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For the skill of the same name, see Showdown (Nisha).

Showdown is an optional mission in Borderlands 2. The Sheriff has kept Lynchwood under an iron-fisted rule for far too long, and a bounty has been posted on her head.

Walkthrough

Objectives

"It's time to take down the Sheriff."

  • Confront The Sheriff
  • Kill her with a pistol (optional)
  • ...and do not shoot the deputy (optional)

Strategy

The Sheriff, Deputy Winger, and a handful of marshals can be found at the bend in the road halfway up Gunslinger's Corner. Some of them will be on the rooftops, creating an awkward dynamic to the fight. As with the rest of Lynchwood's inhabitants, all of these units are level scaled (to a maximum of 30 in Normal Mode).

The Sheriff is the only real objective, while the others provide interference. She has slightly more health than an equal-leveled Bruiser, and also possesses an almost equally tough shield. She comes armed with a pistol and tends to stick to the rooftops, but will jump down to street level to pursue if the action moves away from her, even chasing Vault Hunters down to the lowest part of Gunslinger's Corner if led that far.

Deputy Winger and the marshals are slow-moving and easily outrun. They do not seek cover, but are inherently tough, and those on rooftops are often in difficult targeting positions. Unlike the other Marshals, Deputy Winger is equipped with a shield and has more health.

Two bonus objectives make the fight even more awkward. Killing the Sheriff with a pistol limits the weapon options used to deliver the final shot, although other weapons can be employed in bringing her health down without nullifying the bonus objective. Avoiding shooting her deputy further pressures player choices towards precision armaments, and also discourages the use of action skills involving indiscriminate computer-controlled allies such as Axton's Sentry Turret, Gaige's Deathtrap, or Maya's Thoughtlock.

One can run past the marshals before the fight starts and reach the upper platform of the Gunslinger's corner. After jumping over the trunk chest, Sheriff can be shot (with a Dart so shots home on the Sheriff) while the roof blocks the view of the marshal as well as Deputy so the optional objectives are not touched.

Completion

"Handsome Jack's girlfriend is now dead, and you are now the Sheriff of Lynchwood. Busy day, all things considered."

Turn In: Lynchwood Bounty Board

Notes

  • Melee attacks with a pistol do not count as killing the Sheriff with a pistol, nor does elemental damage, even if the element was applied by a pistol.
  • A previously inaccessible car trunk loot chest behind a garage door in the building the Sheriff stands on top of is revealed during this mission, and becomes accessible thereafter.

Trivia

  • ​The objectives are a reference to Bob Marley's song, "I Shot The Sheriff", specifically the optional objectives. "I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy."
  • Despite if Handsome Jack is dead or not, he will respond with the phrase "Wait wait, did you... actually just kill my girlfriend? That's... kinda pissing me off. Hunh."

References

  1. Archive page, including song description and lyrics.

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