Borderlands 3: How to Start Arms Race

How to Start Borderlands 3's new game mode; Arms Race

What is Arms Race?

Arms Race is the new stand-alone game mode in Borderlands 3. It’s part of DLC5, the Designer’s Cut, which you can purchase individually or as part of the second season pass. Arms Race is a Battle Royale-Like game mode where you drop in a map without any gear or skills and need to collect loot while surviving the badlands. While undergoing this 1-life challenge run, Axton and Salvador will provide commentary to the game.

How to start Arms Race

  1. Fast Travel to Sanctuary 3

    Borderlands 3 Sanctuary 3 Spaceship

  2. Pick up the quest from the Arms Race poster

    You can find the Arms Race poster across the hallway from the Lost Loot Machine.Arms Race Quest Poster - Borderlands 3

  3. Fast Travel to Stormblind Complex on Pandora

    The new location is now directly accessible through the fast travel network. No need to fly Sanctuary around and launch a drop pod.Snowblind Complex on Pandora - Borderlands 3

  4. Activate the Portal

    Walk through the hallway and flip 3 switches in the control room to dive into the Arms Race arenaArms Race Access Portal - Borderlands 3

  5. Jump in the portal

    Once you jump through the Portal the Arms Race will begin.


What Level Do I need to be for Arms Race?

You need to have access to Sanctuary III in order to access Arms Race. You are probably LVL 13 when you reach this point in the game. You can also skill the prologue of Borderlands 3 by creating a LVL13 character.

Is Arms Race part of the Seaon Pass?

Arms Race is part of DLC5, the Designer’s Cut. This DLC is part of the second Season Pass.

I can’t access Arms Race or the other DLC content

When you encounter any issues accessing the new DLC, please contact

How to Win Arms Race?

If you need more help on how to win a round of Arms Race, then I have a complete guide on how to achieve victory


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