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Borderlands 3
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Ben Chard, Shane Williams
First Published: 17-09-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:11 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 10-07-2020 / 21:54 GMT


Amara has a few distinct playstyles available to her but whichever way you decide to take her, she's effective at dealing out Elemental damage, what with being Borderlands 3's Siren. If you're looking to melee your way through enemies, look no further than Builds that use the Phaseslam Action Skill. Alternatively, Phasegrasp can help you control the battlefield by locking enemies down and spreading Elemental damage all over the place.

Note: These Builds are effective at the time of writing however they may lose their effectiveness through future patches. As a result of this, this section will be updated should any changes arise.

Elemental Area of Effect

  • Fist of the Elements Tree
Anima5/5Action Skill Status Effect Damage +40%, Status Effect Damage +20%, Status Effect Duration +100%
Tempest5/5Shock Damage +20%, Elemental Damage +30%
Wildfire5/5Chance to spread Status Effects +40%
Dead1/1When an enemy is Grasped, Gun Damage +15% for 8 seconds. Current Gun reloaded if ally kills Grasped enemy
Indsicriminate3/3Ricochet Chance 30%, Ricochet Damage -50%, Action Skill Ricochet Chance 60%, Action Skill Ricochet Damage -25%
Deep Well1/1Magazine size on Elemental Weapons +20%
Catharsis3/3When killing an enemy with an Elemental effect on them, triggers an explosion.
Sustainment3/5Life Steal: 16% per damage dealt with Elemental weapons
Forceful Expression1/1Bonus Elemental Damage dealt +18%
  • Brawl Tree
Personal Space3/3Bonus Damage dealt based on position to enemy up to 36%
Clarity3/5Health regeneration up to 3% based on Health missing, doubled during Action Skill
Samsara3/5Grants Samsara (Max of 5 stacks) when dealing Action Skill damage granting Gun Damage +5%, Health Regen +5% per stack
Helping Hand(s)5/5Damage Reduction +40% after Action Skill use
Mindfulness3/3Grants Mindfulness (Max of 25 stacks) upon receiving damage granting Shield Regen Delay -23%, Movement Speed +4.2% per stack
Vigor3/3Kill Skill: Team Movement Speed +10% for 8 seconds
Guardian Angel1/1When entering Fight For Your Life, gain Second Wind with full Health and create a Nova, Cooldown of 120 seconds

This Build focuses on dishing out massive amounts of Elemental Damage to all the enemies by using Phasegrasp and then spreading the effects around. You'll have great survivability in this Build too and you'll want to go with Elemental SMGs if possible.

Boss Killer

  • Mystical Assault Tree
Fast Hands3/3Reload Speed +21%, Weapon Swap Speed +48%, Mode Switch Speed +48%
Violent Tapestry2/5Grants Rush (Max Stack of 10) upon applying Status Effects granting Status Effect chance +1.2% for 20 seconds
Alacrity5/5Grants Reload Speed +2% (3% in Action Skill) during Rush for 8 seconds
Transcend3/3Accuracy +51%, Critical Hit Damage +27% for 12 seconds after using Action Skill
Restless3/5Action Skill Cooldown Rate +15%
From Rest3/3Fire Rate +12%, Charge Time +63%
Laid Bare3/3Damage Increase +24.9% for 8 seconds after using Action Skill
Wrath3/3Gun Damage +20.1%, +201% during Action Skill for 8 seconds
Awakening3/3Rush Stack Effectiveness +30%
Avatar1/1Can use Action Skill once per Cooldown, kills during this Action Skill refunds 10 Rush Stacks
  • Fist of the Elements Tree
Anima5/5Action Skill Status Effect Damage +40%, Status Effect Damage +20%, Status Effect Duration +100%
Steady Hands3/3Handling +42%, Accuracy +39%
Tempest5/5Shock Damage +20%, Elemental Damage +30%
Wildfire2/5Chance to spread Status Effects +16%
Deep Well1/1Magazine size on Elemental Weapons +20%

This Build focuses on decimating Bosses in record time while using the Action Skill, Phasecast. Your survivability will be lower than the other Build but that won't matter too much as most single target enemies will be defeated in seconds.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    2K Games
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    First Person Shooter
  • Guide Release
    17 September 2019
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard, Shane Williams

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Return to the Borderlands as you aim to help allies new and hunt for the Vaults before the Calypso Twins and their Children of the Vault get there first. Four new Vault Hunters join the cause as you take to the stars to discover a galaxy of opportunities.

The guide for Borderlands 3 features all there is to see and do including a full walkthrough covering every main and side mission alongside complete coverage of all areas and the endgame. Including indepth strategies on every Vault Hunter along with recommended builds to help give you that edge you'll need.

Inside Version 1.0

  • Full Walkthrough of the main storyline
  • Coverage of all Side Missions
  • Complete coverage of all areas including Crew Challenges
  • Trophy/Achievement Guide
  • Character Builds

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