How to Change Your Gun’s Fire Mode in Borderlands 3

One of the new features of Borderlands 3 is the fact that some guns have multiple fire modes. Here’s everything you need to know about changing them.

If you’ve watched any pre-release footage from Borderlands 3, you’ve probably heard developers waxing lyrical about guns having multiple fire modes. It means that a pistol that shoots normal bullets might also be able to shoot rockets, and so on. It’s a handy trick, as it means one weapon is essentially two; potentially doubling your load-out at any one time.

There’s a catch, though: not every gun in Borderlands 2 has a secondary fire mode. Some guns fire only bog-standard bullets.


You can tell if the gun you have equipped has an alternate fire mode by looking for a ‘+’ icon in the bottom-right of your HUD, near where your current gun is displayed. If it does, it’ll also tell you what current fire mode you have equipped.

If your gun does have an alternate fire mode, you can change to it at any time by pressing down on your d-pad. Alternate fire modes don’t last forever though, with many guns automatically changing back to your primary fire once you’ve used it.

Remember though: guns with only one fire mode aren’t necessarily inferior. Always check a gun’s stats before deciding what’s best. Just because one fires rubber duckies at enemies doesn’t mean it’s the best weapon for you.

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