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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.

Call of Duty

AS VAL and SP-R 208 nerfs coming to Warzone & Modern Warfare

Published: 7/Oct/2020 15:55

by Matt Porter


Infinity Ward have confirmed that they are in the process of releasing a patch that will nerf Season 6’s AS VAL and SP-R 208 weapons, which have been causing major issues for players on both Modern Warfare multiplayer and Warzone.

Call of Duty fans are always eager for new weapons to be added to Warzone with the release of a new season, helping keep the ultra-popular battle royale mode fresh and exciting for those who regularly jump into Verdansk in search of victories.


Adding new weapons isn’t always easy though, as making sure they are balanced and fair can prove to be tricky. You don’t know how they will truly perform until they are in the hands of the massive Call of Duty player base, and often need to be adjusted afterward to bring them in line with the other guns.

Season 6’s new weapons have proved to particularly problematic though, with the SP-R 208’s speed, power and accuracy as a sniper rifle allowing anyone to become a one-shot killing machine. While the AS VAL has been shooting through unlimited surfaces, thanks to then 10 round mag attachment that sees it slam through six walls with ease on maps like St. Petrograd.


Unsurprisingly, Warzone and Modern Warfare fans aren’t particularly happy about the new weapons, which can make it impossible to avoid death while taking cover or make you an easy target for snipers.

Thankfully, Infinity Ward have been listening to the complaints, and a fix is on the way to get these problems ironed out for what is likely to be the final Modern Warfare in-game season.

In a tweet sent out by Infinity Ward‘s Senior Communications Manager Ashton Williams, not only are the developers intent on balancing the weapons, but they have already created the updates required and are testing them ahead of release.


“We currently have a patch being tested that has weapon tuning for the AS VAL and SP-R 208,” it reads. “Pending any unforeseen issues, we’ll release it as soon as possible.”

While the fix is on the way, Williams didn’t go as far as giving a confirmed release date for the patch. These things can often be delayed due to other bugs cropping up as a result of the fix, so Infinity Ward will want to make sure that nothing else breaks because of it during thier testing phase.

At least a fix is on the way though, and soon you’ll be able to take cover behind walls safe in the knowledge that you aren’t about to get destroyed by someone with AS VAL aimed right where you’re hiding.