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Borderlands 3 patch notes: Legendary weapons get nerfed and pets get buffed

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The latest Borderlands 3 patch notes are for a new hot fix coming this afternoon, and it's going to be a reckoning for Legendary gear. The changes, which will go live by 3 pm PDT / 6 pm EDT / 11 pm BST on Thursday, October 17, address weapon balance, Vault Hunter abilities, and a number of bugs. Gearbox isn't trying to ruin your fun by toning down the power of your favorite Legendary weapons - but according to the studio, the Legendaries were so good that they kept players from exploring all their options.

"After looking through the data, we found that some pieces of Legendary gear were greatly outperforming others and felt they were limiting builds instead of increasing them," Gearbox explained on the game's official site. "In addition, some of the damage output of Legendary gear limited the growth in combat engagements for the future so we tuned everything to an acceptable median. We expect all Vault Hunters to be able to create amazing builds and we want to support that with more ways to grow and reach those power levels."

Outside of weapon adjustments, the health of Moze's, Zane's, and Fl4k's pets/summons have been increased to make them more viable in endgame situations. Gearbox says this is just a first pass on those abilities, and you should expect more changes to follow. Here's the full list of changes from the Borderlands 3 patch notes.

Borderlands 3 weapon nerfs and buffs

  • Westergun damage increased by 25%
  • ASMD damage increased by 28%
  • Cutsman damage reduced by 25%
  • Ten Gallon damage increased by 8%
  • Sickle reload speed increased by 25%
  • Faisor damage increased by 15%
  • Infiniti damage increased by 40%
  • Magnificent damage increased by 25%
  • Jericho damage increased by 40%
  • Lucian’s Call accuracy and handling reduced
  • Lyuda Critical Damage Bonus decreased by 30% and made a modification to address a reported bug that an extra bullet was spawned in the center
  • Try-Bolt damage increased by 25%
  • Alchemist damage increased by 25%
  • Devils Foursum damage increased by 13%
  • Flakker now consumes the full magazine when fired and damage is reduced by 33%
  • Laser-Sploder rocket projectiles spawn interval increased by 0.4 seconds
  • Maggie damage increased by 35%
  • Hellwalker damage reduced by 8%
  • Conference Call damage increased by 15%
  • Crossroad accuracy reduced and it now fires 3 projectiles instead of 4
  • Butcher accuracy reduced and damage reduced by 25%
  • Vanquisher damage increased by 20%
  • Skeksis damage increased by 15%
  • Linoge damage increased by 20%
  • Pain is Power damage increased by 25%
  • Ruby’s Wrath damage increased by 10%


  • Hunter-Seeker damage increased by 25%
  • Hex grenade damage reduced by 70% and duration reduced to 3 seconds
  • Firestorm damage reduced by 70%


  • Elemental Projector damage max roll reduced to 90%

Borderlands 3 Vault Hunter buffs

  • Iron Bear health increased by 50%
  • All pets’ health increased by 50%
  • Digi-Clone health increased by 100%

Borderlands 3 Bug Fixes

  • Psychos will now use their True Vault Hunter Mode name in True Vault Hunter Mode
  • Removed the optional Rare Spawn missions from Galaxy Progress
  • Addressed a reported bug where Completely Sane Sid didn’t always become hostile when using FL4K
  • Addressed a reported bug where Ratch would not properly spawn during “Ratch’d Up”, which potentially blocked completion of that side mission
  • Included a modification so Lilith would continue to move toward the door in Shiv’s confession chamber during “From the Ground Up”
  • Lowered the chance for a weapon to drop from the Pachinko machine
  • Included a modification so that Zane’s Digi-Clone will no longer spawn into the cage in Cistern of Slaughter
  • Shield Boosters were modified and are now set for autopickup
  • An addition was introduced so Eridium chests are no longer listed as Red Chests in the ECHOcast extension on Sanctuary III

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