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.

Oh, but there’s so much more to see. Check out the Assault on Dragon Keep walkthrough for step-by-step quest instructions, or browse the full list of Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina DLC cheats.

Easter Eggs


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).

Spatula Khan

  • 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!

Sources: [Redditor ilovetodrinkbeer], [Orcz Wiki], [8-bit Flash]

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5 Comments on Borderlands 2: Assault on Dragon Keep – Easter Eggs Guide


On June 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

I think there’s a reference to Darkman. Yeah, that 90′s movie staring Liam Nieson, directed by Sam Rami; based on the old comic Darkman. At one point during an early quest, Tiny Tina says you have to solve the following riddle.

“I am everyone and noone, I am everywhere and nowhere” Who am I?”

Then Brick smashes the table with the die. However when you turn in the quest, the text says “By the, in case you were curious, the answer starts with a D and rhymes with Sharkman”. The riddle she gives you is a line directly out of the movie.


On June 26, 2013 at 12:21 am

Sorry for the double post, I just remembered the second one I’ve found. I promise as I continue playing (and will probably finish) today, I’ll write down as many as I come across, so I dont have to spam the comments.

Anyway, the second one is a reference to Disney’s Pocahontas. When you unlock the exit in the Forest of getting eaten alive by trees, a side quest pops up further back in the map. The quest is given by Mother Tree. She gives you a sapling to plant in the Orc camp, which you then have to protect from an endless wave of Orcs as it grows, and again as it rampages through the Orc camp.

When the camp is destroyed, Mother Tree will say “now you can paint by the colorrrrr…..ugh they make us sing that, like, everyday”.

Obviously a reference to Vanessa Williams’s song Colors of the Wind, which was written for Pocahontas.


On June 26, 2013 at 4:34 am

So I found 4 more on my own.

Fantasia, which is very obvious and you’d have to simply ignore the side quest altogether to not see it.

World of Warcraft, this one might be questionable, but I’m pretty sure it is.

Downton Abbey, shows up right at the end of the Game of Thrones quest.

Finally, Army of Darkness.

I’ll go into more detail on these if they don’t show up in the article.


On November 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

It’s not just fantasy games, there’s a reference to the Yogscast while you’re in the Mines of Avarice. While in combat, the dwarves will say ‘least it’s not a bloody creeper’, which is not only a nod to Minecraft, but is a reference to Simon Lane’s character skin and the persona he has when they play Minecraft

Lars Clausen

On April 21, 2014 at 3:55 am

“XXX needs healing, badly” may be a NetHack reference.