Borderlands 2: Assault on Dragon Keep – Easter Eggs Guide
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Borderlands is known for its Easter eggs, and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep continues the trend. There are so many nods to the fantasy genre, it’ll be darn near impossible cataloguing every instance; but we’re going to try to catch everything noteworthy anyway.
Expect to find sly winks (or unmistakable shout-outs) to anything associated with the tabletop gamer culture. There’s Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, Everquest, and Dark Souls to name just a few — so keep an eye out and join Game Front as we track down the latest / greatest references to the fantasy fold in Assault on Dragon Keep.
Dark Souls – Lost Souls
- In the campaign, there’s a side-quest called “Lost Souls” that’s full of references to the hardcore RPG epic Dark Souls.
- The goal is to retrieve souls for an undead hero, called the “Crestfallen Player” that waits (naturally) near a bonfire. He complains that he’s died “eighty times” and an annoying player keeps invading his game and taking all his souls.
- Get the souls back, and a new enemy will appear — “-=n00b_killer=-” which just happens to be a glowing red knight. A message pops up after he appears, reading “-=n00b_killer=- has invaded your game!”
- After defeating the invader, the Crestfallen Player complains that the invader would constantly backstab him while he drank from his flask.
- Completing the mission leads to this final exchange, “It can be hard out here on Pandora. You’d better hold onto your humanity as best you can.”
It’s Like That One Video
- The DLC includes one mysterious achievement, “It’s Like That One Video” that tasks players with defeating a great abomination.
- There’s a huge black cavern around the north-center of Hatred’s Shadow. Shoot the cave to unlock the achievement. Congratulations, you’re “attacking the darkness!”
Winter is Coming… Going… Gone
- At the town square, near your pony pal, Roland will give the quest “Winter is a Bloody Business”. The goal is to defeat an evil prince named Jeffrey. Roland even says that Jeffrey will become “the most monstrous king the world has ever known.”
- After defeating the guards in a strangely familiar throne room, Prince Jeff will send his deadliest bodyguards — Canine and Molehill.
- Once the guards are defeated, you’ll have to duel Jeffrey. Instead of fighting him, you’ll just shoot him once before he cowers, then slap the evil right out of him.
- The mission is one huge love letter to the Game of Thrones franchise. In the show, the evil child-king Joffrey is slapped by fan-favorite character Tyrion. Early on, he’s guarded by the Clegane brothers — the Hound (Canine) and the Mountain (Molehill).
- Before entering Flamerock Refuge, look right to find the Flavor Cave in the Hamlet of Swift Passing Through. Inside the cave, you’ll find a special character.
- Why, it’s Spatula Khan! Based on the warlord Genghis Khan, but with a spatula on his head. Chat him up to get a handful of choice quotes, all about genocide, warfare, and tastebuds.
Lord of the Rings-O-Plenty
- There are loads of LoTR references. Let’s go over a few.
- When on the quest for Ninja Loot, there are three NPCs you’ll need to find; Boil, Mash, and Stew. A reference to the memorable line from Sam in The Two Towers when talking about potatoes — “… boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew!”
- During the campaign, you’ll need to protect a tree named Mosstache. Sounds a lot like Treebeard, also introduced in the film adaptation of The Two Towers.
More to come!