Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is the most recent spinoff from the over-the-top violent hero shooter franchise Borderlands, a sequence that can take an anarchic dark comedy approach to the space western. This newest installment holds itself apart from the rest due to also being a undertake an electronic tabletop RPG, complete with fan-favorite character Tiny Tina as dungeon master. The collision of self-aware dark comedy with looter shooter mechanics has resulted in one weapon in Tiny Tina's Wonderlands literally as being a dead fish.
Both looter shooters and purer RPGs are well-known for their tendency to give players lots of item drops to sort through. Although some drops are just vendor trash, many lead to helping gamers tweak their fighting style, load out, and stat distribution.
Redditor GingerKiely recently shared a screenshot of the weapon they found earlier that day–the Slammin' Salmon of Mirth. Hailing in the Bonk weapons manufacturer, the Slammin' Salmon of Mirth is really a legendary weapon by having an item score of 315 and a level requirement of 31. Additionally, it looks exactly like a defunct, decaying fish, complete with cartoony crossed-out eyes. It makes sense equal parts gross and hilarious, especially since the developers were comfortable with what they were making.
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The Slammin' Salmon of Mirth's main ability, "How's That Taste?!," adds 10% melee damage and subtracts 20% attack speed. Presumably, this is because being slapped having a dead fish is remarkably traumatizing, but slapping someone having a dead fish is much more difficult than hitting all of them with a real weapon. Furthermore, melee attacks with this particular weapon will invariably increase the risk for target being poisoned–an effect that stacks up to five times. The Slammin' Salmon of Mirth also offers Amp'd, which means that melee attacks will amplify the damage of the player's next three gunshots by 44.4%. The downside is that the Amp'd effect only lasts for 10 seconds, meaning that players will need to switch between fish and gun quickly to get the full impact.
As of writing, it seems that many Tiny Tina's Wonderlands players are surprised at the existence of this weapon. Several users replied to GingerKiely's post by insisting that they needed to use this weapon now that they knew it existed. They appear to be motivated less through the weapon's stats and much more through the hilarity of killing enemies having a dead fish. GingerKiely themself described it as the very best weapon in the game and confessed these were seriously considering utilizing it in the future. Given Borderlands' sense of humor, this is likely the intended reaction.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands can be obtained now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.