Borderlands 2 is a massive game with tons of content and secrets, and will take you a while to uncover all of them. But fret not, we’re here to make your experience a little simpler. It’s a loot based game and sometimes it can get really overwhelming to find out things without proper guidance. Some of he exploits given here should be used on the second playthrough, because why would you ruin the experience for your self? The game is quite lengthy, too, and will take approximately, 60-70 hours to finish taking the side quests into the equation.
As a bonus check out our PC review of the game here, which got a glowing 9/10 score. So now let’s begin with the guide. First things first: How to quickly obtain precious Eridium–which is a rare resource used to upgrade ammo capacity and other things.
Eridium mining guide and locations:
Eridium is mostly dropped by bosses and powerful enemies and using that you can upgrade certain things via the black market dealer in Sanctuary. It’s a rare resource so you will mostly find limited quantities on your travels but there’s enough of them to fully upgrade everything you have.
You can either do this, or just gamble away at Moxxxi’s bar, and get an achievement in the process. The latter is not preferred because, let’s face it, you need the money for other things.
Alternatively, you can also kill this boss repeatedly for a guaranteed drop. Go to the Bloodshot Stronghold and face the boss called ‘Bad Maw’. He will have three midgets on his shield, yeah. All you have to do after picking up the dropped loot is quite to the main menu and play the game again. It’s recommend that you use the bandit vehicle if you’re at a low level.
Legendary Drop Locations:
Who doesn’t like powerful weapons and items? Yes, you can farm them in this game, because the bosses respawn regularly or when you quite and join the game again. Here’s a bunch of locations to get cool things. This is taken via the strategy guide.
Some location spoilers below, but chances are, if you are seeing this you don’t give a eff about them.
Madhous! – Mad Dog, Lynchwood
Veruc – Mobley, The Dust (mission: “The Good, The Bad, and the Mordecai”)
Hammer Buster – McNally, The Dust (mission: “The Bane”)
KerBlaster – Midgemong, Southern Shelf
Shredifier – Bone Head 2.0, Arid Nexus Badlands
Gub – Laney White, The Fridge
Hornet – Knuckle Dragger, Windshear Waste / DJ Hunter Hellquist, Arid Nexus Boneyard (mission: “This Just In”)
Maggie – Mick Zaford, The Dust (Side with Hodunks during “Clan War”)
Thunderball Fists – Captain Flynt, Southern Shelf
Gunerang – Rakk Man, The Fridge
Unkempt Harold – The Warrior, Vault of the Warrior
How to obtain keys for the Golden chest in Sanctuary:
Golden Chest is located near the fast travel machine in Sanctuary. What it does is that it gives you random items scaled to your level. By random items I mean, terrific random items. So your best bet would be to save the keys till you get to level 50. Of course, these keys aren’t easy to get, that’s the whole point. In fact, you can’t find them in the game at all, you should have pre-ordered the game for a key, and the other legit way to obtain would be to follow the president of Gearbox Software on Twitter.
He regularly tweets Shift codes which you can input in-game to obtain the keys for this chest. Here’s his Twitter account. Oh yeah, you need to register a Shift account first. For that head over here, it’s a simple process and you can use the login info to connect in-game by going to the Extras section in the main menu.
How to level up fast:
This is one of the major questions I usually see players asking because it is difficult to level up in Borderlands after 20 by just normally playing the game. I was at level 28 after 50 hours with level 50 being the maximum level cap. Considering the XP requirement increases, it usually becomes a bit difficult unless you play with friends.
There are a lot of ways to do this though, so I’m going to be mentioning effective strategies here, and exploits if you’re into that sort of things. Let’s get the exploit out of the way.
It’s simple, there will be a mission with Tiny Tina where you have to capture a bandit named ‘Flesh Stick’ alive for a birthday party. But if you manage to kill him you will fail the mission. That’s where this exploit comes in. What you do is shoot him in the face and then go back to Tina and restart the mission, and repeat. 1000 easy XP. If you have a friend, you can position him near Tiny Tina while you go to kill Flesh Stick. Use your friend to restart the mission. Both of you get XP–win, win scenario, right?
Here’s a video to make you understand how it works.
There’s more though. I’m going to tell you ways you can acquire XP legit without feeling bad about exploiting the game.
The thing here is to fight enemies higher your level, not much higher, but like 2-3 levels. What this does is gives you a chance to get a good weapon which you can use to kill them easily. It will be difficult at first, but with proper loadout, you can level up fast. You can follow this strategy until you hit level 50. Remember, chances of respawning are high, and you will lose money in that case, so be very careful.
The another thing to do is to finish side quests. This can be very time consuming but the thing is they’re actually fun and rewarding, and give you high XP. This combined with main missions should keep you above the required level for most missions.
Play co-op with a friend. When you play with a friend, the enemies become stronger, and drop a lot of good loot. Not to mention give you more XP. It will be easier to dispatch them with your friends nearby and will be a lot of fun as well. This is the most advisable strategy, just play online. Doesn’t matter with whom, just do it. If you want to play solo, then you are better of attempting the side missions along with killing high level enemies.