Zane (Operative) Sub Zero Build Guide

Last updated on Oct 04, 2020 at 21:36 by Motoko 6 comments

Welcome to our Sub Zero build guide for Zane the Operative in Borderlands 3. Freezing targets makes them vulnerable and allows you to reset your Action Skill cooldowns and refill your shield and health pools. Trigger kill skills to create a snowball effect that makes you unstoppable on the battlefield. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to gear yourself up and play this build at the highest level.


Zane Sub Zero build overview

Sub Zero is a fast paced and aggressive build that aims to freeze foes before dispatching them. The synergy within this build comes from the survivability granted by freezing traits and triggering kill skills which will empower the Operative in return.



  • Good against a primary target.
  • Great survivability.
  • Great crowd control on the battlefield.
  • Suited for mid-close range combat.
  • Snowballs pretty hard (literally).


  • Entirely reliant on freeze effects and kill skills.
  • Penalized by negative cryo damage modifiers.
  • Requires to land critical hits for maximum efficiency.
  • Anointed enemies can be a problem if fought alone.
  • Weapon dependent; without specific items, the build is non-functional.

Skill Tree and Playstyle

For more information about skills and playstyle for this build, please refer to our dedicated page.


Gearing and Stat Priorities

We have a dedicated page about gear, best-in-slot items, stat priorities, and anointed rolls for this build. Please refer to it for more information.



  • 04 Oct. 2020: Updated for DLC4.
  • 11 Dec. 2019: Guide updated for Mayhem 4 and Maliwan Takedown content.
  • 27 Oct. 2019: Guide added.
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