.
Often appear with regular rakk, easily distinguishable by the slag "effect". Can apply the slag debuff to a player with a regular attack.
Rakkman's Minions are only encountered in Rakkman's Cave in The Fridge. Their behavior does not differ from regular rakk.
Badass rakk appear on True Vault Hunter Mode more often than on Normal. Badass rakk can spawn with or without an element, and have significantly more health than a standard rakk.
Chubby RakkChubby rakk are extremely rare badass rakk that can spawn in any rakk flock. Typically, chubby rakk are of a slightly higher level than other creatures in the area, and are considerably more powerful than the standard badass rakk. Killing a chubby rakk grants the achievement/trophy Cute Loot, and each has a chance of dropping a Cracked Sash or one of several Legendary items.
- While Borderlands presents the word "rakk" as both the plural and singular form, certain NPCs can be heard saying, "Didja hear? We lost Jess to the rakks."
- Despite their aggressive behavior, it is inferred that rakk are also scavengers as well as predators. For example, Baron Flynt tells the Vault Hunters in an ECHO communication that their rotted bodies "will be nothing more than food for rakk" when the salt flats are entered for the first time.
- Rakk often spawn from dormant Rakk Hives half buried in the ground, but are also known to inhabit burrows well above ground level.
- Bloated and feeder rakk drop sniper rifles more commonly than any other type of gun.
- When a Rakk is Phaselocked by Maya in Borderlands 2, it will fall to the ground when released.
- Rakk have a symbiotic relationship with Rakk Hives. They roost within the porous hide of the Rakk Hive, while the Rakk Hive gains protection from other predators, even when hibernating.
- The name "rakk" is possibly a reference to the giant mythical hunting bird, the Roc.