Dopefish wrote:1. I gather there isn't any pearlescent rarity guns, but is there an equivalent? (e.g. are the orange rarity guns rarer than in the first game so they'll effectively take the place of pearls?)
Orange rarity now exists for all item types - shields, relics, class mods, and grenade mods in addition to guns - and from what I've read orange rarity items in general are extremely rare with one specific exception for each one. It is theoretically possible to get orange items from chests, vending machines, badass enemies, and winning the jackpot on Moxxi's slot machines (and maybe some other places I don't recall), but this is extremely rare.
However, each one (aside from a few that are guaranteed as specific quest rewards) has one specific boss that has a higher chance of dropping it. For example, the Hellfire SMG is sometimes dropped by Scorch, a boss version of a fire spiderant, and is almost never acquired by any other means. All bosses (or, at least, I haven't found one yet that doesn't) respawn and can be farmed repeatedly if you really want to. Even the boss-specific drops have a pretty low chance of dropping their orange stuff, so you will probably have to farm each boss quite a bit if you really want every orange item. Look it up before trying, though; every orange may have a specific boss that drops it, but not every boss has a specific orange that he drops.
Dopefish wrote:2. I hear talk of banks/inter-character banks? How much bank space is there? Is there enough that someone could collect all the uniquely named guns? Is that space shared between characters, or is making "mule" characters still necessary for collecting?
There is an inter-character stash, but it only has room for 4 items. There is also a per-character vault, which starts out with 6 slots and can be upgraded with up to (I think) 10 more. Both of these are in the city of Sanctuary, which you reach somewhere in the mid to high single digit levels in playthrough 1.
Dopefish wrote:3. Is there an equivalent to crawmerax? (i.e. A super strong boss that's more complicated than just point at it and shoot, that's repeatable and has tons of top end loot.)
I haven't gotten there yet, but there is a post-end-game boss named Terramorphous that I think is supposed to be something like crawmerax. There is also a monster called Vermivorous the Invincible that evolves out of a lesser monster, but that monster has a lot of evolution stages and it can be difficult to get one through the entire sequence.
Dopefish wrote:Also that reminds me, what's the level cap?