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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 (????) 11-07-2020 / 03:56 GMT

Quest GiverRewardLvl
Marcus Vending Machine - The DroughtsCash, Head Skin, Red Chest (Optional Objective)2

Once you've completed the first mission and entered The Droughts, you'll be able to start your first Side Mission within Borderlands 3. To locate the mission open up your map and head on over to the exclamation mark, where you'll be able to interact with the vending machine.

Identify problem

Once you've accepted the Side Mission, follow the yellow wire that leads you towards a Catch-a-Ride station with a broken power box. Once you've interacted with it, you'll need to find a skag spine.

Note: Side Missions within Borderlands 3 have a chance to give you an Optional Objective, it's always a good idea to do them as they give you bonus rewards at the end.

Locate human spine (Optional Objective)

Make your way towards the waypoint where you'll come across a base of Fanatics, simply take out the Fanatic that's roaming outside, to receive the human spine.

To complete this Optional Objective you'll need to find a Fanatic that will drop a human spine. Make your way up a container and follow the path around until you stumble across a Fanatic roaming outside his camp, take him out to receive your human spine.

Now you have your human spine, take it back to the broken power box and insert it to complete your Optional Objective.

Locate skag spine

Make your way down a hill towards a cave to find some lurking Skags,take out the normal Skags until the Badass Shock Skag appears,once you've dealt with the Badass Shock Skag he will drop you the skag spine.

Unfortunately the human spine didn't work out, so you'll need to head back out to find a skag spine. Follow the waypoint down to a cave where there will be lurking Skags, take them out to spawn in the Badass Shock Skag. After you've dealt with the Shock Skag he will drop you the skag spine. Insert it into the broken power box back at the Catch-a-Ride Station.

Now that you've repaired Marcus' power box you'll now have access to his vending machine which will allow you to purchase better weapons.

Go to secret stash

For completing the Optional Objective Marcus will reward you with some bonus loot, head over to his vending machine that you interacted with at the beginning of the mission to find his secret room. Inside you'll find your first Red Chest waiting for you, one of your targets for Zone Completion in The Droughts.

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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