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Borderlands 3 Guides and Tips: From Basics to Endgame Builds

Posted: Nov 21 2019

Check out this living collection of Borderlands 3 guides and tips to give your Vault Hunter an edge!

With all the crazed bandits, killer beasts, and malicious social media stars in Borderlands 3's mayhem-filled galaxy, you'll need every advantage you can get. To help you be the very best Vault Hunter you can be, we've got some Borderlands 3 guides and tips that can benefit you whether you're a fledgling adventurer, a hardened veteran, or anything in between. Below is a collection of articles and community content packed with valuable info, from beginner guides that will help you get started to in-depth character builds incorporating Legendary loot for absurd endgame power. We'll update this list as Borderlands 3 continues to expand and players like you come up with ever-more-impressive builds and strategies, so be sure to check back!

Getting Started

If you're a new recruit looking to make your mark in Borderlands 3, you've come to the right place. These articles should get your shooting-and-looting journey started as smoothly as possible.

Borderlands 3 Basics: 9 Tips to Get You StartedThis spoiler-free list offers some essential tips that will take you far in Borderlands 3. Even if you've played Borderlands games before, you might be unfamiliar with the new refinements that Borderlands 3 adds to familiar mainstays like elemental damage types, Fast Travel, and the Fight For Your Life state.

Borderlands 3 Early Game Boss TipsUnlike those first few psycho bandits you'll encounter, Borderlands 3's bosses can be pretty tough to beat, especially if you're still coming to grips with your chosen Vault Hunter's abilities. These boss-specific, character-agnostic tips can help you conquer the biggest challenges in the early game so you can continue your interplanetary pursuit of the Calypso Twins.

Vault Hunter Builds

You can build Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative a myriad of ways thanks to their multiple Action Skill choices and extensive skill trees, but the possibilities become truly limitless when you factor in the effects and buffs provided by Legendary weapons and gear. Joltzdude139, Ki11erSix, and LazyData from the Borderlands Stream Team have cooked up some amazing Vault Hunter builds that they explain in detail via the videos below, covering skill point allocation, gear loadout, and the weaponry that'll let you tear through your enemies with ease. All you Borderlands 3 experts looking to dominate the endgame or just try out a different playstyle would do well to take these powerful, fun-to-play builds for a spin.





Seasonal Content

In addition to the expansive story campaign and plentiful side missions, you can enjoy a variety of free seasonal content in Borderlands throughout the year. Here are the limited-time events revealed so far, with guides explaining how and when to access them. 

Bloody Harvest trailer and infoHaunted enemies and skeletal spirits terrorize the galaxy during Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest event. Descend into Heck to take on Captain Haunt and his undead Maliwan minions if you dare, chasing after additional loot that highlights the added Terror mechanic and new Challenges you can complete to unlock spooky cosmetic gear.


Vault Hunters looking for the ultimate test of their skills should seek out Takedowns, Borderlands 3's endgame content that's tuned for tightly coordinated teams of max-level characters. Takedowns are free additions that don't have seasonal end dates, so they'll be awaiting your courageous attempts whenever you think you're up to the task.

Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite trailer and info — You've had to fight off the highly trained forces of the Maliwan military corporation all over the galaxy, so it's high time you took the fight directly to Maliwan's front door. Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite sees you and your fellow Vault Hunters raiding a top-secret base guarded by the most elite Maliwan troops in existence. If you can overcome this Takedown's intense difficulty, you have a chance to score top-of-the-line loot and exclusive cosmetic items.

As Borderlands 3 continues adding new content and making refinements, we'll update this page with links to new guides, tips, and inventive Vault Hunter builds from the community. Stay tuned!


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