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I've noticed that if I punch one of my buddies I can start a "duel", but I have not yet initiated one (due to many midgets who deserve my bullets more). What happens when you duel? Is there any benefit for winning or penalty for losing?

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The way the trade window has a duel button makes me think you can duel for items. Haven't tried it, though. –  SaintWacko Sep 25 '12 at 4:46
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A loading screen hints it's a way to resolve loot arguments, but honestly duels have always been ridiculously unbalanced so it's not really fair. If you don't believe me start a duel with me and see what my Phaselock does... –  Ben Brocka Sep 25 '12 at 5:04
    
After reading some of these, I challenged a higher level friend playing Commando. My Gunzerker shredded him. Now I'm tempted to face @BenBrocka - but I'll have to wait till I level some more.... :) –  EBongo Sep 25 '12 at 22:41
    
In Borderlands 1, weapons with knockback could be used to propel your opponent to out-of-reach areas. One particular boss's shotgun was well served for this purpose, but I have not played 2 so I cannot say if this particularly fun feature was fixed. –  Joshua Shane Liberman Sep 26 '12 at 13:21

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Dueling lets you test your muscle against your fellow players. For the most part, it is for fun. Especially since it isn't balanced very well. Some classes are better at dueling than others, and your character and item levels have huge affects on the outcome.

There is a Badass Challenge called "Haters Gonna Hate" that rewards you for duel wins. The max rank for the Challenge is after 50 wins. You get the first level for winning your first duel, next rank for winning 5, and so on, up to 50.

There is no penalty for losing. After a duel your shields and health are restored for the most part. Though any ammo you used during the duel is lost, and special power timers and other timers used are not instantly reset but have to going through their usual time to refill. But all of that is easily recovered with a little bit of time and opening of boxes.

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There is a challenge for winning duels. Other than that, just bragging rights.

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