The "Give It a Whirl" Bloodshot Stronghold challenge states:

Kill an enemy by knocking him into the whirlpool.

My melee only slashes—how can I knock an enemy?

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    do explosions cause knock back? – l I Sep 20 '12 at 18:11
  • A well placed grenade should do it. – Mufasa Sep 20 '12 at 21:46

This challenge is fairly difficult, especially for the Gunzerker and Commando, whose special skills aren't of much help. edit: it was pointed out in the comments that I misread one of the Gunzerker skill descriptions. I haven't tested it, but it appears that he has an ability that works much like the assassin's.

Zer0 has the execute ability in his bloodshed tree, which can cause knock-back into the whirlpool. Maya's phaselock can be used on enemies jumping over the pool (you can lure them into this by jumping across yourself), which will drop them when it wears off.

Everyone can get this achievement using grenades, but it's tricky. The best grenades for this appear to be vanilla -- they don't do too much damage to kill the bandits outright and they're explosive, so they blast people away from them. MIRVs don't appear to work too well, despite their explosiveness. The phaselock-like grenades would be better if you can get them to go off above the pool.

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    Gunzerker can learn a melee knock-back skill so i wouldn't say his special skills aren't of much help nor that it's difficult knocking enemy into a whirpool with him. – MaxBedlam Sep 23 '12 at 6:02
  • You're right. I missed that "Fistful of hurt" has knockback. I haven't tried that one personally, but if Zer0's works, that one probably should as well. Edited my response for that. – cljacobs Sep 23 '12 at 7:28

Actually this is very easy to get simply by using Singularity Grenades. Throw one into the pool and all enemies, even those very far away, are drawn towards it. I've gotten people from the top of the ledge to fall down into the pool this way. This has a bonus of not damaging enemies at all, so you can retry any time you want (grenade count permitting) and you won't kill the target unless they fall in the pool.

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I Hope This Helps! This is by far the best and easier way to do it, especially if you are zero since all he does is slash without having any knock-back. This way you do not need to get any skills only a grenade mod. Simply equip any "Singularity" grenade mod, throw the grenade into the whirlpool once enemies are somewhat close to the edge and voila! You get the achievement. In the video the achievement was previously awarded, hence no achievement awarded during video but I assure you it works!

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  • Welcome to Arqade. We like answers that are a little beefier than a link or a Youtube video. Could you summarize the strategy here? – kotekzot Oct 13 '12 at 21:10
  • I hope the recent edits are better. Let me know if there is anything else that I did not think of that should be added please. – FrickDude Oct 13 '12 at 22:34
  • Looks great, +1. – kotekzot Oct 13 '12 at 22:54

I used a singularity grenade to do it... in case that there is an enemy on the top catwalk above the whirlpool or on the sides (still upstairs) singularity grenades can pull the enemy into the water (only works if enemy is close enough to be pulled but far enough away to not get pulled all the way) like the guy explained in the video above, i can confirm it works

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  • There is no video with your answer. – Ryan Jan 11 '16 at 18:34

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