How to unlock class mods and upskill your character
If you’re playing Borderlands 3, you know that it’s important to get the most out of your skills. Every inventory spot needs to be loaded up with something that’s not just going to up your stats, but that’s going to make you a more effective Vault Hunter. One of the best ways to really improve your character is by equipping a Class Mod, an excellent piece of equipment that can have a huge impact on your character’s skills and abilities.
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What are Class Mods?
The easiest way to think of class mods is as a piece of equipment that boosts up your skills. Instead of using your precious points to up skills, these items boost one (or a handful) of your skills whenever the mod is equipped. This not only frees you up to spend your point elsewhere, but it’s also going to help you boost your skills past the theoretical maximum – a major boost if you’re able to take full advantage of the combination of skills and weapons necessary to pull this off.
How to Unlock Class Mods
As with most good things in video games, you’re not going to get your class mods in Borderlands 3 without putting in at last a little bit of effort. In fact, you’re going to have to make some significant progress in the game before you are awarded your first class mod – but once you get there, you’ll find more.
You are going to be awarded your first class mod once you finish the Hostile Takeover storyline after you’re reached Promethea. The good news, though, is that this not only gives you a mod but it also gives you the ability to unlock more. You’ll start to see mods everywhere from random enemy drops to vending machines after this point, so make sure to keep an eye out.
Best Class Mods for Each Character
Each character has a number of different class mod variations that will do everything from bumping their stats to vastly altering how they play. Below are the best class mods for each of Borderlands 3’s original Vault Hunters, as well as a little information on how they impact the character’s abilities.
Unlike the other characters, Zane really only has one must-find class mod. Seein’ Dead gives a gigantic boost to all of the character’s kill skills and also makes them more likely to activate. The mod gives bonuses to all of Zane’s best damage skills, ups the chance of having all of his skills proccing at once, and increases everything’s efficacy – this is one mod that you’ve just got to find.
The best overall mod for Fl4k is Bounty Hunter, which gives great skill bonuses and functions an awful lot like Zane’s Seein’ Dead. If you want to go with a more of a Rakk-focused build, though, you’re definitely going to want to take a long look at R4kk P4k, which causes every Rakk hit to spawn two more Rakks. It’s definitely a chaotic little piece of kit, but it’s also one that changes Fl4k’s gameplay for the better.
Moze’s best class mod takes a little bit more work to get powered up, but it’s definitely a winner once you get there. Blast Master gives a huge boost to Splash Damage, increasing up to 100% the longer you go without reloading. If you level up the right skills, you can pretty much go forever without having to reload so this means you’ll essentially get a 100% splash damage bonus all the time – a huge boost for such a splash-focused character. If you equip the right weapons, you’ll turn Moze into an absolute monster.
Do you like doing damage? Do you like moving around? If so, Spiritual Driver is going to be your go-to mod for Amara. This mod can give her up to five times her normal damage when she’s on the mood and she has Mindfulness maxed, so you can turn Amara into an absolute beast with a little weapon. It also does some pretty nasty things to damage over time effects if you play things correctly, so you can make her even scarier with a handful of her better weapons. Amara is already a great character – choosing to equip her best class mod just makes her even more effective.
Start using your class mods as quickly as you can. Hunt around for the best of the best, but don’t be afraid to choose something that better fits your own style of play. The great part about using these mods is that they can make you better at the play style that you already use, so search around until you find something that really works for you.