All Borderlands 3 Characters

The above quartet of Borderlands 3 characters are pretty much everything Borderlands players could have asked for. They’re colourful, they’re varied, and they’re larger-than-life gun-toting terminators with oodles of customisation options thanks to their intricate Skill Trees and Action Skills. With Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative, you’ll have your hands full from the very start of the game just deciding who to pick and how to play them.

Our Borderlands 3 characters & skill trees guide will walk you through each Vault Hunter’s skills, stats, strengths, weaknesses, backstories, and much more. There are no wrong choices with these characters, but we’ll make sure you have the best possible experience during your time with whoever you pick.

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Before we get stuck into the various Borderlands 3 characters and skill trees on offer, let’s take a moment to go over exactly how skills work in Borderlands 3 – because even if you’re a veteran of the series, there are one or two ways that Borderlands 3 shakes up the formula of the previous games.

  • Each of the four Borderlands 3 characters have three different action skills at their disposal – but only one action skill slot, so you can only use one at a time (with the exception of Zane, who can have two skills active).
  • These action skills can be offensive or defensive – most often a mix of the two – and attached to each action skill is a detailed skill tree which you can slowly explore by assigning skill points which you earn whenever you level up.
  • Borderlands 3 skill trees, as you’ll probably expect if you’ve played previous Borderlands games, are fairly complex; but they provide magnificent scope for customising your character and your playstyle however you see fit.


Following the Mask of Mayhem teaser and subsequent reveal trailer, we now have a good idea of the characters making an appearance in Borderlands 3. Here’s a list of all confirmed characters so far:

  • Amara
  • Aurelia
  • Brick
  • Claptrap
  • Ellie
  • Flak
  • Hammerlock
  • Lilith
  • Maya
  • Marcus
  • Mordecai
  • Moxxi
  • Moze
  • Rhys
  • Tannis
  • Tiny Tina
  • Troy
  • Tyreen
  • Vaughn
  • Zane

While Handsome Jack makes a surprise appearance in the teaser trailer, don’t read into it; Pitchford confirmed at PAX East that Jack is still dead and that he was only included because, in Pitchford’s own words, “we’re jerks”.

Updated: December 4, 2019 — 7:20 pm