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Vault Hunter Videos, Interactive Skill Trees and Ways to Play

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Gearbox have been pumping out Vault Hunter-related content recently, with all 4 getting their own spotlight videos as well as "Ways to Play" articles covering everything you need to know about the BL3 classes. To top it all off we also get interactive skill trees for the foursome, so we can check out all the skills in detail and even playn a build or two, if you're that forward-thinking.

Let's start off with the newcomer, Fl4k the Beastmaster, with his many pets:

Fla4k Ways to Play (source)

Tune in to the official Borderlands Twitch channel at 7am PDT on Wednesday, August 14 to see FL4K in action! More info soon.

FL4K the Beastmaster is on a never-ending hunt in Borderlands 3, accompanied by loyal beasts who are eager to please them. This robotic leader of the pack has access to both an Action Skill and an autonomous Pet that fights by their side and obeys commands to pounce on specific targets. Here’s a look at FL4K’s Hunter, Master, and Stalker skill trees, which give them and their Pet the killer instincts they need to overcome whatever the galaxy throws at them.

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Hunter

Action Skill: Rakk Attack!
Pet: Spiderant Centurion

Hit your enemies precisely where it hurts with the Hunter skill tree. When FL4K deploys the Rakk Attack! Action Skill, which has multiple charges, Rakk will soar into the air and swoop down to divebomb nearby enemies. While your Rakk are doing work, FL4K can sic the Spiderant Pet onto their prey, which attacks with globs of acidic goo, spinning charge attacks, and strikes from their pincer and prosthetic drill arm. As an added bonus, FL4K constantly regenerates health while the Spiderant is out.

Critical hits are crucial to the Hunter skill tree, with plenty of passive skills that reward you for hitting your quarry’s weak points. You may get a chance to restore ammo to your magazine after a critical hit, or potentially reduce your Action Skill cooldown. Other options provide boosts to your Hunter Skills - a special type of skill found in all of FL4K’s skill trees. Here are some other helpful picks from the Hunter skill tree:

  • Ambush Predator is perfect for snipers who prefer to fight from afar: while there are no enemies nearby, FL4K’s weapon handling and critical hit damage are increased.
  • The Most Dangerous Game is a Hunter Kill Skill that literally pays dividends if you go after tougher targets. Whenever FL4K kills a Badass or stronger enemy, they gain increased critical hit damage, gun damage, and handling for an extended period. Additionally, they receive a cash reward from the Intergalactic Bureau of Bounty Hunting, which clearly recognizes that FL4K deserves a tip for their hard work.
  • Megavore is a game-changer, giving FL4K a chance to score a critical hit with weapons against any part of enemies. Even if you miss a headshot here and there, Megavore can make a bullet to the *filtered* just as lethal as one to the brain.

Action Skill Augments in the Hunter skill tree give you more ways to wreak Rakk havoc, like adding extra Rakk to the pack or making them deal cryo damage. Meanwhile, you can evolve your Spiderant Pet to deal incendiary or corrosive damage and provide buffs on top of the baseline health regeneration. If you love to carefully line up your shots from a safe distance and execute your target with a few critical hits, the Hunter skill tree plays to your sniping prowess.

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Master

Action Skill: Gamma Burst
Pet: Guard Skag

Establish your dominance over the battlefield with the Master skill tree. Bend reality in your favor using the Gamma Burst Action Skill, which creates a rift that instantly teleports your Pet to a target location with a burst of radiation damage. In a pinch, you can also use Gamma Burst as a quick revive when FL4K’s Pet is downed or dead at the cost of increasing your Action Skill cooldown timer. Your Skag Pet buffs your damage and will ravage enemies with vicious bites and projectile vomit. Good boy!

The Master skill tree offers plenty of ways to increase your Pet’s damage output, like a passive skill that causes their first melee attack against an enemy to be an automatic critical hit. Beyond providing cover fire, FL4K can directly aid their Pet through skills like:

  • Who Rescued Who? strengthens the symbiotic bond between FL4K and their Pet. Whenever their Pet deals damage, FL4K regenerates some health, and whenever FL4K deals damage, their Pet will be healed for a portion of the damage dealt.
  • Psycho Head on a Stick, which sounds like a fantastic chew toy, is a Hunter Kill Skill that buffs FL4K’s Pet with increased movement speed and damage for a few seconds whenever FL4K kills an enemy.
  • Dominance emphasizes the ‘master’ in Beastmaster. This new melee attack lets FL4K convert an enemy to their side for a short time, with doubled duration if your dominated target is a beast. Dominance is also a means for dealing damage to your temporary ally: your target loses health until the effect ends or they die fighting for your cause.

FL4K can improve the utility of their Gamma Burst by giving their Pet a radiation aura on activation or providing health regeneration whenever FL4K and their allies are near the rift. The Skag Pet evolutions can give FL4K increased gun damage or fire rate, along with teaching the Skag some destructive new tricks you won’t see at any dog show. Power up your Pet to the fullest with the Master skill tree, then fight alongside your beast as they dutifully do your bidding.

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Stalker

Action Skill: Fade Away
Pet: Jabber Sidekick

"One of the strongest early game builds for FL4K, I personally think, is using their Fade Away skill with the modification that allows unlimited shots while cloaked. Pair that with the Jakobs manufacturer perk of every critical shot ricochets to another enemy, and you’ll have high powered bullets bouncing everywhere." – Daquan Sease, QA Tester

Evasion and resilience are the hallmarks of the Stalker skill tree. If FL4K is ever in a bind, using the Fade Away Action Skill will facilitate a quick getaway by instantly cloaking them and affording them increased movement speed and health regeneration. Once FL4K maneuvers into a better position, they can fire off three shots that are guaranteed critical hits, completely turning the tide in a tough fight. Your furry Jabber Pet provides bonus movement speed, and even has its own adorable little gun to fill your enemies with lead.

You’ll find plenty of ways to up your survivability in the Stalker skill tree; maybe you’ll opt to simply increase FL4K’s maximum health, or choose a passive skill that shares FL4K’s health regeneration with allies and doubles the bonus for their Pet. Staying healthy is a major part of maximizing your effectiveness with the Stalker skill tree, which includes such life-saving skill as:

  • Lick the Wounds lets your Pet attempt to revive you whenever you’re downed in the Fight For Your Life state. You’ll appreciate your Pet that much more after they pull off a clutch revive during a heated firefight, and it’s a great option for staying alive in solo play.
  • The Fast and the Furryous gives FL4K increased gun damage and movement speed whenever they’re above half health. It sounds simple, but trying to preserve your health and maintain your buffs becomes a metagame in and of itself.
  • The Power Inside makes FL4K and their Pet gain increased damage after FL4K activates an Action Skill—but if FL4K is at full health, that damage increase is doubled. Triggering that doubled bonus is easy to do before a fight, but good luck pulling it off once you’re in the thick of all the ensuing chaos.

Increase your odds of survival even further with Action Skill Augments, like gaining damage reduction after Fade Away ends, or giving your Pet the ability to taunt enemies to grab their attention. Your choice of delightfully coiffed Jabber evolutions will change their gun of choice, along with adding maximum health or critical hit damage buffs on top of the increased movement speed. You’ll be damn difficult to take down when specializing in the Stalker skill tree, giving FL4K and their Pet plenty of ways to outlive their prey.

Check out the FL4K character page if you’d like to tinker with their skill trees, then share your favorite build for the robotic Beastmaster.

Remember, just because you choose a particular Action Skill it doesn’t mean that you’re locked into that skill tree; you’re free to mix and match to see what powerful combinations you can come up with. Be sure to check out the other Vault Hunters you can play as in Borderlands 3: Zane the Operative, Moze the Gunner, and Amara the Siren.

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Next up is Moze the Gunner, with her impressive Iron bear mech action skill:

Moze Ways to Play (source)

Moze the Gunner always has backup in Borderlands 3 thanks to Iron Bear, her 15-ton bipedal mech that packs some heavy-duty firepower. This former Vladof soldier turned Vault Hunter offers a unique take on character builds: the multiple Action Skills that are part of Moze’s Shield of Retribution, Demolition Woman, and Bottomless Mags skill trees are actually weapons mounted onto each of Iron Bear’s arms, so you can mix and match Iron Bear’s loadout across multiple skill trees or even equip two of the same weapon if you’re all about symmetry. Here’s a breakdown of what Moze and Iron Bear are capable of when these inseparable BFFs spend their precious skill points.

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Shield of Retribution

Action Skill: Railgun
Action Skill (Tier 2): Bear Fist

Make Moze and Iron Bear all but unbreakable with the Shield of Retribution skill tree. The Railgun is a great Action Skill weapon for sharpshooters, as Iron Bear fires off electrified, high-velocity projectiles that can easily vaporize your target if your aim is true. By investing a few skill points in Shield of Retribution, you can also access the Bear Fist Action Skill that lets Iron Bear pummel enemies into a pulp at close range.

Moze and Iron Bear already make a great pair, but you can be even more of a team player with some Shield of Retribution skills, like sacrificing some health to give you and your allies incendiary damage whenever you reload. You can also buff your shield’s capabilities by improving maximum capacity, recharge rate, and more. Here are some other helpful skills:

  • Full Can of Whoop-*filtered* causes Moze and her allies to immediately begin recharging their shields at an increased rate whenever Moze jumps into Iron Bear.
  • Force Feedback adds serious staying power to your shield: Moze’s shields will immediately begin recharging any time she scores a critical kill. If you’re an ace at nailing headshots, you’ll be that much tougher to take down.
  • Phalanx Doctrine is a passive ability that grants multiple stacks of a buff by the same name every time you kill an enemy. For every stack, Moze’s maximum shield and gun damage are increased—and the kicker is that there’s no stack limit, though each stack only lasts a limited time. Killing large groups of weak enemies simultaneously will make you ridiculously powerful if you can set it up properly.

Action Skill Augments along the Shield of Retribution skill tree include improvements like making your Railgun shots chain out extra shock damage to nearby enemies and causing the Bear Fist to launch forward and yank enemies over to you. As if Moze and Iron Bear weren’t tough enough already, the Shield of Retribution skill tree will turn you into a true walking tank.

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Demolition Woman

Action Skill: V-35 Grenade Launcher
Action Skill (Tier 2): Vanquisher Rocket Pod

With the knowledge of Moze's arsenal, I would recommend exploring the Demolition Woman skill tree. Iron bear is a crucial part of the Gunner's gameplay and, at an early level, players can successfully rely on the splash damage of its Grenade Launcher. The skill tree offers multiple ways to customize your play-style. Equip the passive ability Stainless Steel Bear, offering additional armor and fuel to stay in Iron Bear longer, or utilize Torgue Cross-Promotion to increase splash damage. Don't forget to equip Moze's action skill in both slots to access the Iron Bear ability, it's too good!” – Daquan Sease, QA Tester

You’ll have a blast again and again with the Demolition Woman skill tree. Your starting Action Skill attachment for Iron Bear is the V-35 Grenade Launcher, which fires off a steady stream of grenades that aren’t affected by Moze’s equipped grenade mod. Your enemies will have a hell of a time trying to stay clear of all the splash damage; more likely, they’ll be blown up into a chunky mixture of blood and guts.

Whether you’re firing off grenades with Iron Bear or throwing them by hand, the Demolition Woman skill tree helps you get the most destructive force possible packed into every explosion. You’ll find helpful passive skills that do things like give Moze’s grenades a chance to score a critical hit, or increase her grenade carrying capacity. Other Demolition Woman skills include:

  • Torgue Cross-Promotion gives all splash damage that Moze deals a chance to double in size. It’s a known fact that explosions are better when they’re bigger.
  • Auto Bear lets Iron Bear fight on your behalf; once Moze jump outs, it will remain deployed in place for a short time. While it’s active, Iron Bear will attack nearby enemies, then charge at an enemy and self-destruct when its duration ends. That’s a true friend right there.
  • Short Fuse lets your guns join the explosion party: whenever Moze deals gun damage, there’s a chance to trigger a secondary explosion centered on your target. Pair this ability with a high-rate-of-fire weapon to create some serious fireworks.

Alternate Demolition Woman Action Skill weapons for the Iron Bear include the Vanquisher Rocket Pod that can rapid-fire rocket volleys, along with Action Skill Augments that make those rockets lock-on and more. If your idea of a good time involves copious explosions and scads of shrapnel, the Demolition Woman skill tree should satisfy your appetite for fiery destruction.

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Bottomless Mags

Action Skill: Minigun
Action Skill (Tier 2): Salamander

Guns don’t do much without ammo, but yours will rarely run dry with the Bottomless Mags skill tree. Give Iron Bear that classic mech aesthetic with the Minigun Action Skill weapon that spews out a steady stream of hot lead. The Bottomless Mags skill tree is also where you’ll find the Salamander Action Skill weapon, a humongous flamethrower that can fry nearby enemies to a crisp.  

You’ll find a good number of straightforward passive skills in the Bottomless Mags skill tree, like increases to Moze’s magazine size and more incendiary damage for both Moze and Iron Bear. But there are also some nifty skills that you can plan your entire build around, focusing on the boosts provided by skills like:

  • Matched Set is an awesome reward for brand loyalty, giving Moze’s currently equipped weapon a stacking bonus to magazine size and decreased heat per shot for every piece of equipped gear that has a matching manufacturer.
  • Specialist Bear encourages you to equip two of the same Action Skill weapon on Iron Bear, increasing their damage by a flat amount. Nothing wrong with a little uniformity, right?
  • Forge is every gunner’s dream, and it’s beautiful in its simplicity: Moze constantly regenerates ammo for her currently equipped weapon. When paired with the unlimited magazine of a COV gun and a bit of prudent shooting, Moze can theoretically fire off rounds until the end of time.

You can improve your Minigun with Action Skill Augments that let you do things like deal increased damage as your gun heats up or fire explosive rounds. The Salamander has some equally fun Action Skill Augments, like dealing corrosive damage by dousing enemies in acid instead of flames. Anyone who loves hoarding ammo and firing off rounds in equal measure will appreciate the bullet bounty inherent to the Bottomless Mags skill tree.  

Check out the Moze character page if you’d like to experiment with her skill tree for yourself; you can also share your build for the dynamic duo of Moze and Iron Bear.

Remember, just because you choose a particular Action Skill it doesn’t mean that you’re locked into that skill tree; you’re free to mix and match to see what powerful combinations you can come up with. Be sure to check out the other Vault Hunters you can play as in Borderlands 3: Zane the Operative, Amara the Siren, and FL4K the Beastmaster.

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Then we're on to Amara the Siren, with several varieties of action skill, from old favorite phaselock to some more punchy melee options:

Amara Ways to Play (source)

Amara the Siren is a well-renowned hero to the people, but Borderlands 3 is her chance to shine as a badass Vault Hunter. Using her supernatural Siren abilities, Amara pulverizes her enemies with astral projections, pounding them into a bloody pulp with fists formed from pure energy. We’re taking a top-level look at Amara’s three distinct skill trees—Fist of the Elements, Mystical Assault, and Brawl—to help you decide which build best suits your preferred playstyle. But no matter which way you go, Amara will absolutely bring the beatdowns.

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Fist of the Elements

Action Skill: Phasegrasp

“For an early advantage, Amara players can go down the Fist of the Elements skill tree and grab Infusion and the Soulfire Action Skill Element. This will convert a portion of your weapon damage to Incendiary Damage. Incendiary Damage is great for flesh enemies, so Children of the Vault bandits and Skags are very vulnerable. Paired with Anima, Tempest, or Wildfire, Amara quickly becomes an elemental wizard who applies DoTs to incinerate the battlefield.” - Grant Kao, Game Designer

Make Amara a maven of elemental damage with the Fist of the Elements skill tree. Using the Phasegrasp Action Skill you can lock an unfortunate enemy in place, crushing them in the grip of a giant astral fist. While they’re helplessly squirming to break free, you have the perfect opportunity to fill them full of lead, lasers, electricity, or whatever method you favor for ending their miserable life.

You’ll find plenty of ways to amplify your elemental damage output as you progress through the Fist of the Elements skill tree, from flat bonuses like increased magazine size with elemental weapons, to impressive passive abilities like ricocheting bullets. Here are some other elements-focused skills:

  • Wildfire adds a percentage chance that Status Effects applied to an enemy can spread to other enemies. With a little luck, you’ll cause a chain reaction that sets entire groups of baddies ablaze.
  • Catharsis makes it so that any time you trigger an elemental effect on an enemy, they’ll explode on death, dealing Amara’s element damage and any other element currently inflicted upon them to enemies in the blast radius.
  • Conflux gives you a chance to randomly electrocute, ignite, or melt an enemy any time you apply a status effect to them. Whatever the outcome, they’re going to die a very painful death.

Within the Fist of the Elements skill tree, you can access souped-up Action Skills that amplify Phasegrasp, like summoning an additional arm that smashes anything near a grasped enemy. If regular ammo isn’t lethal enough for you, harness the destructive forces of nature with the Fist of the Elements skill tree.

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Mystical Assault

Action Skill: Phasecast

Relentless, sustained attacks are a hallmark of the Mystical Assault skill tree. Kick off your skirmishes with a Phasecast, an astral projection that bombards everything in its path with a flurry of fists. Then tear your way through the softened-up enemies to score stacks of Rush, a bonus provided by starter skills in the Mystical Assault skill tree that activate buffs whenever you consume stacks by using an Action Skill.

As you invest more points into Mystical Assault, you’ll unlock even more bonuses that trigger every time you use your Action Skill. Check out these other powerful Mystical Assault skills that reward you for using your Action Skill early and often:

  • Transcend grants increased accuracy and critical hit bonus after activating an Action Skill.
  • Laid Bare makes enemies take increased damage from all sources after they get hit by your Action Skill—perfect for melting a boss’ health bar.
  • Avatar lets you activate your Action Skill while it’s still cooling down once per cooldown, effectively doubling your Action Skill output. It also increases your max Rush stacks, so you can trigger even bigger payoffs every time you cash in your accrued Rush with an Action Skill.

Additional Action Skills available further down the Mystical Assault skill tree improve the astral projection of Phasecast, like increasing its damage for every enemy it hits or exploding on contact. Building up Rush stacks then reaping the benefits by using your Action Skill is the name of the game with the Mystical Assault skill tree.

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Brawl

Action Skill: Phaseslam

Take the title of Pandora’s prize pugilist with the Brawl skill tree. It’s a great option for melee specialists who love wading into the middle of a fight and punching everything in sight, which is the perfect opportunity to drop a well-timed Phaseslam that knocks nearby enemies into the air with an earthshaking ground slam. If anyone’s somehow still standing after you came in like a wrecking ball, you can put them out of their misery with a few bullets.  

Early on in the Brawl skill tree, you’ll find passive abilities that up your survivability, so you can tank a few hits as you close the distance for some hand-to-face melee. Beyond skills that increase your maximum health and give you some damage resistance, you’ll find skills like:

  • Find Your Center ups your melee damage, with the added bonus of granting increased melee range after you use an Action Skill.
  • Guardian Angel makes you even tougher to take down: when you enter the Fight For Your Life downed state, you’ll immediately gain a Second Wind that restores health and creates an elemental nova that knocks back nearby enemies. It’s incredibly powerful but balanced by a lengthy cooldown.
  • Blitz puts the force of Amara’s Siren abilities into a powerful strike, delivering an amped-up melee attack that dashes a short distance and deals elemental melee damage. Best of all, Blitz’s cooldown instantly resets if you kill an enemy with it, so you can combo them together when slugging your way through large groups.

You’ll find some alternate Action Skills along the Brawl skill tree, like the ability to fire an elemental beam from the air before slamming down on your laser-fried foes. If you fancy yourself a melee fanatic, the Brawl skill tree will help you barrel your way into scuffles and punch your way to victory.

Check out the Amara character page if you’d like to experiment with her skill tree for yourself; you can also share your take on the latest Siren joining the Vault Hunter lineage.

Remember, just because you choose a particular Action Skill it doesn’t mean that you’re locked into that skill tree; you’re free to mix and match to see what powerful combinations you can come up with. Be sure to check out the other Vault Hunters you can play as in Borderlands 3: Zane the Operative, Moze the Gunner, and FL4K the Beastmaster.

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And finally it's Zane the Operative, with his unique ability to actually have two action skills equipped at the cost of his grenade, with several options from his drone to a personal barrier and more:

Zane Ways to Play (source)

Zane the Operative is Borderlands 3’s resident tech expert, with an ingenious gadget at the ready for any life-or-death situation. Zane can equip two Action Skills at once, though choosing to do so will replace his ability to toss grenades. To help you decide if Zane is the right Vault Hunter for you, here’s a brief overview of his three skill trees: Doubled Agent, Hitman, and Under Cover. Will your Zane build be worthy of the Flynt family name? 

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Doubled Agent

Action Skill: Digi-Clone

“Take advantage of Zane's unique ability to equip two Action Skills to help decimate your enemies. With the passive tree Doubled Agent, Zane players gain large bonuses such as Synchronicity's increase to gun damage when both Action Skills are active. And don't fear: just because you can't manually throw a grenade doesn't mean you can't use a grenade! Grab Fractal Frags or Duct Tape Mod and your Action Skills and gun fire will litter the area with explosions!” - Grant Kao, Game Designer

Become a master of misdirection with the Doubled Agent skill tree. Whenever Zane’s Digi-Clone is active and drawing enemies’ fire, he can trade places with it on a short cooldown. By learning skills in the Doubled Agent skill tree, you can amplify your Digi-Clone for some truly tricky setups that’ll leave your target’s head spinning before you blast it into a bloody explosion. 

As you progress further into the Doubled Agent skill tree, you’ll find plenty of clever ways to improve your Digi-Clone, along with some bonuses that reward Zane for having two Action Skills active at the same time. Here are just a few of the helpful skills you can unlock:

  • Quick Breather lets Zane immediately start recharging his shield whenever he swaps places with his Digi-Clone, which provides a huge boost to survivability.
  • Enhance causes your Digi-Clone to consume up to 3 grenades when you summon it, giving the Digi-Clone amped-up stats for every grenade consumed.
  • Double Barrel ups your DPS by giving your Digi-Clone a copy of Zane’s current weapon - and swapping places triggers increased gun damage for you and your Digi-Clone. 

The Action Skill Augments on the Doubled Agent skill tree give your Digi-Clone even more utility, like giving you the ability to detonate it for an explosion of fire damage or having it soak up some of your damage. With enough points invested into Doubled Agent, your Digi-Clone gets an upgrade from ‘handsome distraction’ to ‘meaningful source of damage’ that’s always got your back.

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Hitman

Action Skill: SNTNL

Embrace the ‘kill or be killed’ mentality with the Hitman skill tree. You get substantial bonuses whenever you kill an enemy, and that includes any enemies who run afoul of your SNTNL—a hovering drone that peppers targets with machine gun fire. Specializing in Hitman skills is a means for stoking your bloodlust: scoring kills makes you stronger, which makes killing easier, and the cycle repeats until nothing but bodies and loot lie in your wake.

Throughout the Hitman skill tree, you’ll find plenty of perks called Kill Skills that activate every time you end an enemy’s life, like faster firing rates or the chance to shoot additional projectiles. You’ll also find some crucial skills such as:

  • Salvation gives your damage a bit of life steal after you score a kill, so you can shoot your way back to health if your life bar starts dwindling during battle.
  • Death Follows Close improves the effectiveness and duration of your Kill Skills, letting you tear through large groups of enemies with ease.
  • Seein’ Red sets off all of Zane's Kill Skills any time he activates an Action Skill. If you stagger your Action Skills properly, your overall damage output will be through the roof. 

The Action Skill Augments on the Hitman skill tree focus on enhancing the SNTNL’s arsenal, including cryo damage upgrades to its weaponry, a radiation beam that weakens enemies while buffing Zane, and the ability to paint targets for a missile barrage. If you live for the thrill of the kill, the Hitman skill tree gives you all the help you need to rack up a ridiculous body count.

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Under Cover

Action Skill: Barrier

Keep your entire team safe and buff their damage output with the Under Cover skill tree. The Barrier Action Skill deploys a shield that blocks all enemy fire and gives you and your allies increased gun damage whenever you shoot through it. You can even pick up an active Barrier to turn Zane into a mobile bulwark, though this decreases its size and damage bonuses.

Investing points in the Under Cover skill tree can give your Barrier some clear improvements, like increased maximum shield capacity and decreased recharge rate. Go deeper still, and elemental damage becomes a dominant theme, whether you’re dishing it out more effectively or improving how much you can take. Here’s a sampling of some key Under Cover skills:

  • Confident Competence buffs Zane’s gun damage and accuracy whenever his shields are active, with better bonuses for stronger shield percentages.
  • Calm, Cool, Collected rewards Zane for using cryo weapons; any time you freeze an enemy you’ll regenerate shields, health, or Action Skills in that order, depending on what’s currently full.
  • Distributed Denial is a big one, giving your Barrier the effects of your currently equipped Shield Mod, which also applies to any allies near the Barrier (with reduced bonuses for Zane himself). It’ll feel like everyone’s getting together for a big buff party any time you drop a Barrier.

The Action Skill Augments along the Under Cover skill tree make the Barrier even more effective at saving (or ending) lives, giving it properties like increased movement speed and fire rates for any Vault Hunter who touches it, a dome shape that protects you on all sides, and a Deterrence Field that shocks and staggers any enemy who gets too close. You and your allies will feel unbreakable with the combined powers of the Barrier and the Under Cover skill tree, while your enemies will be frozen from fear and cryo damage before you shatter them into a million pieces.

Check out the Zane character page if you’d like to experiment with his skill tree for yourself; you can even share your build once you’ve crafted your vision of a perfect Zane.

Remember, just because you choose a particular Action Skill it doesn’t mean that you’re locked into that skill tree; you’re free to mix and match to see what powerful combinations you can come up with. Be sure to check out the other Vault Hunters you can play as in Borderlands 3: Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren, and FL4K the Beastmaster. 

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And so we now know pretty much everything there is to know about the Vault Hunters, aside from the way they really play, but we don't have long to wait for that either, as there's only 25 more days until Borderlands 3 launches!

Which Hunter will you be starting off as?

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This is gonna sound petty AF, but I unfortunately forgot about the temporarily free DLC for Borderlands 2, and now they want... fifteen dollars for something they were willing to give out for free? That's a nice Screw You. I'll just hold out for BL3's $20 "3rd Best Game of the 7th Week of Whatever Given Year" Edition.

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7 hours ago, Varrick said:

@Starym Thanks for the post definitely going to read upon this I am already liking what I am seeing.

Yea, after taking a deeper look into the skilltrees I really dont know what to play first. Zane's double action skill is really interesting but then you dont get the cool effects of the legendary grenades etc, Moze's mech is great etc etc.

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      Vault Hunter Adjustments  
      Amara
      We addressed a concern that Alacrity was only rewarding players one point worth of bonuses even if the player put in more than one point. In addition, we wanted Phasegrasp to be more accessible to all weapon types and play styles, so we doubled the range to grasp an enemy.
      Putting points into Alacrity now awards a reload speed bonus per rank Phasegrasp can now be used on targets further away and the cooldown is now instantly returned if a player misses Moze
      The Bloodletter class mod was creating some overwhelming synergies for Moze so we increased the delay and decreased the recharge rate of the shield to compensate.  This should help encourage the intended use of this class mod, which is to heal shields manually, not automatically. Means of Destruction’s re-trigger delay was adjusted again because the change limited other builds beyond creating infinite grenades. The infinite grenade bug will be addressed in a future patch but we wanted to enable other builds that use Means of Destruction so we dramatically reduced the re-trigger delay to a reasonable number.
      Bloodletter Class Mod
      - Increased the Recharge Delay by 150%
      - Reduced the Recharge Rate by 50% Addressed a reported bug with Close the Distance so the Action Skill Augment will now deal the intended Shock Damage Means of Destruction now has a re-trigger delay of 0.3 seconds FL4K
      The Leave No Trace change last week to FL4K was to forcefully inject the functionality of a cooldown into the ability. However, the value that was added was never the intended the value. We dramatically lowered it to retain the promise of the ability but with a cooldown that still allows players to gain ammo without dramatically removing a core aspect of a weapon’s gameplay loop.
      Leave No Trace now has a re-trigger delay set to 0.3 seconds Zane
      Death Follows Close will correctly update several Kill Skills after unlocking this ability Weapon Hotfixes
      The Lob's projectile tick damage is now 60% of base damage (up from 20%) and projectile speed decelerates faster to increase chances of hitting the same target multiple times Creeping Death damage increased by 200% Carrier damage increased by 60% Gunerang damage increased by 20% All Sniper Rifle Zoom Levels have been slightly reduced Long scopes on Jakobs, Children of the Vault, and DAHL Assault Rifles have also been slightly reduced Anointed Parts:
      - When Zane swaps positions with his Digi-Clone, the damage gained is increased to 130% (up from 75%)
      - When FL4K hits a target with Rakks, the target now takes 100% increased damage (up from 50%)
      - The Anointed part "Increased damage vs Badasses" no longer heals the player and now correctly adds bonus damage to Badass enemies Bug Fixes
      Pain, Terror, and Agonizer 9000 have been adjusted to have an increased chance to drop higher quality loot Addressed a reported bug with Dynasty Diner that could potentially halt mission progress for some players Addressed a reported concern that some players fell through the floors in various boss arenas Modified enemy spawn level discrepancies reported in the later parts of the campaign We noticed that some enemies were spawning at lower levels than expected in the later parts of the campaign. Players should no longer see enemies that are dramatically lower levels than other nearby enemies in certain areas.
      As a reminder, the current weekly event is the rare spawn hunt, with all the rares appearing pretty much 100% of the time and having a significantly increased drop rate for their legendaries, including some that have been buffed today - and we have all their locations right here.

      Our Borderlands 3 content:
      All Rare Spawn Locations for the Anniversary Hunt
      Patch and Hotfixes: October 3rd - Moze Grenade Build Nerf, Fl4k Action Skill Tuning
      Borderlands 10 Year Anniversary = Bonus Month!
      Easy and Cheap Eridium for Legendaries Method
      Major Hotfixes: September 27th - Fl4k Crit Nerf, Zane Buff, Legendary Drop Nerfs
      Raid Boss Location and Identity Discovered
      Big Bug Fix Patch: September 26th - Guardian Bug Fix, Performance Tuning
      Borderlands 3 Sells 5 Million Copies in 5 Days
      First Free "Bloody Harvest" DLC Detailed
      Hotfixes: September 19th - Major Loot Nerfs
      PC Player Counts Are Double of Borderlands 2
      Borderlands 3 First Impressions
      Endgame: Mayhem, Guardian Ranks, Raids, Free DLC
      Sanctuary 3 - Your Home Base in BL3
      VIP Season 3: BL3 Weapons Available, Codes and More
    • By Starym
      Here's a very handy set of images by a redditor whose name wouldn't be appropriate to post, marking all the rare mobs included in this week's anniversary Rare Spawn Hunt, which starts in half an hour (18:00 CEST)! Also don't forget, we're not sure if all of the mobs listed below have a 100% spawn rate, but some certainly do, as Gearbox' wording on the matter was unclear, so don't get disheartened if you don't find them at the marked locations immediately.

      You can also check out their loot here to see which ones are worth going after:
      Rakkman – Night Flyer, Legendary Pistol El Dragon Jr – Unleash the Dragon, Legendary Artifact Road Dog – Redline, Legendary Shotgun IndoTyrant – Random Customization Force Troopers – Random Legendary class mods Demoskaggon – Random Legendary Shield The Unstoppable – Band of Sytorak, Legendary Shield Thunk & Sloth – It's pi**, Legendary Grenade Mod Maxitrillion – The Horizon, Legendary Shotgun Borman Nates – Psycho Stabber, Legendary Pistol Princess Tarantella II – Hive, Legendary Rocket Launcher Mother of Grogans – Random Legendary Artifacts Red Jabber – Random Legendary Grenade Mod Urist McEnforcer – Masterwork Crossbow, Legendary Sniper Rifle   Here's a few to get you started, and head on over to the imgur gallery for all the locations!             Source: r/Borderlands3.
       

      Our Borderlands 3 content:
      Patch and Hotfixes: October 3rd - Moze Grenade Build Nerf, Fl4k Action Skill Tuning
      Borderlands 10 Year Anniversary = Bonus Month!
      Easy and Cheap Eridium for Legendaries Method
      Major Hotfixes: September 27th - Fl4k Crit Nerf, Zane Buff, Legendary Drop Nerfs
      Raid Boss Location and Identity Discovered
      Big Bug Fix Patch: September 26th - Guardian Bug Fix, Performance Tuning
      Borderlands 3 Sells 5 Million Copies in 5 Days
      First Free "Bloody Harvest" DLC Detailed
      Hotfixes: September 19th - Major Loot Nerfs
      PC Player Counts Are Double of Borderlands 2
      Borderlands 3 First Impressions
      Endgame: Mayhem, Guardian Ranks, Raids, Free DLC
      Sanctuary 3 - Your Home Base in BL3
      VIP Season 3: BL3 Weapons Available, Codes and More
    • By Starym
      The second week of events for the 10 year anniversary of the Borderlands franchise is arriving today/tomorrow (depending on your time zone) aka Tuesday at 9:00 AM PDT/6Pm CEST, and it's the Rare Spawn Hunt! We get to see a lot more of the stealthy creatures of Pandora and other planets, as the rare mobs will be much less so and their unique legendary loot will also be more frequent!
      Check out all the rare spawns involved and exactly what they drop below:
      Rare Spawn Week (source)
      We're continuing to celebrate Borderlands' 10-year anniversary with another week of in-game bonuses for Borderlands 3! This week is the Rare Spawn Hunt.
      If you've explored the untamed wilds and urban hideouts of Borderlands 3, you've likely found (and killed) a Rare Spawn. These named enemies are lurking around the many corners of the galaxy, and will sometimes show up on bounty boards wanted dead or… actually, just dead. But for the second week of our month-long Borderlands Anniversary Celebration, those Rare Spawns are about to be a lot less rare.
      Starting tomorrow, October 8 at 9:00 AM PDT, the Rare Spawn Hunt will begin courtesy of a quick micropatch. To ensure that the micropatch is successfully applied, verify that you're online then hang around the main menu for about a little bit. During the Rare Spawn Hunt, some Rare Spawns are guaranteed to show up in their designated locations and have an increased chance to drop unique Legendary loot. It's your chance to seek and destroy enemies you might've never known existed, or snag the unique Legendary weapons and gear you've been chasing after. Here's a list of all the Rare Spawns that are part of this week's event, along with their drops:
      Rakkman – Night Flyer, Legendary Pistol El Dragon Jr – Unleash the Dragon, Legendary Artifact Road Dog – Redline, Legendary Shotgun IndoTyrant – Random Customization Force Troopers – Random Legendary class mods Demoskaggon – Random Legendary Shield The Unstoppable – Band of Sytorak, Legendary Shield Thunk & Sloth – It's pi**, Legendary Grenade Mod Maxitrillion – The Horizon, Legendary Shotgun Borman Nates – Psycho Stabber, Legendary Pistol Princess Tarantella II – Hive, Legendary Rocket Launcher Mother of Grogans – Random Legendary Artifacts Red Jabber – Random Legendary Grenade Mod Urist McEnforcer – Masterwork Crossbow, Legendary Sniper Rifle The Rare Spawn Hunt is on from October 8 at 9:00 AM PDT to October 15 at 8:59 AM PDT when the next week's theme begins. The Borderlands Anniversary Celebration calendar is below—and if you want to know what this month of Borderlands 3 bonuses is all about, you can catch up here.

      Week 2 (October 8-14): Rare Spawn Hunt!
      Week 3 (October 15-21): Show Me the Eridium!
      Week 4 (October 22-28): Mayhem on Twitch!
      Week 5 (October 29 - November 4): Spooky Surprise!
      Good luck on your Rare Spawn Hunt this week, Vault Hunter. Those high-value targets have nowhere to hide, and their unique Legendary loot can be all yours.

      Our Borderlands 3 content:
      Patch and Hotfixes: October 3rd - Moze Grenade Build Nerf, Fl4k Action Skill Tuning
      Borderlands 10 Year Anniversary = Bonus Month!
      Easy and Cheap Eridium for Legendaries Method
      Major Hotfixes: September 27th - Fl4k Crit Nerf, Zane Buff, Legendary Drop Nerfs
      Raid Boss Location and Identity Discovered
      Big Bug Fix Patch: September 26th - Guardian Bug Fix, Performance Tuning
      Borderlands 3 Sells 5 Million Copies in 5 Days
      First Free "Bloody Harvest" DLC Detailed
      Hotfixes: September 19th - Major Loot Nerfs
      PC Player Counts Are Double of Borderlands 2
      Borderlands 3 First Impressions
      Endgame: Mayhem, Guardian Ranks, Raids, Free DLC
      Sanctuary 3 - Your Home Base in BL3
      VIP Season 3: BL3 Weapons Available, Codes and More
    • By Starym
      Here comes the next big batch of fixes for Borderlands 3, arriving later today, as we get the fix for the Hollow Point Guardian rank as it will be re-eneabled and not hurt allies anymore, the bank bug also gets a fix, there's some significant Vault Hunter tuning, as well as boss tweaks.
      Fl4k gets a buff to Rakk Attack, a nerf to ammo generation in Fade Away, a doubling of the stat bonus from Barbaric Yawp as well as improvements to pet quality of life. Moze gets her infinite grenade build nerfed by adding a re-trigger delay to Means of Destruction. Somewhat shockingly three bosses have had their difficulty lowered, as Gigamind, Katagawa Ball, and Billy the Anointed get health and shield reductions. There's also a whole bunch of smaller tweaks and bug fixes, so check out the full list below.
      October 3 (source)
      Today we’ll release both a patch and a hotfix for Borderlands 3 on all platforms by or before 3:00 PM PDT, with the patch addressing a number of reported concerns and the hotfix focusing on player character balance changes and tuning of some enemies and bosses.
      First up are the patch notes:
      Stability
      Addressed a reported issue where an infinite loop could occur when hitting the Guardian Rank experience ceiling General Fixes and Improvements
      The Hollow Point Guardian Rank skill no longer damages allies Hollow Point Guardian Rank skill has been re-enabled Addressed a reported issue where some players were unable to unlock the Ultimate Vault Hunter achievement on Xbox Addressed a reported issue where mouse functionality may have been lost when hot joining a friend’s session on PC Addressed a reported issue where some players’ inventory would not be saved in their bank This week’s Borderlands 3 hotfixes, which will be live on all platforms by or before 3:00 PM PDT today, contain some player character balance changes and address some player reported concerns regarding enemy behavior.
      Our goal is to make sure all three Action Skills for each Vault Hunter are viable, but we have noticed some skills have been outperforming others. To encourage more build diversity, we made some adjustments to FL4K and Moze this week.
      We also looked at a few boss fights and made balance changes to make their combats more enjoyable. Finally, we went over some enemy behaviors that could have affected mission progression and adjusted some attacks to happen with more frequency.
      Vault Hunter Adjustments
      FL4K
      Rakk Attack! is great for constant damage output, especially when paired with Anointed gear. The base skill still seems to be lacking, so Rakk Attack! now has a guaranteed status effect on any enemy that it damages. Leave No Trace was returning much more ammo than intended, and we have added a re-trigger delay to keep its ammo return within expectation. Barbaric Yawp has an increased bonus, as we didn’t feel that the amount of investment had an equal payoff. In addition, we felt that FL4K’s pets were demanding too much attention, which was interfering with players trying to stand still for any length of time, so we disabled the ability for them to move you around.
      Rakk Attack! status effect chance as been increased to 100%. Leave No Trace now has a re-trigger delay of 2 seconds Barbaric Yawp stat bonus increased by 100% Pets no longer push around player characters “Touch Pet” prompt is now a lower priority and should no longer interfere with looting or vending machines Moze
      Infinite Grenades is not an intentional build for Moze—even if it is hilarious. To lower the power (and spam) of this build, a re-trigger delay has been added to the grenade portion of Means of Destruction.
      Means of Destruction now has a re-trigger delay of 2 seconds Miscellaneous Changes
      Adjusted the balance of Gigamind, Katagawa Ball, and Billy the Anointed These three boss fights had concerns with their health and shields that made their combat loops more difficult than we intended. Gigamind had a little too much health, so that was reduced slightly. Katagawa Ball will no longer regenerate its shields; we found that while players contended with the adds during the fight, it would unfairly regenerate its shield, negating the players’ progress. Finally, Billy had 25% of his health removed; we agree that this fight often dragged on needlessly. We will be monitoring each of these bosses and may make further adjustments in the future.
      Bloated Rakks no longer spawn so many Rakklesnakes This change should make the Cistern of Slaughter in particular much more fun.
      Adjusted the cooldown values when they are displayed for Zane’s skills Amara’s Glamour will now turn enemies on each other, as described in the Action Skill Modified the loot spawn for Sera of Supremacy Spiderant Emperors occasionally wouldn’t drill back out of the ground, which created a potential progression blocker in the Proving Ground of Survival; we have adjusted this and the issue has been addressed Resolved an issue that could have prevented enemies from spawning while in Devil’s Razor Lavender Crawly’s physics were adjusted to prevent them exiting the world like a popped balloon Further safe guarded Apollo from being launched out of world as well The Rampager will no longer enter an idle at state at inappropriate times Saurian Slingers attacks were addressed Guardians now use all their attacks in Playthrough 2 Guardian Wraiths now reliably use all their ranged attacks NPCs in the Slaughter maps were reported to sometimes attempt to automatically revive players in the arena. Going forward they will no longer attempt to revive players Minimized the glow effect when opening Eridian ammo chests, can more easily see the ammo inside when opened  

      Our Borderlands 3 content:
      Borderlands 10 Year Anniversary = Bonus Month!
      Easy and Cheap Eridium for Legendaries Method
      Major Hotfixes: September 27th - Fl4k Crit Nerf, Zane Buff, Legendary Drop Nerfs
      Raid Boss Location and Identity Discovered
      Big Bug Fix Patch: September 26th - Guardian Bug Fix, Performance Tuning
      Borderlands 3 Sells 5 Million Copies in 5 Days
      First Free "Bloody Harvest" DLC Detailed
      The Specifics of the Loot Nerf - Not That Big a Drop
      Hotfixes: September 19th - Major Loot Nerfs
      Cloud Save Problem Hotfixed
      PC Player Counts Are Double of Borderlands 2
      Borderlands 3 First Impressions
      Borderlands 3 Reviews and Launch Trailer
      Endgame: Mayhem, Guardian Ranks, Raids, Free DLC
      Sanctuary 3 - Your Home Base in BL3
      VIP Season 3: BL3 Weapons Available, Codes and More
    • By Starym
      The Borderlands series is almost as old as World of Warcraft and just like in WoW we're getting an anniversary event to celebrate! This month marks the 10 year anniversary of Borderlands 1's release and we're getting 5 weeks of bonus events! This week starts off with bonus boss loot, as each boss will have an additional legendary added to their loot pool and a greater chance to obtain that item.
      The next weeks will feature a rare spawn hunt, something called show me the eridium, mayhem on twitch and a spooky surprise which is sure to coincide with the Bloody Harvest event!
      Bonus Month (source)
      Join us as we celebrate ten years of Borderlands with a five-week Borderlands 3 event featuring tons of rewards.

      You've come a long way, Vault Hunter. This month, it will have been 10 years since the original Borderlands made its debut on October 20, 2009; we've been shooting and looting across Pandora and the galaxy beyond ever since. Whether you're a longtime fan or a series newcomer, we're so glad you're here with us for Borderlands 3, and we're showing our appreciation with a five-week Borderlands Anniversary Celebration. For the entire month of October (and a little bit of November), Borderlands 3 Vault Hunters of all levels can score in-game loot and bonuses just by playing.
      Starting today, the next five weeks will all have their very own theme in Borderlands 3, encouraging different in-game activities to maximize your rewards. As of now, Boss Week is live, which will be active until October 8, 2019 at 8:59 AM PDT when the following week's theme begins. During Boss Week, some bosses will have an increased chance to drop a unique Legendary item. Here's a full breakdown of Legendary loot drops by boss:
      Mouthpiece has an increased chance to drop Gatling Gun KillaVolt has an increased chance to drop Brainstormer Gigamind has an increased chance to drop Nagata Katagawa Ball has an increased chance to drop Rectifier Katagawa has an increased chance to drop Legendary class mods (all Vault Hunters) Rampager has an increased chance to drop Kill-o'-the-Wisp Warden has an increased chance to drop Echo GenIVIV has an increased chance to drop Ten Gallon Aurelia has an increased chance to drop Creeping Death Graveward has an increased chance to drop Earworm Pain and Terror have an increased chance to drop Legendary class mods (all Vault Hunters) Troy has an increased chance to drop Nova Berner Tyreen has an increased chance to drop *filtered* If you're looking to expand your collection of unique Legendary loot, make sure to drop in on all those bosses and make them wish they had never messed with you and your Vault Hunter pals. Keep in mind that this is just the beginning of the Borderlands Anniversary Celebration, and while we're saving some surprises for later, we thought we'd give you an early look at the calendar:

      Week 1 (October 1-7): Bonus Boss Loot!
      Week 2 (October 8-14): Rare Spawn Hunt!
      Week 3 (October 15-21): Show Me the Eridium!
      Week 4 (October 22-28): Mayhem on Twitch!
      Week 5 (October 29 - November 4): Spooky Surprise!
      So what are you waiting for? Jump into Borderlands 3 and start beating down bosses across the galaxy to earn even more loot. We'll be unveiling the full bonuses for each week's theme every Monday this month, so be sure to check back to see what's in store for the Borderlands Anniversary Celebration. In the meantime, we'd like to extend our deepest thanks to the entire Borderlands community for your dedication, passion, and support. Here's to many more years of mayhem.
       

      Our Borderlands 3 content:
      Easy and Cheap Eridium for Legendaries Method
      Major Hotfixes: September 27th - Fl4k Crit Nerf, Zane Buff, Legendary Drop Nerfs
      Raid Boss Location and Identity Discovered
      Big Bug Fix Patch: September 26th - Guardian Bug Fix, Performance Tuning
      Borderlands 3 Sells 5 Million Copies in 5 Days
      First Free "Bloody Harvest" DLC Detailed
      The Specifics of the Loot Nerf - Not That Big a Drop
      Hotfixes: September 19th - Major Loot Nerfs
      Cloud Save Problem Hotfixed
      PC Player Counts Are Double of Borderlands 2
      Borderlands 3 First Impressions
      Borderlands 3 Reviews and Launch Trailer
      Endgame: Mayhem, Guardian Ranks, Raids, Free DLC
      Sanctuary 3 - Your Home Base in BL3
      VIP Season 3: BL3 Weapons Available, Codes and More
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