Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 Achievements

Tribute To A Vault Hunter

Got an item from Michael Mamaril  

Michael can be found in Sanctuary. His location changes randomly, so you'll have to do a bit of searching. All you need to do is simple talk to him and he'll hand you a weapon. Once you've accepted it, the achievement will unlock. Below are a list of his known locations.

  • Scooters Garage
  • Marcus's Shop
  • Centre of map, next to the "This Just In" vendor
  • Moxxxi's, at the bar or next to the piano & jukebox
  • Outside the Black Market
  • Crimson Raiders HQ
  • Down by the Sheriffs near the Dhal garbage
  • Dr Zeds
  • Stairs near Claptrap

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 25 votes)
User Comments
Comment #2 by ImpendIn_Agony
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 09:33:56 PM

@1 I know. It's quite something.

Comment #3 by Mrryan12
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 09:52:36 PM

I swear, if anybody talks crap about GBX after this... Damn.

Comment #4 by DivineE
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 11:42:18 PM

I think it was great of them to do this for a fan of the Game

Comment #5 by Blumpenstein
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 07:57:03 AM

Gearbox kicks ass for doing this

Comment #6 by Manowarrior
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 09:22:55 AM

Gearbox is the BEST. These guys are legit and are gamers FOR gamers. Pitchford/Cl4p-tp for President!

Comment #7 by Kizawa6
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 11:21:22 AM

My heart definitely goes out to these guys and Gearbox. They really do go above and beyond. Anyone also check out the wedding proposal vid that was linked from that?

Comment #8 by GreyTemplar
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 01:13:29 PM

And this ladies and gents, is why I love Gearbox. Good Guy Gamers all around.

Comment #9 by TIBERIUS Oni
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 03:35:36 AM

This type of thing sets Gearbox above all other companies

Comment #10 by Kazuma Prime
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 06:39:45 AM

Seriously? He got a character in Borderlands 2 AND an achievement?? This guy will be immortalized in our gamerscore as a true fan to the very end and beyond. I hope there's some huge powerful secret weapon you can get that just annihilates enemies left and right, so you can be like "Mikey's back to kick your all your asses!"

Comment #12 by tigersrule
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 03:46:32 PM

@11 Go troll somewhere else asshole.

Comment #13 by israelbeta
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 10:25:47 PM

Wow, incredibly classy move on the part of Gearbox. Well done.

Comment #14 by Lapazi
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 05:07:01 AM


Comment #15 by Itz Lupoz
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 12:05:10 PM

This is just another reason to love Gearbox and borderlands :)

Comment #16 by Nami
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 06:13:54 PM

Such a nice thing for Gearbox to do. Much respect.

Comment #17 by valiant
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 07:38:05 PM

@11 it is unfortunate for him to die but its a 15g achievement and you'll get it and still be a jealous asshole

Comment #18 by FreakOnALeash14
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 12:08:04 AM

This should definitely win as the best achievement of 2012, much respect to Gearbox

Comment #20 by Itz Lupoz
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 07:43:43 AM

guys come on, lets just appreciate this achievement and not insult each other, just ignore the trolls :)

Comment #21 by Sophia Hyakato
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:46:44 AM

Much respect to Gearbox for this. It takes true heart for someone, let alone a game company, to be willing to do this for someone. Gearbox just got another thumbs up in my eyes.

Comment #22 by WantedConstant
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 04:29:47 PM

Who is this?

Comment #23 by Gentleman
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 05:31:15 PM

@ #22

Do your homework, or look carefully at the other comments on this page. If you did care, you would have looked.

Comment #24 by NotSoKrazee77
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 10:19:13 AM

Claptrap Eulogy for Michael John Mamaril by megaStryke via #soundcloud

Comment #25 by NotSoKrazee77
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 10:20:50 AM

Ignore 1st post

Comment #26 by fierblaze
Monday, September 10, 2012 @ 01:12:20 PM

okay so thanks to number 25 i ACTUALLY know who mamarill is(thanks all u other useless 24) but does any1 know how to actually get the achievement? this isnt a party for u all to say whatever the fuck u feel like, this is a place for info.

Comment #27 by Inebriated Jedi
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 02:45:15 PM

You find him in Sanctuary, fierblaze.

It's awesome that Gearbox did this!

Comment #28 by Resistance
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 01:06:00 AM


Comment #29 by synnarc
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 03:30:08 PM

I can't find him in Sanctuary. Has anyone found him yet?

Comment #30 by vintagegamer24
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 06:21:35 PM

This is probably the most amazing achievement ever created for so many reasons.

Comment #31 by XxDemonsBloodxX
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 06:41:28 PM

How are people asking how did u find him? or "i cant find him" or "where is he at, ive tried looking for him"....doesent the game come out at tonight? And on to the real topic, this is like the best thing ever for a gamer, and unfortunatley, he died (heart goes out to his family), but thumbs up gearbox, much respect. A #11, please show some respect, I will show no hostility towards u, but, I no u was raised better, wat if it wuld have been ur brother that died and someone said the same thing? U have to think about other other people and how they wuld feel, just think about that.

Comment #32 by Chaosturbo8
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 09:12:45 PM

This is truly the highest honor anyone can receive! Requiescat in pace, Michael.

Comment #33 by Youtubethebiohazardgames
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 10:35:56 PM

i made a video on how to get this

Comment #34 by DENSAN59
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 08:52:38 PM

@29 - Some people find him at Moxxi's, and I had a buddy find him at Scooter's. I found him down in the gun shop talking to Marcus.

Comment #35 by xXNINJEDIXx
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 11:30:35 PM

I found him in front of that newspaper stand area and then latter in Dr.Zeds place

Comment #36 by OcR Pizza
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 01:47:13 AM

I could be wrong, but I believe he disappears after the mission, "Bright Lights, Flying City"

Comment #37 by IcculusTheDark
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 02:20:30 PM

This is amazing, I just heard to the eulogy and gearbox is just plain amazing.

Comment #38 by IcculusTheDark
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 02:20:30 PM

This is amazing, I just heard to the eulogy and gearbox is just plain amazing.

Comment #39 by TJ Logic
Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 12:06:25 AM

Absolutly love this! Ty so much gearbox!

Comment #40 by samsaBEAR
Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 09:01:32 PM

Such an awesome thing for Gearbox to do, and both the guns I've got from him so far have been pretty decent. RIP!

Comment #41 by rohansoldier
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 12:15:22 PM

I have watched the eulogy online and gearbox are awesome for doing this. I have only just started playing so look forward to meeting michael in the game.

Rip michael, you will live on forever in the digital world of pandora!

Comment #42 by CORPSIE19
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 03:37:42 PM

yea i tried to find him after coming back to the sanctuary after they went in the sky and he is not there anymore:( 2nd playthrough here i come...

Comment #43 by Ben987
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 05:08:32 PM

@42 I got him after the Sanctuary went into the sky, so he definitely is around still!

Comment #44 by Shadowleo2604
Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 12:00:58 PM

This achievement is touching :(
R.I.P. Michael Mamaril

Comment #45 by Swifterz
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 03:39:08 PM

i can't find him? i'm still on playthrough 1. i even checked the video that shows each of his 10 spawn locations. he's nowhere to be found???

Comment #46 by CORPSIE19
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 05:20:30 PM

just started up a new game. maybe my first run was glitched cause he never showed up but he did when i did my second character. he showed up by the piano in moxxis bar

Comment #47 by ZzZCrossyZzZ
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 10:53:22 AM

He gave me a wonderful shield, lovely chap. Gearbox proving once again they make games for the people and show their appreciation to their fans! Long live Michael in Pandora!

Comment #48 by toandadestroyer
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 12:06:06 PM

so he's dead in real life? i think ill dead his ass in the game too

Comment #49 by KronosMaximus
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 01:10:48 AM

Gearbox rules for this. RIP Michael its a shame to lose a fellow Vault Hunter

Comment #50 by Vixxadoodles
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 12:02:31 PM

RIP Michael. Good job gearbox.

Comment #51 by Fax HR
Sunday, September 30, 2012 @ 07:35:26 PM

Did he disappear for anyone else?

Comment #52 by Mew ll
Sunday, September 30, 2012 @ 09:19:15 PM

Good guy Gearbox.

Comment #53 by Darkpaul
Monday, October 01, 2012 @ 07:54:38 PM

Found him at Moxxi's after the city was flying. He was at the bar by the slot machines.

Comment #54 by AHIG Relentless
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 08:12:03 PM

defiantly can not find him anywhere

Comment #55 by mikepaul
Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 04:58:59 PM

Well after Sanctuary moved, I was finding Michael. Some spots seem abandoned, like he's never near the piano anymore, but in case he shows up there I always look.

Problem is, the maybe 1-in-10 chance he'll show sometimes goes on and on and on to the point where I think he's permanently gone, then he'll pop up. Currently in one of those, but I cruise all 10 spots looking anyway. When the machines have a chance to offer better stuff than I'm carrying, it's always good to give them plenty of chances to do so. I just wish it didn't seem like my inventory was scanned and anything other than better versions of what I have is offered...

Comment #56 by mikepaul
Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 07:34:38 PM

At least 40 runs in a row, no Michael. Then I open the HQ door, and he's there. Don't give up...

Comment #57 by Ev0 Fir3 2009
Friday, October 05, 2012 @ 12:33:40 AM


Comment #58 by Ev0 Fir3 2009
Friday, October 05, 2012 @ 12:41:58 AM

i believe he dies after a amount of time in the game there is a dead person outside of moxxi's

Comment #59 by raqautle
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 11:54:56 AM

this achieve takes time for some, ive used 3 accounts ranging from the beginning of the game to the end and i still haven't found him

Comment #60 by MrBitey85
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 02:26:09 PM

if you have just arrived in sanctuary you will see him in Scooter's place under the stairs , if not he will be near a wall in sanctuary make sure to look at all the names of each person you walk by he will either give you a rare item most likely purple or Eridium

Comment #61 by Emperorkronos
Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 09:45:55 PM

This achievement is AWESOME.

Comment #62 by TheOmen9
Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 07:35:39 PM

is he always there or does he go away? i beat the game and now im just doin the optional missions.

Comment #63 by BigJohn9397
Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 09:30:37 PM

Is there a certain point in the campaign that he starts to show up? I'm on "A Train to Catch" and he is nowhere in sanctuary, or is he there all the time and I just have to keep coming back in hopes he might soon be there?

Comment #64 by Accursius13
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 02:44:11 PM

Nice of gearbox, But why does it have to be so random?. Have been checking a few times in each spawn point and nothing :(

Comment #65 by erraticarsonist
Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 05:10:54 PM

I haven't found him yet, looked on both of my playthroughs, before and after the phaseshift. Anyone got any tips or anything on this? Do I have to keep reloading it or something?

Comment #66 by sam22987
Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 11:45:12 PM

For some reason to me the story is somewhat depressing, but it makes me proud to be part of an awesome community. R.I.P Michael John Mamaril :(

Comment #67 by PmgD MrNice 85
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 09:17:45 AM

i`ve played that game for so long, but he never pops up and i`ve searched him so often....

Comment #68 by fastandbulletproof
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 09:17:47 PM

that is awesome

Comment #69 by HalfEVILmonkey
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 06:39:20 AM

@#48: Please do the same to yourself. Thanks!

Comment #70 by TheMacias
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 05:00:06 PM

@#67 Me too... So much serching for Him in Sanctuary and nothing!I don't belive he egzists ;-) Is there a way to find him faster ?

Comment #71 by Accursius13
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 03:40:56 PM

This one and donkey mong felt, almost made me break my controller, tried and tried for days and nothing, gave up. was just strolling in sanctuary and boom there he is, same for donkey mong wasn't even looking for them. as far as I know there is nothing that will help spawn him or better your chances. I hope developers stop throwing in these random achievements, would of been nice if he had a side quest maybe 3-4 quest to do for him,that would be more interesting in my opinion.

Comment #72 by C0bbst3r
Friday, January 04, 2013 @ 01:02:08 PM

Searched for ages, not seen once...

Comment #73 by XxWhit3x0utxX
Sunday, January 06, 2013 @ 07:49:42 PM

Hes not ANYWHERE. I checked all of his spawn locations and hes not there. i assumed he disappeared after Lilith blasted Sanctuary to the air then i looked for him on my 2nd play through and i still cant find him. HELP

Comment #74 by Lord Beastwood
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 01:29:32 PM

that is cool
i hope i find him somewhere

Comment #75 by Tully182
Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 06:13:38 AM

I've tried two different characters, I have also tried save quitting about 50 times and looking around each time. Leaving the city and coming back still haven't found him :(

Comment #76 by rockydixon
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 11:42:08 AM

There is a problem with this, and is that if sanctuary is in the sky he seams to disappear off the face of the earth

Comment #77 by MDubb1387
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @ 06:31:22 AM

Been reading about this here and there, found a good explanation on YouTube.

Apparently after a gearbox update, they dropped his percentage of being there 100% of the time to around 10%. The video explains that if you clear your system cache for the hard drive, it basically brings the game back to launch day status. When you boot up the game, decline to download the update. Load any character while Sanctuary is still on the ground, any difficulty and Michael will be somewhere in the city at one of the spawn locations. It works 100% of the time.

You can even farm blue, purple, and orange gear from him by fast traveling in, finding him and talking with him for the gear, saving and quitting, and reloading and repeating. I've done it abo

Comment #79 by MrGIS
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 08:21:06 AM

Thank you very much to MDUbb1387, wouldn't have done it without your help!

Comment #80 by ZombieClutch
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 02:37:34 PM

I Got It Today AFTER Sanctuary Went In The Air.
I Found Him Under The Stairs At Scooter's.

Hope That Helps Anyone Not Clear On The Sanctuary Issue.

Comment #81 by MrGIS
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 04:03:01 PM

Amazing achievement, was hard to find but eventually got him!

Comment #82 by Fa1kor
Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 01:16:33 PM

Cool tribute but an awful achievement, almost impossible to get. A couple of playthroughs,visited all possible locations several times quitting and saving. Nutin!

Comment #83 by Infoteq
Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 10:39:41 PM

Confirmed that he will appear even after Sanctuary relocates. I am on story mission 'The Man Who Would Be Jack' and he loaded next to the black-market dealer with a blue assault rifle.

Comment #84 by Tempusfugit2009
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 10:39:10 AM

My girlfriend still needs this, does anyone still see him and could we join you gt TempusFugit2009

Comment #85 by KountryBlumpkin
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:05:25 AM

For those looking for Michael still hopefully this clears it up. Clear your system cache, this will wipe the update to the game. It apparently was patched so he wouldn't appear every time. Load up the game but don't update it, and continue the game and head to Sanctuary. Check out the known spots and he's guaranteed to be at one of them.

Comment #86 by HamsterLV
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 12:55:57 AM

Can't find the guy anywhere, pretty close to getting my first playthrough done and nothin... Checked all the spots like 40 times, every time I go to sanctuary I check them, but still no luck!

Comment #87 by PmgD MrNice 85
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 03:56:31 AM

#85 i`ve did what you said but....he isn`t there....that sucks....

Comment #88 by R2RHIN0
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 03:56:16 PM

I have looked and looked for this guy and cant find him. can anyone help me? my xbl gt is R2RHIN0 with a zero at the end. it would be much appreciated!!!

Comment #89 by br0k4L1v
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 05:35:40 PM

This achievement is a pain in the ass, 47 times...nothing. I gave up for right now.

Comment #90 by DanOSullivan x
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 10:46:26 AM

Cleared my system cache went back on the game and found him in Moxxi's bar...
However, the game didn't ask me to update for some reason...
So either clearing the cache worked or it was a coincidence that he was there first time?

GT: DanOSullivan x

Comment #91 by x Evie
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @ 12:52:27 AM

Every time I go back to sanctuary I run around like a crazy person looking for this guy and have yet to have any luck seeing him. -_-

Comment #92 by mynameiszane
Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 07:26:09 AM

the game made a patch that allows him to only appear about 10 percent

Comment #93 by JimmyC0341
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 11:12:13 PM

Still can't find him. I've cleared my cache numerous times w/no result. I've looked in every single place that was mentioned on here in Sanctuary and still nothing. I've also started numerous new games and still no luck.

Comment #94 by Spiral 462
Sunday, October 20, 2013 @ 04:50:02 AM

Love this :-) Even though I still can't find him after searching every square inch of Sanctuary 10 times now... I still love it.

Comment #95 by Matme
Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 04:56:42 PM

FINALLY! 126 times I had to search Sanctuary and quit before I found him! :D
took some hours, but worth it ^^

Comment #96 by Rainleaf
Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 12:51:36 PM

Normally i see him inside Moxxis bar , near the slot machines .

Comment #97 by pined5551
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 12:43:46 PM

Why they decided to reduce his spawn from permenant is beyond me, ulterly retarded!

Comment #98 by Sir Kam
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 01:13:07 AM

Finally got this achievement. Found him standing next to "This just in" kiosk in center of Sanctuary.

Comment #99 by Rikers
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 07:57:41 PM

Cleared the system cache, didn't work. Deleted the game's title update in my hard drive and the dude actually shows up now. I'd recommend deleting both, just in case.

Also, I feel like gearbox lowered the chance of you finding him so you couldn't farm items from him lol

Comment #100 by keithyrobertson
Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 01:49:58 AM

The issue is actually the title update. But I done the exact same. I disconnected the internet cable, cleared the systems cache and deleted the title update. Booted up my game and there he was! :D

Sadly, it was nerfed due to people farming him for good guns. Shame really, it was such a nice thing for them to do in the first place.

Comment #101 by RomanorumDeus
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 03:55:40 PM

For clarification, there's no need to clear the system cache...
1. disconnect from the internet
2. load up the game from your dashboard
*there may be a long loading time. the game may even seem to freeze. just be patient
3. (a 'Patch' window will appear) press 'OK'
4. load character
5. press continue
6. Fast-Travel to Sanctuary (unless you're already there - duh)
7. run around and look for him in any of the aforementioned spots

*he WILL be there. if you didn't see hime, you didn't look hard enough.

Comment #102 by RomanorumDeus
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 03:58:59 PM

Edit from previous post: him

Comment #103 by wallin
Monday, May 26, 2014 @ 02:51:01 PM

Thanks so much @#99 @#100 @#101 I didnt think i'd ever see him!

Comment #104 by Megis Eldurin
Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 10:32:23 PM

I don't think upsetting thousands of gamers with some RNG achievement makes a nice tribute.

Comment #105 by GeneralIzor
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 05:05:43 PM

For everyone looking for this one. I have made two playthroughs now and on both I found him once on the same time in the story, right before the Sanctuary lifts.

Comment #106 by peketheplayer
Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 08:45:49 PM

Found him in Scooter's carage, under the stairs

Comment #107 by Metal Metallica
Monday, August 17, 2015 @ 03:12:30 PM

Can confirm that clearing the title update & going offline (I also cleared my system cache to be safe) works. I found him in the middle standing right next to the news stand.

Comment #108 by Karamel Magik XX
Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 10:19:00 PM

Delete the update and disconnect from online and he will spawn just did it today

Comment #109 by HAHArun2y0mama
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ 05:41:28 AM

So many people told me he was taken out of the game. Thanks for the guide! R.I.P

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Game Info
Gearbox Software
2K Games


US September 18, 2012
Europe September 21, 2012

HDD Space Required : 5.54 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $19.99USD
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