Borderlands Pre-Sequel Guide: How to Get Legendaries

Learn how to get legendary items in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel from this detailed guide!

Learn how to get legendary items in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel from this detailed guide!

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel has plenty of legendary items. These are the highest quality items with Orange color quality. There are multiple ways to get them though, and the new Grinder system makes getting them even easier, sort of.

I’m here to tell you each method you can take to get a legendary item in Borderlands Pre Sequel as well as some of guaranteed items. If you want more tips, check out my Borderlands Pre Sequel Beginner’s Guide. There is plenty of info in there even if you’re aren’t new to the series or game.

This guide will cover everything about getting legendary items, including:

  • How to get Legendaries – The different methods of getting them in this game.
  • Grinder Tips – Tips on using the grinder to make sure you get what you want.
  • Special Legendaries – Some items that you can only get by doing specific actions in the game.

How to get Legendaries

There are a total of 5 ways you can get one of these rare items in Borderlands Pre-Sequel:

  • Random drops from specific and random enemies
  • Getting 3 vault icons at the slot machines in Moxxi’s bar
  • Item deal in a Vending Machine
  • Quests
  • Grinder
Random Drops

The harder versions of enemies are called “Badass” and these enemies can sometimes drop legendary quality items. This is completely random and there is a certain type of enemy that drops them.

There are also items that drop from specific enemies. You will only get these items from killing that particular enemy. Below is the list of current enemies that drop legendaries.

  • Iwajira – Drops Thingy rocket launcher
  • Meg – Drops Torrent smg
  • Redbelly – Drops Striker shotgun
  • Bosun – Drops Cryophobia rocket launcher
  • Flame Knuckle – Drops Derp Nukem rocket launcher
  • Zarpadon – Drops The ZX-1 laser weapon and Prismatic Bulwark Shield
  • RK-5 – Drops Prismatic Bulwark shield 
  • Sentinel – Drops Black Hole shield, Eridian Vanguisher Class mod, and more
Slot Machines

You can spend cash at the slot machines in Moxxi’s bar, just like in Borderlands 2. It is random and a lot of times you don’t get anything good, but if you’re lucky, you can roll 3 vault symbols in a row and get a legendary that way.

Vending Machine

When buying from vending machines, there is a special item on the right that changes periodically. This can sometimes be a legendary item. They cost A LOT of money, so be sure to save up in case you see one some time.


There are only 2 quests that I know of that give legendary items, but there may be more that I haven’t gotten to yet. Future DLC could also put more in.

The first is an Oz kit from the quest, “To Arms“.  You have to donate 50 “white” quality guns at the quest objective to complete it and get the Oz kit.

The second is the last story quest, “The Beginning of the End“. You get a head customization called Champion of Eleseer. This looks the same on every character.


The Grinder is a new system in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel that lets you combine 3 items to get 1 better item. There are certain recipes to get what you want, but the legendary recipe is pretty straightforward.

To get a legendary item from the grinder, you must combine 2 legendary items and 1 purple item. You might be thinking, “Well why would I want to do that?” Great question!

Grinder Tips

The reason for doing this is control over the legendary weapon type. Whichever purple item you put in will be the type of item you get after combining. For example, if you put in 2 legendary rocket launchers and 1 purple pistol, you’ll get a legendary pistol. 

You also have the chance to get Luneshine. This adds an extra effect to the gun such as more experience or extra damage. It is important to note that this is only guaranteed if you use the moonstone grind.

When grinding, press the button designated for moonstone grind to use moonstones while grinding. This costs a lot, but gives you the best possible item with your combination. The new item’s level will be the average of the 3 guns you put in.

Special Legendaries

These are items that you get by doing something specific in the game.

  • Excalibastard – This is in a stone in Stanton’s Liver. Go to the top left of the map where the disconnected islands are. You must have a badass rank of 2500 or more to get it.

That’s it for my guide on how to get legendaries in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel. If you have any questions or know of any more legendaries, please let me know in the comments. For more tips and guides, check out my Beginner’s Guide.

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