Borderlands 3 – Katagawa Ball boss strategy

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Katagawa Ball
Katagawa Ball

Malivan’s Katagawa is not very happy that you destroyed his laser during the eighth chapter of Borderlands 3, Space-Laser Tag. After you and Rhys have it, he will use his Katagawa Ball to take you down.

Now you’ve got to crush their ball and save the vault key, before Katagawa kills you.

Are you up for the challenge of one man dropping down a giant flying ball?


Borderlands 3 - Katagawa Ball boss strategy

Everything you need to know about Katagawa Ball and his attacks in Borderlands 3

Katagawa isn’t going to let Atlas go without a fight and it turns out that he’s got a great ball of his own.

Katagawa Ball is Level 18. Ideally your Vault Hunter should be at least Level 17 when facing him.

This fight is divided into three different stages and for each one Katagawa Ball will have a new health bar.

Throughout this fight Katagawa Ball will fly about the room, hunting you down. The upside, however, is that he won’t summon any reinforcements during this battle.


During the first stage, Katagawa Ball is at his largest. He will attack using explosives, bullets and Incendiary damage, sending balls of fire to attack you.

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He can also build pools of fire on the floor for your escape.

When Katagawa Ball reaches the final quarter of her health, she will also start using shock attacks. It will come in the form of a two beam that comes out of Katagawa’s right and left sides.

The Katagawa ball will telegraph the majority of its attacks by creating a spiral of energy in front of its ball. Rang will tell you what kind of attack he is going to make. For example, shock attacks have blue energy and fire attacks are orange.

During the second leg, the Katagawa ball will now be a smaller ball.

He will continue to attack using bullets and incendiary attacks, but will also be able to use cyro attacks to create pools of ice on the floor. Try to avoid these pools of ice, as stepping in one reduces your movement speed and worsens some of your health.


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Katagawa Ball will also be attacked, where he whips out a series of tentacles in the room.

Finally, Katagawa Ball can heal itself during this phase of the fight. This is likely to happen when you manage to take half of her health bar.

The final stage of this boss fight sees Katagawa Ball under his last health bar.

Now he will add a corrosive damage attack to his arsenal and shoot a variety of different projectiles.

If you get close to the Katagawa ball then you will also take shock damage. Thankfully, you will be able to see an outline of the static signal where this area is currently.

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Katagawa Ball’s weak spot in boundary 3

Katagawa Ball’s eye is its weak spot.

The best way to hit this target is to use a sniper rifle. Make sure that there is some distance between you and the ball, before you start firing or it might harm you.


Katagawa Ball Boss Strategy in Border 3

Before the Katagawa Ball appears, run quickly about the room and collect as much ammo as you can. You are probably running low after defeating the waves of Malivan forces.

Your success in this battle depends on your ability to manage your weapons, if you are low on ammo, and using your action skills at the right time. Since the Katagawa ball is airbound, you really need to make sure that you don’t waste a single action skill charge.

Use the room and its various levels to your advantage, using them for cover and when you need to recharge your shield, walk through the Katagawa Ball.

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Use the room to block attacks.
When it comes to weapon choice you have a much larger selection. Due to the large size of the Katagawa ball, especially during the first stage, you can afford to use a gun that has a high damage stat, but low accuracy, as there are more enemies to hit the bullets.

Incendiary, Explosive or Corrosive Damage Guns are perfect for this fight. A high-powered shotgun will also help you kill the Katagawa ball a lot.

A shotgun is a good weapon option for this battle.
During the first phase, you want to keep going, using different levels of this room to your advantage. Ducks and weaving behind various walls and pipes will help you block the explosive Katagawa.


The erosion attack Katwaga Ball starts using during his second phase, which is an excellent time to rip him off the bullets. Make sure that Cuttack cannot reach you and remove your favorite gun or action skill, while Katagawa is in possession.

Keep your distance from the temples to avoid taking damage.
Make sure you keep your distance from the Katagawa ball during the last leg. This shock field can easily drop your shield, allowing the Katagawa ball to hit you during these last critical seconds of the fight.

Avoid shock damage wall.
There is almost a safe place in this fight. We say almost because the Katagawa Ball can hit you in this area sometimes. Nevertheless, this is a good area to recharge your shield and your health based on your character formation.

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Hide behind these pipes for an almost safe location from the Katagawa Ball.
This location is behind the pipes that can be found on the right side of the battlefield. Run down the stairs and head down the small set of pipes. You’ll be able to squeeze your Vault Hunter between the wall and these pipes, damaging you.