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Top 5 BEST Borderlands 3 Shields RANKED

This Top 5 BEST Borderlands 3 Shields guide will teach players all about the best shields in Borderlands 3 and where to find them.

If you’re playing Borderlands 3, you’re going to want to find some nice shields to equip that really increase your survivability. This guide will help you do just that, letting you know the top 5 shields that are the best, the strongest, and the most sought after in the game. These are the top 5 absolute best shields in Borderlands 3.

5. Ward


A shield most people will have access to since it’s a dedicated drop from Graveward, the most commonly farmed boss in the game. Ward gives a pretty significant damage increase (25% gun damage, 300% melee damage) when it’s depleted.

The main problem with this is that your shields are not depleted most of the time, and ideally, you don’t want them to be depleted. Still, it has a high capacity and the gun damage bonus is substantial. Especially useful if you’re using a melee build of any kind.

A solid entry for the lowest entry on the best Borderlands 3 shields list.

4. Stop-Gap


Stop-Gap gives you 5 seconds of damage immunity whenever your shields deplete. This is a pretty potent defensive bonus. Additionally, its capacity and other stats are fairly strong. It can be very good, especially on a Bloodletter/Deathless Moze build.

In most cases, the Re-Charger accomplishes the same thing, but with more overall versatility, but if you don’t have that, Stop-Gap is another great option.

This entry in the best Borderlands 3 shields drops from El Dragon Jr, a rare enemy in the Jakobs Estate.

3. All-In

best borderlands 3 shields all-in

All-In is not a legendary, but it may as well be. It’s a quest reward from the first quest in the Moxxi’s Heist DLC. It’s a much more offensive option than most other shields.

The All-In’s most notable feature is that it constantly drops little boosters that increase your Action Skill cooldown rate by 50%. For a lot of builds, this is an incredible benefit.

Incredible as it is, though, in most situations the Re-Charger and the Transformer are still better options overall. However, the All-In earns its spot at #3 among the best Borderlands 3 shields.

2. Re-Charger

borderlands 3 best shields re-charger

The Re-Charger is the only shield that even comes remotely close to matching what the Transformer is capable of accomplishing in terms of defensive stats. It has a high capacity and, despite what the tooltip says, it doesn’t start recharging when it’s depleted, it fully recharges.

So, in essence, the Re-Charger’s capacity is double its stated capacity, and the 20 second cooldown on its effect is really not that long.

In terms of survivability, it’s hard to find a better option than the Re-Charger, making it solidly one of the best Borderlands 3 shields.

The Re-Charger drops from a rare enemy spawn in Lectra city named Urist McEnforcer and the Valkyries in Maliwan’s Takedown drop some variations of it.

1. The Transformer

borderlands 3 best shield transformer

The Transformer the shield that most people are looking for. It has great stats all around, and it totally nullifies shock damage, absorbing it into increased shields. On its own, this is already incredible, but it also passively refills your ammo as you take damage.

For Amara, it’s even better, as it allows you to combine the effects of the Spiritual Driver with shock damage to receive all the benefit of having a DoT on you to build Mindfulness stacks, while converting all that DoT damage into healing.

The Transformer is generally the best of the best Borderlands 3 shields. The Transformer drops from Killavolt in Lectra City.

Conclusion – Best Borderlands 3 Shields

There are a lot of shields to pick from if you’re playing Borderlands 3 and the best shield for you may depend slightly on your build. However, this list of the best Borderlands 3 shields should give you some idea of what shields to be on the lookout for and where you can acquire them.

If you find you’re in need of a shield upgrade, this information should help you acquire a significant upgrade to your equipment.

Anyway, that about does it for the Top 5 BEST Borderlands 3 shields. Be sure to check out the Games Section for more content like this and also check out the Borderlands 3 Section for game guides for Borderlands including builds, tips, best guns, character reviews and more.


  • Ryan Night

    Ryan Night is an ex-game industry producer with over a decade of experience writing guides for RPGs. Previously an early contributor at, Ryan has been serving the RPG community with video game guides since 2001. As the owner of Bright Rock Media, Ryan has written over 600 guides for RPGs of all kinds, from Final Fantasy Tactics to Tales of Arise.

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