Guns are everything in Borderlands 3, and players are quickly learning that Golden Chests often contain the absolute best that the game has to offer, and as a result, SHiFT codes are invaluable. SHiFT codes unlock the Golden Keys needed for those chests. They can only be used once and should therefore be saved for the end of the game. Using a Golden Key earlier is a waste since players out-level their guns pretty quickly.
Luckily, Gearbox has provided many key codes, so you don’t have to worry too much if you waste a few. For now, there are a few ways to grab them.
Updated September 25, 2023, with a new code for three golden keys and another for a diamond key.
Current SHiFT Codes
This code also works for Borderlands 2 and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
Gearbox Entertainment CEO Randy Pitchford provides a new SHiFT code every weekend (usually) that will expire after one week. Special events will occasionally produce more SHiFT codes, which we’ll be sure to populate in the list above.
Permanent SHiFT Codes
These codes will remain active for as long as Borderlands 3 remains online. As with all SHiFT codes, these can only be redeemed once.
ZFKJ3-TT3BB-JTBJT-T3JJT-JWX9H – 3 Golden Keys
9XCBT-WBXFR-5TRWJ-JJJ33-TX53Z – 3 Golden Keys
ZRWBJ-ST6XR-CBFKT-JT3J3-FRXJ5 – 1 Golden Key
Z65B3-JCXX6-5JXW3-3B33J-9SWT6 – 1 Golden Key
ZFKJ3-TT6FF-KTFKT-T3JJT-JWX36 – 1 Golden Key
HXKBT-XJ6FR-WBRKJ-J3TTB-RSBHR – 1 Golden Key
Cosmetic SHiFT Codes
The below codes will provide you with a cosmetic item. These codes also do not have an expiry date.
KSWJJ-J6TTJ-FRCF9-X333J-5Z6KJ – Shrine Saint Head + Loaded Crystal Trinket
KSK33-S5T33-XX5FS-R3BTB-WSXRC – Antihero Head + Saurian Skull Trinket
WSCBT-R5BB3-66KX9-F3JBT-ZW3JK – Pilot Punk Head + Finger on Ring Trinket
KZKJB-C5BTT-RXW69-XJ33B-5JRBS – Super Mecha Head + Ball & Chain Trinket
CSW33-HBBJB-R65XH-XJTJ3-CT963 – Guardian Head
KHWTB-3CBJB-6XWFZ-6B3BB-T5CCJ – Null Value Head
CZKTB-6BTJ3-R6KRZ-6B3TT-RX5ZH – Grey Matter Head
CS5JB-CTTBB-FFWXZ-FJ3BT-TC6R3 – Daemon Head
KZKBB-5HZ9S-CFKR9-RJ3T3-JBTK6 – Arachnoir Head
K95BT-B99H9-CX5XH-RTJB3-C6SJX – Skagwave Head
CZ5JT-HFH99-KXKRZ-6BTJJ-BS5WB – Saurian Synth Head
WZK3T-XXZHH-KFK6H-6J33T-S959T – Ratch Rider Head
Various Gearbox social media accounts occasionally share SHiFT codes that are time-sensitive. Following these accounts and checking in every so often is a great way to boost the number of Golden Keys you have. The current list of social media accounts to follow is:
Here’s a recent one from Randy Pitchford:
Other similar lists can be a great resource as they are updated by the community. For example, the Borderlands 3 subreddit will often contain permanent or weekly threads dedicated to compiling codes, so be sure to take a look at different communities in order to maximize the number of SHiFT codes you redeem.
Acquiring SHiFT Codes In Other Ways
You should sign up for SHiFT ASAP since it allows you to join the game’s community and is a necessary step needed to redeem codes.
In addition, SHiFT might be a fantastic cross-promotional tool with the ECHOCast extension. It allows Twitch viewers to participate in the actions of a streamer, and at times, awards loot to players for simply watching them. By viewing some of the more popular streamers in Borderlands 3, players can get a wide range of loot simply for observing.
Using Golden Keys
Accessing Golden Keys is a bit of an unintuitive process. First, players must redeem the SHiFT code. After that, they must head to the main section of the social tab. The Keys are there, along with current and future DLC promotions.
Golden Chests are available on the Sanctuary 3 spaceship, which is only unlocked following the end of the fourth mission in the game, which sends players on a space-faring journey. In each chest, players will find loot that is at least labeled as uncommon rarity but can be even better.
These items match your level, so it is important to wait until you hit the level cap before using a key since items below the cap can be quickly replaced.
Once looted, the Golden Chest will re-seal, and you will need another Golden Key to open it again for new loot.
Be Patient – Don’t Use Golden Keys Too Quickly
For the most part, players have a wide variety of weapons to choose from throughout the game. Though it might be tempting to want to use the Keys right away, it is a far better idea to hold onto the Keys until the very end of the game.
With that said, Borderlands 3 is meant to be fun, so, if you would prefer to use an outstanding weapon right away and not wait, feel free too.
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