Borderlands: Claptrap and Ladders Explained

Borderlands Claptrap Stairs

Being a 13-year-old franchisee, Borderlands Not without his fair share of wearing gags. The characters, writing and humor largely beg to create memes about them. While not all of BorderlandsJokes, mostly tend to stay in the minds of players because of the number of times they are used.


However, this is also certain due to the age of the franchise Borderlands Gags tend to fly over the heads of new players. Sometimes jokes from older games make their way into newer titles, and it can feel like players have missed an inside joke or two. A notable example of such a frequent lapse is Claptrap’s dislike of stairs.

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Claptrap: Annoying Talking Robot

Claptrap is a CL4-TP robot manufactured by Hyperion. It is also the unofficial mascot of Borderlands Franchise business. Claptrap has an annoying robotic voice with endless dialogue, and he has become a character both loved and hated by society. The Claptrap product line was originally created to assist Hyperion in operations on the planet Pandora. Unfortunately, the design of the bots and their personal failures meant that they were relatively useless when it came to performing even the most basic tasks. For this reason, Handsome Jack discontinued all CL4-TP bots as soon as he took over the management of the company, and the only surviving CL4-TP bot was the yellow Fyrestone Claptrap which players know best.

One good look at Claptrap reveals its many design flaws. His slender, slender arms were exacerbated by the lack of fingers on his hands. This means that it can neither lift heavy objects nor gently pick up delicate items. His large, single eye within his boxy body severely limits his field of vision (it’s also easy to steal, as an unruly hacker named Knuckle Dragger was able to grab him from the Claptrap in Borderlands 2). Being an old bot model Claptrap doesn’t do any favors either, as it is prone to crashes and constantly needs repairs. Finally, Claptrap’s only way of moving around is a single wheel mounted to its chassis.

What’s the Claptrap Deal With Stairs?

This single wheel severely limits the areas the Claptrap can reach. It is difficult for him to cross rocky terrain and difficult to balance himself due to the weight of his body. But most of all, the Claptrap wheel means he can’t climb – a fact he pointed out early on Borderlands 2 When players encounter a set of stairs that lead to Captain Flint’s ship. Instead of escorting Claptrap through a shipwreck infested with bandits, players have to go up the stairs themselves and activate a switch. The switch activates a lift for the Claptrap, at which point he shrieks loudly as he climbs to a higher level.

Because the muzzle happens very early Borderlands 2In the main campaign, most players will have experienced Claptrap’s struggle with ladders. The muzzle is revisited at the end of the game, further cementing it in players’ memories. in spite of that, Borderlands 3 Subtly revisiting Claptrap’s runner with stairs, the robot can be found navigating them easily on the Sanctuary 3.

Borderlands 2 Players tend to be at odds with those who have not played the game when they refer to the various instances in which Claptrap can, in fact, climb stairs. This leaves the other players confused for a split second, as they try to decipher the connection between the robot and the ladders. Luckily, Borderlands He loves to make his jokes easy to understand, and one look at Claptrap is all it takes to understand his disdain for height.

Borderlands 2 Available now on PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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