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Borderlands 3: How to get the Lord of the Rings shotgun

Published: 16/Sep/2019 23:11 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 0:19

by Brent Koepp


J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings has come to Borderlands 3, as a new pop culture-themed mission and weapon has been discovered. Here is a guide on how to get the Middle Earth-inspired shotgun.

Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 3 released on September 13, and players have already discovered that the game is filled with easter eggs, hidden missions, and rare pop culture-themed weapons that range from the popular Japanese anime One Punch Man, to even Twitch star Dr Disrespect

But now Vault Hunters have discovered that the most popular fantasy story of all time, The Lord of the Rings, also makes a cameo in the looter shooter. Here is how to find the mission and rare shotgun.

Gearbox Software / 2K Games / YouTube: Arekkz GamingThe demon boss battle that is inspired by LOTR’s Balrog.

Where to find the Lord of the Rings mission

Players must first go to the planet Pandora and then to a location called ‘Konrad’s Hold’, where the mission is called ‘The Demon in the Dark’ and is a reference to the fiery demon named Balrog.

The quest will show up as an exclamation mark on the map, and shouldn’t be hard to miss. Accepting it will lead you to a lever, which opens a door upon pulling it. Players will then be funneled into a storyline inspired by the fantasy series by an NPC called Wren.

Unlike other easter eggs like the Rick and Morty shotgun that are just boss fights, the LoTR quest is a fully fleshed out mission. As players make their way into an underground catacombs similar to the movie, they will be met with puzzles and waves of enemies.

Gearbox Software / 2K Games / YouTube: Arekkz GamingThe location of the Lord of the Rings mission.

How to get the Balrog-themed shotgun

Eventually you will reach a section containing a well and a skull, which is a direct reference to the scene in the movie. Like the story, players have to push the skull into the well, which will trigger an ambush by demon enemy ‘Lagromar’ who has a fire attack similar to Balrog.

The boss fight is pretty tough, so it’s definitely recommended that you are above level 45, and going in with a friend will definitely help. 

Once the formidable foe is defeated and the mission is completed, speaking to Wren will reward you with the legendary LOTR shotgun ‘Burning Chomper’.

Gearbox Software / 2K GamesThe shotgun will set enemies ablaze with its high splash damage and burn rate.

The Balrog-inspired weapon may only be a blue rarity level gun, but its damage per shot is pretty insane. While stats are randomized, the firearm still packs a huge punch.

When fired, bullets come out in waves and shoot out like the fire whip from the Lord of the Rings demon, before coming together to make a big explosion.

H/T: Arekkz Gaming on YouTube.

With the looter shooter filled to the brim with popular easter eggs, players are scouring the planets high and low for the next familiar reference.


Valorant leak reveals fan-favorite Reaver skins returning for Halloween

Published: 24/Oct/2020 2:24 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 3:01

by Andrew Amos


The Reaver skins have been long requested in Valorant since the beta. After being an option for players to buy, they suddenly disappeared with no intention of coming back. Except, they are, with a leak revealing the skin line is returning in time for Halloween.

When the Valorant closed beta ended, everyone lost all of their progress. This included Agents and skins, which players were forced to grind for again.

However, while most of the closed beta contents made the full release, the Reaver skin line didn’t. The deep purple and gold skins for the Operator, Vandal, Sheriff, and Melee were left in the closed beta, and players weren’t happy.

Reaver collection in Valorant
Riot Games
The Reaver skins disappeared after the closed beta, but they’re coming back.

Every skin release since has had a dedicated chorus of complaints about where the Reaver collection is. That chorus may be silenced now though, as a Valorant leak has revealed Reaver skins could be returning for Halloween.

According to dataminer ‘ValorLeaks,’ the Reaver skin collection has been spotted in the main Valorant files under the codename “SoulStealerV2.” They’ll be launching in time for the spooky season, and will be “new and improved.”

“The Reaver Skin set will be the Halloween Skins for Valorant this holiday. They will be new and improved. A few updates ago I spotted ‘SoulStealerV2’, [and] Soul Stealer was the code name for Reaver,” they added.

New and improved could mean more skins to bolster the collection ⁠— most Valorant skin lines have five skins, while Reaver only has four. It could also mean new effects on reload, draw, and more.

It also comes after the Valorant account tweeted out a teaser on October 23. With the caption “decode this,” the image hint had six phrases ⁠— all saying “I’m returning” in different languages ⁠— alongside the scoped-in reticle for the Reaver skin.

Almost immediately the puzzle was solved, and the hype is unbearably real. However, there’s still a couple of questions: what guns will be a part of the Reaver collection, and when exactly is it coming?

Given Halloween is less than 10 days away, players can probably expect the Reaver skins to drop shortly. Patch 1.12 is set to release on October 27, and if we were to hazard a guess, it could be coming after the update. Keep your eyes peeled though, because Reaver is back.