Throughout its roughly 40 hour main campaign, Borderlands 3 will steadily ramp up the difficulty, facing you against tougher and tougher enemies. This is when class mods and Artifacts come in, applying subtle stat boosts that will give you the edge in combat. Artifacts are particularly useful, as they apply powerful effects to certain aspects of your loadout. You won’t have access to them for quite some time though, so in this Borderlands 3 Artifacts Guide, we’ll be walking you through how to get them. We’ll give some background on what Artifacts do as well.
How to Unlock Artifacts in Borderlands 3
You won’t unlock Artifacts for a while in Borderlands 3. You’ll need to play through the entirety of the main ECHO-6 storyline, defeating the vault monster at the end of it. You’ll the have access to the second vault in the game, and the Eridian Synchronizer. This gives you the ability to equip Artifacts in your inventory. You’ll find them next to the grenades.
How to Get More Artifacts in Borderlands 3
Once you’ve unlocked the ability to equip Artifacts in Borderlands 3, by reaching the Eridian Synchronizer, you’ll start to get them as random drops. You can also buy them from vending machines. We found that they usually spawned in Golden Chest drops (for more info check out our Borderland 3 SHiFT Codes Guide).
Borderlands 3: So What Do Artifacts Do?
Artifacts will boost certain aspects of your loadout. For example, some will apply elemental effects to melee attacks or ground slam attacks. Others will give bonuses against certain enemy types, and those under different status effects. They’re pretty random, so be sure to experiment with as many as you can.
For more on Borderlands 3 why not check out our skill tree breakdowns for Zane, Moze, FL4K and Amara. Elsewhere there’s our Borderlands 3 Weapons Guide where we detail all of the weapon manufacturers in the game. For a loot at the best ways to make money, head here. There's also our guide on Eridium to look at. Finally, why not head over to our Borderlands 3 Steam Guide to see whether or not the game is making its way to Steam anytime soon.