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The Rough Rider
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Manufacturer: Jakobs
Model: The Rough Rider
Game Borderlands 2
Special Part(s):
[The Rough Rider Variants]

The Rough Rider is a unique shield manufactured by Jakobs. The Rough Rider can be obtained as a rare drop from The Bulwark in Hunter's Grotto.

Special Shield Effects

It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. – 0 shield capacity. Increases resistance to all damage types by 20%. Increases maximum health.

Usage & Description

Due to its unique property of having 0 shield capacity, the Rough Rider will most likely only appeal to certain players. Its damage modification and health-boosting helps out a defensive/regenerative build (including but not limited to - a character using Miss Moxxi guns, Transfusion grenades, a Zer0 build focusing around Resurgence, or a Krieg build utilizing the Mania tree.)

A character equipped with the Rough Rider will benefit from all talents which activate "when shields are depleted" until they equip a shield with a capacity. However, all talents and bonuses which activate when shields are full will not apply so long as the shield is equipped.


  • Fearless is always active
  • Grim loses utility
  • A Sniper mod will trigger the glitch (mentioned below)


  • If an effect subtracts from shield capacity, such as a Raider class mod, skills that activate "when shields are depleted" are prevented from triggering. This is because total capacity is considered negative while those abilities are triggered at 0 capacity.
  • If a menu is opened and closed, the 'shields broken' animation and sound-effect plays. This occurs with all depleted shields, not just the Rough Rider.
  • Technically, The Rough Rider has 100 shield capacity that is permanently drained. This inactive capacity is viewable from a Med Vendor.
  • Krieg can benefit unequivocally from this shield, especially with a Mania build. None of his skills require having full shields and many of them provide increased benefits with a depleted shield.
  • Effects requiring shields to be full can be still be used with some characters by using a class mod that boosts shield capacity by specific amount (for example, Zer0's Professional class mod), making this shield somewhat more useful.


  • The Rough Rider is only shield to consistently have 0 capacity.
    • It is the only shield, so far, produced by Jakobs (likely due to the company's restriction to "old-fashioned" technology).
    • Shares Turtle Shields' body shape, which have high capacity and lowered max health.
  • The shield's name and red text quote refer to President Theodore Roosevelt, founder of the military group the "Rough Riders", and the "Bull Moose" political party. After being shot, he spoke publicly saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose."

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