There was a lot of good stuff during the recent GB livestream, like incoming buffs to IB and Fl4k’s pets etc. Gearbox also said they were looking to balance some weapons, like the Lyuda and Hellwalker. The Lyuda made sense - it was blatantly overpowered, and its split was not anywhere as punishing as the BL2 version. It probably needs a rework to its fire rate or the split needs to be more similar to the BL2 version. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get overnerfed like the KC/QC though.
But what struck me as odd was the Hellwalker being in the same sentence. Don’t get me wrong, the Hellwalker is definitely not an underpowered Legendary. But it is not vaguely in the same universe as the Lyuda - hell its probably not even in the top 10 most powerful legendary guns in this game.
The Hellwalker is simply a fire elemental Jakobs shottie, which as a result of being able to element match, does about 20% more than a Dastardly Stagecoach against flesh enemies. Against shields and armor (which often spawn in conjuct with flesh), it is substantially worse. It also has about 60% more fire rate, which isn’t really relevant, given it has 1 shot in its magazine. Basically, it is one of those good but not great legendaries.
Sure it can be relatively overpowered on specific Fl4k/Moze setups, but that’s more the Some for the Road’s / Leave no Trace ability to extend the mag of the gun. But even on Fl4k/Moze, it is not nearly one of their strongest set-ups - simply because the Hellwalker isn’t that strong of a weapon. But the Hellwalker is one of the most fun and iconic weapons in this game, and probably the best elemental Jakobs. Please don’t be drawn by overhypers and streamers and actually objectively access the power of the gun - there are much more powerful weapons and builds out there.