Borderlands 2 – Legendary Item and XP Farming Guide

Borderlands 2

As some of you might know, I am good friends with fellow writer Cameron Morawski and tend to co op with him quite often. Naturally when Borderlands 2 released, we were fast on our track to platinum it with the usual gang. Shortly after getting the platinum, we started working on collecting rare and unique items, which ultimately lead to others asking for advice. Since the demand was so great, I decided to make it easy for everyone and create a handy little guide!

Unlike most of my guides, this one has been broken up into three parts. The first part is what farming is and what some of the items are, next will be the “perfect” or ideal build for farming and finally I will show you how I was going about some of these area’s.  Let’s start by talking about what farming is.

What is Farming?

Farming is a term generally used in RPG’s and simply means doing repetitive work for some kind of goal. In Borderlands 2, this is all about leveling a side character or trying to get legendary items. Sadly most of these items won’t come easy, but with the right build the grind will be far quicker.

What are Some Legendary Items?

When it comes to games like Borderlands 2, you tend to hear rumors and talk about what some of these items. One of my favorite examples being the Teeth or Terra shotgun, which people always told me fired teeth. Since this really doesn’t paint a picture of what the gun does, give you any sort of understanding of it’s uses and ultimately leaves you confused, I made a video of a number of the weapons I came across while playing. Not everyone gets it’s fair share, but this should give you an idea of what to expect. More videos might be posted in the future or I might condense them all down into one super video.

  • Skull Squisher
  • Pitchfork
  • Gunnerang (it’s a homing weapon when thrown and will track down enemies to kill. If no enemies are around, it will just come after you.)
  • HellFire
  • Slagga (it fires several bullets for a fraction of the cost)
  • Baby Maker
  • Sledges Shotgun
  • Veruc
  • Teeth of Terra
  • Bonus Package (homing grenade that blows up, then spawns 10 little ones that spawn 10 more. Warning, this lags the game if used a lot!)
  • Breath of Terra

  • Conference Call
  • Bunny
  • Bitch
  • Infinity (doesn’t need to be reloaded either.)
  • Lyuda
  • Badaboom
  • Flakker
  • Maggie (Simpsons reference… obviously.)
  • Deliverance
  • Volcano
  • Shredifier
  • Quasar
  • Fire Bee (AOE flames + fires rockets as you can see)
  • Nasty Surprise
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43 Comments

  1. Maya
    October 9, 2012, 8:21 PM

    Could you help me?

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  2. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 9, 2012, 9:29 PM

    @ Maya, I can try, but you need to tell me what you need help with.

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  3. Maya
    October 10, 2012, 12:46 AM

    @Grant Gaines I just need help trying to get the bee shield. I also need help with finding some of the Siren heads, if you could help. I’m a level 28 Siren.

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  4. Maya
    October 10, 2012, 12:59 AM

    I just realized you’re on PS3. :( dang.

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  5. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 10, 2012, 1:06 AM

    @ Maya

    To even get these things quickly, you got to reload the game, which makes online play annoying. Honestly speaking, a level 28 Bee will be useless at level 37 and will lead to you having to redo it at level 50 anyway. Also heads are absurdly rare. Between me and my friends, we’ve gotten 1 from Terra out of at least 300 runs.

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  6. Naiamd
    October 10, 2012, 10:07 AM

    Hey, I was just wondering if you would happen to have any terra siren mods laying around that I could possibly have? I’ve had no luck whatsoever getting the siren mod >.>. Psn:Naiamd_
    Thanks in advance. :)

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  7. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 10, 2012, 1:54 PM

    @ Naiamd

    PSN says the name is invalid, perhaps you can just add me? (Admiralvic)

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  8. Naiamd
    October 10, 2012, 5:50 PM

    Will do.

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  9. Deebes
    October 21, 2012, 11:45 PM

    Great write up, grant. I’ve farmed for legendary items a lot but my pantry is still missing the great stuff. Add “deebes” and let’s play sometime. I have a few tricks to share too. lvl 50 assassin.

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  10. greyhawk22
    October 22, 2012, 9:59 PM

    Thank you so much for the helpful guide. I am just about finished up with my TVHM walkthrough and can’t wait to start farming. Do you have a spare terra commando mod I could have?

    PSN: greyhawk22

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  11. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 23, 2012, 3:56 AM

    Yeah. Just add me on the PSN and I will do that when I have a chance.

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  12. Bob
    October 23, 2012, 11:42 PM

    if I farm the orange grenade mod that is dropped by bewm and boom, will it be leveled. For example, most players fight that boss at right around level 4. so if I take my level 20 character and fight boom and bewm, will it drop a level 4 orange grenade mod or something to my level

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  13. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 23, 2012, 11:47 PM

    @ Bob

    It drops based off THEIR level, not yours or the purposed level. This is why I suggest you wait till you’re level 50 and beat the game, since it makes every enemy level 50 and makes it so you can’t get a drop lower than level like 47. (might even be higher like 49)

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  14. Jon
    October 26, 2012, 3:02 AM

    Any hints/suggestions for beating master gee?

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  15. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 26, 2012, 3:05 AM

    @ Jon

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  16. Jon
    October 26, 2012, 3:18 AM

    Thank you for the video. Maybe it is differen on the Xbox but the sand worms continuously spawn up to like five at a time and it seems like every time I fight him the acid only hurts his health instead of his shield. Also what seild are you using? The bee?

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  17. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 26, 2012, 3:28 AM

    @ Jon

    They do on the PS3 too, but if he can’t see you, then the game just “stops” (Single Player Only). If you move out from that spot, like 5 worms will pop out and he will attack.
    You need him to “suck up” the acid by standing in the geyser. Failing to do so will cause him to lose life, but also fill up the place killing you at some point.
    Yes it’s the bee, but any shield will work. The worms have a lot of life, so I was trying to make it easier for people. I could have just pulled out the BM and 1 hit them, but that doesn’t help anyone.

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  18. Jon
    October 26, 2012, 3:31 AM

    Ok thank you again. This has truly helped!

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  19. Guillermol
    October 29, 2012, 7:12 PM

    So i haven’t even been playing nearly enough as i should be, Should i focus on first beating the game and leveling up my character before i even worry about the legendary weapons?

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  20. Grant Gaines (大将)
    October 29, 2012, 7:56 PM

    @ Guilllermoi

    The guide covers this question in decent detail.

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  21. commstamen
    November 10, 2012, 8:26 PM

    Hey there. I noticed you’re on PS3. So am I! Would you happen to have an extra Slayer of Terra lying around for Mechromancer?

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  22. Grant Gaines (大将)
    November 11, 2012, 12:04 AM

    @ Commstamen

    I do. Feel free to add me and I’ll give you it.

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  23. commstamen
    November 11, 2012, 4:50 PM

    I tried adding you, not sure it went through though. Sorry about that.

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  24. chaosroulette
    November 15, 2012, 12:35 PM

    Hey im having some serious issues getting a lvl 50 conference call to drop. i have a lvl 30 one on the same account and was wondering if that would prevent another from dropping? Or should i just keep plugging away at it and hope for the best?

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  25. Grant Gaines (大将)
    November 15, 2012, 12:47 PM

    @ Chaosroulette

    Doesn’t make a difference, but you have to remember that these are rare drops. You only have around a 1% chance of getting a legendary drop, so it should take a few attempts.

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  26. chaosroulette
    November 15, 2012, 1:06 PM

    Also it doeant appear as if the lower lvl areas in my game have scaled up since i defeated the warrior on tvhm. what can i do to rectify this?

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  27. Grant Gaines (大将)
    November 15, 2012, 1:15 PM

    @ Chaosroulette

    Make sure you have every story mission completed. If you do, then I don’t know how to help you.

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  28. chaosroulette
    November 15, 2012, 2:21 PM

    Alright. thank you for the help.

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  29. Sean
    December 3, 2012, 6:18 PM

    @ Grant, do you need DLC to fight Terramorphos?

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  30. Grant Gaines (大将)
    December 3, 2012, 10:51 PM

    @ Sean

    Terra and Verm are default bosses, which are included with the vanilla game. You unlock the ability to fight Terra after beating the game and can fight Verm by letting Varkid evolve.

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  31. Sean
    December 4, 2012, 1:36 PM

    @ grant
    I can’t seem to find your psn name to add you?

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  32. Sean
    December 4, 2012, 1:38 PM

    Nvm that last comment lol.

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  33. John
    December 11, 2012, 12:30 PM

    could you help with getting verm to spawn? or at least give me some tips. psn: smartassemperor

    and do you know if verm or hyperious (sry if i mispelled it) drops any legendary weapons?

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  34. Grant Gaines (大将)
    December 11, 2012, 3:20 PM

    @ John

    I didn’t post a guide for it, since it’s like saying you have a better chance of getting a legendary weapon if you’re wearing a golden colored shirt. There is a THEORY that wearing the Blood of Terra and Hide of Terra makes the Varkid evolve faster, though the red text is also believed to be nothing more than a poem. Another THEORY is that he will only spawn with more people, which appears to be true. I’ve summoned Verm in 10 minutes with 4 people in the room, but I’ve also failed to spawn him after an hour in another room. I sincerely believe that every Varkid spawns with a set “evolve” pattern. By this I mean every varkid is set to “max out” at some point, so 1 varkid might stop at Badass and another at Ultimate, it’s all impossible to tell and purely based off luck.

    Verm has like 15 legendary items attached to him, so he’s pretty important if you want any of them. 5 of them are head pieces, 5 of them are the legendary class mods, the Norfleet (rocket), Surprise Package (I think thats it and it’s a grenade) are said to come from him. I believe he has other legendary items, but the Norfleet is the only one people care about. Hyperious also drops legendary weapons, but it’s stuff you can get elsewhere for less work.

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  35. Scottyl33t
    January 11, 2013, 1:48 AM

    great guide. question, you would go after the legendary terra mods before the bee? seems like the bee would help :3

    also in the dlc they gave us another invincible. Pete the invincible. in the torgue package. might want to check it out. I had the +5% rare drops thing on and I got nothing orange, so it may just be another worthless boss.

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  36. Grant Gaines (大将)
    January 11, 2013, 2:06 AM

    @ Scottyl33t

    Well you have to remember that Terra drops a class mod every time, so there isn’t much luck involved. For that reason alone I suggest getting that first, though you can go about it however you want.

    The DLC bosses have better rates (according to everything I’ve heard), but they don’t offer anything unique and are harder to kill than anything in the base game. They also have a 1 day lock, so I didn’t bother expanding the guide to include them.

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  37. Scottyl33t
    January 11, 2013, 5:22 PM

    Ahh. see I didn’t know that about dlc bosses. I spent like an hour trying to kill pete and was thoroughly disappointed in the loot.

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  38. Benjywright
    January 14, 2013, 8:24 PM

    Hey there, great guide, don’t suppose you have a spare Assassin Slayer of Terra class mod?

    PSN: benjy2000

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  39. Grant Gaines (大将)
    January 15, 2013, 10:50 PM

    @ Benjywright

    None left, sorry. Also you get a LOT of cash from weapons later on. I have some worth 100,000+.

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  40. ajust916
    June 22, 2013, 8:37 AM

    Really like this guide and your explainations, well done. Am intrested to see/read your take on the new DLC, Tiny Tin’a Attack on Dragon Keep

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  41. Garry
    August 4, 2013, 11:21 AM

    I need some help getting the infinity pistol. If you could help me out sometime that would be great. (gdruryii). Im a level 54 commando.

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  42. Keith
    February 5, 2014, 1:15 PM

    Hi Grant,

    Great article! Was wondering if you still have any Slayer of Terra class mods available for a Siren? My id on PSN is The11thLetter

    Thanks!

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  43. Eric
    April 17, 2014, 3:31 PM

    I’m having trouble. Just killed bnker picked up an item then quit and saved. Came back and no bnker just continuing the main story line. What am I doing wrong? I’m on ps3 by the way. Need your help and suggestions, thanks.

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