Best Legendary Shields
There are a lot of legendary shields in Borderlands 3 and they all to amazing stuff. However, which shields can be considered as “THE BEST“. Of course, this is subjective and it all depends on the character and the build you are playing. Just like every other Borderlands game, you can take advantage of the game’s mechanics. There is a whole list of components that determine the shield’s abilities. But basically they all have; a capacity, a reload delay, and a reload rate. The higher the shields rarity the more components and therefore better stats it will have. While there is a whole system that generates all these shields in-game. Legendary gear, however, breaks Gearbox Software’s own rules. Legendary Shields will have unique components that will give the item special abilities. Each Legendary shield is designed to offer a different twist to your play style and that’s where the fun begins. And with that said, you should definitely check out these bad boys.
Big Boom Blaster
The Big Boom Blaster is great if you like doing explosive damage. Because when your shield gets damaged, you have a chance to drop a booster pack. This will restore your shield and will add 1 grenade and 1 rocket launcher ammo into your inventory. So if you can keep feeding on these boosters you can keep your shield up and deal a lot of damage. The Big Boom Blaster can be obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from The Unstoppable who is located in Ambermire on Eden-6.
The Stinger is a Pangolin Shield that boosts your melee damage and punishes enemies that melee you. This shield will probably shine on a melee Amara build. The Stinger has an increased chance of dropping from Anathema the Relentless during the Guardian Takedown which is located on Minos Prime.
The Faulty Star is a Hyperion Shield that has a chance to trigger a nova at the attacking enemy when the shield takes damage. Your shield needs to be at full capacity in order for this to work. There is an awesome build for Moze that lets you constantly trigger the legendary effect and therefore constantly deal damage by simply running. The Faulty Star can be obtained in the Fantastic Fustercluck DLC. It has an increased chance of dropping from Locomöbius who is located at Sapphire’s Run in Krieg’s Mind. It’s the train boss at the end of the map. But the Faulty Star can also randomly drop from any suitable loot source.
The Version 0.m is am Anshin shield that you can get from the Maliwan Takedown. When your shield breaks it releases a Nova blast in the same element as the shields elemental resistance. It also creates a red glowing circle on the ground on shield break. Standing inside the circle will give you AMP damage. The Version 0.m can be obtained in Maliwan’s Blacksite, it has a high chance of dropping from the Valkyrie and Wotan the Invincible.
The Transformer is a Hyperion Shield which is one of the best shields in the game. Because of its special effects, it has tactical advantages and is therefore used in various character builds. The Transformer can randomly be obtained from any loot source as a world drop but also has a high chance of dropping from Queen Ant Wanette who is located in The Splinterlands on the planet Pandora and is a quest reward for the mission ‘It’s Alive‘ in Desolation’s Edge on Nekrotafeyo.
The Plus Ultra is a Pangolin Shield that has a hidden special ability. It secretly doubles your health capacity, which is not listed on the item card. The Plus Ultra has a 25% chance to absorb bullets and it increases your action skill cooldown by 30% for a few seconds. The Plus Ultra can be obtained in the Fantastic Fustercluck DLC. It has an increased chance of dropping from Dr. Benedict who is located at Benediction of Pain in Krieg’s Mind. It’s the boss at the end of the map. But the Plus Ultra can also randomly drop from any suitable loot source.
The Old God is not only a great defensive tool but it also enhances your offense. Because this Hyperion shield provides elemental resistance and increases your damage with that element. On top of that, the Old God has 1 additional random component that’s not listed on the card but can only be found in the stats.The Old God can be obtained in the Guns, Love, and Tentacles DLC. Check out this guide for Best Legendary Farm Location in DLC2.
The Re-Charger is one of the better shields in the game as it has the capability to recharge your shield to full capacity when it is depleted. This basically gives you double the amount of shield then the listed capacity. However, this special ability only triggers once every 20 seconds. The Re-charger comes in various prefixes, each with additional bonus effects. The Re-Charger can be obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Urist McEnforcer who is located in Lectra City on Promethea.
Besides the Re-Charger you can also check out these 2 variants of this shield. The Red Card Re-Charger adds sliding damage but drains this power from your shield. Then there is the Re-Charge Berner. This one triggers a nova blast when your shield breaks. While these 2 variants add new mechanics to your shield they both generally have a lower shield capacity.
The Stop-Gap is, in my opinion, one of the best legendary shields in the game. This Hyperion shield has a very high shield capacity and decent recharge speed. While the recharge delay seems long, you can actually cut 5 seconds off the recharge time because that’s the time the shield’s special ability kicks in. If you get swarmed by enemies and your shield breaks, you become immune to all damage for 5 seconds. So if your recharge time is 6 seconds, you only have to worry about that 1 second before it recharges. Because the Stop-gap can spawn with different prefixes you can have other beneficial features to this shield. The Re-Charger can be obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Urist McEnforcer who is located in Lectra City on Promethea.
More Legendary Shields
As mentioned above, there are a lot of unique shields in Borderlands 3. Check out the legendary shield archive if you are looking to exploit a different mechanic. Something you want to look into is the “On action skill, trigger on shield full or break effect” anointment. Having this on a Stop-Gap means having control over the immunity phase or in the case of a Frozen Heart you can trigger the cryo novas.
Let me know what your favorite legendary shield is in the comments below.