Guns in Borderlands 3 have alternate fire modes

New to the Borderlands franchise is alternate fire modes for Borderlands 3 guns. While not all guns have an alternate fire mode, a lot do and they give you almost double the arsenal.

Some alt-fire modes for Borderlands 3 guns simply switch between elemental damage types. Some switch between burst fire and full auto. And some have absolutely insane secondary functions. 

One such gun shown in the hands-off section is a Vladof pistol. In its standard mode, it fires semi-automatic bullets. In the alternate fire mode though, it fires a barrage of micro-missiles.

Borderlands 3 Guns

In my hands-on with Borderlands 3, I mostly saw weapons that featured an elemental swap for their alternate fire modes. I also had one assault rifle with under barrel grenades and another that switched between burst fire and full auto.

The crazier alternate fire modes for guns seems to be exclusive to the rarer weapons. One of which, was shown during the hands-off section. If you’re a fan of The Fifth Element then this gun will get you hyped.

Its secondary function shoots a tracking dart at an enemy and once connected every bullet you fire will curve towards the target. In the video we were shown, the player was aiming upwards to demonstrate the bullets curving. 

It was awesome.

Aside from the secondary fire modes, weapons in Borderlands 3 also have other stats and special features. The shotgun Zane wielded in my hands-on was an Epic Hyperion Shotgun; the Hostile Holistic Collaborator. 

This gun creates a shield when you aim down sights and when enemies shoot the shield, you gain additional shells. Other great examples of special weapons include the Tediore guns that are thrown when you reload. 

These are the ‘guns with legs’ but also include things like bouncing grenades, guns that leap towards enemies and explode, sentry turrets that stick to walls and lots more. 

Testing out all the new guns in Borderlands 3 is going to be a blast, especially with alternate fire modes and weird and whacky stuff like guns with legs.

Borderlands 3 will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 13. 


Leo Stevenson attended the Borderlands 3 gameplay event in Los Angeles, California as a guest of 2K. Flights, accommodation and meals were provided by 2K.

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I've been playing games for the past 27 years and have been writing for almost as long. Combining two passions in the way I'm able is a true privilege. PowerUp! is a labour of love and one I am so excited to share.

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