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I was one of those people who obsessed over the damn things.
I spent *weeks* on end with my best friends farming Crawmerax and the armory.. over two months, we found a Bessie and an Avenger.
I deviated further from farming... I found some people on the Gearbox forums who would trade with me, or at least dupe for me. I must have spent an arm and a leg getting them- some of my best legendaries included- but I finally *legitimately* acquired at least one variant of every pearlescent weapon.
That was like a year or two ago. The things were hard as hell to get. Nowadays, with online on Borderlands being corrupted by the plague of infernal modders, pearlescents are comparable to pocket change.
I'd say most people with Borderlands have The Secret Armory of General Knoxx; and from that, I'd say most SAoGK owners have gotten their hands on at least one pearl gun.
My question to you (assuming you've played around with some)- what is your favorite pearlescent?
Mine would have to be the Bessie. My main character was a hunter, and the Bessie was absolutely spectacular for him. Ridiculous damage + 500% critical damage = pain on the toilet.
I also had my hunter use the Aries; spectacular gun; but not as awesome as the Bessie, for me at least.
But for my other characters, the Serpens was awesome too.