Back to Pandora again.
Gaige did Tundra Express and Wilhelm. Turns out I misremembered, she was 52, not 53 (and is still just a hair short of 53). Rust accumulation was the only real difficulty. One stupid death and several close calls from fumble-fingers pressing a different key than I told them to. Brain: swap to Rubi. Fingers: press key. Brain: Umm, that’s the ROM… Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve played…
Anyway, some fun shenanigans in places. I was pleased by the performance of the corrosive Vladof against buzzards. Slow projectiles means she still requires a head-on shot, but otherwise the homing ignores anarchy’s accuracy loss and once they finally arrive, dead buzzard. The bridge fight on the way to the train had some fun bank shots too. Gaige vs. goliath blaster - no problem, just hide behind a pillar, and bank Fibber shots off the other pillar to kill it easily. Random dudes on the far side of the bridge - shoot in their general direction, and usually Close Enough will bank the shot onto them and kill them. Good stuff.
She Flakked Wilhelm, as is traditional when I have a Flakker available. Not the fastest Wilhelm kill I’ve ever done, but it was pretty smooth going. I forgot to swap her relic to the Deputy’s, which would have helped noticeably. Did I mention I’m pretty rusty at the moment?
Then I looked at my bank mules, determined that Zero needs to get moving to free up space on them, and ran him through Lynchwood to grind some xp before Sawtooth Cauldron. He didn’t gain a level either, but is just short of 48. That was a better de-rusting session, since he outleveled the enemies by 3-4, and the mounted deputies are pretty much made for Bore (I’m guessing buzzard pilots are too - I don’t think he’s faced a buzzard since getting Bore). We celebrated the new year by killing Nisha a few minutes after midnight.
Specifically for xp, I don’t think they’re any different than anything else. Wam Bam can be better than most since it’s another place to pop varkid pods, if that’s something you like to do.
I find them essential just for the variety - finally something to do that I haven’t already done twice over on that character, and well over a dozen times overall! So I always do all the HH packs and the three non-Scarlett DLCs early in UVHM, either after reaching Sanctuary or after Bright Lights Flying City.