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In Borderlands 2, weapon prefixes are generated in several tiers, with the highest-tier prefix overriding all others. Each manufacturer has its own group of prefixes.

The three main groups of prefixes are the accessory, element, and grip prefixes. The accessory prefix occurs on guns with an accessory part, such as a foregrip. All Legendary, Seraph, and Pearlescent-rarity weapons will always have an accessory, as will all non-unique purple-rarity guns. Green and blue guns have a chance to spawn with an accessory, while white guns never will.

If a gun does not have an accessory part, its prefix will next be determined by its element, if it has one. Because Jakobs and Torgue weapons are never elemental, they will never have an element prefix. The unique Stinkpot, Greed, and Twister have special prefixes, as discussed below.

If a gun has no accessory or element, its prefix will be determined by the manufacturer of the gun's grip part. Certain grips will cause guns to not have a prefix at all. Because Maliwan weapons are always elemental, they will never occur with a grip prefix.

Certain unique weapons have special prefixes, such as "Miss Moxxi's" or "Gearbox." Depending on the weapon, unique prefixes will typically override the grip or elemental prefixes, but be overridden by the accessory prefix if the gun has one.

Certain titles of weapons also have special prefixes that will override the grip prefix, but be overridden by the elemental or accessory prefix, e.g. a Dahl Minigun will always have the "Nonuple" prefix if it does not spawn with an element or an accessory. Note that this does not necessarily apply to unique weapons of the same body and barrel manufacturer. For example, Bandit Room Clener shotguns have the special prefix "Threpul" which overrides the grip prefix, while the unique Jolly Roger can occur with an ordinary grip prefix such as "bandity." The same is not true of all unique weapons; for example, the RokSalt may occur with the prefix "Duble Bareld," which is the special prefix of generic Stret Sweper shotguns.

Gemstone-rarity weapons will always apply their manufacturer prefix, overriding all others.

Laser weapons added in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel use their own naming system, separate from what is described above.

Assault Rifle Prefixes

Accessory Prefixes
Accessory Effect Bandit Dahl Jakobs Scav Torgue Vladof
Damage + Nassty Attack Boss Severe Nasty Ferocious
Fire rate +, accuracy - Wyld Asss Feral Wild Savage Wild Rabid
Melee damage + Nifed Breach Razor Pointy Stabbing Skewering
Bullet speed + Fast Bulets Deep Cowboy Over-Drive Slippery Swift
Stability + Taktikal Patrol Horse Stable Rhythmic Resolute
Magazine size + Expandifide Onslaught Flush Engorg'd Plump Expansive
Accuracy + Akurate Scout Deadshot Dead-On Rigorous Severe
Elemental Prefixes
Element Bandit Dahl Jakobs Scav Torgue Vladof
Incendiary Fire Fire Incendiary N/A Inferno'd N/A Hot
Shock Zapper Sapping N/A Shokker N/A Sapping
Corrosive Crudy Corrosive N/A Dissolv'd N/A Corrosive
Slag Slaged Slag N/A N/A N/A Slag
Cryo N/A Ice N/A Frosty N/A Frozen
Grip Prefixes
Grip Bandit Dahl Jakobs Scav Torgue Vladof
Bandit / Scav bandity Reserve Filled Skavenged Lumpy Forlorn
Dahl greesy Smooth Slick Fightin' Slippery Woeful
Jakobs hevy Heavy Ornery Hevvy Hard Oppressed
Torgue hurty Skirmish Leather Hurty Thick Grim
Vladof shooty Blitz Fast Nasty Wanton Angry

Title Prefixes

Sniper Rifle Prefixes

Accessory Prefixes
Accessory Effect Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Maliwan Vladof
Melee damage + Cartel Conditional Contingent Tl'kope Sublime Britva
Accuracy + Surgical Client-Focused Longitudinal Siah-siah Dandy Zammechat
Critical damage + Night Enterprise Venture Tumtum Gentleman's Razrez
Stability + Liquid Stability Cohesion Chikamin Fashionable Dobby
Magazine size + Operational Capital Resource Hyiu Monstrous Bolshy
Fire rate + Suppressive Streamlined Operational Klook Banbury Skorry
Damage + Pacifying Investment Auditing Skookum Barking Gromky
Elemental Prefixes
Element Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Maliwan Vladof
Incendiary Phospher Pyretic Thermogenic N/A Scarlet Phospher
Shock Shock Power Energy N/A Zooks Strack
Corrosive Nerve Downsizing Residual N/A Bumblebroth Splodge
Slag Slag N/A Diffusion N/A Deuced Bolnoy
Cryo Frozen Cooling-Effect Chilled N/A Chilled Cold
Grip Prefixes
Grip Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Maliwan Vladof
Dahl Smooth Committed Standard Chuck N/A Nochy
Hyperion Light A-Triple-Plus Galvanizing Ee'nastick N/A Sneety
Jakobs Heavy Hard-Stopping Constructive Kull N/A Sladky
Maliwan Burst Fire No Prefix No Prefix No Prefix N/A No Prefix
Vladof Blitz Quantifying Expediting Kwalal Kwalal N/A Kot

Pistol Prefixes

Accessory Prefixes
Accessory Effect Bandit Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Maliwan Scav Tediore Torgue Vladof
Melee damage + Baynaneted Close Quarters Multi-Purpose Action Bowie Evisceration Pointy Permasharp Thrusting Patriot's
Accuracy + misles Floated Trustworthy Earnest Straight Shootin' Punctilious Guid'd Dependable Explicit Righteous
Double Shot Dubble Twin Compensated Redundant Two Fer Binary Two-Time Two for One Double Penetrating Dva
Stability + Marxmans Tactical Authentic Core Gunstock Elegant Dead-Eye Clean Stiff Resolute
Magazine size + Extendified Loaded Endowed Maximized Loaded Surfeit Increas'd Jam Packed Crammed Unending
Damage + murduerer's Neutralizing Tenacious Win-Win Dastardly Potent Smasher's Super Hard Purging
Fire rate + Rapider React Swift Dynamic Trick Shot¹ Expeditious Kwik-Smart Peppy Intense Vengeful

¹The fire rate accessory has no practical effect on Jakobs pistols; the "Trick Shot" prefix instead causes bullets to ricochet upon hitting walls.

Elemental Prefixes
Element Bandit Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Maliwan Scav Tediore Torgue Vladof
Incendiary Fire Fire Incendiary Passionate Hot Button N/A Inflamatory Spicy Red Hot N/A Burning
Shock Zapper Sapping Galvanic Energizing N/A Electrified Shokking Energizing N/A Discharge
Corrosive Corrosive Twin Disintegrating Base N/A Trenchant Tangy Pine Fresh N/A Caustic
Slag Amp Tactical N/A Amplified N/A Scoria N/A Disinfecting N/A Slag
Cryo N/A Ice Wintery Iced N/A Frozen Chilly Coldest N/A Ice
Grip Prefixes
Grip Bandit Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Maliwan Scav Tediore Torgue Vladof
Bandit / Scav bandity Reserve Takeover Acquired Filled N/A Skavenged Value Lumpy N/A
Dahl greesy Smooth Committed Standard Slick N/A Fightin' Fresh Slippery Woeful
Hyperion lite Light A-Triple-Plus Galvanizing Fine N/A Lite Target Straight Despair
Jakobs hevy Heavy Hard-Stopping Constructive Ornery N/A Hevvy Bulk Hard Oppressed
Maliwan No Prefix No Prefix Auto Correcting Auto Correcting No Prefix N/A No Prefix Disposable No Prefix No Prefix
Tediore redy React Slick Solid N/A N/A Reddy Top-Notch Easy N/A
Torgue hurty Skirmish Disintermediating Rugged Leather N/A Hurty Genuine Thick Grim
Vladof shooty Blitz Quantifying Expediting Fast N/A Nasty Snappy Wanton Angry

Shotgun Prefixes

Accessory Prefixes
Accessory Effect Bandit Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Scav Tediore Torgue
Melee damage + Slising Downsizing Restructuring Barbed Cutting Swiss Bad Touch
Magazine size + Drumed Expandable Scalable Sidewinder Fair-Go Extra Large Desperate
General Boost + Redy Stedy Conglomerate Social Well Kept Mateship New and Improved Sinewy
Accuracy + Sketer Executive Potential Huntin' Skeet Original Potent
Critical damage + Critikal Hit Decisive Critical Doc's Bloody Oath Royal Juicy
Reload speed + Quik Loadeder Streamlined Reactive Texas Kwik-Load'd Basic Impetuous
Pellet Count: +2
Fire Rate +
Assssult Enforceable Practicable Rustler's Battler Gentle Casual
Elemental Prefixes
Element Bandit Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Scav Tediore Torgue
Incendiary Fire Fire Intensified Clement N/A Inferno'd Sunny N/A
Shock Zapper Energetic Conductive N/A Shokker Blue Light N/A
Corrosive Crudy Rendering Industrial N/A Rotting Spring Time N/A
Slag Slaged N/A Negative N/A N/A Boosted N/A
Cryo N/A Chilled Iced N/A Frosty Frozen N/A
Grip Prefixes
Grip Bandit Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Jakobs Scav Tediore Torgue
Bandit / Scav bandity Takeover Acquired Filled Skavenged Value Lumpy
Hyperion lite A-Triple-Plus Galvanizing Fine Lite Target Straight
Jakobs hevy Hard-Stopping Constructive Ornery Hevvy Bulk Hard
Tediore redy Slick Solid Handy Reddy Top-notch Easy
Torgue hurty Disintermediating Rugged Leather Hurty Genuine Thick

Title Prefixes

Submachine Gun Prefixes

Accessory Prefixes
Accessory Effect Bandit Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Maliwan Scav Tediore
Melee damage + Cuting Bladed Forthright Cutting Edge Acuminous Slicing Perma-Sharp
Accuracy + Akurate Deft Considered Analytical Guileless Spot-On Guaranteed
Damage + Murduring Stopping All-In Rightsizing Consummate True-Blue Hefty
Bullet speed + Bulets Go Fasterifed Flying Promotional Proactive Impetuous Kwikner Brisk
Stability Ballanced Stoic Incorporated Corporate Lucid Steady Quality
Reload speed + Agresive Skirmish Accessible Social Apt Kwik-Load'd Refill
Element Prefixes
Element Bandit Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Maliwan Scav Tediore
Incendiary Fire Fire Incendiary Intensified Hot Button Fervid Inferno'd Toasty
Shock Zapper Sapping Energetic Energizing Storming Shokker Sparkling
Corrosive Crudy Corrosive Rendering Base Caustic Rotting Peppermint
Slag Slaged Amp N/A Amplified Feculent N/A Biodegradable
Cryo N/A Freezing Chilled Frigid Arctic Frosty Frosted
Grip Prefixes
Grip Bandit Dahl Hyperion (Old) Hyperion (New) Maliwan Scav Tediore
Bandit / Scav bandity Reserve Takeover Acquired N/A Skavenged Value
Dahl greesy Smooth Committed Standard N/A Fightin' Fresh
Hyperion lite Light A-Triple-Plus Galvanizing N/A Lite Target
Maliwan Jery Riged Burst Fire Stabilizing Auto Correcting N/A No Prefix Disposable
Tediore redy React Slick Solid N/A Reddy Top-Notch

Rocket Launcher Prefixes

Accessory Prefixes
Accessory Effects Bandit Maliwan Scav Tediore Torgue Vladof
Magazine size + Roket Pawket Plentious Deep Pokket Bonus Deep a Worker's
Accuracy + Snyper Pertinent Zero'd-In Ultraprecise gaa dunk ga Victorious
Reload speed + fast actons Prudential Clever Stocking dippity Ruthless
Fire rate + Rappid Predacious Kwik-Smart Bustling dum pa Turbulent
Damage + Big Puissant Heap'd Large derp Rugged
Projectile Speed + Speeedee Punitory Rev'd Up Rocket Speed Fidle Dee Paritisan
Swap Speed + Quik Drawler Parataxis Kwik-Change Swapper's Fwap A Moscovite's
Elemental Prefixes
Element Bandit Maliwan Scav Tediore Torgue Vladof
Incendiary Hunka burnin Pyroclastic Spicy Toasty N/A Red
Shock Shoky Paraelectronomic Shokker Sparkling N/A Shock
Corrosive corodoe Paraquat Tangy Fungicide N/A Virulent
Slag slaged Purulence N/A Disinfecting N/A Opposing
Cryo N/A Frozen Chilly Refreshing N/A Cold
Grip Prefixes
Grip Bandit Maliwan Scav Tediore Torgue Vladof
Bandit / Scav² gratuitius Proximate Knifey Multi-Use pokee doke Revolt
Maliwan Rockit N/A Rokket Rocket rock a Rocket
Tediore redy N/A Reddy Top-Notch Waka Icy
Torgue hurty N/A Hurty Genuine Boosh a Grim
Vladof shooty N/A Nasty Snappy Verm dee Angry

²The Bandit/Scav Rocket Launcher grip provides a hidden melee bonus, and its prefix will override any element on the gun. Although it appears outwardly similar to the other bayonet accessories, it is in fact part of the grip and does not take up an accessory slot; any accessories that spawn on the gun will override the grip's prefix.

Laser Prefixes

Laser prefixes are determined solely from the weapon's grip and element. The presence or absence of an accessory (rare, on a laser) has no effect on the weapon's prefix.

Incendiary lasers, the most common variety, take their prefix from the manufacturer of the grip part. Note that on a laser, the grip part extends horizontally from the left side of the foregrip, where it is difficult to identify in profile. The easily profiled handgrip on the rear of the weapon is part of its buttstock, which affects the weapon's recoil and handling, but not its name.

Body

Grip

Dahl Hyperion Maliwan Tediore
Dahl Flashpoint Star Galactic Planetary
Hyperion old Scalding Calescent Feverous Sizzling
new Lensed Hyper Catalyzing Heated
Maliwan Conflagrating Pyrophoric Coruscating Ebullient
Tediore Nuclear Thermal Fusion Torch

Lasers of other elements take their prefix from their element, disregarding the grip manufacturer.

Body

Element

Corrosive Cryo Shock
Dahl Disintegrating Inhibiting Catalyzing
Hyperion old Acerbic Frosted Dazzling
new Destabilizing Niveous Stimulating
Maliwan Oxidizing Cryogenic Ionizing
Tediore Alkaline Refridgerated [sic] Alternating

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