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Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts: How to unlock the Artifact slot

While playing Borderlands 3, there may have come a point where you asked yourself, "When am I going to unlock Artifacts?". Our Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts guide has all the answers and more, including how to get more artifacts to augment your character, and what each of the Legendary Artifacts does.

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Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts guide

Our Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts guide tells you how to unlock the Artifact slot, and a bit of information about Artifacts, specifically the Legendary ones.

Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts guide contents

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Unlock the Artifact slot in Borderlands 3

The reason that the Borderlands 3 Artifacts can be so confusing is because you'll unlock the class mod and final weapon slot in your inventory a long time before you unlock the Artifact slot. It's sitting there, taunting you with the contents within, like a lockbox emitting the smell of tasty treats. You want to access the goodies within, but you can't until the game says you can.

But when is that exactly? Well you'll need to play a lot of the game first. Once you finish the Chapter 16 main story mission "Cold as the Grave", you'll be able to equip Artifacts that you may have collected beforehand. Yes, the game will be giving you items you can't equip beforehand, thus making the torture more arduous. Finish the mission and you'll finally unlock the Artifact slot.

After gaining access to the Sanctuary ship, venture towards the Crew's Quarters. This is towards the rear of the ship, the opposite end of the ship to the bridge, and make sure you're on the ground floor, where you'll also find some other useful facilities such as the Quick Change booth.

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How to get Artifacts in Borderlands 3

Now you know how to equip the Borderlands 3 Artifacts, you'll want more of them. They're obtained either in random drops from enemies, via locked chests known as Typhon Dead Drops that are  hidden throughout Borderlands 3, or by defeating the big bad bosses.

To ensure that you're on the right settings, make sure you do the following:

  • Go to the main menu.
  • Click the cogs on the top-right corner. These are the settings.
  • Under "Group Mode", select Cooperation. "Coopetition" is the classic Borderlands multiplayer where everyone can see your loot and take it if you don't grab it fast enough.
  • After selecting this, load up the game.

Once you've discovered the Lost Loot machine, you'll be able to save any items that are Blue, Purple, and Orange rarity colours. White and Green gear will not be saved, but then you probably won't want that anyway.

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Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts

Now for the part you've probably been waiting for - what each of the Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifacts does. Below are all of the Legendary Artifacts that we have found so far in Borderlands 3.

  • Deathless - Reserves all but 1 health, increases shield capacity by 100%, increases shield recharge rate by 25%, and reduces shield recharge delay by 20%.
  • Otto Idol - Restores 18% of your max health after killing an enemy.
  • Victory Rush - Killing a Badass enemy triggers the Victory Rush. While active, gain 18% movement speed and 18% damage for 60 seconds.
  • Rocket Boots - Sliding launches homing rockets that deal damage.
  • Moxxi's Endowment - Increases combat XP by 8%.
  • Loaded Dice - Reduces health by 75%, but substantially increases your luck.

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  • Borderlands 3 characters & skill trees - The full skill trees and stats for each of the four characters in Borderlands 3.
  • Borderlands 3 Shift Codes & VIP Codes - All the redeemable Shift Codes and VIP codes for Borderlands 3.
  • Borderlands 3 weapons guide - All you need to know about the weapons in Borderlands 3, including cheat sheets for weapons.
  • Borderlands 3 Amara build guide  - The three best builds available for Phasecast, Phaseslam, and Phasegrasp.
  • Borderlands 3 Zane build guide - Three of the best builds for Zane's barrier, Digi-Clone, and SNTNL.
  • Borderlands 3 FL4K build guide - Three builds on offer for the Jabber, Skag, and Spiderant.
  • Borderlands 3 Moze build guide - Four of the best builds for Bottomless Mags, Demolition Woman, and Shield of Retribution.
  • Borderlands 3 collectibles - All the major collectibles in Borderlands 3.
  • Borderlands 3 Lost Loot machine - How to find the Lost Loot machine and how it works.
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Borderlands 3: 15 Most Useful Legendary Artifacts

Eridium Artifacts, otherwise known as Relics, have been around throughout the entire series. Originally, in Borderlands, they functioned much the same way Action Skill Augments do now. Then, in Borderlands 2, they were less drastic (but still massively beneficial) buffs that players could get from bosses. Finally, in Borderlands 3, they're a combination of the two.

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This time around, Artifacts have a variety of modifiers and variables that can be applied to them, and depending on the RNG, they can get pretty absurd. However, Legendary Artifacts also have an innate benefit marked by the Diamond with the + symbol, and these effects can have entire builds centered around them. So, in order to clear some things up, this list will explore the best of the best.

Updated April 30th, 2021 by Stephen LaGioia: As if this adrenaline-fueled RPG shooter wasn't massive enough, Gearbox has been trickling out various extra content, challenges, and weapons, which has helped keep its momentum going despite being released back in 2019. Along with its thrilling gameplay, the crazy amount of weaponry and customization has given the game solid legs and ample replay value, with players toying with different classes, builds, and guns. Not only this, but Borderlands 3's lineup of Artifacts are as vast and diverse as ever. With so many of these Relics in the coveted Legendary category alone, it can be tough to pinpoint which are top-notch. Thus, it seemed appropriate to beef up this list with some more potent Artifacts.

15 Company Man: A Valuable Token

This one tends to shine more for its novelty than sheer effectiveness in battle, being an exclusive release for the Director's Cut DLC. Still, it should be appealing to those more resourceful and economical players.

Beyond the damage boosts for guns bearing the prefix brand name (variants for all are available), the Company Man also offers boosts in a few useful areas. These include weapon reload speed, magazine size, fire rate, and the ever-useful damage and critical juicing. But perhaps most interesting is its ability to dish out cold hard cash after every 10th kill through the player's "investment."

14 Grave: Concentrated Adrenaline

This Eridian Artifact is ideal for those players who thrive on adrenaline and like to play with fire, as it were. The ability to milk the Fight For Your Life duration by a pretty decent chunk helps ease the tension, and could mean the difference between life and death. Between this neat perk and the hefty boost in health, the ironically-named Grave can really aid in the player living to fight another day.

But it doesn't stop there. Boosts also come on the offensive front too, as melee, weapon, and splash damage all get a nice bump when flirting with low health.

13 White Elephant: A Massive Wildcard

Those who favor eating away at enemy armor and shields will surely love this beast. This Legendary Artifact offers a great chance to dish out quite a bit of elemental damage, while granting a chance of shielding its user from elemental return fire.

For good measure, variants may also come with increased Luck or bumps in movement or shield recharge speed. Then there's the always-amusing perk of slapping a deadly sticking bomb for about one out of three attempts. Its powers and perks seem to be all over the place, but that's part of what makes the Elephant so fun.

12 Splatter Gun: Elemental Anarchy

Vault Hunters with a soft spot for shotguns and elemental juice should get a kick out of this gem. Between the melee healing and boomstick boosts, players are encouraged to get up-close-and-personal when equipped with the Splatter Gun. The already fun act of sliding is made all the more enjoyable with the 50% bump of shotgun damage while doing so.

Beyond this, there's an extensive list of potential bonuses, which involve various elemental boosts, melee damage, and speed boosts to movement or weapon reload speed.

11 Deathless: Moze's Golden Ticket

Welcome to the reason why Moze is probably the most broken Vault Hunter. The Deathless Artifact sounds insane just from its description, but thats only the beginning. It reduces the user's max health to 1 but increases their shield capacity by 100%, their recharge rate by 25%, and their recharge delay by another 25%. Basically, it trades health for a massive bulky shield. When combined with Moze's skills like Desperate Measures and the Bloodletter class mod, she's almost impossible to kill.

This Artifact can also be used on any character with skills dependant on max health or on shield capacity. Unfortunately, it basically needs an entire build centered around it and isn't something that should be thrown on all willy-nilly.

10 Otto Idol: A Great Healing Charm For Glass Cannons

This is our personal bread and butter Artifact. It's the perfect life regain for experimental builds, or while leveling a character to 50. Basically, any Otto Idol Artifact has the innate effect of giving the player a percentage of their max health back on every kill. Needless to say, players kill a lot in Borderlands.

This percentage ranges, but tends to stay between 15 and 20%. It's some pretty absurd life regain honestly. Using it on the Elemental "Ties That Bind" Amara build is favorable, as one can ignore the Soul Sap augment and use the Stillness Of Mind modifier to bubble every enemy in sight. There's no set drop for this, though, so its a bit hard to farm for specifically.

9 Safeguard: Actually Makes The Slam Useful

Hey, look, an artifact for the few players that actually like to use the slam attack! It's not everyone's cup of tea, but there are enough artifacts and modifiers in the game that augment the slam, so players could actually be missing out on a source of some crucial damage. In any case, the innate skill of Safeguard is pretty crazy. Whenever a player performs a slam attack, they take at least 50% reduced damage for the next 5 seconds.

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Again, this percentage varies, but the number stays pretty high. This Artifact also tends to have a modifier that increases both movement speed and damage against frozen enemies, so its perfect for those going for that Iceman Zane build.

8 Victory Rush: Berzerk, But Better

There are a couple of purple and green artifacts spread throughout the game that have a modifier on them which temporarily buffs their user based on a couple of variables, but this duration is usually ridiculously short, mose of them were ignored. Victory Rush is the best of the best in this regard though, as its duration is sixty seconds and re-procing it is quite simple.

It's a perfect artifact for Mayhem modes, as Bad*sses multiply like rabbits there, and it'll help speedrun TVHM. Make sure to try and nab one with a Max health or Weapon Accuracy modifier, though, because all its other potential modifiers are sub-par.

7 Unleash the Dragon: A Fiery Fire-Based Flame Charm

Initially, it makes sense to get the impression that Unleash the Dragon is bad. Then again, when playing an Elemental Amara, one's element proc chance is almost always at 100%. That said, this particular artifact is great for players who need to melt through chunky Red bars. It's also actually great for Amara!

Why? Because it's the cornerstone of her fire melee build. One can be sure that's not the only one that'll come out with this rocking Artifact at its core. It doesn't seem like much on the surface, but Unleash the Dragon is absolutely an artifact worth the grind.

6 Loaded Dice: Hard Mode For Farm Fanatics

So far, all of these artifacts have been geared towards increasing the Vault Hunters' killing potential. Whether its to keep them safe or increasing their base damage, most Artifacts act as passive buffs to the player. However, the Legendary Loaded Dice Artifact actually nerfs the player, taking away 75% of their max health! So, why would this warrant a recommendation? Because it pumps up the Luck stat by a whole bunch in return!

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This means that the chances of getting Legendaries, especially in Mayhem 3, are greatly improved. Think of it as an extra hard mode that increases the 500% Loot Drop chance in Mayhem 3 to something like 800%. Plus, there's a huge list of potential modifiers and variables for it, so it might even be beneficial depending on the RNG.

5 Static Charge: A Static Shock Variation For Melee Builds

Regarding the shade that was thrown at the slam mechanic earlier — well, sliding tends to be quite a bit more enjoyable, as many spam this ability at every conceivable opportunity instead. Realy, long powerslides are just pure fun. One can't help but think of games like Vanquish, Warframe, and Metal Gear Rising for some prime examples.

This Static Charge Legendary buffs the move substantially, turning the slide from a disengagement mechanic into an entirely aggressive one. Plus, any Legendary item that can give bonuses to Shield Capacity is worthwhile in the late game.

4 Electric Banjo: Careful, There Might Be A Risk Of Rain

Not many Artifacts have enemies that they're more likely to drop from, but the Electric Banjo is one of those rare instances. This item references Risk of Rain. It's a world drop, but has a greatly improved chance to drop from the Zer0 Assassination Targets, the Psychobillies on Eden 6. Essentially, it's a passive version of the grenade mod Hex or Storm Front.

Every single bullet fired has a 20% chance to shock the enemy and cause electricity to arc to another nearby foe. That has the potential to be absolutely insane! 20% for every bullet? Not once every three or something? That's perfect for an Endless Mags Moze or maybe even a Shock-dependent Elemental Amara. Combined with one of the many guns that already ricochet between enemies, this could potentially cause a full-on lightning storm.

3 Commander Planetoid: With Our Powers Combined... We Irradiate?

Face-Puncher synergies are awesome, and the list of Legendary artifacts is dwindling at this point. As such, here's one of the most fun combinations of all. The Commander Planetoid Artifact changes the element a players melee causes every 5 seconds, and it increases said elemental damage by 60%.

Now, imagine that on a Face-Puncher build. A gun that changes between buffed-up elements constantly? It sounds like a blast! Additionally, this mod can get the Berzerker buff, further increasing the passive buffs each melee has.

2 Moxxi's Endowment: Yep, It's A Moxxi Item

It's a Moxxi-based one, so of course, it's "dripping" with innuendos. There's not all too much to say about this pick, honestly, it just gives more combat EXP. Frankly, not a whole ton of it, either. Still, more EXP is always better, especially since it buffs each individual instance of EXP.

The real crazy stuff comes from its variables and modifiers, as it has high potential for some good ones. Knife Drain in particular is great, because it adds 75% Life Steal to each melee attack.

1 Pearl Of Ineffable Knowledge: Knowledge Is Power!

This beast can be obtained as a quest reward from the lovable Claptrap in Guns, Love, and Tentacles — and what a reward it is! The ability to rapidly stack damage to a whopping 90% when blasting away proves exponentially useful.

But what's great about this is that while boosting the player's offense to an absurd level, it can also help survivability, with the chance of granting ample health regeneration or max health. It also yields a chance to bump up EXP gained, adding resourcefulness to its bag of tricks.

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Legendary Artifacts add additional buffs to the player once it's equipped. These artifacts vary greatly, with some giving elements to your slide, buffing vehicles, & even creating a nova blast when performing a ground pound.

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Legendary Artifacts can randomly drop from defeated enemies or loot boxes. They can sometimes appear for sale from Zed's vending machine or can also be given as rewards from quests. Some Legendary Artifacts also drop from bosses.

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Borderlands 3 Legendary Artifact Guide

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Legendary Artifacts Overview

Artifacts are one of the many types of items that can be equipped in Borderlands 3 and can be used by a character once they have defeated the Graveward boss in story mode.

Like most items in Borderlands 3, each time a Legendary Artifact is found it will come with a variety of different stats and effects, which will greatly dictate what the Artifact has to offer. While this can be said for most items within the game, most Legendary Artifacts have an additional level of rolls that makes the perfect Artifact exceedingly rare. The different levels of rolls can be separated into the following 3 categories:

  • Primary Artifact
  • Secondary Artifact
  • Secondary Stats

Primary Artifacts are the most defining characteristics of a Legendary Artifact and are unique part of that Artifact. While most Legendary Artifacts will have complex names, the primary component can be found in the second half of the Artifact's name. Using the Artifact "Fire Stone Commander Planetoid" as an example, the Primary Artifact in question would be Commander Planetoid.

A full list of each Primary Artifact can be found below:

  • Commander Planetoid
  • Cosmic Crater
  • Deathless
  • Launch Pad
  • Loaded Dice
  • Moxxi's Endowment
  • Otto Idol
  • Pull Out Method
  • Rocket Boots
  • Safeguard
  • Splatter Gun
  • Static Charge
  • Victory Rush
  • White Elephant

Secondary Artifacts are the second part of a Legendary Artifact and contain more common, but still very powerful, effects. These effects can be paired with any of the Primary effects to generate the full effect of a Legendary Artifact. The secondary component of a Legendary Artifact can be extracted from first half of its name. For example 'Fire Stone' is the Secondary Artifact in "Fire Stone Commander Planetoid".

Secondary Artifacts also exist as standalone Artifacts. They will drop as either Rare or Epic Artifacts and will not be paired with unique Primary Artifact effects.

A full list of each Secondary Artifact and effect can be found below:

Artifact NameEffect
Atom BalmEnhances the Radiation status effect aura, making it larger and more deadly.
BerzerkerMelee enemies to trigger Enrage. Enrage increases your Sprint Speed and Fire Rate.
CauterizingSlide deals Incendiary Damage, creating a magma puddle upon impat
Caustic CoastSlide kicks up Corrosive shards that explode on impact.
Corrosive StoneAdds 80% bonus Corrosive damage to all Melee attacks.
CutpurseDealing Melee damage replenishes ammo for self and allies.
Cryo StoneAdds 80% bonus Cryo damage to all Melee attacks.
Electric SlideSlides arc beams of Shock to nearby enemies, which can arc to other nearby enemies.
Elemental ProjectorWhile suffering an elemental effect, increase your damage with that same element
Fire StoneAdds 80% bonus Incendiary damage to all Melee attacks.
Flesh MelterKilling an enemy with Corrosive increases your Corrosive damage for a short duration.
Hot DropSlam launches Incendiary projectiles that spawn Magma Puddles
Ice BreakerIncreases Cryo Efficiency and deal bonus damage to Frozen targets.
Ice SpikerSlam fires 3 Cryo projectile that damage and pass through enemies.
Knife DrainAll Melee attacks return a portion of the damage dealt as health.
Last StandGain Temporary Invulnerability when Health drops below 50%
Loot ExpandingIncreases the amount of Cash, Health, and Ammo you receive from pickups.
Mind MeltSlam triggers a Radiation aura that follows you and damages nearby enemies.
RadiodeadSlide deals additional Radiation damage, creating a toxic puddle on impact.
Radiation StoneAdds 80% bonus Radiation damage to all Melee attacks.
Rear EnderImproves Slam. Adds bonus damage, radius, and knockback.
Shock StoneAdds 80% bonus Shock damage to all Melee attacks.
Spark PlugSlam plants an electrified coil that does Shock damage to nearby enemies.
SnowdriftSlide launches a snowball that does Cryo damage. Increases slide speed.
Toxic RevengerSlam creates a large Corrosive puddle on impact.

The last set of rolls that make up a Legendary Artifact are a set up secondary stats. Legendary Artifacts will roll with up to 3 secondary stats, and when added to the randomness of the Primary and Secondary components, make it almost impossible to roll the perfect Artifact. Nonetheless, there are a range of powerful secondary stats available and a full list can be found below:

  • Action Skill Cooldown Rate
  • Assault Rifle Damage
  • Area-of-Effect Damage
  • Cryo Damage
  • Cryo Efficiency
  • Cryo Resistance
  • Corrosive Damage
  • Corrosive Resistance
  • Electrocute Chance
  • Electrocute Resistance
  • Elemental Resistance
  • Experience Gained From Combat
  • FFYL Downed Time
  • FFYL Movement Speed
  • Grenade Damage
  • Health Regeneration
  • Ignite Chance
  • Incendiary Damage
  • Incendiary Resistance
  • Irradiate Chance
  • Luck
  • Magazine Size
  • Max Health
  • Max Shield
  • Melee Damage
  • Melt Chance
  • Movement Speed
  • Pistol Damage
  • Radiation Damage
  • Radiation Resistance
  • Shield Recharge Rate
  • Shield Recharge Delay
  • Shock Damage
  • Shotgun Damage
  • SMG Damage
  • Sniper Damage
  • Weapon Accuracy
  • Weapon Reload Speed
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Special Legendary Artifacts

Special Artifacts are a small subset of Legendary Artifacts that do not follow the rules mentioned above. These Special Artifacts, that each have their own specific enemy that they drop from, have powerful Primary Artifact effects but no Secondary Artifact effects. Additionally, only some of these Artifacts will roll Secondary stats.

The Special Legendary Artifacts in this category are:

  • Electric Banjo
  • Grave
  • Phoenix Tears
  • Unleash the Dragon
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Top 10 Borderlands 3 Best Artifacts and How To Get Them

It began on pandora, with the opening of the first vault came eridian artifacts. Crystals mined from the heart of pandora that passively amplifies the vault hunters that use them. They’ve come a long way since the first game. But artifacts are still as important as ever. Now that the vault hunters aren’t just restricted to pandora, that means there’s a whole galaxy’s worth of artifacts to discover. Here are the top 5 best in borderlands 3 and where to get them.

10. Grave

This artifact's red text is a reference to a skill in Krieg's skill tree from BL2.

The grave artifact is a high risk, high reward type of gear. This artifact gives bonuses depending on how much health you are missing. Each of the corresponding bonuses synergizes with different kinds of builds. So it may be helpful to only lower your health to a certain amount so you can get certain bonuses. The grave may not be the ideal artifact, but if you’re using a build that lowers your health without regen, then you should check it out.

Manufacturer: Eridian

The name of this artifact is a clue as to which specific boss this item is a dedicated drop for. 

Grave Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Action Cooldown Rate
    • FFYL Duration
    • FFYL Movement Speed
    • Max Health
  • No Prefixes
  • Pain becomes power. - Increased melee damage when health is below 50%. Increased weapon damage when health is below 20%. Increased splash damage when health is below 5%

Why the Grave is Great

  • Gives significant bonuses depending on what health is missing
  • Works well for low health builds

How to get the Grave

  • Graveward located in The Floating Tomb on Eden-6

9. Deathless

The deathless artifact can spawn with health regeneration, however, it doesn't work very well. 

The deathless artifact is another high risk, high reward type of gear, similar to the previous artifact. While most will tell you that this artifact can be used by Moze for her high shield builds, there are other builds for other vault hunters out there that use the deathless. It’s just that it’s a very high risk doing so. So if you’re going to use the deathless, just try to keep your gamer rage in check. Because if you’re unprepared, you will die.

Manufacturer: Eridian

This artifact’s flavor text is a reference to a line said on the game of thrones, the answer to which is, “Not today.” It makes sense when you consider what the artifact does.

Deathless Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Area-of-effect damage
    • Combat XP
    • Elemental chance
    • Elemental damage
    • Elemental resistance
    • Health regeneration
    • Magazine size
    • Melee damage
    • Shield recharge delay
    • Shield recharge rate
    • Weapon-type specific damage
  • Prefixes
    • Atom Balm
      • Increased radiation aura damage, burst damage, and burst radius.
    • Cauterizing
      • Sliding deals incendiary damage and leaves a magma puddle on impact.
    • Knife Drain
      • Melee attacks restore a portion of the damage dealt as health.
    • Elemental Stone
      • Melee attacks deal elemental damage.
    • Snow Drift
      • Sliding launches a snowball that does cryo damage.
    • Toxic Revenger
      • Slams create a corrosive puddle on impact.
    • Spark Plug
      • Slams create a shock puddle on impact.
    • Berzerker
      • Melee enemies to trigger enrage.
    • Flesh Melter
      • Boosts corrosive damage. Up to 5 stacks.
    • Last stand
      • Temporary invulnerability when health drops below 50%
  • What do we say to the God of Death? - Reduces character health to 1. Increases shield capacity by 100%. Increases shield recharge rate by 25%, decreases recharge delay by 25%.

Why the Deathless is Great

  • Very Risky
  • Synergizes with shield builds

Where to get the Deathless

  • World Drop
  • Phoenix located in The Splinterlands on Pandora

8. White Elephant

The red text on this artifact is somewhat of a reference to someone giving a gift, or so it's speculated.

The white elephant artifact gives a helpful boost to any melee build you have. That being said, if you have a build that you want to be mayhem viable, you’re most likely playing Amara. So I’ll just say that this is mainly for an Amara build. Anyways, the white elephant may rely on procs to work, but when it does proc, it’s incredibly useful.

The term white elephant refers to a gift that is hard to use or maintain. You’ll find out how this pertains to this artifact when I discuss the special effect.

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Elemental chance
    • Elemental damage
    • Elemental resistance
    • Increased Luck
    • Movement speed
    • Shield recharge delay
    • Shield recharge rate
    • Weapon type-specific damage
  • Prefixes
    • Corrosive stone
      • Melee attacks deal with corrosive damage.
    • Elemental Projector
      • Characters with an elemental status deal more damage with the same element.
    • Electric Slide
      • Sliding deals shock damage that can arc to multiple enemies.
    • Flesh Melter
      • Killing an enemy with corrosive increases corrosive damage for a short duration
    • Ice Spiker
      • Fires 3 cryo projectiles that damage and pass through enemies.
    • Knife Drain
      • All Melee attacks return a portion of the damage dealt as Health.
    • Radiation stone
      • Melee attacks deal with radiation damage.
    • Rear Ender
      • Improved slam damage, radius, and knockback.
    • Snow Drift
      • Sliding launches a snowball that does cryo damage.
  • It's a SURPRISE! - Melee attacks have a 30% chance to attach a sticky bomb.

Why the White Elephant is Great

  • Works very well for a melee build
  • Doesn’t do specific elemental damage.

Where to get the White Elephant

  • World Drop
  • Agonizer 9000 Located in The Guts of Carnivora on Pandora

7. Unleash the Dragon

The character this is based on from the gearbox title Battleborn actually makes some cameos in the movie Ready Player One.

The unleash the dragon artifact is limited by what it buffs, but it is incredibly useful to people who rely on that kind of damage output. To be perfectly honest it’s only good for Amara builds unless you simply don’t have anything better than it for the other vault hunters.

Manufacturer: Eridian

This artifact and what it does are a reference to another gearbox game titled Battleborn, specifically a futuristic luchador named El Dragon.

Unleash the Dragon Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Increased melee damage
    • Increased incendiary damage
    • Increased incendiary resistance
  • No Prefixes
  • En Fuego! - 100% incendiary chance for melee attacks, sliding, and ground slams.

What Makes the Unleash the Dragon Great

  • Gives a high buff to fire elemental melee damage
  • Works ok for fire elemental builds

Where to get the Unleash the Dragon

  • World Drop
  • El Dragon Jr located in Jakobs Estate on Eden-6

6. Electric Banjo

The line Zero says before you attack these psychobillies the first time is "A banjo is death / in the hands of murderers. / There is no encore."

The electric banjo is a great artifact for any mobbing builds. It’s not used too often in favor of the other artifacts, but it works well with smg, assault rifle, or other high mag builds. It also gives an elemental boost to shock as well as providing resistance to shock. Give it a try for any build that you think would synergize with it.

Manufacturer: Eridian

This artifact is a reference to an item that behaves similarly to it called the Ukulele in the game Risk of Rain.

Electric Banjo Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Shock resistance
    • Shock damage
  • No Prefixes
  • We never could have foreseen the success. - 20% chance for each shot landed to arc electricity to a nearby enemy, dealing shock damage. Increased shock damage and resistance.

Why the Electric Banjo is Great

  • Works well for mobbing
  • Shock elemental builds

Where to get the Electric Banjo

  • World Drop
  • Psychobilly located in Ambermire on Eden-6

5. Splatter Gun

A "splatter gun" is a shotgun that fires in a quick and imprecise fashion.

The splatter gun artifact is situational but very useful in the given scenarios that it works well in. Its special effect is interesting but very limited. So it’s important to consider the gear you use as well as your vault hunter and skill tree. It also comes with a variety of useful prefixes and random bonuses as well.

The red text in this artifact is a reference to the movie Army of Darkness and specifically, a quote said by the main character Ash. If you couldn’t tell, this artifact enhances shotguns.

Manufacturer: Eridian

Splatter Gun Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Area-Of-Effect damage
    • Elemental chance
    • Elemental damage
    • Elemental resistance
    • Experience gained from combat
    • Fight for Your Life downed time
    • Luck
    • Melee Damage
    • Movement speed
    • Weapon magazine size
    • Weapon reload speed
  • Prefixes
    • Caustic Coast
      • Sliding kicks up corrosive shards that explode on impact.
    • Cauterizing
      • Slide deals bonus incendiary damage, creating a magma puddle upon impact.
    • Hot Drop
      • Slam launches incendiary projectiles that spawn Magma Puddles.
    • Knife Drain
      • Melee attacks restore a portion of the damage dealt as health.
    • Last Stand
      • Temporary invulnerability when health drops below 50%.
    • Shock Stone
      • Adds shock damage to all melee attacks.
  • This Is My BOOMSTICK! - Increased shotgun damage while sliding.

Why the Splatter Gun is Great

  • Works well for bossing and mobbing
  • Provides a good damage increase so long as your sliding
  • A lot of prefixes also enhance sliding as well.

Where to get the Splatter Gun

  • World Drop
  • Road Dog located in The Splinterlands on Pandora

4. Otto Idol

There's an artifact in the BL2 DLC Captain Scarlet and Her Pirate's Booty called Captain Blade's Otto Idol. It also provides health regen while reducing fight for your life time.

The otto idol is a great artifact for builds that need some form of health regen. It’s best used in mobbing and isn’t as effective against bosses, as it requires you to get kills to activate its special effects. This works well for Fl4k because he doesn’t have a great deal in terms of health regen in general.

Manufacturer: Eridian

This artifact is a reference to people who are more likely to help themselves than others.

Otto Idol Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Grenade damage
    • Elemental resistance
    • Elemental damage
    • Weapon reload speed
    • Weapon magazine size
    • Shield capacity
    • Health regeneration
    • Luck
  • Prefixes
    • Atom Balm
      • Increased radiation aura damage, burst damage, and burst radius.
    • Cauterizing
      • Sliding deals incendiary damage and leaves a magma puddle on impact.
    • Caustic Coast
      • Sliding kicks up corrosive shards that explode on contact.
    • Cutpurse
      • Dealing Melee damage replenishes ammo.
    • Ice Spiker
      • Imbues slam with cryo, firing 3 projectiles that damage and pass through enemies.
    • Knife Drain
      • Melee attacks restore a portion of the damage dealt as health.
    • Last Stand
      • Invulnerability for 5 seconds when health drops below 50%.
    • Shock Stone
      • Adds shock damage to all Melee attacks.
    • Snowdrift
      • Sliding launches a snowball that does cryo damage.
    • Toxic Revenger
      • Slam creates a large corrosive puddle on impact.
  • Every man for himself. - Restores a percentage of max health after killing an enemy.

What Makes the Otto Idol Great

  • Health regen based on getting kills
  • Works well if you already have enough damage
  • Supports builds that are solely damage based.

Where to get the Otto Idol

  • World Drop
  • Tyreen the Destroyer located in Destroyer's Rift on Pandora

3. Elemental Projector

Elemental Projector is also a prefix for legendary artifacts.

The elemental projector may not be as versatile as the other artifacts on this list, but it is especially useful for elemental builds. So if that’s your kind of thing, make sure to have one of these. They may not be legendary, so try to find one in at least an epic rarity to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Manufacturer: Eridian

This artifact doesn’t have a red text, but it does have special effects, so make sure not to always just sell your loot by looking at its rarity, it may be more useful than you think.

Elemental Projector Stats

  • Common-Epic
  • Random Bonuses
    • Elemental damage
    • Fight for your life duration
    • Health regeneration
    • Weapon reload speed
    • Weapon magazine size
    • Weapon-type specific damage
    • Movement Speed
  • Prefixes
  • No Red Text

Why the Elemental Projector is Great

  • Good for elemental builds
  • Don’t need to wait until your max level to farm for one available as soon as you can use artifacts

Where to get the Elemental Projector

2. Victory Rush

Victory rush is also a warrior skill that has a similar effect of movement and health regen upon a kill.

The victory rush is a fairly useful artifact that works similarly as an alternative to the otto idol. However, the victory rush prioritizes damage and speed instead of health regen. Which is more useful to mobbing builds. While health regen is useful, being able to move faster and output more damage is better overall. Not to mention that it’s easy to keep up the bonuses for the victory rush on higher mayhem difficulties when more badass enemies are spawning.

Manufacturer: Eridian

If you didn’t know because you were uncultured, the flavor text of the victory rush is a reference to DJ Khaled’s famous catchphrase.

Victory Rush Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Area-of-effect-damage
    • Combat XP
    • Elemental chance
    • Elemental resistance
    • Fight For Your Lifetime
    • Max health
    • Magazine size
    • Weapon accuracy
    • Luck
  • Prefixes
    • Cauterizing
      • Sliding deals bonus incendiary damage, creating a magma puddle upon impact.
    • Ice Spiker
      • Increased slam radius and slams fire 3 cryo projectiles that damage and pass through enemies.
    • Knife Drain
      • Melee attacks restore a portion of the damage dealt as health.
    • Last Stand
      • Invulnerability for 5 seconds when health drops below 50%.
  • Another one. - Killing a badass triggers Victory Rush that increases movement speed and damage when active.

Why the Victory Rush is Great

  • Synergizes with high DPS builds for mobbing
  • Works even better at higher mayhem levels

Where to get the Victory Rush

  • World Drop
  • Captain Thunk and Sloth located in Konrad's Hold on Pandora

1. Pearl of Ineffable Knowledge

Since it's not a world or dedicated drop, one way you can farm this artifact is to save and quit before you accept it from claptrap during the mission.

The pearl is a unique artifact that does not come with any prefixes and can’t be farmed for different random bonuses. This may cause you to scoff and ignore it since it’s just a mission reward. However, the pearl provides a significant boost to damage provided you are consistently doing damage. A lot of meta builds will sing this artifact's praises. It’s even better knowing all that you have to do is run DLC 2 to get it. That’s why this artifact takes the number one spot.

Manufacturer: Eridian

The flavor text on this artifact is a reference to the tagline for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. It was said at the end of the public safety videos that served as the epilogues for the episodes.

Pearl of Ineffable Knowledge Stats

  • Legendary
  • Random Bonuses
    • Fire rate
    • Reload Speed
    • Health regeneration
    • Max health
    • Experience Gained from Combat
    • Magazine size
  • No Prefixes
  • Knowing is half the battle. - Consecutive successful hits grant a 1% damage bonus per hit for up to 15 times. At maximum stacks, an additional damage bonus of 90% is added.

Why the Pearl of Ineffable Knowledge is Great

  • Gives a major boost to damage output
  • Works wonders for bossing
  • Synergizes well with high mag weapons

Where to get the Pearl of Ineffable Knowledge

  • Quest reward from Claptrap during the Guns, Love and Tentacles' main quest storyline

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Borderlands 3 - Top 10 Most Powerful Artifacts - Best Artifacts for End Game Builds

Borderlands 3
Artifacts List

World Drop

Commander Planetoid

Melee

Base Game

Sheega
Named Enemy

Devil's Razor

Pandora

Featured
World Drop (DLC6)

Company Man

Unique

Director's Cut

Hemovorous
Invincible

Darkthirst Dominion

Pandora

World Drop

Cosmic Crater

Slam

Base Game

Artemis
Named Enemy

Floodmoor Basin

Eden-6

Featured
World Drop

Deathless

Universal

Base Game

Phoenix
Legendary Hunt

The Splinterlands

Pandora

World Drop (DLC 5)

Deathrattle

Unique

Designer's Cut

Dreadnought Drydock
Loot-Room

Stormblind Complex

Pandora

Heavyweight Harker
Boss

Stormblind Complex

Pandora

Featured

Electric Banjo

Unique

Base Game

Psychobillies
Target of Opportunity

Ambermire

Eden-6

Grave

Unique

Base Game

Graveward
Boss

The Floating Tomb

Eden-6

World Drop (DLC 5)

Holy Grail

Unique

Designer's Cut

Dreadnought Drydock
Loot-Room

Stormblind Complex

Pandora

Heavyweight Harker
Boss

Stormblind Complex

Pandora

World Drop

Launch Pad

Slam

Base Game

Red Rain
Boss

Slaughterstar 3000

Undefined

World Drop

Loaded Dice

Universal

Base Game

Agonizer 9000, Pain & Terror
Boss

Guts of Carnivora

Pandora

Lunacy

Unique

Guns, Love, and Tentacles

Empowered Grawn
Boss

Negul Neshai

Xylourgos

World Drop

Moxxi's Endowment

Universal

Base Game

The Tink Train
Named Enemy

Guts of Carnivora

Pandora

Featured
Quest Reward (Unfarmable)

Mysterious Artifact

Unique

Director's Cut

Horror at Scryer's Crypt
Quest

Scryer's Crypt

Nekrotafeyo

Featured
World Drop

Otto Idol

Universal

Base Game

Rachel the Anointed
Named Enemy

Cathedral of the Twin Gods

Pandora

Phoenix Tears

Unique

Base Game

Phoenix
Legendary Hunt

The Splinterlands

Pandora

World Drop

Pull Out Method

Slam

Base Game

DJ Deadsk4g
Target of Opportunity

The Splinterlands

Pandora

Quest Reward

Road Warrior

Unique

Base Game

Blood Drive
Quest

The Droughts

Pandora

World Drop

Rocket Boots

Slide

Base Game

Blue Fire
Boss

Slaughterstar 3000

Undefined

World Drop

Safegaurd

Slam

Base Game

Big Donny & The Big-D
Named Enemy

The Splinterlands

Pandora

Featured
Vault Card - Welcome to Pandora

Shlooter

Unique

Director's Cut

World Drop

Splatter Gun

Slide

Base Game

Road Dog
Named Enemy

The Splinterlands

Pandora

Featured
World Drop

Static Charge

Melee

Base Game

Artemis
Named Enemy

Floodmoor Basin

Eden-6

Featured
Quest Reward (Unfarmable)

The Pearl of Ineffable Knowledge

Unique

Guns, Love, and Tentacles

The Call of Gythian
Quest

Heart's Desire

Xylourgos

Featured
World Drop (DLC 5)

Toboggan

Unique

Designer's Cut

Plunderdome
Loot-Room

Stormblind Complex

Pandora

Heavyweight Harker
Boss

Stormblind Complex

Pandora

Featured

Unleash the Dragon

Unique

Base Game

El Dragon Jr.
Named Enemy

Jakobs Estate

Eden-6

Unobtainable

Vault Hunter's Relic

Unique

Datamined

Quest Reward (Unfarmable)

Vendetta

Unique

Bounty of Blood

The Name of the Law
Quest

Ashfall Peaks

Gehenna

Featured
World Drop

Victory Rush

Universal

Base Game

Azalea
Named Enemy

Jakobs Estate

Eden-6

Featured
World Drop

White Elephant

Melee

Base Game

Agonizer 9000, Pain & Terror
Boss

Guts of Carnivora

Pandora

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Artifacts are the last type of gear that you get access to in Borderlands 3.

Every Artifact has some sort of helpful attribute to offer. They can augment parts of your vault hunter’s abilities and even add unique effects to them. Other Artifacts have more universal benefits like making your character invulnerable for a brief time if they drop below 50% health.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to equip these until you reach a certain point in the story.

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To unlock the ability to use Artifacts, all you’ll need to do is progress through Borderlands 3’s story. Eventually you’ll reach a planet called Eden-6. Once you reach the end of that planet’s story missions, you’ll face off against a giant monster protecting the planet’s vault. After you defeat it, you can enter the vault and collect the Eridian Synchronizer which will grant you the ability to equip Artifacts.

Once you’ve unlocked the ability to use Artifacts, you can pick them up like any other loot. It doesn’t appear that you can buy them anywhere, so your only source will be random drops from enemies you kill. While there are a huge variety of Artifacts in the game, you’ll want to make sure that the one you have equipped at any given time is actually useful for your character and the action skill you’re using.

Sours: https://www.polygon.com/borderlands-3-guide/2019/9/13/20864605/artifacts-eridian-eden-6-eridian-synchronizer-relics


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