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Borderlands 3 Weapons Guide

In this article, I will cover the loot in Borderlands 3 and what you can expect to see. Learn everything you need to know about the various weapon manufacturers.
Borderlands 3 Weapon Guide
Borderlands 3 Weapon Guide

Introduction to the Next Level of Weaponry

One of the biggest features in the Borderlands franchise has always been the crazy amount of loot. Gearbox Software pushes themselves even further than ever before with Borderlands 3 as they promise to include over a million weapons in the game.

Gearbox Software already set the world record of ‘Most Guns in a Game’ in the Guinness Book of Records with the first Borderlands game. With Borderlands 2, the team didn’t break their own record by numbers, however, they revolutionized the loot itself. By giving each of the weapons manufacturers their own special traits, look, and feel, they made each weapon more distinct from one another. Therefore the search for new and exciting weaponry was a threat. For the first time, you could recognize the brand before you picked up the gun and it was no longer just about comparing the stats.

With Borderlands 3 it looks like Gearbox is once again going to revolutionize their loot.

“In the past, the guns all shared pieces between all the guns, and this time, we built entire suites of gun randomization inside of each manufacturer so that there’s a little bit more cohesiveness to them,”

Scott Kester

Weapon Types

Borderlands 3 has 7 different weapon types each one comes with its own pros & cons and has its own ammo type. Mix up your inventory with different weapon types because that way once you run out of ammo with one type of weapon you can always switch to a different type.

  • Pistols
  • SMGs
  • Assault Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Snipers
  • Launchers
  • Grenades

Weapon Manufacturers

Borderlands 3 has 9 different weapon manufacturers each with its own unique weapon traits. Usually, weapon types have a traditional way of how they function. In Borderlands this is determined by the Manufacturer. This means you will find weapon types that act like different weapon types.

Most of your favorite classic weapon manufacturers return in Borderlands 3. The only one that has been replaced is the Bandit weapons manufacturer. They have been rebranded as COV weapons.

Weapon manufacturers have new unique gimmicks to them compared to previous Borderlands games. This makes the loot feel fresh and exciting.


Atlas Weapons - Borderlands 3

Step 1: Hit your enemies with tracker tags. Step 2: Unleash a hail of Smart Bullets that track towards your targets. Step 3: Loot!

Atlas Weapons

Cost-Effectivex2 Projectile
OverencumberedIncreased magazine size
OptimizedIncreased Damage But Decreased Magazine Size
StandardizedIncreased Accuracy & Reload


COV Weapons - Borderlands 3

Enjoy uninterrupted damage-dealing courtesy of “infinite” ammo magazines, occasionally interrupted by unpredictable overheating.

COV Weapons

BrrElemental dmg type – Cryo
HawtElemental dmg type – Incendiary
KemikElemental dmg type – Corrosive
MeltyElemental dmg type – Radiation
Moarx2 Projectile
MOARRx3 Projectile
PointyMelee Attachement, Increased Melee Dmg
StabbyMelee Attachement, Increased Melee Dmg
ZappyElemental dmg type – Shocking


Dahl Weapons - Borderlands 3

Toggle between alternate fire modes depending on your play style, your predicament, and your predilection for bonus damage.

Dahl Weapons

Adaptingx2 Projectile
ArcticElemental dmg type – Cryo
BladedMelee Attachement
DauntingExtended Mag
DauntlessIncreased Rate of Fire
DecayingElemental dmg type – Radiation
DisciplinedIncreased DPS, Decreased Mag
FreezingElemental dmg type – Cryo Damage
High CapacityExtended Mag
ReflexiveIncreased Reload Speed
RelentlessIncreased Rate of Fire Speed
SearingElemental dmg type – Incendiary Damage
ShockingElemental dmg type – shock dmg
TamedReduced recoil, Increased handling
TrainedExtended Mag & Increased Accuracy
VenomousElemental dmg type – Corrosive


Hyperion Weapons - Borderlands 3

Aim down the sights to take cover behind your weapon-mounted shield and keep your finger on the trigger for increased accuracy.

Hyperion Weapons

AuditingElemental dmg type – Cryo Damage
Bank-rolledChance Ammo returned to Mag
Bleeding EdgeMelee Attachement
Cash-InfusedShock & Increased Money Drop
HolisticIncreased Handling
PopularIncreased Mag & Handle
PowerhouseIncreased DPS & Crit
Redundantx2 Projectile
ViralIncreased DPS


Jakobs Weapons - Borderlands 3

Deliver devastating critical hits to enemies’ soft-and-sensitives, then joy-puke as your bullets ricochet towards other targets.

Jakobs Weapons

BloodsoakedMelee Attachment, Increased Melee Dmg
BowieMelee Attachment, Increased Melee Dmg
CuttinMelee Attachment, Increased Melee Dmg
DastardlyIncreased DPS
DeadeyeIncreased accuracy & Zoom
Quad4x Shot
QuickdrawIncreased accuracy
Speedloadin’Increased reload speed
TrickIncreased Crit
WickedHigh DPS


Maliwan Weapons - Borderlands 3

Toggle between two elements, charge your weapon and deal guaranteed elemental damage with your finger glued to the trigger.

Maliwan Weapons

AbundantIncreased Mag size
Binaryx2 Projectile
ExpertIncreased Handling
CompressingIncreased reload speed
EscalatingIncreases DPS output the longer it fires (needs confirms on more weapons)
Vividincreased Damage
SneeringIncreased Fire Rate (unconfrmed the difference in this and Stark)
MockingIncreased DPS
StarkIncreased Fire Rate


Tediore Weapons - Borderlands 3

Toss your gun like a grenade to reload, then watch it pursue a nearby enemy as a fully loaded version digi-structs in your hand.

Tediore Weapons

Clearancex2 Projectile
Maxed OutIncreased DPS
FiresaleElemental dmg type – Incendiary
FrozenElemental dmg type – Cryo
PoisonElemental dmg type – Corrosive
PrecisionIncreased Accuracy
RadElemental dmg type – Radiation
Same-DayIncreased Fire Rate
SuperchargedElemental dmg type – Shock
TurboIncreased rate of fire


Torgue Weapons - Borderlands 3

Switch between regular and sticky-projectile fire modes. Stickies do more damage if a bunch of them detonate on the same target.

Torgue Weapons

BurningElemental dmg type – Incendiary
CasualIncreased DPS
CockyIncreased Splash & Accuracy
Double Penetratingx2 Projectile
GratifyingExtended Mag & Increased DPS
ItchyElemental dmg type – Radiation
NastyIncreased Splash
OozingElemental dmg type – Corrosive
Packin’Increased Magazine Size
ShrinkingElemental dmg type – Cryo
StimulatingElemental dmg type – Shock
ShreddedImproved dmg and projectiles
StuffedImproved splash
TripleArmor Penetration


Vladof Weapons - Borderlands 3

Augment these rapid-firing, ammo-hungry guns with under-barrel attachments including tasers, rocket tubes, and additional gun barrels.

Vladof Weapons

Annexedx2 Projectile
EnglufingBi-Pod attachment
MoltenElemental dmg type – Incendiary
NegatingElemental dmg type – Cryo
NuclearElemental dmg type – Radiation
OtchkyIncrease accuracy and mag size
PestilentElemental dmg type – Corrosive
ResoluteHigh DPS
StormingElemental dmg type – Shock
UnendingIncreased Magazine Size
ViciousMelee Attachement

Weapons Rarities

Borderlands 3 has 5 different weapon rarities. Higher rarity weapons often have better stats than their lower rarity counterparts. It’s possible that a lower rarity can outperform a legendary item in some areas but the special legendary trait that a legendary item has is what it makes it excel.

All Borderlands 3 Weapons Ranked

Elemental Weapon Damage

The weapons in Borderlands 3 can also output elemental damage again. Maliwan weapons can even switch between various elements.

Damage TypeStrength
FireGood Against Flesh
CryoSlows Enemies Down Until They Freeze
CorrosiveGood Against Armor
ShockGood Against Shields
In-depth Elemental Damage Guide

Melee Weapons

Randy Pitchford confirmed that there are 1 Million Weapons in Borderlands 3, however, you only have 1 offhand melee weapon. Gearbox Software is adding Melee Weapons to your loadout in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

Instance Loot

If you play Borderlands 3 in co-op you don’t have to worry about loot ninjas anymore. Each player will have its own loot stream so your loot is your loot. If you actually like the old Borderlands 2 rules, with shared loot, then that’s also possible.

If you forget to pick up an important item or are not able to pick it up for some reason, then there is the Lost Loot Machine for you.

Can you upgrade weapons in Borderlands 3?

No, Borderlands 3 doesn’t have a gameplay mechanic or feature that allows you to upgrade an item in your inventory. You will need to find that weapon again, however, most unique weapons have a dedicated farm location.

Can you change your weapon parts in Borderlands 3?

No, There is no gameplay mechanic or feature to alter the weapon parts of an item. each weapon spawns with a random set of weapon parts while some items have fixed weapon parts. You can reroll the Anointment on an item.

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