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Here’s a look at how guns are changing in Borderlands 3

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Guns! You want them, and Borderlands 3 has them! One of the best improvements that Borderlands 2 made on the original game was in how it managed to make each brand of gun feel more unique. Spread across several manufacturers, each category of gun brought a little something extra to the table. Dahl guns usually had a neat burst-fire mode, Maliwan was all about elemental damage and you could count on Torgue to be glorified explosion-slingers with whatever weapon to which applied their bomb-happy ideology.

In Borderlands 3, that gap between the various weapons-dealers is expanding even further, as each company doubles down on what makes their particular death-dealing tools of mass head-popping destruction so unique. Here’s a quick rundown of how guns are evolving in Borderlands 3:



Hyperion guns may have more shakes than a coffee addict in an earthquake scenario, but hold down the trigger and you’ll soon be stabilised. As an added bonus, aiming down the sights now gives you a small shield to take cover behind.



Usually the creme de la creme of guns, Atlas weapons now have more than just superior stats to their name. They’ll come with git gud modifiers that will see each gun fire enemy-tracking rounds after foes have been peppered with tracking tags.



The heaviest slugs in the galaxy, Jakobs weapons won’t just deliver massive damage when they impact with a critical spot. They’ll now also ricochet off of your enemy and into other targets.



The undisputed master of elemental damage, Maliwan weapons now allow you to swap between two elements and charge your shots for bonus damage.



Vladof guns will still eat all the ammo you have in the blink of an eye, but you can now expand on these weapons with under-barrel attachments such as tasers, rocket tubes, and even more gun barrels.



Regular reloading is for chumps. Whenever you decide that the mag needs a refill in a Tediore gun, you can chuck the entire gun towards an enemy and digistruct a new one in your hands. Oh, Tediore guns will also track towards a bandit whenever you do this now. NEAT!



Pandora’s native arsenal is once again in the mix, as these alien weapons feature infinite ammo and limitless magazines…kind of. Fire too much and you’ll overheat a gun, but it’s a handy trade-off for those of you who like to spend ammo like it’s going out of style.



Full auto, semi-auto or burst fire? Dahl isn’t changing their modus operandi for Borderlands 3, but they are giving players more options for which mode they prefer to have equipped at any given time.



EXPLOSIONS! Mr. Torgue’s bombastic brand is back, this time with a neat trick: Players can switch between regular bomb bullets and sticky ammo, with the stickier option dealing bonus damage if you managed to empty a clip into a target.

Borderlands has always had one of the finest gunplay experiences in all of gaming, so having that signature style of wacky headshots return with some hefty new upgrades, sounds like fun on a bun. I’m going to miss the Bandit weapons though, which were just delightful hodge-podge guns that favoured quantity over quality.

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Just remember one thing when buying a gun in Borderlands 3 though:


Last Updated: April 9, 2019


  1. DAMN, the BL itch is serious!


    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      April 9, 2019 at 13:00

      Yeah dude, I have the urge to jam BL 1 and 2 before this comes out


      • The D

        April 9, 2019 at 13:08

        I’m busy replaying Pre-Sequel with the UHD texture pack. SO GOOD.


        • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

          April 9, 2019 at 13:30

          Lekker man! Tried my best to enjoy the Pre-sequel but it just didnt grab me.


          • Goose

            April 9, 2019 at 20:56

            Same. I mean a played through it with 3 different characters, but it still wasn’t BL2.

  2. Original Heretic

    April 9, 2019 at 12:16

    Anybody NOT looking forward to this needs to visit a proctologist.


    • Pariah

      April 9, 2019 at 12:37

      On Pandora.


  3. Nikola

    April 9, 2019 at 12:30

    I can’t wait!!!


  4. Llama In The Rift

    April 9, 2019 at 12:44

    No word on Character Classes yet? I know of at least a siren by the trailer and what looks to be another support type via gadgets and so….no idea about the rest.


    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      April 9, 2019 at 13:00

      Hey bro, I read this on another gaming site, check below:

      Moze the Gunner
      Amara the Siren
      FL4K the Beastmaster
      Zane the Operative

      The Gunner is self explanatory. The Siren is a brawler capable of summoning ghostly fists to do the punching for her. The Beastmaster is just as lazy, getting its chummy critters to deal with the combat. And finally, the Operative is the stealth option, claiming more gadgets and gizmos than Q from James Bond.


      • Llama In The Rift

        April 9, 2019 at 13:08

        Sweetness….Thanks for the info!!!

        Looks like my first play will be with ma main guy Zane…who’s gonna cause such a pain….while drinking cane and i’m gonna stop now.


        • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

          April 9, 2019 at 13:30

          Yeah man Im leaning towards Zane however that being said the gunner spawns a giant mech to battle so that also pretty badass


  5. Magoo

    April 9, 2019 at 13:15

    Siren + Maliwan = Overwatch.

    Shout out to the best generation of weapon in all of Borderlands – the pestilent defiler.


  6. G8crasha

    April 9, 2019 at 15:59

    If Borderlands was set in reality, these manufacturers would be hauled over the coals for collusion. Why collusion? Well, either company could probably develop one weapon that ticked all these boxes, but instead, each company has something different to offer the end user. There’s no real competition!


  7. Goose

    April 9, 2019 at 20:56

    I really like that they’re expanding on the weapon perks from BL2. Are you going to be able to customize weapons this time? Or do the Vladof’s just have random attachments? Man I love those bullet hoses.


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