Published on January 22nd, 2021 | by Andrew Bistak

Borderlands 3 Mayhem Continues with Three Weeks of Arms Race Mini-Events

It’s Arms Race time, Vault Hunters! Enjoy three weeks of amped-up Borderlands® 3 mayhem with three consecutive week-long mini-events. That’s right, a new Arms Race mini-event each week starting January 22, making this the perfect time to jump into Borderlands 3’s newest gameplay experience.

Arms Race is a roguelike experience that’s fast-paced, challenging, and consistently remixed by randomised elements. You’re stripped of all your gear, passive abilities, and Actions Skills and dropped into a new zone where you’ll have to get loot or die trying. The action takes place throughout the Stormblind Complex: an expansive, decommissioned DAHL military base. As soon as you drop onto the island, you’re racing against the clock to grab the best gear you can find and get it to an extraction point before you’re obliterated by the encroaching storm.

If you hope to extract the very best Legendary loot that drops exclusively in Arms Race, you’ll need to gear up and face off against Heavyweight Harker, the final boss of the Stormblind Complex. You can resurrect fallen co-op allies at designated respawn points, but if no one’s around to revive you, your run is over and any loot you failed to extract is gone forever.

The upcoming mini-events are available to all players who own the Designer’s Cut* add-on or Season Pass 2*, which currently includes Designer’s Cut plus additional cosmetic content and will also include the all new Director’s Cut add-on upon its release this spring. Both Season Pass 2 and the Designer’s Cut add-on are now available for purchase across PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S:

  • Week 1 – Clear Skies

Week one kicks off January 22 at 4AM AEDT with the Clear Skies mini-event, during which the encroaching storm will take longer to close in. That means you’ll be able to safely explore even more of the map in a single run. In addition, all enemy types are more likely drop rare gear when killed during this event, so be sure to take down every enemy in sight.

  • Week 2 – Extra Extra Extraction

Incoming! With the Extra Extra Extraction mini-event starting January 29 at 4AM AEDT, Air Drops will have a greatly increased chance to drop DAHL Chests, creating more opportunities to score Arms Race-exclusive gear. Plus, extraction stations will offer additional slots, allowing you to extract even more gear out of Arms Race.

  • Week 3 – Gear Rush

The third mini-event, Gear Rush, launches February 5 at 4AM AEDT. During the Gear Rush mini-event, Rare Chests are more likely to appear in Arms Race, and the Green DAHL chests located at major points of interest in the Stormblind Complex have an increased chance to contain Arms Race-exclusive gear. But make sure you don’t spend too long admiring the gear you find because the Murdercane will be closing in at a quicker pace.

And just a reminder: Borderlands 3’s next-gen upgrade is now available for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. All players who own or purchase both a copy of the game and a next-gen console will be able to download the upgrade within the same console family for free. Players who own a physical disc of Borderlands 3 will need the Xbox Series X or standard PlayStation 5 console model that includes a disc drive to take advantage of this feature.

Borderlands 3 is available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. For assets and additional information, please visit or

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When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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