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Varkid raid boss, new story missions, and more coming in Director's Cut

Posted: Feb 10 2021

March 11 UPDATE: The Director’s Cut launch date has moved to April 8. Click here for more info.

Borderlands 3’s Director’s Cut add-on is launching on April 8, 2021, and The Borderlands Show hosts Greg Miller, Fran Mirabella, and Mitsu shared a first look at all its new content. Get ready for a new raid boss, added story missions, Vault Cards, and more! Also revealed during the show are the Multiverse Disciples of the Vault Heads and Skins, and Tales from the Borderlands is coming back to storefronts soon!

Ready to take on a colossal raid boss, solve interplanetary mysteries, unlock themed items, and go behind-the-scenes on the making of Borderlands 3? It all awaits you in the Director’s Cut add-on, which launches April 8, 2021—and the latest episode of The Borderlands Show has your first look at the incoming content!

If you didn’t already know, Director’s Cut is the second half of Season Pass 2 alongside Designer’s Cut, all of which are included in the Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition. It’s a mayhem-laden potpourri of added content, but let’s start with the biggest (literally) addition: a colossal raid boss encounter.

Hemovorous the Invincible

Meet Hemovorous the Invincible: a gargantuan Varkid who drops some of the best loot in the game (provided you can actually kill her). Hemovorous has made her lair behind a previously sealed door on Pandora, and Director’s Cut is your chance to go toe-to-pincer with this monstrous enemy. If you’ve completed the main story campaign and own Director’s Cut, you’ve earned the right to take on Hemovorous. Get your group to pony up 500 Eridium to open the door and you can shoot your shot against this deadly behemoth.

This raid boss fight provides one of the greatest end-game challenges veteran Vault Hunters can find—especially since her fearsome strength scales with both your character level beyond 35 and your active Mayhem Mode level. Better bring some friends and be ready to get caked in Varkid guts—it’s going to get messy!

Ava’s Murder Mysteries and behind-the-scenes content

Elsewhere in the Borderlands 3 universe, Ava is convinced she has a lead on some potentially supernatural slayings and has decided to document her findings in serialized podcast form. Join her and other familiar faces as a gun-toting co-host for a series of new story missions that take place on Pandora, Promethea, Eden-6, and Nekrotafeyo. Special guest Randy Varnell, head of the Gearbox Story Group, returned to The Borderlands Show to delve into the details of these new missions.

The making of Ava’s Mysteriouslier podcast isn’t all running and gunning (though you can expect plenty of gore-soaked firefights along the way). To help solve this string of seemingly paranormal happenings, you’ll sometimes need to stop and take stock of a crime scene and deduce your next steps based on environmental clues. What you find will send ripples throughout the rest of Borderlands 3’s story, but we’ll let you solve those mysteries yourself.

Director’s Cut also includes a bounty of behind-the-scenes content from the making of Borderlands 3, including a gallery full of concept art, storyboards, lost maps, and footage from throughout the game’s development. It’s a fascinating glimpse into Borderlands 3’s beginnings, bloopers, and cut content that shaped the game.

Vault Cards

Another exciting addition in Director’s Cut are the Vault Cards: three new challenge-based progression tracks that will unlock a bevy of themed cosmetics plus some supremely powerful gear that scales to your level, all managed via a new tab in your ECHO Device. The first of the three Vault Cards will launch as part of Director’s Cut, featuring items that honor some of the franchise’s most beloved fallen heroes; the remaining two Vault Cards are scheduled to launch by the end of 2021. Vault Card content can be activated at any time once released, and when multiple Vault Cards are available you’ll have the option to select which one you want activate.

When you have a Vault Card active, you’ll be presented with three daily challenges and one multi-tiered weekly challenge that will grant a sizable chunk of XP when completed. There’s a selection of over 100 unique challenges to pull from, so you never know exactly what each day or week may bring. Because they offer another method for gaining XP, completing Vault Card challenges will also help you level up new characters faster! In the weeks leading up to the April 8 launch date of Director’s Cut, we’ll share more info on how Vault Cards work, so stay tuned.

Multiverse Disciples of the Vault cosmetic packs

That’s an overview of all the content coming in Director’s Cut, but more mayhem awaits in Season Pass 2 with the newly revealed Multiverse Disciples of the Vault cosmetic packs! These vicious-looking cosmetics imagine what our heroes would look like if they joined the Calypso Twins and the Children of the Vault cult instead of fighting against them.

The four packs—“Sinister Sister” Amara, “THE H4RBINGER” FL4K, “Saint of Iron” Moze, and “Bane Flynt” Zane—each contain a one-of-a-kind Vault Hunter Body with a new Head to match. The full set of Disciples of the Vault cosmetics will be granted to owners of Season Pass 2 or Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition, and will be available for purchase separately.

Tales from the Borderlands relaunch

In other exciting Borderlands news, Tales from the Borderlands is coming back to storefronts on February 17! Set between the events of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3, Tales from the Borderlands follows two unreliable narrators on a quest borne of greed but destined for greatness. Your choices shape this tale to be uniquely yours, with plenty of unforeseen consequences ranging from hilarious to heart-wrenching.

This re-released version packs all five original episodes into a single package, which launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store on February 17. You can also play the game on your Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility. Read up on the Tales of the Borderlands relaunch and get ready to relive this essential chapter of Borderlands canon.

Broken Hearts Day returns

Also on the horizon: the return of Broken Hearts Day! This seasonal event is set to run from February 11 to February 25, with Maurice asking you to break more baddies’ hearts across the galaxy. Rewards this year include recolors of last year’s cosmetic rewards and two Legendary weapons. As always, you can opt out of the event’s effects if you so choose.

Mark your calendars: if you’re reading this on February 10, that means tomorrow is the start of Broken Hearts Day 2021, Tales from the Borderlands relaunches a week from today, and Director’s Cut is just over a month away! In celebration of all these Borderlands happenings, have a gift on us in the form of three Golden Keys for Borderlands 3. Make sure to redeem this SHiFT code here on Borderlands.com, on the Gearbox SHiFT site, or via the in-game Social menu in Borderlands 3 before it deactivates on February 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Borderlands 3 and SHiFT account required to redeem. Each code may be redeemed once (1) per SHiFT account.

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