How to Use An Action Skill in Borderlands 3

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In Borderlands 3, just like every Borderlands game that came before it, each character class has their own special skill. Here’s how to use it.

The special skill – or action skill – that you can use in Borderlands 3 will depend on what character you choose. Each of the four characters has their own speciality, and therefore has their own skill to use. Moze, for example, can set forth a giant, hulking mech. And Beastmaster FL4K can command a flock of flaming rakks to defeat enemies.

Each of the four characters has a wealth of action skills to choose from. Before you can use one, you need to spend a skill point in your skill tree in order to unlock it. Head to the game’s menu and use the shoulder buttons to toggle to the skills menu. Here you’ll be able to read about each skill before activating the one/s that you like the sound of most.


Once you’ve equipped a skill, you can go back and change it, so feel free to experiment with what feels right for your style of play.

In order to use your action skill, simply press the left shoulder button when in game. Some skills might have certain requirements – Moze’s mech, for example, needs plenty of room, so you’ll not be able to use her skill in tight quarters.

Every character’s action skill has a cooldown timer, so you can’t constantly spam them. Use them wisely against tough enemies as when used right, they can cause a lot of damage.

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