Shift codes are back in Borderlands 3. They’re Gearbox’s way to give players various items and rewards in-game by entering long 25-digit codes on the Shift.GearboxSoftware.com website. Most Shift Codes grant golden keys, which unlock a special chest in Sanctuary and gifts you one of Borderlands 3′ billion-or-so guns. If you’re lucky, you’ll get something rare and shiny. It’s like loot boxes, except the keys are free. You’ll just need to keep your eyes peeled and check this page to find them.
Gearbox is regularly releasing new Borderlands 3 Shift codes, but you have to be vigilant—most of them expire a few days after they’re posted. We’re updating this page with all the Borderlands 3 Shift codes as we see them. There’s a section devoted to cotes that don’t expire, and a running list of short-lived codes, too. Keep an eye on that section and use them before they’re gone.
First up: The Borderlands 3 Shift codes that you can use right now to get 8 Gold Keys right away. Scroll down for the latest Shift codes and a guide to how to register them and use them in-game.
If you’re still playing Borderlands 2, head over to our collection of Borderlands 2 Shift Codes.
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!
- WH5TT-CWZ5Z-WXWR9-63BB3-ZWBR3 – 3 Golden Keys
CB53B-WJTTJ-HJCZC-HBK3T-F3RX5 – 3 Golden Keys – Expires June 5
5SKTJ-3CSKZ-WFCF9-6BJ3T-WC96W – Conference Call Shotgun – Expires May 31
C3KTJ-WF9SK-F9F6H-56TT3-CZ6FR – 10 Golden Keys – Expires April 10
CTWJB-H5HSW-R96RS-5R3BB-H33K5 – 5 Golden Keys – Expires April 8
C3CJ3-TRSZC-FHXX9-WRTTT-CJ56H – 3 Golden Keys – Expires March 23
CTWBT-RKZZ5-6S6XS-WR33T-RHZ59 – 3 Golden Keys – Expires March 16
C3KJB-3H9HZ-63KZW-9BKJB-WZRCR – 5 Golden Keys – Expires March 19
C3C3B-BB9SS-FTKHK-ZTWTB-99CRX – 10 Golden Keys – Expires March 3
C35TJ-WH9Z9-X3KSC-S3KBT-J99ZB – 3 Golden Keys – Expires Feb. 24 at 10am CST
K3WBT-B5ZHZ-63CZC-S35JT-F3FT6 – 3 Golden Keys – Expires Feb. 20 at 10am CST
5JWBT-FT9ZZ-FBC95-935JT-RTFRR – 3 Golden Keys – Expires Jan. 31 at 10am CST
KJCTJ-F9RZH-X3WS5-ZTWB3-BZR6J – 3 Golden Keys – Expiry date unknown
WBC3T-5JH99-XTWZ5-9BKB3-BT63Z – 3 Golden Keys – Expires Jan. 20 at 10 am CST
5BCBB-5SRS9-RTW9C-9JCJB-XK3X9 – 3 Golden Keys – Expires Dec. 26 at 10 am CST
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 heads – 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.
Alternatively, the fan-run dgShiftCodes Twitter account posts every new Shift code after Randy tweets them out and also catches new time-limited Borderlands 3 VIP codes as they appear.
Borderlands 3 VIP codes
The Borderlands 3 VIP program officially ended on May 18th, 2020.
Prior to Borderlands 3’s launch, Gearbox gave out Vault Insider Program keys that worked similarly to Shift Codes. You earned them by doing things like watching trailers or following its social media.
Now that Borderlands 3 is well past launch, the program has been discontinued. You are no longer able to redeem any of the old codes.
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:
- 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!