In this article, you will learn all you need to know about this little but deadly submachine gun. After you read it, you will know how to get Kaoson in Borderlands 3.

Important! This weapon can only drop on Mayhem Level 6 or above. You will need to finish the story to unlock Mayhem Levels.

How Kaoson Works in Borderlands 3

Kaoson is a very specific weapon, introduced with the update of the Mayhem system called Mayhem 2.0. It gave us several new weapons.

It shoots fast projectiles in either burst fire or full auto modes. They put sticky explosives on the enemies that explode after a little time. They get Splash Damage bonuses and Area of Effect Damage increases. You can melt your opponents with the right setup.

Both Amara and Moze could make great use of the gun with their Splash Damage skills, but also Zane with his Gun Damage increases can turn this gun into a real hard-punching laser. Now, let's see the specifications of the weapon, and then I will tell you how to get Kaoson in Borderlands 3.

Kaoson Specifications

Manufacturer: DAHL

Weapon Type: Submachine Gun

Rarity: Legendary

Base Ammo Consumption: 1-2 ammo per shot depending on the variant

Ability to World Drop: No


  • Non-elemental variant
  • Fire
  • Shock
  • Corrosive
  • Radiation
  • Cryo

Damage Type Increases

  • Splash Damage
  • Weapon Damage
  • Gun Damage
  • Submachine Damage
  • Area of Effect Damage
  • DAHL Weapon Damage

Drop Location: Captain Traunt, on planet Athenas

Drop Chance: 16.5%

Red Text: “Small but packs a punch”

Weapon Card:

How To Get Kaoson in Borderlands 3

Credit: Gearbox Software

How to Get Kaoson in Borderlands 3

In order to get the weapon, you must play on Mayhem Level 6 or above. You want to finish the main mission from the base game: "Impending Storm".

After completing the mission and killing Captain Traunt, you will be able to return to this map and farm him. It is a boss that has health and shield bars. You will need to use radiation or shock for the shield phase and fire against the health phase. After doing so, there is a 16.5% chance of getting the Kaoson.

It has a low drop chance, especially if you are looking for a specific anointment.

However, on April 8th, in the new Borderlands 3 patch, you will be able to reroll anointments on weapons for the right price [eridium]. It might make farming for the perfect Kaoson a lot easier, but you definitely know everything you need on now how to get Kaoson in Borderlands 3.

Is Kaoson Worth the Effort?

Definitely yes.

The weapon was a meta submachine gun for a very long time. Then, it got some nerfs and changes, but recently we got some love for the weapon with damage buffs.

As of April 3rd, 2021, the weapon is definitely worth farming for. It differs from other meta Submachine Guns and also allows us to utilize Splash Damage bonuses while maintaining the mobility that Kaoson provides. Hopefully, after this article, you know exactly how to get Kaoson in Borderlands 3!

Borderlands 3 is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One X/S, and Xbox Series X/S.

For more Borderlands 3 news, check out our DLC Release article.

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