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Borderlands 3 Weapons Guide

In this article, I will cover the loot in Borderlands 3 and what you can expect to see. Learn everything you need to know about the various weapon manufacturers.
Borderlands 3 Weapon Guide
Borderlands 3 Weapon Guide

Introduction to the Next Level of Weaponry

One of the biggest features in the Borderlands franchise has always been the crazy amount of loot. Gearbox Software pushes themselves even further than ever before with Borderlands 3 as they promise to include over a million weapons in the game.

Gearbox Software already set the world record of ‘Most Guns in a Game’ in the Guinness Book of Records with the first Borderlands game. With Borderlands 2, the team didn’t break their own record by numbers, however, they revolutionized the loot itself. By giving each of the weapons manufacturers their own special traits, look, and feel, they made each weapon more distinct from one and other. Therefore the search for new and exciting weaponry was a threat. For the first time, you could recognize the brand before you picked up the gun and it was no longer just about comparing the stats.

With Borderlands 3 it looks like Gearbox is once again going to revolutionize their loot.

“In the past, the guns all shared pieces between all the guns, and this time, we built entire suites of gun randomization inside of each manufacturer so that there’s a little bit more cohesiveness to them,” Scott Kester

Weapon Types

Borderlands 3 has 7 different weapon types each one comes with its own pros & cons and has its own ammo type. Mix up your inventory with different weapons types because that way once you run out of ammo with one type of weapon you can always switch to a different type.

  • Pistols
  • SMGs
  • Assault Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Snipers
  • Launchers
  • Grenades

Weapon Manufacturers

Borderlands 3 has 9 different weapon manufacturers each with their own unique weapon traits. Usually, weapon types have a traditional way of how they function. In Borderlands this is determined by the Manufacturer. This means you will find weapon types that act like different weapon types.

Most of your favorite classic weapon manufacturers return in Borderlands 3. The only one that has been replaced are the Bandits weapons. They have been rebranded as COV weapons.

Weapon manufacturers have new unique gimmicks to them compared to previous Borderlands games. This makes the loot feel fresh and exciting.

Atlas Weapons - Borderlands 3


Step 1: Hit your enemies with tracker tags. Step 2: Unleash a hail of Smart Bullets that track towards your targets. Step 3: Loot!

Atlas Weapons

COV Weapons - Borderlands 3


Enjoy uninterrupted damage-dealing courtesy of “infinite” ammo magazines, occasionally interrupted by unpredictable overheating.

COV Weapons

Dahl Weapons - Borderlands 3


Toggle between alternate fire modes depending on your play style, your predicament, and your predilection for bonus damage.

Dahl Weapons

Hyperion Weapons - Borderlands 3


Aim down the sights to take cover behind your weapon-mounted shield and keep your finger on the trigger for increased accuracy.

Hyperion Weapons

Jakobs Weapons - Borderlands 3


Deliver devastating critical hits to enemies’ soft-and-sensitives, then joy-puke as your bullets ricochet towards other targets.

Jakobs Weapons

Maliwan Weapons - Borderlands 3


Toggle between two elements, charge your weapon and deal guaranteed elemental damage with your finger glued to the trigger.

Maliwan Weapons

Tediore Weapons - Borderlands 3


Toss your gun like a grenade to reload, then watch it pursue a nearby enemy as a fully loaded version digi-structs in your hand.

Tediore Weapons

Torgue Weapons - Borderlands 3


Switch between regular and sticky-projectile fire modes. Stickies do more damage if a bunch of them detonate on the same target.

Torgue Weapons

Vladof Weapons - Borderlands 3


Augment these rapid-firing, ammo-hungry guns with under-barrel attachments including tasers, rocket tubes, and additional gun barrels.

Vladof Weapons

Weapons Rarities

Borderlands 3 has 5 different weapon rarities. Higher rarity weapons often have better stats than their lower rarity counterparts. It’s possible that a lower rarity can outperform a legendary item in some areas but the special legendary trait that a legendary item has is what it makes it excel.

All Borderlands 3 Weapons Ranked

Elemental Weapon Damage

The weapons in Borderlands 3 can also output elemental damage again. Maliwan weapons can even switch between various elements.

  • Fire
  • Cryo
  • Corrosive
  • Shock
  • Radiation

In-depth Elemental Damage Guide

Melee Weapons

Randy Pitchford confirmed that there are 1 Million Weapons in Borderlands 3, however, you only have 1 offhand melee weapon. Gearbox Software is adding Melee Weapons to your loadout in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

Instance Loot

If you play Borderlands 3 in co-op you don’t have to worry about loot ninjas anymore. Each player will have its own loot stream so your loot is your loot. If you actually like the old Borderlands 2 rules, with shared loot, then that’s also possible.

If you forget to pick up an important item or are not able to pick it up for some reason, then there is the Lost Loot Machine for you.

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