How does Guardian Rank work in Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 Guardian Rank
Borderlands 3 Guardian Rank

Once you completed the main story of Borderlands 3 you will unlock Guardian Rank. This will one of the things you can do when you reach the end game of Borderlands 3. At first glance, this looks similar to the Badass Rank that we had in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands the Pre-Sequel. In those games, you needed to complete challenges to earn badass tokens. With these tokens, you could earn various boosts. Were the proficiency bars in the original Borderlands only applied for the current character, the badass rank was a global progression that applied to all of your characters. It is currently unknown how Guardian Ranks exactly works since there are no official details. We can expect more details about the end game content during E3 2019.

Guardian  Rank

From the looks of it, Guardian Rank has 3 different classes of boosts. The Enforcer class provides your damage and fire rate buffs.  The Survivor class boosts your health and shield but also makes second wins easier. The Hunter class buffs have an impact on your weapon handling, action skill, and the one that I find interesting Luck.

Guardian Rank is similar to Badass Rank as it also has an infinite progression. The benefits of these bonuses will be shared by all the characters on your account. Throughout the game, you will be able to earn Guardian Tokens, once you collected one you can use it and redeem the following bonus stats.

Bonus Stats


  • Critical Damage
  • Grenade Damage
  • Gun Damage
  • Gun Fire Rate
  • Melee Damage
  • Vehicle Damage


  • Fight for Your Life Duration
  • Fight for Your Life Movement Speed
  • Max Health
  • Shield Capacity
  • Shield Recharge Delay
  • Shield Recharge Rate


  • Accuracy
  • Action Skill Cooldown
  • Luck (Rarity Rate)
  • Recoil Reduction
  • Reload Speed

Guardian Rewards

This is an overview of all the rewards you can unlock during the game. While it is unknown what the rewards are I can imagine seeing rewards like special skins, skills, abilities, or loot in this reward tier. It would be cool if you could earn a special legendary class mod for your character. This could make the bonus stats a global thing again and the rewards a character specific thing.

Update: At E3 2019, Creative Director, Paul Sage, confirmed that you will be able to earn new skills and skins

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