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Borderlands 3 Guardian Ranks explained: how to use Guardian Tokens

Level up and then some with Guardian Ranks in Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 guardian ranks

What are Borderlands 3 Guardian Ranks? These special boosts to your Vault Hunter unlock once the main campaign has been completed and offer advanced skills for you to continue into the Borderlands 3 endgame content.

Once you complete the main story campaign, a new XP bar will appear above your current level bar to track your Borderlands 3 Guardian Ranks. You’ll still need to earn XP to fill it, just like your level bar, but instead of standard Borderlands 3 leveling, when it’s full, you’ll earn a Guardian Token to redeem for Guardian Rank stats.

There are 17 bonus stats to upgrade using Guardian Tokens in Borderlands 3. Each stat is broken into three categories Enforcer, Survivor, and Hunter. Here’s our guide to helping you get the best from Guardian Ranks in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands 3 Guardian Rank stats

Enforcer focuses on damage stats, while Survivor on health regeneration, and shield abilities. Hunter stats upgrade your gun, improve action skill cooldown, and increases your chances of rare loot drops. By using a Guardian Token, you’ll get to choose one of six stat choices, with two options randomly presented from each of the three categories, and will give you the choice to select and improve one of these stats.

Enforcer Guardian Rank Stats

  • Critical Damage
  • Grenade Damage
  • Gun Damage
  • Gun Fire Rate
  • Melee Damage
  • Vehicle Damage

Survivor Guardian Rank Stats

  • Fight For Your Life Duration
  • Fight For Your Life Movement Speed
  • Max Health
  • Shield Capacity
  • Shield Recharge Delay
  • Shield Recharge Rate

Hunter Guardian Rank Stats

  • Accuracy
  • Action Skill Cooldown
  • Luck (Rare Drop Rate)
  • Recoil Reduction
  • Reload Speed
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Borderlands 3 Guardian rank Rewards

Guardian Rewards in Borderlands 3 are additional perks rewarded to you for spending your Guardian Tokens in a specific category. Guardian Rewards unlock after you spend 10, 15, 25, 35, 50, and 75 Guardian Tokens in each category.

Enforcer Guardian Rank Rewards

Tokens Reward Effect
10 Weapon Skin Unlocks Red Sans
15 Inner Fury Add 10% gun damage to all shots while in Fight For your Life
25 Overkill Excess damage from a kill is added to your next shot
35 Player Skin Unlock Urban Blammo
50 C-C-Combo Increase gun damage by 2% for 1 second with each shot
75 Hollow Point Killing an enemy with a critical hit causes an explosion

Survivor Guardian Rank Rewards

Tokens Reward Effect
10 Weapons Skin Unlocks Leather and Regret
15 Resilient Recover from Fight For Your Life with full health and shield
25 Dead Man’s Hand Removes aim penalties and allows aim down sight while in Fight For Your Life
35 Player Skin Unlocks Hex Bolts
50 Shield Reboot Killing an enemy triggers shield regeneration
75 Emergency Response Improve shield recharge delay and rate based on missing health

Hunter Guardian Rank Rewards

Tokens Reward Effect
10 Weapon Skin Unlocks Dead Set
15 Bullet Collector Ammo pickups provide 15% extra ammo
25 Tag and Frag Regenerate a grenade every 10 kills
35 Player Skin Unlocks Burning Bright
50 Topped Off Action skill cooldown rate increases while at full shield
75 Treasure Hunter Increases Luck for 10 seconds after each kill

Even though you’ll have to wait until the last boss falls to start gaining XP to spend on your Borderlands 3 Guardian Ranks, you can plan your Borderlands 3 builds for when it comes to the final showdown.

Our guide to all the legendary weapons in Borderlands 3 also means that you’ll be prepared when you finally reach Guardian Rank, and here all the Borderlands 3 Shift codes we’ve found so far that can set you well on your way to getting there.