Borderlands 3 Leveling Guide
If you are just starting out, recently finished the main story, or need to reach the new level cap. In this guide, I will tell you how you can be “the best like no-one ever was”. And in Borderlands 3 you do that by leveling up. That way you have more skill points to spend into your skill tree and create the ultimate character build. So if you want to level up fast and become the ultimate Vault Hunter then check out these tips and best XP farming locations.
- Starting Tips for Leveling your Character
- Complete Side Quests
- Farm Bosses
- Use XP Boosting Artifact
- Best XP farming locations in Borderlands 3
- Scraptraps (Handsome Jackpot DLC)
- Billies (Ambermire, Eden-6)
- Mother of Grogans with the face puncher (Anvil, Eden-6)
Starting tips for leveling your character
In Borderlands 3 you have to gain experience points (XP) in order to level up your character. You can do this by killing enemies and completing quests. Every time you level up you get a skill point that you can spend in your skill tree. With these skills you can build out your characters abilities and become stronger and more versitile. There are a few things that you can do to increase the amount of XP you are getting.
Complete Side Quests
Completing missions will give you a big chunk of XP, the same goes for side missions. If you only follow the main story campaign in Borderlands 3 the game can become challenging. This is because the game scales up the difficulty level of the enemies. The game is designed that way to challenge you. However, if you need a bit more help or like to be a bit overpowered, you need to complete side quests. You can find these additional missions all over the place. They are highlighted as a yellow exclamation mark on your minimap. While they don’t have anything to do with the main story, they do provide you XP, Badass Loot, and a weird expirience.
Throughout game you will encounter various boss fights. The great thing about Borderlands is that you can return to these locations and try and defeat the bosses again. These “challenging” battles are not just a great way to stack up on XP but you can also get awesome legendary loot from bosses. These unique items can really help you take down your opponents a lot faster. Which means, more expierence points for you!
You can get artifacts like ‘Moxxi’s Endowment‘ that boosts the amount of XP you gain. After the 16th main mission,‘Cold as the Grave’, you will unlock the Artifact Slot in your inventory. While these items don’t give you a lot of XP initially but if you keep using it, that number can stack up over time. So let’s say every little bit helps.
Best Farming Locations
Scraptrap Prime is a respawnable mini-boss that you encounter in the Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot DLC. It’s an excellent location to farm for XP to boost your character’s level or Guardian Rank. However, you need to have purchased this DLC or the Borderlands 3 season pass in order to take advantage of it.
Fast Travel to Trashlantis which is located at ‘the Compactor’ in ‘the Handsome Jackpot’. When you spawn in at Trashlantis you want to make your way straight ahead and go into ‘Cubeland’. Their you need to make your way to the right heading to ‘Refuse Ridge’. There you will encounter Scraptrap Prime and all his minions. While these minions ambush you and try and out number you. They are an excellent source for Experience Points.
Scraptrap Prime and his minions are all armored and therefore weak against corrosive weapons. You can use the Electric Banjo Artifact to create chain lightning but beware that you are standing in water and can shock yourself. Once you defeated the ambush of minions, Scraptrap Prime will enter the arena. Once you defeat him you have to leave the arena through an open containter. However, once you go through here watch out for your step and don’t fall down. Stand near the edge for a few seconds and then go back into the arena. Because you left the scene for a brief moment the fight will trigger again and you can start farming XP fast.
A great way to quickly farm for XP is to fight the Psychobilies, better known as the Bilies. They are part of Zero’s Crew Challange, target of opportunity. The Psychobilies are easy accessable, give a lot of XP, and don’t have any armor or shields. Because they attack as a group this fight can be a bit challenging. 1 will jump at you and try and melee you, keeping you under constant pressure. 1 will move to the side and throw grenades your way. 1 will fire at you at mid-range, while the last one will act like a wingman to the 3rd one.
Travel to the Ambermire on Eden-6. Pick the center fast travel station which is near the control room. When spawned in, turn around and run through the control room. At the end you want to jump out the window. If you jump to the right side, you can make it onto the tree. If you bumped your head and didn’t make the jump, you can climb over it a little bit further down the root. If you made it to the other side, you will see a waterfall. This is the spawn location of the Billies. Using incindiary weapons and skills that chain damage are very useful in this fight. The Billies can drop the Electric Banjo artifact, which is actually useful in this fight. However, beware that the shock damage can electrify the water.
Mother of Grogans
Bosses and Mini-Bosses provide a lot of XP in Borderlands 3. So if you want to quickly farm for XP, you want to fight a boss that is easy to kill and quickly repeatable. Well there is no one that falls faster than the Mother of Grogans. If you don’t know her weakness this fight can be pretty tough. However, knowing the Game of Thrones easter egg makes this encounter a walk in the park. Just run up to her and melee her just like John Snow did in Game of Thrones. So what you want to do is travel to the Anvil on Eden-6. You need to bypass the first area, once you made it through the first gate you need to make a hard left and go up the stairs. From here you can jump across the gap and make your way to ‘West of Gross’. There you will encounter the Mother of Grogans. Just walk to the center of the arena and open up the chest. The Mother of Grogans will spawn in, shoot 1 rocket, and then she will jump down. Now you can run up to her and melee her. She will instantly die, you will instantly gain XP, and have a chance at badass loot. Just Save&Quit after this, taking down the dragons takes a lot of time and insn’t worth your effort. If you reload your game, you will spawn just outside the arena and you can quickly repeat the process.
Pro-Tip: If you want to speed up the process of killing Mother of Grogans even further. You can achieve the same result with the face-puncher. This legendary weapon deals melee instead of projectile damage. Therefore, it is able to insta-kill her. That way you don’t have to run all the way to her instead you can snipe her once she spawns in.