When Gearbox released Borderlands 2 in 2012, it had a novel idea: "SHiFT codes," which players could find on Borderlands' forums and social media accounts and enter into the game to unlock rare weapons and cosmetics. Shift codes come in two main varieties:
Golden Keys open a special crate in the city of Sanctuary. That crate is guaranteed to serve up a purple rarity item. In a game with billions of randomly generated guns, it was a tantalizing way to skip the RNG and get some great weapons.
Special skins are unique skins and heads for each Borderlands 2 character that can only be unlocked with Shift codes.
Today Borderlands 2 is still going strong on Steam, and still occasionally gets golden key shift codes even now that the sequel is out. Check out our new guide to Borderlands 3 Shift codes for unlocks in the new looter shooter.
If you're playing Borderlands 2, these codes will help you load up on rare guns and cool skins. Below we've collected tons of Borderlands 2 Shift codes that unlock skins or big piles of keys.
How do I use Borderlands 2 SHiFT codes?
For years you could redeem Shift codes at Shift.GearboxSoftware.com, but Gearbox recently removed that functionality. That means to redeem your codes, you need to jump into Borderlands 2 and do a little alt-tabbing.
In-game: In Borderlands 2, go to Main Menu > Extras > Shift Code. Once you're on that menu, you'll see a list of previously redeemed Shift codes. Click the Shift Code button at that bottom of that window, then paste in the 25-digit Shift code. Done!
New Borderlands 2 Shift codes for 2020
The most recent Shift Codes for Borderlands 2 Golden Keys are all currently expired. When we find some new temporary or permanent codes for 2020 we'll keep track of them here.
Scroll down for a running list of permanent cosmetic and golden key codes from past years.
To find new codes regularly, you can follow the official Gearbox and Borderlands social media accounts, but your most efficient destination for Shift codes is this website: Shift.Orcicorn.com. The website automatically monitors and posts updates from both Twitter and Facebook onto one convenient page. If Gearbox has put out a new batch of Shift codes, they'll be listed here. The (unofficial) Shift Codes Twitter account is also easy to follow.
Keep in mind that Shift codes typically expire after 2-3 weeks, so check in once a week or so if you're actively looking to stockpile.
Now let's get to the really good stuff: special Shift codes that can unlock unique items and cosmetics.
Cosmetic Borderlands 2 Shift codes
Despite being years old, these Shift codes for character skins haven't been deactivated (at least, not yet). As far as we know, they should continue to work. Thanks to Orcz for an exhaustive list that's mostly up-to-date.
Note: These codes are all for the PC version of Borderlands 2 and won't work on consoles. For PS/Xbox codes, follow the Orcz link above.
Community Day skins
C35TB-WS6ST-TXBRK-TTTJT-JJH6H (Salvador's Community Day Skin, 5 Golden Keys)
53KBB-KXXRC-RZ66Z-WFJBB-WSRZ3 (Zer0's Community Day Skin, 5 Golden Keys)
5B3BJ-XZWFW-T3KRZ-JBJTB-6WST9 (Maya's Community Day Skin, 5 Golden Keys)
W353J-RR6RC-X96R9-C63J3-RJTFW (Axton's Community Day Skin, 5 Golden Keys)
WJ5TB BJSZJ TFB6W JTJJJ 3Z3CB (Krieg's Community Day Skin, 5 Golden Keys)
5JWBB-9ZX9J-B636C-BBBBT-ZCWXF (Gaige's Community Day Skin, 5 Golden Keys)
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep
KTK3J-FR3JS-ZX55B-B3BJ3-HSRB6 (Axton’s Natural Twenty skin)
535BB-3R3BZ-HF5K3-JJB33-3BF3J (Gaige’s Summoner Sickness Skin)
CTKJ3-9CBJS-9R5WT-JBJ3T-WKXKF (Zer0’s The Pandora Chainmail Massacre skin)
CBCJ3-W5TT9-S65K3-BJJ3B-XHWWC (Maya’s Her Violent Nature skin)
CBKJ3-5FT39-ZRCCT-JTJB3-RFJ5B (Krieg’s My Fantasies Involve Blood skin)
5J5TT-RCJBS-ZXWCJ-TJ3BJ-TK3FB (Salvador’s Bear Naked skin)
KJKJT-WHBKX-HC9BT-TJBJ3-XJFSJ (Axton's Warrior of Light head)
CBKBJ-6ZJW6-HKH3T-B3T33-F5ZRS (Gaige's Wayfarer Wizard head)
CT5BB-XTW5X-9CSBT-3BTTJ-FT5X5 (Zer0's G0ry Gh0ul head)
KTC3T-WTW5F-ZCHB3-BT3B3-XJ9WR (Maya's Elven Eliminator head)
CBKBB-ZHJC6-SWHJT-JJ3BB-3CXHS (Krieg's My Ears Are Ringing head)
WBCJJ-33KWR-S5Z33-BJTTB-65WJJ (Salvador's The Beast Within head)
5T53B-6K9KT-Z5B65-BTJJ3-655CZ (Loverpalooza skins & gun)
WTCBJ-FTCXF-5TXCT-3TJ33-TZXW6 (Krieg's Loverpalooza skin)
Luck of the Zafords
5JWT3-3H5FB-SCBX5-TJ3JB-H5R6X (Luck of the Zafords skins & Chulainn SMG)
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel
CJKBJ-3XWTF-HCJ6K-JJB3T-SB35X (Axton as Athena skin)
CTWTB-RXKTR-SKJXW-3TBTJ-KXKKH (Salvador as Wilhelm skin)
KBWT3-WF5TR-SC3XW-T333B-TSCTS (Maya as Nisha skin)
W3C33-H653X-9CTR5-3TBJ3-HZ99S (Zer0 as Claptrap skin)
53WT3-59KJX-95B65-3J333-S9JW9 (Gaige as Moon Moxxi skin)
CTKTJ-JSWJF-SCJXK-3TJJ3-RWTKX (Krieg as a Scav skin)
Class Mod Borderlands 2 Shift codes
Class Mods change how characters play and give certain skills big buffs and bonuses. Definitely use these Shift codes if you're planning a new Borderlands 2 playthrough, since they'll open up new ways to play.
5JKBJ-K9WHW-WBZTJ-T3TTB-TW9HR (Axton Class Mod)
W3C3B-5JRZC-WJH33-JBJJB-9S6CJ (Gaige Class Mod)
CBWJ3-S5CJ3-WTTCF-WX333-9STBF (Zer0 Class Mod)
WJWJ3-FXC33-KT3CR-KR33J-J9B35 (Maya Class Mod)
WTCJT-J653B-C3TKF-5X333-F6JRH (Krieg Class Mod)
WJKBB-KXC3J-5BBCR-5X33J-XZ6RZ (Salvador Class Mod)
Golden Key Borderlands 2 Shift codes
Check the long list of Shift codes on this Wiki page to find loads of codes that still work. Most of them will give you a bundle good for five Golden Keys, which means five openings of the chest in Sanctuary for purple loot. But here are a few codes you should definitely activate, which are good for way more than just five keys. Pump these in and you'll be swimming in loot!
WBK3T-BKW6T-TXTRK-JTTBT-C6BS5 (25 Golden Keys)
5BW3B-F96CT-KXJFK-TB3B3-39BWZ (20 Golden Keys)
W3KJB-H9CBW-XRBRW-JTBTJ-9JRXK (25 Golden Keys)