Zane has been a character that, for most people, has had to jump through hoops to get a damage output similar to the other vault hunters. But thanks to many streamers and dedicatedBorderlands 3fans, people have found the hidden power that Zane truly possesses.
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Now Zane can run with the other vault hunters in a truly magnificent fashion, with neverending action skills and damage output that can put other amazing builds to shame. This is partly thanks to the different legendary items that Gearbox has graced players with. But which items are best for when you finally get around to playing Zane?
Updated June 9th, 2021 by Aden Carter:Gearbox has been consistently updating Zane, constantly working to make the Operative an even greater addition to the Vault Hunters. Thanks to some buffs and a new skill tree, Zane can reach a damage output that players used to be only able to dream of. This also means thatBorderlands 3has added new weapons and items for Zanethatare even betterthan what the Operative used to have available to him. If a player wants to get the most out of this Vault Hunter, then they need to pick up these drops.
- Obtained from Killavolt on Mayhem level 6 or above
- Fires 3-10 bullets per shot
- Can drop in any elemental damage type
The Monarch is a legendary assault rifle that was available during the Revenge of the Cartels event. Many players hung onto this weapon because of its amazing fire rate and ammo efficiency. It fires three to ten bullets at the cost of one ammo and can shred through even the toughest of enemies.
This weapon also has two firing modes that revolve around the bipod. With the bipod out, it has increased damage but slows down your character. This isn't a problem with a good Zane build because he will still be flying around the map at high speeds.
9/10 O.P.Q. System
- Available during the Revenge of the Cartels event
- Alternate fire mode spawns a drone that follows the player
- Occasionally deals a shock explosion on hit
The O.P.Q. System is a rather interesting weapon that Zane can use to his great advantage. It has amazing damage with randomized shock splash damage that can help you melt enemy shields. It also has a great alternate fire mode thatfires additional copies of itself to help hose down enemies.
Use this with Zane's doppelganger and you have even more firepower at your disposal. Another viable version of this weapon that isn't a legendary is the Q. System.
8/10 Light Show
- Obtained from the Lasodactyl in DLC 3 Bounty of Blood
- Fires 4 shots at the cost of 1
The Light Show is one of the most beloved weapons in Borderlands 3right now because of its insane damage output. This weapon fires out four shots at the cost of one. The damage it can deal is unmatched by many of the weapons in the game. This weapon is also easy to obtain from the Lasodactyl in the Bounty of Blood DLC.
The Lasodactyl has a 33% drop rate for the Light Show, making it one of the easiest to obtain weapons. The best anointment for this weapon is the consecutive hits anointment.
- Obtained from the Arms Race game mode in the Designer's Cut DLC
- Can drop in any of the elemental damage types
- Deals 4 times the damage after being charged for 4 seconds
Zane can get some incredibly good damage numbers thanks to the Kickcharger rocket launcher and the Antifreeze class mod. The Kickcharger gets a damage bonus whenever it is fully charged. After charging it up for 4 seconds, it deals 4 times the damage.
Players can also achieve this charge by sliding. When combined with the Antifreeze class mod's slide damage bonus, the Kickcharger can one-shot powerful enemies like they are nothing.
- Obtained from the Takedown at Maliwan's Blacksite
- Every 7th shot deals AMP damage that chains to nearby enemies
- Can drop in any elemental damage type
The Redistributor is a great weapon all around thanks to it amping every 7th shot that it fires. The amped shots from this weapon also produce a chain lightning effect that spreads to nearby enemies. Zane is more than capable of making this weapon work better than any other character could ever dream of.
Thanks to his shield skill, he can make every shot an amped shot. This spreads lightning across the map in seconds while his freezing ability spreads ice to every enemy the lightning hits. It is a perfect combination that you can only get with Zane.
5/10 Super Soldier
- Obtained from leveling up the Fallen Heroes Vault Card
- On shield full, gain a protective barrier for 5 seconds
The Super Soldier shield is great for builds that require the MNTS Cannon ability. What makes this shield great is that it can give a bubble shield that prevents damage. This shield can be activated by activating the MNTS Cannon on Zane.
The immunity really helps to increase Zane's survivability in most instances. This comes from the "on shield full/break" anointment. This will allow Zane to gain a bubble shield often and keep him immune to damage for a long time.
- Obtained from Sumo in Eschaton Row
- Exclusive to DLC 6 the Director's Cut
- On depleted, become shock-enraged for 15 seconds
The Re-Volter has recently become one of the go-to shields for Zane because of the bonus 200% shock damage that it grants. This is another shield that requires the "on shield break/full" anointment. Whenever Zane activates an action skill, it will grant him a bonus 200% shock damage.
This bonus is incredibly helpful when running the game on Mayhem 10 and can help Zane one-shot a ton of different enemies. This shield has become a staple in many builds and also works well with the Pearl of Innefable Knowledge.
3/10 Seein' Dead
- Obtained from Jackbot in Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot DLC
- Chance to activate kill skills when hitting an enemy
- Kill skills gain a 25% effect bonus
Seein' Dead is a class mod that many Zane players take advantage of. This class mod takes Zane's kill skills to a whole new level with a four percent chance to activate all of his kill skills each time you damage an enemy.
This class mod works extremely well with weapons that send out tons of bullets or that activate chain lightning effects like the Redistributor. It is by far one of the best class mods for Zane, if not the best. It is worth farming for and is a world drop in the Handsome Jackpot DLC.
- Obtained from Arbelest of Discipline on Mayhem level 4 or higher
- Bonus 40% weapon damage when airborne or sliding
- Gain 25% movement speed when slowed
Using Zane's Antifreeze class mod is the route you want to take if you want to maximize Zane's speed. This class mod can give a bonus of five points to Zane's Violent Momentum skill, making him capable of flying around the map faster than an Amara with a Spiritual Driver.
It works amazingly well with the Snowdrift Artifacts and boosts Zane's speed while sliding. The combination of the two items can make Zane capable of taking down bosses with a single shot if he has the right gun.
- Obtained from Arms Race game mode in DLC 5 Designer's Cut
- Kill Skills gain a bonus 10% effectiveness
- Activates all kill skills on last charge of MNTS Cannon
The Spy class mod is similar to the Seein' Dead class mod because of the stacks of kill skills that it gives. Most players would agree that the Spy class mod actually grants more damage buffs than the Seein' Dead. This is because it works with the MNTS Cannon.
Every time a player spams the MNTS Cannon, they can receive multiple stacks of each kill skill. This allows Zan to deal some impressive damage against his opponents. The Spy class mod also grants a bonus 10% effectiveness for the kill skills.
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