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 can be redeemed for Golden Keys, which open a special crate in the city 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.
Today Borderlands 2 is still going strong on Steam, and Gearbox is even still doling out Shift codes now and then. So why not take advantage in your next playthrough and load up on Golden Keys? You can either register Shift codes in-game or online at Gearbox's Shift portal, where you'll need to link up your Steam (or console) account.
Here's where to find Borderlands 2 Shift codes new and old, and a big list of old Shift codes that still work as of early 2019.
Where to find new Borderlands 2 Shift codes
While you can follow the official Gearbox and Borderlands social media accounts, 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 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.
Here are some new codes good in January 2019:
These SHiFT codes for 5 Golden Keys will grant you some new loot in Borderlands 2! [Active through 01/21] BL2PC / Mac: KB5TJ-9XBSJ-RF3F5-JJTTJ-X9XZ3XB360 / XBOne: 5BCB3-X656C-ZSRXS-KFJ3T-XJX5BPS3 / PS4 / PS Vita: 5TC33-BZ9XS-ZTWZW-STCBB-XRCC6 pic.twitter.com/eHnIbrZaesJanuary 4, 2019
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.
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 (Zero’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)
W3KJB-H9CBW-XRBRW-JTBTJ-9JRXK (25 Golden Keys)
5BW3B-F96CT-KXJFK-TB3B3-39BWZ (20 Golden Keys)