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Read this Borderlands 3 guide to learn more about elemental damage types and effects! Find out information on enemies weak to elemental damage types, available elements, effects, & more.

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Elemental Damage & Effects

Elemental Damage & Effects Overview

Enemies Have Weaknesses & Resistances

Enemies Have Weaknesses & Resistances

Certain enemies will be resistant or weak to certain elemental damage. Using this knowledge, you will be able to switch up your weapons to quickly deal with enemies!

Elemental Damage Can Come From Different Sources

Elemental damage can come from different sources, including guns, barrels exploding, or even your Vault Hunter's action skills!

Hitting Enemies Has A Chance To Apply Elemental Effect

Note that hitting enemies will not automatically apply the elemental effects. Each hit will only have a certain percentage of applying the effect. This means that it may take a few hits before setting an enemy on fire, or the like.

Certain Skills Amp Up Elemental Damage

Certain Skills Amp Up Elemental Damage

Each Vault Hunters have certain skills that allow them to increase elemental damage when certain conditions are met. Make sure to spend some skill points to maximize your elemental damage output against enemies!

Elemental Damage Types & Effects

Incendiary Damage & Effects

Incendiary Damage & Effects
Strong AgainstWeak Against
- Flesh- Shields
- Armors

Incendiary Damage will deal fire damage to enemies. When the effect is applied, it will set enemies on fire and deal damage over time.

Shock Damage & Effects

Cryo Damage & Effects
Strong AgainstWeak Against
- Shields- Flesh
- Armors

Shock will deal lightning damage to enemies. This is extremely powerful against enemies with shields (blue bar). When applied, an enemy that is shocked will become electrocuted, stunning them in place for a time.

Corrosive Damage & Effects

Corrosive Damage & Effects
Strong AgainstWeak Against
- Armors- Flesh
- Shields

Corrosive damage is most effective against armored enemies as it will melt away at their armors. Dealing corrosive damage will also have a chance to corrode enemies, dealing high damage to them.

Cryo Damage & Effects

Cryo Damage & Effects
Strong AgainstWeak Against
- Armors- Shields

Cryo weapons will allow you to deal cryo damage to enemies. This elemental type is strong against armored enemies but weak to shields. When the effect is applied, cryo will freeze enemies on the spot, and make them take thrice the melee damage.

Radiation Damage & Effects

Radiation Damage & Effects
Strong AgainstWeak Against
- Shields- Armors

Applying Radiation to enemies will deal damage over time. If the enemy dies with the effect still active, it will explode and spread the radiation effect to other nearby enemies!

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