I notice that Gaige the Mechromancer's Close Enough skill doesn't penalize splash damage. So, which are all of the weapons that deal splash damage?

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From http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Elemental_Damage:

All elemental weapons can do splash damage that affects any targets in that area

Additionally damage over time can spread from one enemy to another nearby, e.g. if a bandit gets close to another bandit who's on fire, there's a chance that he'll catch on fire too.

Explosive damage behaves slightly differently as it has an instant area of effect. I don't think other elements on area of effect weapons such as grenades and launchers cause additional splash damage on top of the AoE, but the DoT effects certainly can spread.

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    (1) That quote is in the Borderlands (1) section. I doubt that's true for Borderlands 2. (2) I believe DoT is only contagious if the DoT is applied by a weapon whose special effect explicitly causes contagiousness, such as Teapot. Perhaps you mistakenly believe that my question is in regards to Borderlands (1)? (3) I don't believe that contagion = splash damage.
    – NiteCyper
    Aug 13, 2015 at 15:44
  • NiteCyper is right. In Borderlands 2 elemental damage is not dealt in a splash radius, and only spreads due few specific unique weapon effects.
    – Orc JMR
    Aug 21, 2015 at 12:55
  • Im not sure about splash effects with "Close Enough" in general, but there was a question about explosive damage(which is a type of splash damage): [how does close enough interact with explosive weapons?][gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/183774/…, which states, that gyrojets work with close enough
    – Mystery
    Dec 16, 2015 at 23:38

Splash damage weapons can are usually Torgue-manufactured weapons:

In Borderlands 2, explosive damage is largely exclusive to Torgue-manufactured products. However, several other manufacturers feature weapons that deal explosive damage in some manner. They include:

  • Assault Rifles that use Torgue barrels (Bandit, Dahl, Jakobs, and Vladof)
  • Rocket Launchers (Bandit, Tediore, and Vladof)
  • Cobra sniper rifle
  • Tediore non-elemental weapons (when reload-thrown)
  • Bouncing Bonny, Bouncing Betty, Jumpin Bitty, and Jumpin Biddy grenades
  • Grenades and Gurnades
  • Murrv, Mrvur, and Muvr grenades
  • Kiss of Death grenade
  • Singularity Grenades
  • Transfusion Grenades
  • The Cradle shield (when depleted and discarded)

Source: http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Elemental_Damage#Explosive_Damage_Exclusivity

  • Your quote contradicts your answer. "can only be Torgue"..."largely exclusive to Torgue.. others include.."
    – user106385
    Dec 16, 2015 at 23:47

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