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Tidal Wave
Tidal Wave-Ornery
You're not a Skag, are ya?
Manufacturer: Jakobs
Type: Shotgun
Model: Tidal Wave
Element: None
Game: Borderlands 2
Mission Reward: Uncle Teddy
Special Part(s):
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GD_Weap_Shotgun.Barrel.
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[Tidal Wave Variants]

The Tidal Wave is a unique Jakobs shotgun. Tidal Wave is obtained from the mission Uncle Teddy located in Arid Nexus - Badlands.

Special Weapon Effects

Flee the Wave, Dude! – Fires 13 horizontal slow moving projectiles in a wave pattern that ricochets off of surfaces once if it does not hit an enemy.

Usage & Description

Due to the unusual nature of the pellet spread and behaviour, this gun is not much use past extreme close range. It is not good for fighting humanoid enemies due to their vertical frames and the horizontal spread of the shot. It is best for fighting wide-body enemies, such as skags and particularly loaders, as aiming can start at the critical locations in the leg joints and the recoil can rise up to the other three critical locations on the upper torso. It can, with some skill, be used to take rakk swarms, provided the swarm is grouped closely together, (the same can be said for bandits). Indoors, the ricocheting pellets may bounce off walls and hit enemies from behind.

One could use the Tidal wave to quickly take out crystalisks, via aiming for back leg, thus allowing the projectiles to not only hit all three critical locations, but also bounce back and hitting the front legs multiple times. However care must be taken in using this tactic, as the shots may rebound and considerably damage the user.

The Tidal Wave is also an ideal weapon to use against The Warrior, the final boss in the game. The pellets will typically be spread out to the point where The Warriors entire chest will shatter if the gun is a high enough level.

Notes

  • The Tidal Wave was dropped from DJ Tanner on Day 13 of the Borderlands 2 $100,000 Loot Hunt. A hotfix on that day increased the damage and makes the shots ricochet more.
  • If fired inside cramped areas, especially the pipeline in the Badlands, the resulting ricocheting pellets can kill the wielder.
  • A Maya build specializing in Life Tap and Inertia could use the tidal wave as an assault rifle replacement, utilizing it's unusual spread to hit multiple enemies and heal the user substantially, whilst giving it's already brief reload period an extra boost.

Trivia

  • This gun and its flavor text are a nod to the shotgun T.K's Wave and its Ride the Wave, Dude! featured in Borderlands.


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