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I have finally hit the level cap in Borderlands 2 during the Data Mining story mission.

Now the golden chest gives level 50 items, the slot machines in Sanctuary give level 50 items, Moxxi have me a level 50 Good Touch and the various containers around Badlands and Sanctuary are level 50.

Is this it? Are the gun drops not going to get any better now? Should I rather wait to hit playthrough "2.5" before I really start spending my golden keys and cash?

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level 50 guns is as high as they come... until they raise the level cap – l I Dec 19 '12 at 0:48

Yes, you can spend your golden keys and cash now, a level 50 gun is a level 50 gun. Playthrough 2.5 is only important insofar as it makes getting level 50 guns much easier.

Playthrough 2.5 is important for two things:

  • Scaling Quests (and their rewards)
  • Scaling enemies

See How do subsequent playthroughs work? for info on quests (you're clear to take quests now, as long as they're level 50), but the main thing about playthrough 2.5 is that is scales enemies to level 50. Better stuff doesn't drop in playthrough 2.5 per se, it's just going to be (up to) level 50, so it's the best stuff. Technically you can go back in playthrough 2 and find non-level 50 stuff which will still drop lower 50 guns.

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