A decade ago, Gearbox launched its new loot shooter Borderlands 2 with an eye-catching phrase: “87 bazillion weapons.” It was a joke, obviously. But the last entry in the series, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a similarly striking figure has recently emerged. This week, a player stumbled upon equipment that they say has a 85 billion chance of falling.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlandsreleased in March for consoles and PC, maintains the series’ penchant for cheeky humor and randomized weapon dropping. Beyond the fantasy-inspired respray, Wonderlands introduces some changes to the standard Borderlands, including some adjustments behind the scenes to the speed at which the prey falls; legendary weapons, the highest level, is more rarely than in 2019 Borderlands 3for example.
Beyond legendary drops, Wonderlands has the ability to spawn equipment enhanced with permanent additional modifiers. If you play in Chaos mode – a challenge setting that uses a number of difficulty modifiers in the game – you have a chance to find Chaotic equipment, which has more damage than standard equipment. Then there is Ascended equipment, considered the best level in the game since it spawns with higher than normal passive stats. The Borderlands streamer Moxsy stumbled upon what players think is probably the rarest item in the game: a Amalgam class mod which are both Ascended and have perfect state reels.
The Amalgam class mod is such a coveted item because it comes with five randomized bonus stats, compared to the three you usually get with most class mods (even at the high level). The version Moxsy found is in Borderlands fashion, a mouthful of RNG modifiers: Ascended Warlock’s Amalgam of Glorious Purpose. It also happened to roll with “perfect” statistics for each of the five slot machines.
His reaction at the moment sums it up roughly: “Woooooaaahhhhh. Woooooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhh! “
Seriously, check out these stats: another 29.7% bonus everyone damage, plus a 49.% bonus to spell damage on top of it, and an additional 27.7% bonus to damage area on top of it, along with a 59.3% chance of landing a critical hit with spells or abilities. It also happened with extra damage for Moxsys primary class (Spellshot, 52.6% boost) and secondary class as well (Graveborn, 26.3% boost).
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“I was very lucky that mine rolled with all the injury statistics,” Moxsy told Kotaku. “They can also roll defensive and utility stats.”
That Moxsy came across such a rare find is due to the luck reserved for lottery winners. Over on the official Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Disagreement, combs players through the code and other game data to assess and swap key learning on everyone’s shared perpetual quest for fine-tuned min-maxing. Passive statistics for Wonderlands equipment is displayed in so-called “clusters”, which determines groupings of statistics that cannot be displayed together on the same equipment. For example, according to community research, if you get a speed of movement on a shield, that shield cannot give your companions a boost to their chances of landing a critical hit; these statistics are in the same cluster.
One of the most definitive theoretical overviews of Wonderlands weapon rarity is courtesy of Borderlands YouTuber Constantly Canadianwhich is where the “one of 85 billion” figure comes from:
Yes, I have a headache too. Fortunately, both Moxsy and ConstantCanadian broke down the math for me:
- There are six classes in Wonderlands. High-level class modes usually give bonuses to both your primary and secondary class. Since there are six classes in Wonderlands, Amalgam had 1/6 chance to fall as Spellshot in the primary, and another 1/5 chance to roll as Graveborn in the secondary. It is 1/30.
- The chance to have three skills with all five points evenly distributed works 1/243.
- Do you remember these clusters? Getting perfect statistics across five categories are divided as follows: 1/19, 1/14, 1/11, 1/8 and 1/5 – or, all in all, 1/117 040.
- Ascended gear has a 1 percent, or 1/100chance of falling.
- Multiply all these numbers 100 times (“by percent,” Moxsy said) and you end up with 0.0000000000117%, which comes out to 1 / 85,233,160,000.
“Moxsy’s Amalgam is the rarest item in Wonderlandsbut it is also any other amalgam, technically, ”said ConstantCanadian Kotaku. “Think of it this way: There are 85 billion different possible varieties of amalgams, and Moxsy happened to get this one.”
So the infinitely low rate of fall does not refer to the item itself, but rather to the case that one flawless version of it created for Moxsy’s character. However, he noted that this formula does not technically take into account any extremely indoor weed variables, such as the RNG weight applied to class-weighted skills. As a result, Moxsy estimates that the fall rate for this Ascended Warlock’s Amalgam of Glorious Purpose may really be closer, such as one in 26 billion, but it is a whole another box of beans.
“At the end of the day, the exact odds are very difficult to calculate accurately,” he acknowledged. “But the consensus is that it is on smallest one in a billion for a specific mod in the Ascended Amalgam class. “
When reached for comment, Gearbox representatives were unable to provide any specific data.
When it comes to pure numbers, everything with three commas is undoubtedly impressive, but it undeniably marks a search anxiety for Borderlands. The series has always teased players with a core of hope – the notion that by playing enough, or by repeatedly fighting the same specific boss, you can eventually stumble across the equipment you dream of. (Moxsy said the toughest things to find Borderlands 2For example, a “cakewalk” is to come in comparison to some of these rare finds in Wonderlands. ”)
“Borderlands is about chasing the rare loot, and getting it is extremely exciting,” said Moxsy. – This is obviously too rare.
Whether we are talking one in 26 billion or one in 85 billion does not matter; at that time we are all in the realm of Number Big. There is no way to intentionally look for equipment with these fall rates. It’s pure luck. Briefly about inventing immortality and playing Wonderlands For the rest of eternity, there is no way to guarantee that you can get a gear with these odds. Plus, while the stats of course are great, you do not get that much of an advantage in combat.
“Is it worth the fuss?” ConstantCanadian sa. “Absolutely not!”