As Borderlands 3 has made abundantly clear in its marketing material, there are a lot of guns to collect. Whether earned from side missions or simply dropped by a charging bandit, there are plenty of fun weapons to get your hands on. Some are your basic assault rifle, shotgun, or pistol with a cool paint job while others offer way more over-the-top functionality.
The team at GameSpot has sunk dozens of hours into the game so far and have discovered plenty of guns from brands DAHL, Hyperion, XOV, Vladof, Torgue, Maliwan, Atlas, and Tediore in our respective playthroughs. Below you can find some the wildest guns we’ve found, as well as details on their stats and other peculiarities.
For more Borderlands 3, be sure to check out our guide on which character you should choose before starting the game. In addition, be on the lookout for our in-depth beginner’s guide, which is coming soon. And if you’re eager to play the game, check out our PSA article highlighting when you can start playing. For all else, check out our roundup of all things Borderlands 3.
In our Borderlands 3 review, critic Jordan Ramee gave the game an 8/10 and said, “Borderlands 3 has a few stumbling blocks when it comes to bosses, but these fights are overshadowed by the game’s rewarding gunplay and over-the-top humor. The game’s character-driven narrative acts as a satisfying finale for the loot-shooter franchise, and the new mechanics and features–especially the reworked skill trees and weapon manufacturer effects–give you plenty of agency in how you want to play through it. If you’ve never been a fan of the franchise, it’s unlikely Borderlands 3 does enough things differently to change your mind, as the game best excels at continuing what the series has always done: deliver a humorous tall tale of misfits looting and shooting their way to heroism.”
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A high-fire rate Jakobs pistol that shoots sticky grenades that explode upon reloading.
Moar Dayumned Wizzperer
A COV assault rifle with an alien Barrel fires a beam of irradiated death which explodes enemies.
A high-fire rate Jakobs pistol.
A DAHL pistol that’s ideal for close-range combat against armored targets.
A Powerful Maliwan SMG with a high fire rate and corrosive damage.
Double-Penetrating Vigorous Raisen’s Thorns
A Torgue pistol that’s ideal for mid-range combat against armored targets.
Ginormous Bangarang XL
A Tediore pistol that, when thrown, travels in a boomerang-like path that returns back to you in an arc–shooting every which way the entire time.
A Torgue pistol that’s ideal for close-range combat against bandits.
A Maliwan pistol that allows Tyreen Calypso to monitor and playfully insult your performance.
A DAHL submachine gun that deals more damage after it feeds on the blood of your victims.
A Maliwan shotgun that’s ideal for close-range combat against armored targets.
An Eridian shotgun that allows you to create a never-ending supply of loot–provided you have the Eridium to spare.
A Torgue rocket launcher that fires a volley of radiation rockets, then corrosive rockets, and then incendiary rockets before having to reload; three types of damage for three times the fun.
A Maliwan sniper rifle that creates storm clouds with its shots that can continue to shock surrounding enemies–so don’t worry about missing the headshot, just get close enough.
A Tediore sub-machine gun that on reload is thrown at enemies and explodes like a grenade. However, if thrown onto the ground, it roams around on its own and fires at enemies until out of ammo.
A Torgue rocket launcher that fires hamburgers with all the condiments. It does knockback damage but then explodes soon after, sending bandits flying.
The Killing Word
A COV pistol that fires sonic waves of doom that look cool but actually just do regular physical damage.
A COV rocket launcher that fires Irradiated “waste.”
A Maliwan submachine gun that doesn’t require much time to charge before firing.
A Dahl SMG that fires a “V” pattern of sparking bullets.
Extreme Hangin’ Chadd
A COV pistol that doesn’t spend any ammo.
Dastardly Hand of Glory
A burst-fire Jakobs assault rifle whose bullets ricochets when getting critical hits.
A DAHL assault rifle that lobs bullets in an arc.
Source: Game Spot Mashup