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Borderlands 3

Zane - Operative

Ben Chard
Shane Williams


Zane’s a rather unique character when it comes to his Action Skill and the abilities he can equip. You can choose to go with two Action Skills equipped at the expense of a Grenade (you can get around this by using one of his Passives) and you’ll really be able to cover two roles in battle. His Shield is useful at most times, be it Solo or Co-op and his clones can help you deal devastating damage if used properly.

Zane is a rather difficult character to play right now, he’s in a place where he’s nowhere near as powerful as the other Vault Hunters and a lot of his Builds are rather situational. You’ll find below a Build that will best let Zane take on the Endgame content.

All Rounder Build

  • Under Cover Tree
Skills Points Effect
Adrenaline 5/5 Action Skill Cooldown Rate +35% based of Shield Capacity
Ready for Action 5/5 Shield Recharge Rate +30%, Shield Recharge Delay -29%
Brain Freeze 5/5 Slow Chance +20% on Critical Hits
Stiff Upper Lip 3/3 Damage Resistance +16% based on damage type received
Confident Competence 1/1 While Shields are active, Gun Damage up to +20%, Accuracy up to 33%
Really Expensive Jacket 1/1 Status Effect Duration -50%
Futility Belt 1/1 Kill Skill: Coverts Elemental Damage received to Kinetic, Damage Reduction +15% for 8 seconds
Refreshment 3/3 Life Steal 24% of Damage Dealt to Frozen enemies
Calm, Cool, Collected 1/1 When Zane freezes an enemy, Regen Shields, if full Regen Health (3% Max Health a sec), if full Action Skill Cooldown reset
Distributed Denial 1/1 Barrier gains the effect of equipped Shield Mod and shares with allies near it
  • Hitman Tree
Skills Points Effect
Violent Momentum 5/5 Gun Damage +20% at default walk speed (more at faster movement speeds)
Cool Hand 2/5 Kill Skill: Increases Reload Speed by 5.7% (7% after Kill) for 8 seconds
Drone Delivery 1/1 Will drop a Grenade based on equipped Grenade Mod, cooldown of 15 seconds
Salvation 3/5 Kill Skill: Life Steal +6% of damage dealt
Death Follows Close 1/1 Kill Skill Duration +7%, Kill Skill Bonus +25%
  • Doubled Agent Tree
Skills Points Effect
Synchronicity 5/5 Gun Damage +20% per Action Skill active
Donnybrook 5/5 Kill Skill: Gun Damage +15%, Health Regen 2.5% of missing Health a second

This Build is all about using Kill Skills to increase the effectiveness of both the Barrier and SNTNL Action Skills. Equip the All Rounder and Retaliation Augments to the Drone to turn it into a dome while you’ll want to equip the Winter’s Drone to the SNTNL Action Skill to allow you to freeze enemies easier. This Build has high survivability while pumping our serious damage making it a great contender for the higher difficulties.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    2K Games
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    17 September 2019
  • Last Updated
    6 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard, Shane Williams

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Return to the Borderlands as you aim to help allies new and hunt for the Vaults before the Calypso Twins and their Children of the Vault get there first. Four new Vault Hunters join the cause as you take to the stars to discover a galaxy of opportunities.

The guide for Borderlands 3 features all there is to see and do including a full walkthrough covering every main and side mission alongside complete coverage of all areas and the endgame. Including indepth strategies on every Vault Hunter along with recommended builds to help give you that edge you’ll need.

Inside Version 1.0

  • Full Walkthrough of the main storyline
  • Coverage of all Side Missions
  • Complete coverage of all areas including Crew Challenges
  • Trophy/Achievement Guide
  • Character Builds

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