Strikem' on again baby!
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|[Striker (Borderlands 2) Variants]|
The Striker is a legendary shotgun manufactured by Jakobs. Striker is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Old Slappy located in The Highlands - Outwash.
Special Weapon Effects
Fandir? Thirteen. – Additional critical damage, added with exceptional accuracy and minuscule spread. Increased weapon zoom when sighted.
Usage & Description
The Striker's most prominent change from its previous incarnation is that which applied to many Jakobs weapons - unlike its counterpart in Borderlands, where the massive damage was at the cost of fire rate, the Striker is semi-automatic with a small magazine in Borderlands 2.
Perhaps even more accurate than it was before, the Striker also keeps its bonus critical hit damage but at the cost of very high recoil - if unscoped, subsequent shots fired may miss the intended target completely. The nature of its accuracy further reduces its usefulness, as the Striker's tight spread will stray about the crosshairs as one group, a rather hit-or-miss behavior compared to other shotguns' random deviations of every pellet.
Up close, many other shotguns can easily outperform the Striker, even other Jakobs shotguns of considerably lower rarity as its pellet count is relatively low. However it only uses one shell per shot, so per ammo spent it is one of the most powerful shotguns on Pandora.
- Zer0 can make excellent use of the Striker with his many means of improving Critical Hit damage and accuracy.
- It's also a good match for Salvador, as it can do all or most of its damage at considerable range, even while hipfiring, making it a noteworthy choice for gunzerking.
- Gaige can also make excellent use of a Striker with an Anarchy build. The naturally small magazine size, coupled with the reduction from Smaller, Lighter, Faster can get the magazine size down to 1, which means it will be reloaded (quickly) after every shot, gaining a stack of Anarchy every time. The gun can also prove useful for Gaige when paired with the Shock and "AAAGGGGHHH!" skill as the shock novas created by the skill will be generated near-constantly.
- The Striker, when it has its maximum mag size of four, works well against Crystalisks, as a good shot can get all the pellets on one critical spot, popping the crystals off with one round.
- The Striker is one of the several Orange-rarity legendary guns to return from the original Borderlands and is one of three Legendary weapons which feature a barrel manufactured by a different company (Hyperion barrel). The other ones are the Hammer Buster and Sledge's Shotgun.
- The item description has been the source of conflict and confusion amongst fans because of an item acquired in the Tiny Tina DLC called the mysterious amulet. Upon recieving the item, the supplier says: "The secrest lies in Fandir's grasp". There is no other reference to Fandir in the entire game.