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 in 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 the best XP farming locations.
Borderlands 3 Fast Leveling Guide
Starting tips for leveling your character
You have to gain experience points (XP) in Borderlands 3 in order to level up your character. The simplest way you can do this is 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 character’s abilities and become stronger and more versatile. 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 experience.
Throughout the 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. This means, more experience points for you!
One of the most popular Bosses to farm for XP is Graveward on Eden-6 because it has a giant critical hit spot.
You can get artifacts like ‘Moxxi’s Endowment‘ that boost 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.
Take Advantage of Mayhem Mode
You can activate Mayhem Mode when you completed the main story campaign. This lets you increase the game’s difficulty and as one of the rewards, you will gain increased XP.
Weapons also get more powerful when you increase the Mayhem Levels. You can simply put the game on Mayhem 10 or 11 and buy some weapons from the Vending Machine in Sanctuary 3. When you have a nice range of weapons, you can scale back a difficulty you are comfortable with.
Best XP Farm Locations in Borderlands 3
These are the best XP farm locations to quickly level up your character.
Scraptrap Prime (Handsome Jackpot DLC)
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’. There 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 outnumber 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 container. 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.
Psychobilies (Ambermire, Eden-6)
The best XP farm location in Borderlands 3 that doesn’t require DLC is the Psychobilies. The Billies are part of Zero’s Crew Challenge on Eden-6. These targets of opportunity are a great resource for XP because the Psychobilies are easily accessible, give a lot of XP, and don’t have any armor or shields.
This fight can be a bit challenging because the Psychobilies attack as a group. One will jump at you and will try to melee you, this keeps constant pressure on you. Another one will move to the side and throw grenades your way. The next billy will lay suppressive fire from mid-range, while the last one will act like a wingman to the third billy.
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 of the room, you want to jump out the window.
If you jump to the right side, you can make it onto the big tree. Watch out because you can bump your head and therefore will not make the jump. If this happens 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 incendiary weapons and skills that chain damage is 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 (Anvil, Eden-6)
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 isn’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.