Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero

Out of all the weapons available, finding the optimal one can be troublesome. This guide will show you the best weapons to try out with Zer0 in Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero
Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero

There are tons of various combinations of weapons/builds you can try out in Borderlands 2 for each character. Out of the six best unique Borderlands 2 classes, Zer0 – or better known as the Assassin – is a difficult character to play due to his low HP. There are many weapons that you can equip for him to work at his full potential. Let’s find out what are the Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero.

Key Takeaways

  • Character ZERO can be played either with a melee or sniping build. A sniping build requires upgrading all eight categories in the sniping skill tree.
  • Weapons in the sniping skill tree include Headshot, Precision, Killer, Bore, One Shot One Kill, Velocity, Kill Confirmed, At One with The Gun, & Critical Ascension.
  • The Cunning and Bloodshed skill trees should also be upgraded to enhance damage, reload speed, and melee ability.
  • The Longbow and Amigo Sincero sniper rifles are considered the best for ZERO, along with Lyuda and Pimpernel rifles, due to their high accuracy, critical hit damage, & damage output.
  • The Conference Call & Butcher shotguns are also recommended for close-range combat due to high damage and large damage radius nearby.

Here is a summary table for the Best Build for Zoro in Borderlands 2:

1LongbowHyperionSniper RifleE-techIncendiary
2Amigo SinceroJakobsSniper RifleLegendaryNone
3PitchforkDahlSniper RifleLegendaryIncendiary, Shock, Corrosive, Slag / Cryo, or None
4LyudaVladofSniper RifleLegendaryIncendiary, Shock, Corrosive, Cryo, Radiation, or None

Zer0 is a favorite fan character preferred by many veterans, especially if you are playing as a team. That is where this class truly shines since enemies will focus on your frontline, and you can deal tons of damage.

Borderlands 2 – Best Build for Zero

There are two main ways in which you can play Zer0. You can either focus entirely on the melee aspect of his build or use long-ranged weapons like the sniper. This guide will be focusing on the sniping part, and the stat distribution will be mentioned accordingly. If you are playing as a sniper, Zer0 isn’t dependent on getting good gear since you won’t need it. Let’s break down this build and get into the details.

Sniping Build

Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero
Skill tree of Zer0

HeadShot5/5Increases critical hit damage.
Killer5/5Increases zoom with all gun types. Aim is not disrupted as much when taking damage.
Precision5/5Improves accuracy with all gun types.
One Shot One Kill5/5The first shot fired from a fully-loaded magazine deals increased damage.
Bore1/1Shots pierce through enemies. Increased damage if shot hits enemy after piercing another.
Velocity5/5Increases bullet speed, gun damage, and critical hit damage with all guns
Kill Confirmed1/5Aiming down the sights with your gun grants you increased critical hit damage. More bonus for longer aiming.
At One with the Gun5/5Greatly improves accuracy with sniper rifles when shooting from the hip.
Critical Ascension1/1Scoring a critical hit with a sniper rifle increases your gun damage and critical hit damage with sniper rifles.

There are 8 further categories in the sniping skill tree. You have to upgrade all of them accordingly; leaving you with Headshot 5/5, Precision 5/5, Killer 5/5, Bore 1/1, One Shot One Kill 5/5, Velocity 5/5, Kill confirmed 1/5, At One with The Gun 5/5, and Critical Ascension 1/1.

This will allow you to deal insane damage from your sniper rifle and land good critical strikes. Once Bore is fully upgraded, you will be able to see all the enemies’ weak spots. This makes it easier for you to land critical hits and instantly kill the majority of your foes.

Plus, once Critical Ascension is maxed out, you will see the large weak spots of bosses. You can damage these spots to take down the bosses swiftly. This build is ideal if you want to focus on sniping from a distance and land good critical strikes.

Other Stats

Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero
Bloodshed and Cunning skill tree

Since you cannot fully upgrade all of the skill trees, you will have to distribute the rest of your stats to the other two upgrade trees. For Cunning, I suggest going for Fast Hands 5/5, Ambush 5/5, Rising Shot 5/5, Death Mark 1/1, Unforeseen 5/5, Innervate 5/5, and Death Blossom 1/1.

Upgrading the Cunning tree will allow you to reload faster and deal increased amounts of damage. Plus, you can even try using a shotgun or any other close-range weapon due to enhanced melee damages. Having a shotgun equipped at your secondary will be useful as you’ll be able to deal with enemies that get close to you. Not only that, but Cunning also helps you with sniping as your damage will be increased, and the reload speed is fast.

Finally, for Bloodshed, go with Killing Blow 5/5, Grim 5/5, and Followthrough 5/5. Putting points into Bloodshed is good especially since it enhances Zer0’s melee ability and gives you various buffs when an enemy is killed.

Borderlands 2 – Best Weapons for Zero

Now that we have discussed the stat distribution of Borderlands 2 Best Weapons, let’s talk about what weapons are good for Zer0. There are tons of snipers to choose from barring the four mentioned below are the cream of the crop. They are useful in any situation, whether you are facing a boss or dealing with waves of enemies.


Longbow showcase

Type:Sniper Rifle

The Longbow is considered one of the best sniper rifles against human enemies. Not only does it have a 98.1 accuracy rating, but it also deals tons of damage as well. The fire rate and reload speed can use some work although the rest of the features makes up for it.

It has an insane 170% critical hit damage which can take out almost any enemy with one bullet. However, the accuracy isn’t something to brag about since it comes with a -50% accuracy de-buff. However, to counter this problem, it has a passive that increases accuracy every time you fire the rifle. While you start off with bad accuracy, you’ll eventually notice it improving after every shot.

Longbow is a great choice for a medium-range rifle but lacks when using it at longer ranges. This is because it does not have a scope and the damage falls off at long-range distances.

Amigo Sincero

This sniper deals a lot of damage

NameAmigo Sincero
Type:Sniper Rifle
Mission Reward:BFFFs

The Commander Lilith DLC brought a plethora of weapons along with new enemies and a brand-new story. One of those weapons includes a sniper called Amigo Sincero. The scope of this rifle is extremely accurate, which means that you won’t miss the majority of your shots.

This sniper is one of the best choices when you are planning to do the sniping build for the Assassin. While it has an excellent fire rate, its tremendous damage makes up for it. Plus, you have the option to switch it to the semi-automatic mode, which allows you to deal even more damage. Due to the highly accurate scope, even the semi-automatic mode is superb.

Finally, the best feature of this excellent sniper is its ability to go through shields. No matter what type of enemy you are facing, you can use this rifle to bypass the shield. This allows the player to shred through some of the bosses which have tons of shields.


Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero
Pacifying Pitchfork is a variant of the regular Pitchfork

Type:Sniper Rifle
Element:Incendiary, Shock, Corrosive, Slag / Cryo, or None

Moving on to another legendary sniper, the Pitchfork. This rifle deals an even higher amount of damage than the previously mentioned Amigo Sincero. On top of that, it has a great accuracy rating that allows you to hit enemies consistently, even from long-range.

Not only that, but the magazine size is also quite decent, which means that you won’t have to reload the rifle after every shot or so. However, this gun uses many bullets, so make sure to stock up on ammo before heading out for your adventure.

To find this sniper, you have to defeat the Terramorphous. While it’s not a guaranteed drop, you can try repeatedly until you get it because it is worth it. Plus, it deals with elemental damage, which makes it even stronger against certain enemies and bosses.


Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero
The best sniper in Borderlands 2

Type:Sniper Rifle
Element:Incendiary, Shock, Corrosive, Cryo, Radiation, or None

Lyuda – or White Death – is the best sniper rifle available in Borderlands 2. Having fantastic power and accuracy, this rifle does incredible amounts of damage. So much so that you can one-shot most enemies in Borderlands 2. Once fired, the recoil is quite stable, and you won’t face any difficulties lining up the next shot.

Plus, the 125% critical strike bonus allows you to destroy any foe standing in your way. Another cool feature is that a single bullet can disperse into three further shots. This not only deals additional damage, it means that you are firing three bullets at the cost of one.

That’s not all though, it has an automatic firing mode which makes it more of an assault rifle than anything else. However, if you hold the trigger, you are bound to miss some shots, but if you fire it like a burst rifle, you’ll do just fine.

Parting Words

Now that you are familiar with all the stats and weapons, I recommend equipping snipers in all 4 inventory slots. Doing so will ensure that you never lose your Critical Ascension stacks and improving your overall effectiveness. The four mentioned rifles are extremely viable and can take you through the entire game without any issues. As far as the other gear goes, such as grenades or relics, you can equip whatever suits your style. Speaking of grenades, check out this Borderlands 3 Best Grenade guide as well.

That about does it for our guide about the Borderlands 2 Best Weapons for Zero. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite sniper rifle is and why.

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