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As I've been playing I've been spending my Badass tokens on various upgrades, giving me a small and mostly unnoticeable boost (so far) to things like reload rate, gun damage, fire rate, etc.

Every time I'm on this screen, I see that I have the option to disable these bonuses.

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Is there any reason I'd want to do this other than, I guess, to have slightly more challenge by having slightly inferior stats?

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A real Badass wouldn't need stat bonuses. –  bwarner Sep 21 '12 at 13:32

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It's probably for Min/Maxers or as Kotsu says, people who want to make the game harder.

I have noticed that sometimes I'll need to wound enemies and my attacks will slaughter them outright; if the badass bonuses were pushing my attacks from 2 hit kill to 1 hit kill I could potentially want that. It's pretty edge-case though, and all of the bonuses are only positive unless you're trying not to kill something or die more.

It could also be for Duels now that I think about it; it'd be rather rude to take on a "fair" level 10 duel but one of you is brand new with no badass bonuses to speak of and one of you has +crazy% of everything.

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The first time I went to play the game, I was playing with a friend who already had maxed out 3 characters and had +insanity to everything. He started a new character and didn't bring any guns over, but I still felt next to useless next to him, so I wasn't having fun. I imagine that turning them off would have alleviated that problem.

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In addition to what Ben and Kotsu say, It is also useful if you want to calculate a weapon's base damage without your stat modifiers by using the, ahem, "target" in Sanctuary.

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This feature was probably added for gameplay purists. If you started a new character, you might wish to disable bonus stats so that the game would be just as hard as it was when you played through it the first time. If you had a +10% boost on all of your stats starting at Chapter 1, I imagine the game would be significantly easier.

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