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Borderlands 3
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Ben Chard, Shane Williams
First Published: 17-09-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 18-11-2019 / 15:41 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 22-11-2019 / 03:44 GMT

Borderlands 3 Guide

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Eridian Proving Grounds

Trial of Cunning

Quest GiverRewardLvl
Overseer - Ghostlight BeaconCash27~

Note: Even though this mission can be accepted at level 27, the enemies will be scaled up to your current level if you decide to accept it later on in the game.

Once you’ve accepted and completed the previous mission Discover the Trial of Cunning, head further into Ghostlight Beacon and speak with the Overseer to begin the challenge.

What are Eridian Proving Grounds?

Once you’ve completed the main story of Borderlands 3 you’ll be able to unlock six Eridian Proving Grounds by interacting with pedestals that are scattered in different locations around the galaxy. These missions have you going to different variations of previous zones within Borderlands 3, where you’ll have to take out different types of enemies across two to three areas until you’re greeted by a boss at the end.

General Tips

  • Have a good build

You’ll be able to take on these Eridian Proving Grounds pretty easily without having the greatest build but if you’re someone that likes to complete all of the optional objectives, you’ll need to have an exceptional build set up so you can pretty much one shot most enemies in order to complete the mission within the 25 minutes.

  • Upgrade SDUs

Before attempting these Eridian Proving Grounds you’ll want to make sure you’ve taken some time to upgrade your SDUs, as you’ll constantly be throwing grenades and using alot of ammo to take down the Badass enemies.

  • Level up your Survior Tree

You’ll also want to make sure you take some time to farm up some Guardian Rank Token until you gain the Resilient perk from the Survior tree, which will allow you to revive from Fight For Your Life with full health and shields.

Enter the Trial

Accept the challenge by speaking with the Overseer and then enter the now open area to begin slaying the enemies.

Kill All Enemies / Continue Trial

Badass Tinks are the largest threats here, their Shotguns blasts pack a punch.

After you’ve entered the trial you’ll face alot of enemies that include all varations of Tinks accompanied by the odd Hag here and there. As you’re fighting against Tinks, be on the constant lookout for any Sentries that may get installed, these are the largest threat here as two or three of them will quickly shred your Health if you’re not careful. It also goes without saying, but prioritize any Badass Tinks that spawn, they can throw multiple Grenades at a time and their Shotgun blasts hurt. Finally, as you reach the depths of the area, you’ll begin encountering Hags, these should all be targets of note and you should focus them down whenever one appears.

Find the Fallen Guardian (Optional Objective)

Keep an eye out for the Fallen Guardian that spawns near the barrier.

On your adventure through the area taking out the enemies, pay close attention to the end of the areas where the walls with the forcefield is blocking your path. A Fallen Guardian can spawn at any point near that area, which will drop a good amount of loot and cash if killed.

Optional Objectives

During these Eridian Proving Grounds you’ll be given four different Optional Objectives that you can challenge yourself to complete.

  • Find the Fallen Guardian (Optional)
  • Complete Trial without Dying (Optional)
  • Kill Boss with 25:00 Remaining (Optional)
  • Kill Boss with 20:00 Remaining (Optional)

Some of these objectives are pretty tricky if you arent well equipped with a decent build and good weapons, but dont worry if you’re are unable to complete these tasks as they only reward you with extra cash and XP at the end of the mission.

Boss: Tink of Cunning

This boss is rather unremarkable save for it's ability to throw objects such as this.

Once you’ve cleared all the enemies out of the previous areas you’ll eventually come to an area where you’ll have to drop down to go head to head with Tink of Cunning, the boss of this Eridian Proving Ground.

The Tink of Cunning is a rather unremarkable boss, almost operating very similar to a typical Badass Tink. You’ll have to deal with lots of Grenades and powerful Shotgun blasts but this should pose little threat at this stage. The biggest threat here however is the Tink of Cunning’s ability to toss objects at you, which increase in size as the battle goes on. These will inflict massive damage but they’re easy to avoid by jumping to the side and they’re hard to miss.

Open the Chest

Now that you’ve taken out the boss, head up to the chest at the end of the area and open it to complete the Trial of Discipline.

Guide Information

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

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