Borderlands 2 – Krieg The Psycho Skills And Heads Detailed

We’ve got more details on Borderlands 2’s sixth, upcoming playable character, Krieg the Psycho.

Through a recent patch, we’ve been able to find out what Kreig’s skill trees contain and what sort of customizable heads we can look forward to when he’s officially released some time in May.

First up, we will take a detailed look at the skills that Krieg’s Bloodlust, Mania and Hellfire skill trees include:

Krieg The Psycho Skills


Tier 1:
  • Blood Twitch: +0.3% Weapon Swap speed per Bloodlust stack per level.
  • Blood Filled Guns: +0.5% Magazine Size per Bloodlust stack per level.
Tier 2:
  • Blood Overdrive: Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives +0.5% Melee Damage and -0.005s Grenade Fuse Time per Bloodlust stack per level for a short time.
  • Blood Revival: +0.3% Assault Rifle damage during Fight For Your Life per Bloodlust stack per level.
Tier 3:
  • Taste Of Blood: +0.1% damage reduction during Buzz Axe Rampage per Bloodlust stack per level. +10 Bloodlust stacks per kill (per level?) during Buzz Axe Rampage.
  • Buzz Axe Bombardier: When thrown, your buzz axe now has Dynamite attached to it which explodes on impact.
  • Blood Bath: Kill Skill. Killing an enemy with a grenade or explosion gives +0.5% weapon damage per Bloodlust stack per level for a short time. Enemies killed this way have a 15% chance per level of dropping Grenade ammunition.
Tier 4:
  • Boiling Blood: Increases the time before Bloodlust stacks start to decay by 0.5 seconds per level.
  • Blood Trance: Increases the duration of Buzz Axe Rampage by 0.05 seconds per Bloodlust stack (at time of activation) per level.
Tier 5:
  • Nervous Blood: Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives +0.3% Reload Speed per Bloodlust stack per level for a short time.
Final Tier:
  • Bloodsplosion: Killing an enemy causes them to explode with an Elemental Nova matching the element of the damage that killed it (Non-elemental damage will cause an explosive nova). Overkill damage is added to this damage. Each Bloodlust stacks increases this damage by 5%.


Tier 1:
  • Empty The Rage: Melee Damage increased. Additional bonus damage if your shield is down or when your magazine is empty. Next Level: Melee Damage +4% Shield/Mag Bonus: +10%
  • Pull The Pin: When you die, you drop a free grenade. If you kill an enemy with it, you get double XP.
  • Feed The Meat: Maximum Health and Shield Recharge Delay increased.Next Level: Max Health: +10% Shield Recharge Delay: +0.5 sec
Tier 2:
  • Fuel The Rampage: Taking damage recharges Buzz Axe Rampage at a faster rate. Taking health damage increases the bonus even further. You can now be damaged by teammates. Next Level: Cooldown Recharge Boost: +20% Health Damage Bonus: +20% Friendly Fire Damage: 50%
  • Embrace The Pain: Fire Rate is increased when your shields are down.Shield Recharge Delay increased. Next Level: Fire Rate: +7% Shield Recharge Delay: +1 sec
Tier 3:
  • Thrill Of The Kill: A percentage of Overkill Damage (damage that is over and above what was needed to kill the enemy) is returned to you as Health. The lower your health the higher the percentage.Next Level: Returns up to 50% of Overkill damage done as Health.
  • Light The Fuse: Fight For Your Life is replaced with Light the Fuse. During Light the Fuse you pull out a live bundle of dynamite and can move normally. The bundle detonates when the timer runs out. If you kill someone you are revived. Getting a revive with the bundle explosion gives you bonus Movement Speed for the remainder of the time that was left in Light the Fuse. Throw Dynamite sticks with Fire. Detonate bundle by holding Action.
  • Strip The Flesh: Explosive Elemental Damage increased. Bonus increased when in Fight For Your Life. Next Level:  Explosive Damage: +3% Fight For Your Life Bonus: +3%
Tier 4:
  • Salt The Wound: Taking damage from an enemy while your shield is down adds a stack of Salt the Wound. Melee and Shotgun Damage increased for each stack. Next Level:  Melee Dmg per Stack: +1.5% Shotgun Dmg per Stack: +1% Max Stacks: 20
  • Redeem The Soul: You can instantly Revive down teammates. After reviving a teammate in this way you must Fight For Your Life. You may revive in this way only once each time Buzz axe Rampage is on cooldown.Increased time during Fight For Your Life. Next Level: Fight For Your Life time: +50%
Tier 5:
  • Silence The Voices: Melee Damage significantly increased.Chance when performing a melee attack that you attack yourself. Next Level: Melee Damage: +50% Chance to Attack Self: +12%
Final Tier:
  • Release The Beast: Activating the Buzz Axe Rampage when at or below 33% of your max health remaining instantly refills your health and transforms you into a Badass Psycho Mutant. You deal increased Melee Damage and receive significant damage reduction for the duration of the rampage.When you return to normal, your Buzz Axe Rampage is instantly recharged. (There is an ! next to the health bar when below 33%.) Next Level: Melee Damage: +100% Damage Reduction: +50%


Tier 1:
  • Burn, Baby, Burn: +7%, +15% burn damage per level. 7% chance (per level?) per fire attack to set self on fire.
  • Fuel The Fire: Kill Skill. 7% chance  per fire attack to set self on fire. Killing an enemy gives +40% Element Effect Chance per level for a short time.
Tier 2:
  • Pain Is Power: +5%, +10% Weapon and Melee Damage per level (except for Sniper Rifles). -5% Critical Hit Damage
  • Numbed Nerves: +10% damage reduction per level when on fire.
Tier 3:
  • Elemental Elation: When Elemetnal Status Effect Damage is being done to enemies you gain stacks of Elemental Elation up to a maximum of 20. Each stack gives +1.0% Fire Rate and Magazine Size per level. Stacks will not decay while you are on fire.
  • Delusional Damage: All Elemental Status Effects you cause have a chance to light yourself on fire. Ignite chances are determined by those accumulated from Burn, Baby, Burn and Fuel the Fire.
Tier 4:
  • Fire Fiend: Melee Attacks have a 10% per level chance to Ignite enemies. +10% Weapon Accuracy and +7% Reload Speed when on fire.
  • Hellfire Halitosis: Melee Override Skill. Pressing Melee causes you to breathe fire in a cone in front of you. Cooldown is 15 seconds.
  • Flame Fire: +20% Burn Duration on you per level. 15% chance per level of your Burn Effects to apply another Burn Effect.
Tier 5:
  • Elemental Empathy: Burn status effect damage heals you for 5% of the damage dealt per level.
Final Tier:
  • Raving Retribution: While you are on fire, taking damage from enemies will spawn homing balls of fire that seek out the attacker and explode on impact. Fireballs only trigger once per second.

Lastly, here are some rough images of the heads that you can look forward to unlocking for Krieg the Psycho:


As of this moment, there’s no official release date for Krieg the Psycho, aside from a May release time frame. When more information is available, we will update you guys on when you can expect to see him arrive on your platform of choice. Those who purchased the Borderlands 2 season pass will have to shell out some bucks, unfortunately, if you want to play as the upcoming playable character, as it’s not included in the season pass.

Which skill tree or skills you are looking forward to using with Krieg? Let us in know in the comment section below!

  • WarBro

    Kinda reminds me of Sledge from the first Borderlands. This character should be a lot of fun, can’t wait. Thanks Joel for the intel!

    • Joel Santana

      No problem. And yeah from the looks of it, Krieg it’ll probably be my third favorite character to play as behind Maya/melee Zero.

    • PlatinumSoldier

      A sledge head would be nice for him, like the one that Salvador has

  • James K

    Man the final tier of Mania will make Krieg almost invincible!

    • Joel Santana

      Yeah against regular mobs, don’t know how effective it’ll be against raid bosses and such.

      • It mainly depends on your play style and the mania tree is a “high-risk high-reward skill tree. The hell born and blood lust trees are for players who don’t necessarily like risking their money from dying

  • Josh

    any new news on the upcoming DLC?

    • Joel Santana

      Sadly no.

    • Next Borderlands 2 DLC is ‘Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep,’ coming June 25

  • Axton the Commando

    I love Borderlands just as much as the next person, but…

    1. I really don’t feel like going through the entire campaign AGAIN. I’ve done it way too many times now. Even if it’s with a different character, it just seems stale at this point.

    2. It’s $15 for this one character. Need I say more? (Hint: Overpriced.)

    3. Krieg seems to be mainly based around fire. I don’t know how I feel about this considering fire is incredibly weak and a lot of enemies resist it too.

    • Joel Santana

      He’s not going to be 15, it’s actually 10. Also, he just has one skill tree dedicate to fire. In which you can ignore and go for the other two which add bonus damage to explosives.

      • Axton the Commando

        $10 is still ridiculous to me. It’s one playable character, that’s it. You can buy actual games for that price. Not to mention, it’s something that we probably could of had at launch or at least for free post-launch. Sorry, but it’s just not gonna do it for me. Maybe I’d consider getting him if he was closer to $5 and I hadn’t already played through the campaign like a dozen times. Like I said, I love Borderlands, but like any game you can only play it so many times before it’s stale.

        • WarBro

          That’s the great thing about optional content: its OPTIONAL. Many of us will get another hundred hours of play with this 10 dollar content and in that respect its great value per dollar.

          The fact you burned yourself out on the game by playing the campaign ‘a dozen times’ is your fault, maybe you should have paced yourself more.

        • Joel Santana

          It’s still not over priced. As an additional character class, can easily provide you with 40-70 hours of playtime.

          • Fleshstick

            All of this stuff should be included with the season pass. Gearb ox is losing points with me on this

            • Thylacine

              it should not be in the season pass because the season pass covers 4 storyline DLC’s. if i went to your job and asked you for a double cheeseburger and you charged me 1.29 even though a mcdouble only costs me a dollar. i want my extra slice of cheese, and cheese costs 33c. not everyone wants that extra slice of cheese so they buy the mcdouble instead. you baught the mcdouble, i’ll get a dbl cheeseburger thank you.

            • JimRussoux

              How fat must you be to know the intricate nuances of pricing of the McDonald’s menu?

        • James Campbell

          I guess the developers don’t need to get paid for the many hours of work it went into making the character. Do you do your job for free?

    • Hagenrok

      wow are you for real … it takes them months to bring a new and different addition to the team and you say 15$ is to much money …. it takes them way more time and money and hard work in late hours to bring you this awesomeness… i would gladly pay 15$ so that the people that work hard at gearbox have a warm meal … thank you for working hard for my entertainment and only charging 15$ …. have some positive outlook you ungrateful $H!T

  • MasonMei

    A pity he can’t jump higher and get the game running in a different way.. i mean, lots of jumps lol

    • SunlessCape6

      For some reason, the Hellborn tier appeals to my play style.
      For those complainning that this character should be included in the season pass, need you be reminded that the Mechromancer was NOT included in the season pass? You got her by preorder. And it has been repeatedly told that the season pass was meant to get campagn dlc, nothing else.

  • Skitter

    Of all the skills, the ability to turn into an actual Badass Pyscho is pretty freakin sweet

  • Skitter

    I actually had an idea for one of the Tier 6 skills, it was that now whenever you use your action skill a midget hops on your sholders giving you a slight increase to damage resistance as well as an almost auto-turret companion, as well as a pair off badass midgets that would also assist you in combat, army of midgets, also friggin sweet

  • ninja4nerds

    The season pass already gave you more than it said 3 mission dlc’s and one more coming and the level cap, its like ordering 6 chicken strips and you get 7 but complain that its not 8

  • thatguy

    The release date is really pissing me off. They said may 2nd and then it doesnt come out then may 3rd than may 7th now may 14th