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Borderlands 3 is just over an hour from launch and if you're like me, you're getting very impatient and just need something to read or watch to get to that 1:00 AM CEST mark! Luckily we have both Gearbox and a couple of youtube videos giving us some tips and things we should know before we get started!

You can also check out the reviews for the game and launch trailer, the endgame activities, PC specs and graphics options, interactive skill trees, in-depth looks at each Vault Hunter, Sanctuary 3 aka our home base for BL3, the VIP program, some crazy ads for the game, and of course, the exact launch times in your region in case you're unsure!

But first, let's get to the gearbox tips:

9 Tips to get you started (source)

Borderlands 3 is so close, you can practically taste the unbridled mayhem in the air. Perhaps you've already chosen your main Vault Hunter and mapped out your planned skill tree builds for Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative. You know exactly when you'll be able to start your galactic adventure at launch thanks to the Borderlands 3 release schedule. But there are a few things you might not know about Borderlands 3 that will help you enjoy yourself that much more. Here are nine spoiler-free starter tips to help you be the best Vault Hunter you can be.

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1. Equip a variety of weapons to avoid running out of ammo
There are over a billion guns in Borderlands 3, but only six types of ammo: Pistol, Assault, SMG, Shotgun, Sniper, and Heavy. To ensure that you don't chew through your ammo stocks and come up empty at the worst possible moment, always bring a variety of weapons into battle. For instance, even if you have two pistols you particularly love, it's better to pick one and store the other in your Backpack than risk equipping two weapons that'll run dry at the same time. As you continue to level up, be sure to visit Marcus aboard Sanctuary III and buy some of his Storage Deck Upgrades (SDUs) to expand your carrying capacity.

2. You can now use Fast Travel from anywhere
As with previous Borderlands games, Fast Travel stations dot the areas and planets you'll visit in Borderlands 3—but this time, they're not the only means of warping around. Borderlands 3 lets you teleport from anywhere to any previously discovered Fast Travel station or even your most recently used vehicle, all via the map in your ECHO device. That includes Fast Travel stations on other planets, too; once you've discovered a station anywhere in the galaxy, you can travel there instantly without needing to warp back to Sanctuary III first.

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3. Choosing the correct elemental damage type during combat makes a big difference
Depending on what type of enemy you're up against, your choice of elemental weapons can be the difference between tearing your target to shreds or barely making a dent. There are five elemental damage types in Borderlands 3: Incendiary, Shock, Corrosive, Cryo, and Radiation. The first three types are most effective when matched to an enemy's color-coded health bar: Incendiary damage tears through Flesh represented by red health bars, Shock decimates Shields shown as blue health bars, and Corrosive will melt through Armor denoted by yellow health bars. All elemental damage with the exception of Cryo will also deal respectable damage-over-time.

Cryo and Radiation weapons aren't designed to take down specific enemy types, but they're still highly useful for their utility. The icy blasts of Cryo guns will slow their targets, eventually freezing them solid; this is particularly handy when you need to isolate an enemy for some focused fire or keep a melee attacker at bay. Radiation can cause your target to become Irradiated, creating a noxious damage-over-time cloud that also affects nearby enemies. It can quickly nuke big groups if you successfully cause an Irradiated chain reaction: when an Irradiated enemy dies they'll explode for immediate area-of-effect damage and a chance to Irradiate any nearby baddies.

4. Equip Class Mods for more skill choices
Class Mods are class-specific pieces of gear that grant a variety of bonuses when equipped. Typically these bonuses come in the form of points on skill trees, which can afford you access to abilities and buffs that you haven't actually invested points into, or put you over the usual cap for skills that you've already maxed out. Note that it's only possible to equip Class Mods after you complete a specific mission on Promethea, so if you find any before then, you should store them for safekeeping in your Player Bank found in Sanctuary III's Crew Quarters.

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5. Be sure to reposition yourself during Fight For Your Life
Successfully scoring a kill during the downed Fight For Your Life state will bring you back from the brink of death, but you may sometimes find yourself stuck in a bad spot during FFYL without a clear line of sight to fire at nearby enemies. In Borderlands 3, all Vault Hunters can now crawl around during FFYL, giving you a better chance of lining up the perfect shot that ultimately saves your life with a Second Wind recovery. Friendly NPCs are also able to revive you, so crawl towards any who are nearby to increase your odds of survival.

6. Use the new Mark Target action to express yourself
Whether you're playing with friends who all have voice chat enabled or teaming up with randoms in multiplayer matchmaking, communication is key for co-op success. The new Mark Target command in Borderlands 3 is the perfect way to call out points of interest in co-op, as it instantly highlights your target with a relevant icon. Mark Target is particularly helpful when you want to rally your group against a tough enemy, helpfully highlight an ammo crate, call dibs on a loot chest, or just temporarily mark an interesting spot in your environment.

7. Vehicles you encounter are yours for the taking
You're always free to explore Borderlands 3 on foot, but grabbing a set of wheels is a quicker way to reach quest objectives or new points of interest. You can always digistruct a vehicle at any Catch-A-Ride station, but there's also the option of a quick hijacking if aggressive bandit drivers get too close. There are even some elusive vehicles tucked away on certain planets, which appear as purple models on your minimap; if you can reach these custom vehicles and successfully drive them to a Catch-A-Ride in one piece, Ellie will reverse-engineer their modifications for use in your own car collection. If you ever need to make a quick getaway or want to hit some sick air off a makeshift ramp, make sure to hit the boosters, which by default are mapped to Left Bumper/L1 on controllers and Left Shift on keyboards.

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8. Check your mail for weapon manufacturers' loyalty rewards
The weapons manufacturers of the Borderlands universe are all eager for your business, and they like to keep tabs on your accomplishments in Borderlands 3. When you hit certain milestones using a manufacturer's gear, there's a good chance they'll reward your brand loyalty with a little thank-you gift sent via the in-game mail system. To receive your reward, go to the Social section of the pause menu, then click the Mail tab to peruse your complementary goodies. The in-game mail system is also how you'll receive any weapons you've earned via the Vault Insider Program.

9. Mayhem Mode continues the challenge after you beat the campaign
On your space-faring quest to stop the twisted Calypso Twins, you'll encounter tons of optional side missions offering extra XP, helpful loot, and self-contained storylines featuring unforgettable characters. But if you miss or skip some these missions during your journey only to realize that you greatly outlevel them later on, don't worry—the entire universe can be scaled up to match your current level while Mayhem Mode is active, ensuring that all missions provide a suitable challenge. If you really want to test your mettle, you should also revisit any Proving Grounds and Circle of Slaughter arenas you've discovered with Mayhem Mode enabled. Mayhem Mode is unlocked once you've finished all the main story missions; check out our PAX West reveals to learn more.

There's plenty more to discover for yourself in Borderlands 3, but these tips should help give you an edge in the battle against the Children of the Vault. For more need-to-know info ahead of Borderlands 3's launch on September 13, check out the Official Guide to the Borderlands.

And then it's on to some videos, starting with Dantics' spoiler free tips!

 

I hope to see you in-game in about an hour or so! And in case you were wondering about our guides, it'll take a while to play through the game itself, so they'll be up just as soon as we can get the necessary info.

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      Addressed a reported concern that the “Emergency Response” perk was increasing Shield Recharge Delay, rather than decreasing it Addressed a reported concern that the crowd audio was sometimes coming from a separate location while chasing down Carnivora Added blockers to prevent players from occasionally escaping the map without dying when jumping off the edge of a cliff in Carnivora Addressed a reported concern that players could walk through a wall of rocks in Carnivora Added blockers to prevent players from escaping the map near the Apollyon Transit Station New-U in Neon Arterial Addressed a reported concern that the Gunner could sometimes get stuck in the second area of the Proving Grounds Addressed a reported concern that players could occasionally escape the Skag of Survival boss area in The Proving Grounds Addressed a reported concern that the Siren could escape the map while using the “Downfall” ability in Cistern of Slaughter and the Destroyer’s Rift Addressed a reported concern that the final satellite dish would not appear for the player to destroy at certain distances during “Bad Reception” Addressed a reported concern that players were unable to break an Eridium crystal cluster in Ambermire Addressed a reported concern where aim assist was snapping aggressively on the center of an enemy when fighting the Blue Fire and Red Rain boss enemies during “Slaughterstar 3000”  
    • By Starym
      Borderlands' own Valentine's Day event, Broken Hearts Day, is coming tomorrow, February 13th and it's bringing with it a whole lot of changes. We'll be seeing a 3 level increase with additional skillpoints to use, a toggle for the event itself, the True Takedown mode which brings the raid content back to it's original difficulty, skippable cutscenes, toggleable Guardian ranks and more. We also get to hear about some upcoming improvements in the March patch, including Mayhem 2.0 and FFYL improvements.

      You can also check out the full details of the Broken Hearts Day event at the bottom of the post.
      February 13th Patch (source)
      Hey Vault Hunters! With Valentine's Day (and our own Broken Hearts Day seasonal event) right around the corner, we thought now might be a nice time to pause, reflect, and express our sincere gratitude to all of you with a little love note.
      Borderlands 3's launch was a historic high note for both Gearbox and 2K, and that simply would not have been possible without your support. Your incredible response was overwhelming, so really, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you. Your enthusiasm validates all the time, energy, and passion we poured into this project, and it fuels us still—because we're not done yet!
      We've been hard at work since launch crafting additional content and updating the existing game. It's been a tricky, trying process at times, but we're committed to making Borderlands 3 the best possible Borderlands experience. Today, we'd love to take a moment to look back on everything we've added or updated since launch and, more importantly, outline what's still to come for Borderlands 3—including a bunch highly requested quality-of-life enhancements in the February patch.
      Let's get started!
      A Quick Look Back...
      Since Borderlands 3's release in September, we've worked hard to pack the game with additional content and improve player experience based on your feedback. Here's a quick look at just some of what we've done so far.

      Developer Roadmap
      Now that we've looked at how much has happened in Borderlands 3 to date, it's time we look to the future with another developer roadmap, giving you insight into new features and improvements you can look forward to in the coming weeks. Please note that there can always be unforeseen challenges when working on patches and hotfixes, so we'll share more concrete release timings as these updates progress.
      True Takedown Mode
      In the Borderlands 3 Hotfixes for January 30, we shared our plans for True Takedown Mode now that Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite scales to your party size by default. True Takedown Mode delivers the extreme difficulty we always intended for Takedown content by tuning the experience for a full party of four decked-out Vault Hunters. To access True Takedown Mode, simply activate the lever located on the right side of the door leading out of the airlock at the beginning of the map. Remember, this is meant to be some of the most challenging content in all of Borderlands 3, so don't get discouraged if your team keeps getting wrecked in True Takedown Mode when it goes live in the February patch.
      Level Cap Increase
      For the first level cap increase, we're currently planning to raise the maximum Vault Hunter level from 50 to 53, timed with the debut of Broken Hearts Day. This will give you three additional skill points to add to your skill trees, allowing you to enhance your existing builds or even experiment with additional abilities. To plan out your updated Vault Hunter builds, check out the skill tree builders on our character pages for Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative! We'll have more information about future level cap increases later, and intend to make any level cap increases free additions to the game.
      Performance and Stability
      We're continuing to work on Borderlands 3 for all platforms. With each of the coming patches, you can expect some updates to enhance the player experience. The next round of UI improvements will come with the second campaign add-on. Community feedback has been instrumental in shaping these improvements, so if you encounter any issues, please submit a ticket to support.2k.com.
      Skippable Cutscenes Update
      Skippable in-game cutscenes are coming soon! We're in the process of testing this feature now, and it will launch in the upcoming February patch. All cutscenes in the game, whether you've seen the cutscene before or not, will be skippable during solo play or by the host of your party during multiplayer.
      Guardian Rank Toggling
      In a previous roadmap, we shared our intention to let players disable the powerful Perks associated with Guardian Ranks. That change will be coming in the February patch, and will allow you to individually disable specific Perks. You'll also be able to disable the entire system if you prefer a more vanilla leveling experience. In the future, we plan to expand the Guardian Rank system to include additional Perks. We are looking to introduce these new Perks in tandem with the second campaign add-on, but they will not be tied to that content.
      Event Toggling
      During the seasonal Bloody Harvest event, we heard the community loud and clear: you'd like a way to opt out of an ongoing event. This feature will be introduced in the February patch. During the Broken Hearts Day seasonal event, you will now be able to toggle the event's game-wide effects on or off via the main menu.
      Fight For Your Life Improvements
      Fight for Your Life is a big part of the co-op experience, and we've identified a few ways we'd like to improve the system. Specifically, we are looking at increasing the interaction radius between players, telegraphing revives to other players more clearly, and allowing multiple players to contribute to a revive. We expect to have this available in March.
      Mayhem 2.0
      We expanded Mayhem Mode with the even tougher Mayhem 4 level in the Borderlands 3 Patch and Hotfixes for November 21, but more sweeping changes are in the works for Mayhem 2.0, arriving in March. We're still fine-tuning some of its elements and will have a separate update on this in the future, focusing on how Mayhem 2.0 will impact Borderlands 3's endgame experience.
      ECHOcast Twitch Extension expansions
      The Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Twitch Extension has been a huge hit with our community, letting viewers directly interact with Borderlands 3 streamers and even collect some of the same loot. Currently, the ECHOcast Extension features Rare Chest Events, Badass Viewer Events, and Piñata Events for Twitch stream mayhem, and we want to add even more Event types in the near future. We're hoping to introduce a Moxxi-themed Event, which we first teased during Guardian Con 2019, that would let you mix up buff- or debuff-inducing cocktails for the streamer using Twitch Bits. We're aiming to have this ready for the ECHOcast Twitch Extension in March.
      Our Approach to Balance Changes
      As we continue to develop new content, we're always keeping an eye on balancing to ensure that Borderlands 3 continues to be enjoyed for years to come, much like previous Borderlands titles. We prefer to make buffs rather than nerfs. However, in the most extreme cases, we may step in to reduce the power level of weapons, gear, or skills that make competing options feel totally obsolete.
      All changes are made to keep Borderlands 3 feeling fresh for newcomers and veterans alike. We strive to make your chosen Vault Hunter feel unique, powerful, and impactful across all levels, and we want to maintain the thrill of collecting gear for whatever new build you can come up with next. For more insight into how we approach balancing in Borderlands 3, you can read this interview with Borderlands 3 Creative Director Paul Sage.
      More to Come at PAX EAST
      That's everything we're ready to share today. Don't worry, though, there's still plenty more in store for Borderlands 3. Not only will we continue updating the game based on the evolving needs of the community, we're also planning plenty of new content and free events to keep the experience exciting for players of all levels.
      Want to learn more about that upcoming content? Be sure to tune in to the Gearbox panel at PAX East on February 27! The panel will stream live on twitch.tv/borderlands starting at 11:30 AM Pacific / 2:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM GMT. Expect a whole bunch of exciting content announcements, including the full reveal of Borderlands 3's second paid campaign expansion!
      For now, be sure to catch today's episode of The Borderlands Show for additional context and insights from Borderlands 3 Live Lead Graeme Timmins, and keep sending us your constructive feedback. Thanks again, and see you at PAX East.
       
      Broken Hearts Day (source)
      New seasonal event and themed loot coming to Borderlands 3 soon.
      Broken Hearts Day is fast approaching in the Borderlands, and Maurice, Sanctuary III's resident sentient Saurian, is hoping you'll assist with his ongoing study of the human condition as he turns his attention to our species' courting rituals. You'll be well rewarded for completing Maurice's challenges during this new seasonal event revealed on episode five of The Borderlands Show, and don't worry, you're not being asked to do anything inappropriate. Simply shoot down the floating hearts that are swirling around enemies across the galaxy as you go about your regular Vault Hunter business.

      The hearts take several forms and break in different ways: some will fall to the ground with a fiery explosion, while others might drop loot or briefly turn enemies into allies, for example. Maurice will keep track of how many hearts you've broken and mail you the following event rewards as you reach each of these totals:
      10 – "ECHOcardiogram" ECHO Skin
      25 – "Cosmic Romance" Weapon Trinket
      50 – "Terminal Polyaimorous" Legendary Maliwan SMG
      75 – "Heartbreaker" Vault Hunter Skin
      100 – "Wedding Invitation" Legendary Jakobs Sniper Rifle
      Hearts will start to materialize across the Borderlands once the February patch deploys before 3:00 PM PT on Thursday, February 13. You'll then have one week to assist Maurice before this seasonal event ends at 8:59 AM PT on Thursday, February 20. If you don't want to take part, you can opt out of the Broken Hearts Day event from the main menu after pressing Play, but when you join an online game, the host player's settings will determine whether or not the event is active.

      For information on some of the other exciting stuff we have in the works for Borderlands 3, check out the Community Love Letter we wrote for you. We mostly skipped the soppy stuff and instead jumped straight into planning our future together with a new update roadmap, which includes plans for things like Mayhem 2.0, skippable cutscenes, level cap increases, and upgrades to the Guardian Rank system. ❤️

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