'Borderlands 3' Update 1.23 Adds Director's Cut DLC and New Machines - Patch Notes

Borderlands 3 update 1.23 is officially live, bringing Director's Cut DLC to the game, alongside new in-game machines and a wide assortment of platform-specific fixes. The full patch notes arrive courtesy of an official Gearbox blog post published Thursday morning. Check out the full details below.

Borderlands 3 update 1.23 patch notes

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'Borderlands 3' update 1.23 brings Director's Cut content to the game. Read the full patch notes below. 'Borderlands 3' is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC and Stadia. Gearbox Software/2K Games

New Content included in Director's Cut:

Added support for the new Raid Boss: Hemovorous the Invincible

  • Hemovorous has made her lair behind a previously sealed door on Pandora, and Director's Cut is your chance to go toe-to-pincer with this monstrous enemy!
  • To take on Hemovorous, players will need to complete the main story campaign and own the Director's Cut content. You will receive the raid mission from inside Claptrap's closet on Sanctuary III. It will cost 500 Eridium for your group to open the door, giving you the opportunity for new loot if you succeed.

Added support for Ava's Murder Mysteries

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The latest update features new murder mystery missions with Ava. Gearbox Software/2K Games
  • Ava is convinced she has a lead on some potentially supernatural slayings and has decided to document her findings in serialized podcast form. Consider yourself her gun-toting co-host as you investigate strange happenings on Pandora, Promethea, Eden-6 and Nekrotafeyo in search of answers (and loot) with the help of some familiar faces.

Added Behind-the-Scenes Content

  • A new menu option is available to Director's Cut owners! Explore a gallery full of concept art, storyboards, lost maps, and footage from throughout the game's development—including a very special animatic for Maya that wasn't able to make it to Borderlands 3.

Added support for Vault Cards and their rewards, and implements the first Vault Card of three

  • Vault Cards are a new challenge-based progression system in Borderlands 3 that will unlock a bevy of themed cosmetics plus some supremely powerful gear that scales to your level.
  • The Vault Cards will have three Daily Challenges and one multi-tiered Weekly Challenge each.
  • The Daily Challenges will reset at 12 p.m. ET every day and the Weekly Challenges will reset at 12 p.m. ET every Thursday

New Content for Designer's Cut & Season Pass 2:

  • Added four new pieces of gear to Arms Race for players with the Designer's Cut
  • Added the Disciples of the Vault cosmetic packs for players with Season Pass 2

Each character-specific Disciples of the Vault pack includes a one-of-a-kind Vault Hunter Body and matching Head, which you can mix and match with any other customization options you have in your collection.

New Base Game Content

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Players will be able to collect a wide assortment of rewards by playing the new content. Gearbox Software/2K Games

Added support for the Maurice's Black Market Vending Machine

  • Maurice's Black Market Vending Machine is offering different top-tier Legendary loot that will be hiding in a new location each week (excluding DLC maps)
  • This vending machine will relocate at 12 p.m. ET every Thursday

Added support for Crazy Earl's Reroll Machine

  • For 250 Eridium, you will be able to reroll an existing Anointment on any piece of gear—but beware: you can't take it back once you've rerolled your Anointment!
  • This machine will be permanently located near Crazy Earl on Sanctuary III

Opened the Diamond Armory on Sanctuary III

  • Located under the Bridge on Sanctuary III, the Diamond Armory opens a whole room of loot
  • The room is activated with the use of a Diamond Key, which are rare rewards that can be obtained through Vault Cards!


  • Updated the R.Y.N.A.H. to be able to roll with Anointments
  • Updated Broken Hearts Day weapons to be able to roll with Anointments
  • Updated Heavy damage Artifacts to properly increase Heavy weapon damage
  • Updated Action Skill Active Anointments so that switching to an ASA-Anointed weapon while the Action Skill is active benefits from the Anointment
  • Addressed a reported concern that all players would not hear the Eridian log in the medical bay after "The First Vault" mission
  • Updated DLC2, DLC3 and DLC4 to properly scale with the player's level in True Vault Hunter Mode
  • Updated the Eridium Jars in Moxxi's Heist of The Handsome Jackpot to appear correctly for all players
  • Renamed the Operative's "Critical Mass" Class Mod to its proper name: Spy

"Critical Mass" is a new class mod in Director's Cut; the name was switched along the way somewhere and this change corrects that!

  • Updated the HOT Spring Legendary grenade from the Designer's Cut to show correct textures
  • Addressed a reported issue that was causing downed players to stay in FFYL after being revived in Arms Race
  • Addressed a reported issue that was causing skill points gained during Arms Race to not be granted properly
  • Added an indicator that a player is spectating in Arms Race after dying
  • Addressed noticeable hitching throughout the game when players were engaged in heavy battle
  • Updated timed events to grant current event rewards if the player played the previous year
  • Updated Captain Haunt to prevent him from staying invincible if his phylacteries (what a word) were destroyed too quickly. Players will not see this change until the Bloody Harvest returns!
  • Added hotfixes to the game permanently

Vault Hunter Changes

  • Updated Moze the Gunner's Harmonious Havoc ability to award the proper amount of damage after entering FFYL
  • Updated Amara the Siren's Phasegrasp skill to correctly activate when doing damage in situations where it cannot grab enemies (like bosses)
  • Updated the Siren's Phaseflare Orb to activate properly when aiming at the ground, using an Action Skill, and switching weapons at the same time
  • Modified the Siren's Remnant skill projectile to have its own damage source
  • Updated the Remnant skill to only allow gun and Action Skill damage to pass through in a Remnant Orb, to match the item card
  • Updated FL4K the Beastmaster's Cmdl3t class mod to trigger on bullet, melee and skill damage
  • Updated the Beastmaster's ION Loader pet to follow moving enemies when using the Eye Laser Attack
  • Updated the Beastmaster's "Bad Astra" skin in the Quick Change to use the correct icon

Platform Specific Changes:


  • Updated the friends list on Epic versions of Borderlands 3 to not display friends that do not exist


  • Updated the edge detection for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X
  • Addressed a reported issue in split-screen that was causing some art and text to crossover into the bottom screen
  • Updated icons to display properly in the ECHOmap in split-screen
  • Updated the Operative's "Double Barrel" skill to show the full effect in split-screen


  • Addressed a reported issue that was causing the "Tales from the Eridian Slab" and "Master of All You Survey" trophies to sometimes not unlock on PlayStation 5. Players that have completed these requirements should have the trophy awarded next time they play Borderlands 3 after updating
  • Addressed a reported issue that was causing Guardian Rank to reset when transferring save data between PS4 and PS5
  • Added a screen to obscure SHiFT menus on PlayStation 5 when streaming
  • Addressed a reported issue that was causing some players to be unable to search for other players after starting matchmaking
  • Addressed various system errors that would sometimes display when PlayStation 4 players had Slow HDD on
  • Addressed a reported issue that was sometimes causing player character, level, and map location to not be shown in multiplayer


  • Addressed a reported issue that was causing some Xbox users to be unable to join their friend's game from an invite while the game was not open
  • Addressed a reported issue that was allowing some Xbox players to continue playing online without an active Xbox Gold subscription
  • Improved server consolidation on Xbox

Additional Hotfixes

Today's hotfix changes will be live on all platforms by 3 p.m. EDT. To apply hotfixes, wait at the main menu until you see a sign that reads, "Hotfixes Applied!" If you are experiencing any issues or want to provide feedback, please submit a ticket to support.2k.com.

  • Adjusted the world drop rate while players are using Mayhem levels

Given what fans know about Borderlands 3 update 1.23, it's no surprise the main feature of the latest download is the Director's Cut DLC. As described above, those who opt to purchase the game's second Season Pass will now have the opportunity to work their way through a challenging endgame raid, as well as a few new missions with Ava. However, even those who don't want to pay for the new DLC can still experience the benefits of Maurice's Black Market Machine, Crazy Earl's Reroll Machine and the Diamond Armory. The Black Market sounds like it's essentially Gearbox's version of Xur from Destiny 2, which means Vault Hunters with extra funds have a regular opportunity to snag some top-tier loot.

Elsewhere in the 1.23 update, the rest of the changes are expectedly tame. It's a nice benefit that past hotfixes have been bundled into this update, as that means starting up a new game after a long break shouldn't usher in an onslaught of small downloads upon first boot.

Looking beyond that package, though, it appears the rest of the adjustments amount to small bug fixes or tweaks as opposed to anything substantial. For example, the presumably reduced world drop rate while in Mayhem levels is a very nice touch, but it won't drastically alter the gameplay experience as players know it. Still, whether one decides to buy the new Borderlands 3 content or not, update 1.23 has some really nice features that the game's growing community will surely appreciate.

Borderlands 3 is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC and Stadia.

What are your thoughts on Borderlands 3 update 1.23? Have you decided to purchase Director's Cut? Tell us in the comments section!