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Borderlands 3 bugs and how to fix them

Exiting the game and reopening it should be your first solution for most of the problems

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Borderlands 3 is a big game. There are tons of quests to complete and environments to explore. Unfortunately, that also meant, at least for us, that there were plenty of bugs to encounter as well.

It’s worth noting that we played through Borderlands 3 on a pre-release build, so hopefully most of these bugs have been sorted out. But in case they haven’t, we’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you figure out if you’re experiencing a bug and how to fix it if you are.

My mission objective marker disappeared

This was probably the bug we experienced most often in Borderlands 3. One minute the objective marker, designed to point you toward the next step in your mission, is there, and the next it’s gone. Most of the time, this meant we couldn’t actually make progress in the mission, so it’s definitely a bug that we had to solve, rather than just play around. The easiest solution to this problem was simply to quit the game to the main menu, and reopen it. Every time we did this it worked with no issues … at least until the next time something disappeared.

The vehicle I need for this mission got destroyed, and I can’t spawn a new one

Another frequent bug, this one happens if a mission requires you to use a specific vehicle to complete it and something happens to that vehicle. Sometimes that means it got destroyed, while other times it just means it got stuck. Technically you’re supposed to be able to just respawn these vehicles from Catch-a-Ride stations, but that doesn’t always work. In those situations, there’s no need to worry. Just exit to the main menu and reenter the game, then head to Catch-a-Ride and you should have no problem respawning the vehicle.

The person I’m supposed to talk to/kill isn’t here

If your objective marker is pointing you toward something that just doesn’t seem to be there, there’s a good chance that the person you’re supposed to interact with has disappeared. If that’s the case, you’ll once again need to restart your game by exiting and starting it again.

I got stuck somewhere and can’t move

This can happen from time to time in the world of Borderlands 3, and there are two possible solutions. The first (and best) is to simply fast travel anywhere else. But sometimes being stuck, for some reason, also means you can’t fast travel. When that happens, see if you can provoke a nearby enemy into shooting you. If they kill you, you’ll respawn and everything will be just fine. If there aren’t any enemies, your best bet is, once again, to quit the game and open it again.

My game crashed

Yeah, sorry. This is one bug we didn’t find a solution for. It just happens sometimes. Thankfully, there are plenty of checkpoints in the game, in the form of the New-U stations, so hopefully you didn’t lose much progress.