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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 (????) 18-02-2020 / 00:07 GMT

Borderlands 3 Guide

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Eridian Proving Grounds

Trial of Instinct

Quest GiverRewardLvl
Overseer - Wayward TetherCash27~

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 Instinct, head further into Wayward Tether 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

Take out the Badass Jabber's.

After you’ve entered the trial you’ll face alot of enemies that include different types of Jabbers including Badass and Charged ones, you’ll want to focus all your attention on the Badass ones first as they can pump out more damage. The fastest way you can take them down is using a weapon that has an element that they’re weak to aswell as using your character’s Action Skill when available while also using any Grenades you may have.

Find the Fallen Guardian (Optional Objective)

Take out the Fallen Guardian.

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: Tyrant of Instinct

Kill the Tyrant of Instinct.

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 the Tyrant of Instinct, the boss of this Eridian Proving Ground.

The Tyrant of Instinct is a giant dinosaur that has large weapons attached to his head that can fire machine gun bullets at you if you get too close, or it can fire rockets at you if you stand at a distance. You’ll notice there isn’t many places to hide and get cover so you’ll want to get keep yourself pretty far away from the dinosaur which you can do by sticking to the outer side of the area circling the arena.

You’ll need to focus on the sides of the dinosaurs body to deal the most damage, keep damaging him until you deplete all of his health which will cause the second phase to begin. During this phase you’ll want to do the same thing you did in the first but be ready to dodge some of his new abilities that he has gained.

The giant dinosaur is now able to fire large acid balls at you if you’re standing far back, so be ready to hop out of the way at all times. He can now also shoot out fire and Acid balls at you if you get too close to it.

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 Instinct.

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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