What are hero points?
In an interview with Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Creative Director, Matt Cox, he mentioned that Hero Points can be spent on very classic [Dungeons & Dragons] attributes. These attributes relate to things like a melee, spell, or skill cooldown attribute. It’s like a character sheet that lets you specialize in a specific class.
Initially, this sounds like Badass/Guardian rank from the Borderlands franchise. However, Matt also mentioned in another interview that you would be able to obtain Badass tokens right from the bat.
Badass Rank in Borderlands lets you put points into things that Matt pointed out with the Hero Points.
This initially made me think that Badass Rank was an ongoing leveling mechanic that is shared between all your characters. Small buffs that eventually stack up. Hero Points would then have bigger buffs that you can use to focus on a specific role and really specialize your character.
From Badass Rank to Guardian Rank and back
However, the whole name Badass Token wasn’t sitting well with me. Why name it Badass Rank as we upgraded to Guardian Rank with Borderlands 3. Is it pure “going back to the roots” of the Borderlands 2 era or is there more to it? Gearbox Software renamed Badass Rank to Guardian Rank because you could unlock these perks and it added a whole new layer to the profile leveling mechanic.
What if Gearbox Software moved the Guardian Perks to the Hero Points. Having that as additional abilities on your character sheet. For example; The Guardian Perk that recharges your shield is now only available if you spec into the tank class. Each Character Class would have its own perks.
This does add another level of character customization to the game. While Borderlands always is a shooter first with RPG coming second, it was always a debate about how many RPG elements Gearbox should add. With Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, we already see that they added more RPG elements to the game. Is this another step, who knows at this point but it is something I wanted to point out.
Let me know what you think about hero points. Once, I’ll get more info I’ll update this article from speculation to fact!