The Shift Code system for getting extra loot and gear is back for Borderlands 3. Shift Codes are Gearbox's way to give players various items and rewards in-game by entering the 25-digit codes on the Shift.GearboxSoftware.com website. When redeemed, most will give you in-game items called Golden Keys used to unlock a chest in Sanctuary to get one of Borderlands 3' billion-or-so guns. If you're lucky, you'll get something rare and shiny. Like loot boxes, except the keys are free. You'll just need to keep your eyes peeled and check this page to find them. Shift codes can also unlock special cosmetic items for characters, like the limited time Halloween items from this year.
Gearbox is regularly releasing new Borderlands 3 Shift codes, but unfortunately many of them expire a few hours or days after being posted. We're keeping this page up-to-date with all the Borderlands 3 Shift codes that don't expire and trying to catch the ones that do before they're gone.
Here's how to redeem Borderlands 3's Shift codes, and how to get started with eight Golden Keys right now.
Permanent Borderlands 3 Shift codes
These Borderlands 3 Shift codes unlock Golden Keys, and should never expire, as far as we know.
- ZFKJ3-TT3BB-JTBJT-T3JJT-JWX9H - 3 Golden Keys
- HXKBT-XJ6FR-WBRKJ-J3TTB-RSBHR - 1 Golden Key
- ZFKJ3-TT6FF-KTFKT-T3JJT-JWX36 - 1 Golden Key
- 9XCBT-WBXFR-5TRWJ-JJJ33-TX53Z - 1 Golden Key
- ZRWBJ-ST6XR-CBFKT-JT3J3-FRXJ5 - 1 Golden Key
- Z65B3-JCXX6-5JXW3-3B33J-9SWT6 - 1 Golden Key
Limited time Borderlands 3 Shift codes
Most of Borderlands 3's new Shift codes expire within a day of being posted on Twitter. We're keeping an eye out for them. If you see one listed here, grab it!
- CSKT3-6F9HB-ZWJC5-BTBT3-JJFXC - 1 Golden Key - Expires Dec. 7 at 10am CST
- CHKJ3-B6HHB-ZWBK5-3JJJT-CRHFJ - 1 Golden Key - Expires Nov. 22 at 10am CST
- WZCTT-5CSZT-ZW3KW-333JT-69ZW6 - 1 Golden Key - Expires Nov. 19 at 10 am CST
CS53B-FBS9J-95TK5-BJTT3-KJKTJ - 1 Golden Key - Expires Nov. 11 at 10am CST W95BB-3BZS3-ZCBWC-BJT3B-9BTKS - 1 Golden Key - Expires Nov. 9 at 10 am CST 5ZWTT-SZXZ3-SW3W5-33BTT-X5Z3H - 1 Golden Key - Expires Nov. 8 at 10 AM CST K9W3T-BJZ59-B9SHB-6B3JT-T9CFF - 4 Halloween head cosmetics - Expires Nov. 5 at 2 AM CST C9KBJ-6HXHT-9WJKW-BJ33B-SK95C - 1 Golden Key - Expires Nov. 4 at 10 AM CST KB5JT-BFRZ9-XTWZ5-93KJB-3RRFT - 3 Golden Keys - Expires Nov. 4 at 10 AM CST W9KBJ-95X9T-ZC3KW-BJTJT-5FF3T - 1 Golden Key - Expires Oct. 29 at 10 AM CST CZWJJ-X6XHJ-9CJC5-JTT3J-WZ6WC - 1 Golden Key - Expires Oct. 28 at 10 AM CST KZK3T-K6RSJ-ZWTCK-JTJ3T-T3HJJ - 1 Golden Key - Expires Oct. 27 at 10 AM CST CHCBT-TF6HB-ZC3WC-BT333-KBR3B - 1 Golden Key - Expires Oct. 26 at 10 AM CST
How to find the newest Shift codes before they expire
So far, many of Borderlands 3's Shift codes have expired after only a few hours, and are posted exclusively on Randy Pitchford's Twitter account. Following him is the best way to catch Shift codes that expire within 24 hours. You can usually spot one on Fridays in preparation for the weekend that will expire on Saturday morning.
Borderlands 3 Shift codes and Golden Keys: How they work
Borderlands 3 Shift codes come in two forms, although only the Golden Keys above have been dished out so far. Here's the gist:
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- Golden Keys will unlock a special chest that is guaranteed to give you an item (usually a gun) of a high rarity. Shift codes often grant a batch of a few golden keys to use. It's sort of like playing a free slot machine, except you're guaranteed to get a rare item—just not necessarily one that you want.
- Cosmetics: Some Shift codes will likely unlock special skins for Borderlands 3's vault hunters. In Borderlands 2, these were often tied to special events, and getting a Shift code was the only way to unlock the skin.
Gearbox may even have more plans for what you unlock with Shift codes in the future, but the redemption process is the same no matter what, and it's pretty straightforward—the easiest way is to use the website Shift.GearboxSoftware.com, after you've linked up your Epic Games Store (or console) account.
Here's how to redeem Shift codes:
- In-game through the menu. You'll copy the 25-digit Shift code, tab into your game and paste it in. Voila, guns or cosmetics for you!
- Online via Shift.GearboxSoftware.com. Create an account or login, and make sure you've linked up your Epic account so you can redeem codes for PC. From the menu, click "Rewards" and then paste your Shift code and click "check" to register it. Important note: if you use a multiplatform code and it doesn't work, try redeeming in-game before giving up.
- Or online via the new Borderlands VIP site. Create an account or login with your old Shift account; from the Shift menu, choose "Redeem code" to go to the Shift page. On this page you can paste in a Shift code or a different code type (Borderlands 3 has several others) by clicking the appropriate icon. Important note: Multiplatform Shift codes don't currently work properly on the website, and will tell you they're good for only one platform (e.g. Xbox). But if you redeem them in-game instead, they'll work on PC as well.
How to use your Golden Keys
In-game, your golden keys should be delivered to you via Borderlands mail. But how do you use 'em? That's simple: Head to the big golden chest in Sanctuary, near the fast travel point. Here's where to find it, and what it looks like:
Pop your key into the chest, cross your fingers, and ask the gun gods for a legendary. Good luck!