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I've been fighting against an enemy identified as a 'Warlord'. While fighting him, I noticed that he turns into a 'Duke of Ork'. He also appeared to deal and absorb more damage as a Duke of Ork:

Duke of Ork

This is in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode (UVHM).

My questions:

  • What types of enemies turn into a Duke of Ork? Also, do they revert back?
  • How does a Warlord turn into a Duke of Ork?
  • What changes when a Warlord turns into a Duke of Ork? (Any new attacks, behavior changes, etc?)
  • Any tips or strategies on how to prevent a Warlord from turning into a Duke of Ork? In UVHM, my Psycho character can't seem to prevent it from leveling up even though I keep shooting it with my shotgun or ranged Buzz Axe Rampage.
  • Any tips or strategies on fighting a Duke of Ork? (If I'm unable to prevent a Warlord from turning into a Duke of Ork)
    • Any particular weapons that seem to work better than others?
    • Any characters that are better than others at killing one?
    • Are they more susceptible to one kind of elemental damage more than another?

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When a Warlord Grug/Turge levels up five times, it becomes a Duke of Ork. When you are not actively attacking them, they can do a sort of battle cry which levels them up. As you can see, the Duke is very high level and can dish out a considerable amount of damage with his giant axe/hammer. When you see a Warlord, take him down quickly!

There is a unique version called Warlord Slog. After leveling five times in the same manner, he will become the King of Orks.

Note: This Kotaku article mentions a leveling Badass Orc Warlord as well, but does not specifically say it can become a Duke of Ork as it does with Warlords Grug and Turge.

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  • Got any tips on how to prevent a Warlord from leveling up? I asked because my Psycho can't seem to prevent it from leveling up even though I keep shooting it with my shotgun or ranged Buzz Axe Rampage. Jun 28, 2013 at 12:52
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The best way to kill the Duke after he has reached that stage is to remove all other Orks from the equation and then find a loop to run. Slag him with grenades or weapons and use Release the Beast and Buzz Axe Bombardier in unison to throw your axes as a badass psycho mutant while keeping him at a distance whilst you run that loop.

Alternatively, in the Mines of Avarice, have him plunge at you... off the edge of a cliff.

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