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Borderlands 3 guide: Moze skills

Use a mech to solve your problems

Image of Moze and her Iron Bear mech in Borderlands 3 Gearbox/2K

In Borderlands 3, Moze is all about weapons — specifically her giant mech, the Iron Bear. Let’s go over her skills.

Moze’s Action Skill is a bit different. Instead of customizing, Moze always summons the Iron Bear mech. In her various skill trees, Moze can buy new weapons for her Iron Bear, and augment those to her liking. The Iron Bear can use two weapons at once, each with their own augment.

Skills work a little differently in Borderlands 3. The three traditional trees are still there, but there are side paths for unlocking abilities that augment your Action Skill.

A few weeks out from launch, the developers at Gearbox Software published an interactive skill tree on the Borderlands 3 site. This helpful tool revealed all the skills Borderlands 3’s new hunters, and in this guide we’ll list Moze’s skills.

Moze’s Shield of Retribution skill tree

Name Ability type Rank Description Details
Name Ability type Rank Description Details
Railgun Mech Action Skill N/A The Railgun is a high velocity, shock damage weapon for Moze's mech N/A
Selfless Vengeance Passive Ability 1-5 Reloading takes a small portion of Moze's health, but grants her and her allies incendiary damage for a time 1% lost health, 3% incendiary damage, 5 second duration
Security Bear Passive Ability N/A Moze's Iron Bear gains a shield that reduces damage taken 20% Iron Bear health as shield, 5 second recharge
Armored Infantry Passive Ability 1-5 Moze's shields grant bonus damage reduction and gun damage while charged 3% damage reduction, 3% gun damage
Hell on Rails Action Skill Augment N/A Railgun now fires superheated incendiary rounds, but increases Iron Bear's fuel drain per shot 30% fuel drained per shot
Drowning in Brass Passive Ability 1-5 Killing an enemy gives Moze a stack of Drowning in Brass. Stacks of Drowning in Brass reduce Moze's fire rate but increases her and nearby allies' gun damage -0.5% fire rate, 4% gun damage, 3 stacks max, 15 second duration
Thin Red Line Passive Ability 1-3 Moze trades permanent health to increase her shields 20% max health reserved and added to max shields
Vladof Ingenuity Passive Ability 1-5 Moze's shield is increased, and she becomes resistant to shock damage 15% shock damage resist, 6% max shield
Bear Fist Mech Action Skill N/A The Bear Fist deals damage in close range to a single target N/A
Capacitive Armature Action Skill Augment N/A Railgun shots chain to nearby enemies, but deal reduced shock damage -75% splinter damage
Full Can of Whoop-Ass Passive Ability N/A When Moze enters the Iron Bear, she and her allies' shields begin to recharge 25% additional shield charge rate
Experimental Munitions Passive Ability N/A Moze's critical hits do incendiary damage 10% bonus damage dealt
Wild Swing Action Skill Augment N/A Bear Fist deals bonus elemental damage to nearby enemies 35% of damage dealt done as elemental
Corrosive Sabot Round Action Skill Augment N/A Railgun fires reduced damage shots that explode after a short delay. But Railgun shots now take less fuel to fire -50% Railgun damage, -50% fuel drain, 2 additional shots in the magazine, deals corrosive damage
Behind the Iron Curtain Passive Ability 1-3 Moze's shields recharge faster 7% bonus shield recharge rate, 7% less recharge delay
Desperate Measures Passive Ability 1-3 Moze deals bonus gun damage depending on her health level Up to 17% bonus damage on low health
Close the Distance Action Skill Augment N/A Bear Fist now launches a fist that grabs enemies, returns them to the Iron Bear, and deals shock damage N/A
Phalanx Doctrine Passive Ability 1-5 Each kill grants Moze a stack of Phalanx Doctrine. Moze gains more damage and shields for each stack. There is no stack limit, but each stack only lasts 30 seconds 3% max shields per stack, 2% gun damage per stack, 30 second stack duration
Force Feedback Passive Ability N/A When Moze gets a kill with a critical hit, her shields immediately start recharging N/A
Shockhammer Action Skill Augment N/A Bear Fist can now rapidly punch enemies. Shockhammer has reduced fuel drain and deals bonus shock damage 19% shock damage, -40% fuel drain
Tenacious Defense Passive Ability N/A When Moze loses her shield, a portion of her shield is instantly returned and her damage increases. Moze's shield must fully recharge on its own before this effect can trigger again 40% max shield restore, 30 second duration, 30% gun damage

Moze Demolition Woman skill tree

Name Ability type Rank Description Details
Name Ability type Rank Description Details
V-35 Grenade Launcher Mech Action Skill N/A Moze's Iron Bear fires powerful semi-automatic grenades N/A
Fire in the Skag Den Passive Ability 1-5 Anytime Moze deals damage in a area, she deals bonus incendiary damage 3% bonus incendiary damage
Deadlines Passive Ability 1-3 The Iron Bear's weapons use less fuel. Kills also refuel the mech with diminishing returns -12% fuel drain, up to 2% fuel refunded
Grizzled Passive Ability 1-5 Kills reduce the cooldown of Moze's action skills with diminishing returns -1 cooldown for each kill
Shaped Charge Action Skill Augment N/A Direct hits with the V-35 deal increased damage 35% bonus damage
Means of Destruction Passive Ability 1-3 When Moze deals damage in an area, she has a chance to add ammo to her current weapon's magazine. There is a small chance to refund a grenade 3.3% ammo chance, 2% grenade chance
Torgue Cross-Promotion Passive Ability 1-5 When Moze deals damage in a area, there's a chance for the radius to double 3% chance to double radius
Stainless Steel Bear Passive Ability 1-5 Iron Bear gains bonus health and additional fuel 6% armor, 4% fuel
Vanquisher Rocket Pod Mech Action Skill N/A A rocket launcher that launches a volley of unguided rockets N/A
Musical Chairs Action Skill Augment N/A The V-35 occasionally fires a singularity grenade to pulls enemies in Every seventh grenade
Pull the Holy Pin Passive Ability 1-3 Moze's grenades can critically hit 10% critical chance
Auto Bear Passive Ability N/A When Moze exits the Iron Bear, it will continue to attack enemies and self destruct after a short duration 15 second duration
Active Tracking Action Skill Augment N/A The Vanquisher rocket pod can now lock onto enemies and reloads faster. 25% reload speed
Lock and Speedload Action Skill Augment N/A The V-35 reloads much faster and fires in a five grenade burst 25% reload speed
Vampyr Passive Ability 1-5 Moze's grenades refund a portion of her health 4% missing health for each enemy hit
Why Can't I Carry All These Grenade? Passive Ability 1-3 Moze can carry more grenades 1 additional grenade
Target Softening Action Skill Augment N/A Vanquisher rockets deal less damage but causes enemies to take more damage from other sources and fire in a spread 15% enemy damage taken, -74 damage
To the Last Passive Ability N/A Moze can throw a grenade in Fight For Your Life N/A
Explosive Punctuation Passive Ability 1-5 When Moze deals damage in an area, her action skill cools down faster 5% cooldown decrease
Hammerdown Protocol Action Skill Augment N/A Vanquisher rockets now fire a singular nuclear missile, dealing radiation damage 380 damage, 1 additional magazine size
Short Fuse Passive Ability N/A Moze's gunshots have a chance to cause an explosion 20% chance, 75% explosion gun damage

Moze Bottomless Mags skill tree

Name Ability type Rank Description Details
Name Ability type Rank Description Details
Minigun Mech Action Skill N/A The Minigun fires a hail of bullets very quickly, but can overheat if Moze uses it too much N/A
Cloud of Lead Passive Ability 1-5 Moze and Iron Bear's attacks have a chance to deal additional incendiary damage and fire without consuming ammo 2% chance
Dakka Bear Passive Ability N/A Moze adds a manned turret to the back of the Iron Bear N/A
Matched Set Passive Ability 1-5 When Moze uses weapons from the same manufacturer, her weapons gain increased magazine size and create less heat per shot 2% less heat per shot, 2 additional magazine size
Let Off Some Steam Action Skill Augment N/A The more Moze's minigun overheats, the more damage it does. It can also fire longer before overheating Up to 80 additional damage, 35% increased heat
Stoke the Embers Passive Ability 1-3 Moze and Iron Bear deal more incendiary damage 10% bonus incendiary damage
Redistribution Passive Ability N/A Moze's critical hits regenerate ammo for a few seconds 5% of magazine for 3 seconds
Scrappy Passive Ability 1-5 When Moze moves, she has faster weapon handling, weapon swap speed, and mode switch speed 16% weapon swap speed, 16% mode switch speed, 10.7% handling
Salamander Mech Action Skill N/A The Salamander is a flamethrower that deals incendiary damage to nearby enemies. Doesn't use ammo, but drains fuel with each attack N/A
General Winter Action Skill Augment N/A The Minigun now fires cryo rounds that decrease heat and fuel drain at the cost of damage Deals cryo damage, -40% fuel drain, -30% minigun damage, 20% cryo efficiency
Rushin' Offensive Passive Ability N/A Moze can sprint and shoot simultaneously N/A
Scorching RPM's Passive Ability 1-5 Moze can fire faster and deals additional critical hit damage 3% fire rate, 4% critical hit damage
Fuel Economy Action Skill Augment N/A The Salamander drains less fuel and increases the Iron Bear's movement speed after dealing damage 25% movement speed, -25% fuel drain
Exploding. Bullets. Action Skill Augment N/A The Minigun fires explosive bullets that deal damage in an area. Minigun has a reduced fire rate -75% fire rate, additional 126% minigun damage
The Iron Bank Passive Ability 1-5 Moze's weapon magazines are larger 7 additional magazine size
Speciality Bear Passive Ability N/A When Iron Bear uses the same two weapons, it deals increased damage 25% additional damage
Chemical Warfare Action Skill Augment N/A Salamander deals corrosive damage and has increased melt damage 5% additional melt damage
Some for the Road Passive Ability N/A After exiting Iron Bear, Moze has infinite ammo 5 second duration
"Click, Click ..." Passive Ability 1-3 The more Moze drains her magazine, the more damage she deals. COV weapons give bonus damage based on heat levels Up to 12%
Molten Roar Action Skill Augment N/A The Salamander fires three projectiles in a burst, with the first shot setting an area on fire. This drains more fuel 25% fuel
Forge Passive Ability N/A Moze constantly regenerates ammo for her current weapon 5% magazine per second

If multiple ranks exist, all numbers only reflect the first rank.

These skills could change before Gearbox releases Borderlands 3 Sept. 13, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. If they do, we’ll update our guide.