Borderlands 3 Update 1.21 January 21 Out for Fixes, 3 Weeks of Arms Race Mini Events Announced

Borderlands 3 Update 1.21 January 21

Gearbox Software has released the first Borderlands 3 patch of 2021! The Borderlands 3 update 1.21 January 21 patch introduces a host of fixes, and Gearbox has also announced three weeks of Arms Race mini events too! Head on below for the details and patch notes.

Borderlands 3 Update 1.21 January 21 Patch Notes:


  • Addressed a potential progression blocker created when Xbox Series X|S users would log into a map before the host and interact with mission objectives in multiplayer
  • Updated vehicle spawners to not activate while another player has started travel to another map
  • Added Anointment support to the Linc Legendary pistol
  • Adjusted the damage of thrown Tediore weapons
  • Addressed a reported concern that the Action Skill End apply Terror Anointment was only applying one stack of Terror
  • Updated the Siren’s Infusion and Forceful Expression skills to work with the Cryo element
  • Updated the Siren’s Ascendant skill to work with Expedite
  • Updated the Gunner’s Iron Cub to receive Action Skill Damage boosts from Class Mods
  • Adjusted the Gunner’s skills Desperate Measures, Stroke the Embers, and Scorching RPMs to work with Iron Cub
  • Addressed a reported concern that the Beastmaster’s Cmdl3t Class Mod was causing pets to behave strangely
  • Adjusted the Operative’s Devil Raider skin’s appearance on head customizations
  • Addressed a reported concern that the Hot Spring grenade mod would continue to heal players after the Area of Effect ended
  • Players entering Arms Race will now start with a full-heal
  • Skill points gained during Arm Race have been changed to update without the need for a Save/Quit
  • Updated the mini-map to follow party member’s locations while in spectator mode
  • Made a change to the timer bar in Arms Race to correctly show the amount of time remaining during the “Kill Heavyweight Harker” objective
  • Mission weapons will no longer stay in a player’s inventory during Arms Race
  • Addressed a reported concern that action skills would not properly unlock while in Arms Race when a level one character gained a level
  • [Xbox Series X|S] Addressed a reported concern that a player’s controller could continue vibrating through a loading screen in some instances
  • [Xbox Series X|S] Addressed a reported concern that the controller would vibrate while loading into a map if using Iron Cub


  • Activates the Clear Skies Arms Race Mini-Event until January 28 at 8:59 AM PT


Baby Maker

  • Increased weapon damage and fire rate

Sledge’s Shotgun

  • Increased weapon damage


  • Increased weapon damage


  • Increased weapon damage

In addition to today’s patch, three consecutive weeks of Arms Race mini events will commence starting today, January 21! The upcoming mini events will be available to all players who own the Designer’s Cut add-on or Season Pass 2! Head on below for the details.

The upcoming mini-events are available to all players who own the Designer’s Cut* add-on or Season Pass 2*, which currently includes Designer’s Cut plus additional cosmetic content and will also include the all new Director’s Cut add-on upon its release this spring. Both Season Pass 2 and the Designer’s Cut add-on are now available for purchase across PC, Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S:

  • Week 1 – Clear Skies: Week one kicks off January 21 at 9AM Pacific Time with the Clear Skies mini-event, during which the encroaching storm will take longer to close in. That means you’ll be able to safely explore even more of the map in a single run. In addition, all enemy types are more likely drop rare gear when killed during this event, so be sure to take down every enemy in sight.
  • Week 2 – Extra Extra Extraction: Incoming! With the Extra Extra Extraction mini-event starting January 28 at 9AM Pacific Time, Air Drops will have a greatly increased chance to drop DAHL Chests, creating more opportunities to score Arms Race-exclusive gear. Plus, extraction stations will offer additional slots, allowing you to extract even more gear out of Arms Race.
  • Week 3 – Gear Rush: The third mini-event, Gear Rush, launches February 4 at 9AM Pacific Time. During the Gear Rush mini-event, Rare Chests are more likely to appear in Arms Race, and the Green DAHL chests located at major points of interest in the Stormblind Complex have an increased chance to contain Arms Race-exclusive gear. But make sure you don’t spend too long admiring the gear you find because the Murdercane will be closing in at a quicker pace

Once we get word of the next event or title update for Borderlands 3, we’ll let our readers know.

Source: Patch Notes via Borderlands

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