Borderlands 3 Eridian writing translation explained

Borderlands 3 eridian writing
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Borderlands 3 Eridian writing is a strange thing, as you can find it pretty early on but with no way to translate or decipher it, it can only frustrate you. Finding the Eridian writing in Borderlands 3 is a special collectible that only becomes properly accessible if you fulfil certain conditions. You'll have to progress to a very particular part of the game before the secrets of Borderlands 3 Eridian writing are revealed to you. Here's everything you need to know about how to decipher Eridian writing, including how to translate it and what you get for doing so.

Warning: spoilers ahead!

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How to decipher Borderlands 3 Eridian writing

How to read Borderlands 3 Eridian writing

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As you make your way through the story in Borderlands 3, you'll first unlock the ability to break Eridium Crystals when you complete the very first vault. You'll be given the Eridium Gauntlet, so for the Eridian Analyzer that allows you to decipher the Eridian Writing, you simply need to keep playing until you unlock it. I don't want to post too many spoilers, so if you're desperate to unlock it, beeline through the main story until you complete the vault that rewards you with it.

What does Borderlands 3 Eridian writing do?

Borderlands 3 Eridian writing

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When you get the Eridian Analyzer, you're able to approach all of the Eridian writing (marked with the distinct icon on the map when you find them) and interact with them. You'll be given some lore information about the area you're in, and rewarded with some Eridium.

That's the main draw for completing all of the Eridian writing, because you can spend Eridium on various cosmetics at Crazy Earl's shop on Sanctuary. It also raises your completion level for the area you're in, so they're more than worth revisiting. But if you're still at the start of the game and you're panicking about why you can't interact with the Eridian writing, worry not! All will be revealed in due course.

Check out our Borderlands 3 review, or watch our Borderlands story recap video to catch up on everything that's happened so far.

Ford James

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