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Unlock A Secret Borderlands Boss By... Calling Someone A 'Dick'

Illustration for article titled Unlock A Secret iBorderlands/i Boss By... Calling Someone A Dick

We might just have a new contender for the title of most Borderlands boss in the history of Borderlands bosses.


Spoiler alert for those who've rejected the infinite communication potential of the Internet in favor of scouring games for days, months, even years, in search of every last secret. (More power to you! I'm just impatient.)

Here's the skinny: near the beginning of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, there's a (very funny) side quest in which you fulfill a dead man's last wishes by walking up to a Scav named Nel and telling him he's a dick. He slumps to the ground, casts his gaze at an unforgiving sky and bellows, "NOOOOOOOOOO," and everybody has a delightful time. That, as far as anybody knew, was that.


But as this video from Prestige'r MadLuigi demonstrates, Nel is also a boss-level enemy. He just takes a little... goading to bring out of his invincibility shell of passive-aggressive depression.

The short version? You need to do some wickedly specific platforming to assemble a series of letters—D and K—to hang on a building in Nel's direct view. With a little creative placement, the building, once stamped "IC 57," reads "DICK." At that point Nel loses it and the battle, which also includes a bunch of other enemies, begins.

For your troubles you get a legendary sniper called the Chikamin Skullmasher. You might recognize said pulverizer of brainmeats from Borderlands 2, which included a very similar gun.

So there you go. Vandalize a building with a crude insult, blast a very angry (and probably a little embarrassed) man to smithereens, and get a neat gun. Borderlands in a nutshell.

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This series is a true story of love and desire for me in gaming. A roller coaster ride of emotion, soaring highs, sinking lows and even gray days filled with yawns. I loved BL, then went lukewarm prior to BL2, as the games out at the time, mainly Witcher 2, had my attention, then BL2 released and I was all over it for nearly 4 months straight. 300+ hrs logged and I still am not close to beating BL2. When the news of the Pre Sequel started to surface, I was excited to return to this old friend with benefits, but the many long hours in this universe had taken its toll. Right up until release my interest waned, but I pressed on and got into it anyway. At first it was a pleasant light lunch of nostalgia, a whiff of perfume coming across the table from my old lovers new haircut, stirring up feelings of passion, but also pangs of regret. As the check came I realized why this affair had run its course, why it got stale. Then, over the last few days, all of these little articles started to surface detailing the myriad cool shit turning up in this game, and my gaming loins are relit. Goddamn I love the BL series.