Yesterday, I wrote about Borderlands Science, a new minigame inside Borderlands 3 that is a joint project between Gearbox and a bunch of scientists which has us doing manual data sorting to help map the human gut microbiome.
I’ll be honest, after about an hour and a half of playing Borderlands Science, I still don’t really understand how I’m helping, even after reading the full press release and watching a tutorial video. I get that the Zane, FL4K, Amara and Moze tiles represent that ACGT DNA pieces, but that’s about all I’ve got. But if they say we’re helping, sure, why not.
Here’s the thing though, this little minigame is actually really rewarding from an actual gameplay perspective in Borderlands 3. Originally I thought it was just a skin unlock and four heads for the four classes. You do unlock those, and they are neat, but beyond that, there are a series of boosts you can buy for “coins” you earn while playing this game and sorting this science data.
Here’s the list of what you can buy:
- 25% more combat XP for two hours (500 coins)
- 100% more cash for two hours (500 coins)
- 10% reload speed and 15% run speed for two hours (500 coins)
- 10% more damage for one hour (1000 coins)
- 25% elemental chance and 10% elemental damage for one hour (1000 coins)
- Upgrade loot quality for one hour (1000 coins)
After playing Borderlands Science for maybe 90 minutes total and beating all the “assigned” bosses, I have uh…92,000 coins.
You may see where this is going.
See, while the easiest games at the bottom of the ladder give you 10 or 20 coins per puzzle, by the time you get to the top, you are getting hundreds, even thousands of coins for puzzles that sometimes take less than ten seconds to “solve.” And by the time you get to “True Tannis” which is an infinite amount of “hard” puzzles, if you do a puzzle that no one has ever done before, you can solve it with any score and get 3000 coins for being a “pioneer.” Again, this can take like, ten seconds.
You can only activate one bonus at a time, but obviously a bunch of these are helpful. For power leveling or trying to reach Guardian Ranks, you want that XP buff. For unlocking vault space, the cash bonus. For tough content, more damage. And for general farming, you want increased loot quality. I tested that one out in a few Proving Grounds runs, and while it’s not double drops, I was getting at least one legendary from every badass with some dropping two or three. I do think there’s a difference.
Also, if you log out of the game while you have a buff active, if you re-open the game again, I believe it resets the timer. The point is that you can essentially have any of these buffs at any time even if you play a tiny amount of Borderlands Science.
Some strategy? First of all, the game is in Tannis’ med bay, so don’t scour the whole ship looking for it. Past that, you have to understand that these aren’t “real” puzzles Tetris or Candy Crush. You can kind of coast to solutions.
My advice is to start as low down as you can and start pushing things up from there. Insert the little blocks to make sure you have everything you can from the bottom row matching the second row, then the second row matching the third row, and that’s pretty much it. By the time you do that, you’ll probably have enough done to “solve” it, though you can push further for more coins if you get “bonus” points. But honestly you will have so many coins by the higher levels that doesn’t even matter.
Seriously, this is hilariously rewarding and very easy to do. Go help the scientists out, and yourselves.
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