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 Transformer 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 Killavolt who is located in Lectra City on Promethea and is a quest reward for the mission ‘It’s Alive‘ in Desolation’s Edge on Nekrotafeyo.
The Ward is a must-have if you are spec-ing into a melee build as the Ward can boost your melee damage with 300%. The Ward is a great Roid shield with great perks, however, the shields recharge delay is a bit long depending on your drop. This shield can be the equivalent of the hide of Terramorphus from Borderlands 2. The Ward can be obtained from any loot source but has a high chance of dropping from Graveward who is located in The Floating Tomb on Eden-6. You fight against it at the entrance of the second Vault.
The Back Ham has a decent shield capacity and recharges pretty quickly. The Back Ham’s special abilities give you additional survivability bonuses. While this might not be “THE BEST” shield, it does carry you a long way. The Back Ham can be obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Troy Calypso who is located in The Great Vault on Pandora.
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. Let me know what your favorite legendary shield is in the comments below.