The Borderlands franchise loves its references, filling the game with pop culture Easter eggs. Back in the Pre-Sequel, there was a particular robotic unicorn gun that always wanted to be with you. Borderlands 3 keeps this trend faithfully alive with equally amusing weapons, bosses, and environments.
First listed by IGN, here are all the Easter eggs found in Borderlands 3. Well, the ones we know of so far. We’ll keep it updated, don’t worry.
Borderlands 3 Easter Eggs:
- Zane’s Captain America reference: In Zane’s skill tree, there’s a shield icon for the “Take a breather” skill. The quote associated says, “I can do this all day,” a frequently quoted line from Captain America. Mixed with the icon shield, this a shout out to the Marvel hero.
- Moze’s one-liners: Many characters have their in-game one-liners they drop during battle. Moze specifically has a few that reference various pop culture, such as Ariana Grande lyrics, or “Get good” gaming references.
- Moxxi’s Tip Jar: A self-referential, innuendo-filled Easter egg. Like with previous games, flooding Moxxi’s tip jar will reward you with flirtatious weapons.
Weapons and Items:
- Buckler Nova Berner Shield: With “Feel the Bern” as its text, the shield is a shout out to 2016 Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
- Doom Shotgun: The Speedloadin’ Hellwalker: Taken right out of Doom, this legendary Jacobs double-barrel shotgun has a nice little guitar solo to go with the bloody, skag slaying shots you’re firing.
- Half-Life: The Freeman: An Atlas brand rocket launcher from the Half-Life series.
- Splodeos Cereal: I can only imagine what these will do to your teeth. Whenever you see this little box around, give it a quick shot or punch.
- Dr. Disrespect Class Mod: Found by the Doctor himself, according to Dextero, the operative class mod references his catchphrase for “Violence, speed, and momentum.”
- Team Rocket: A legendary grenade called Moxxi’s Bouncing Pair has “Prepare for trouble, and make it double.” as the flavor text.
- Penn and Teller: Renamed Pain and Terror, these two are modeled and voiced by the actual Penn and Teller. Well, Penn’s voice is there.
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Their names are Heckle and Hyde, so it’s not the most subtle of references on Pandora.
- Rick and Morty: The two characters, Wick and Warty, are an apparent reference to Rick and Morty. Upon defeat, they give you a nice weapon.
- One Punch Man: As if we needed an enemy that could kill us in one hit, but here we are. One Punch Bandit is a side quest boss that drops the One Punch Chump.
- Downton Abbey: Found early in the game, the Varkid fight goes through the entire Crowley family from Downton Abbey. If you’re not too distracted by getting killed by several giant bugs, notice their adorable tophats and mustaches.
- Game of Thrones: An enemy called the Mother of Gorgons will occasionally come out and ruin your day.
- Batman: An enemy hidden near the Penn and Teller reference. His name is I’m Rakkman in the game. There will be a bat signal, or rather a rakk signal, above his cave. Go towards it, and you’ll enter his cave only to get attacked. He occasionally drops a golden pistol that will also reference Batman’s policy of not killing his foes.
- Overwatch: In a blink and you miss it mayhem filled battle, Road Dog makes an appearance. His appearance, name, and weapon style reference Overwatch’s tanky Roadhog. Yes, Road Dog even has a hook to pull you to him from across the map.
- The Mines of Moira: A site references the tomb of Balrin, a character from The Fellowship of the Ring. It will eventually progress into a fight with a Balrog based creature.
These are all the ones identified thus far. Borderlands doesn’t hold back-references, and there are bound to be more just waiting to be caught and understood.