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Assault Troopers are enemies encountered in Borderlands 3. They are the standard infantry of the Maliwan corporation and are deployed as frontline soldiers wherever their leadership sees fit.

Although functionally the same, Assault Troopers encountered during the Bloody Harvest event inside The Heck Hole are renamed to "Gravedigger Trooper".



Unlike other Maliwan Troopers, Assault Troopers possess no special abilities or equipment and are only equipped with SMGs and light shields. Instead, they rely on their weaponry, tactics and numbers to defeat enemies. When engaging in battle, they will actively seek out and utilize cover, only occasionally breaking cover to either attack or find a more advantageous position.

Unless they are supporting heavier units, such as Heavy Gunners or in large numbers, Assault Troopers are not very dangerous and fairly easy to deal with. Shock weapons are highly effective at removing their shields. Once the shield is removed, Incendiary weapons can be used to quickly eliminate them.


In Combat

  • Time to earn my paycheck!
  • Time to get my bonus!
  • It's killing time!
  • After I kill you, I'm going out for steak!
  • Remember your training! Center of mass!
  • Get to cover!
  • Perforating this jag-off!
  • Watch your ass jag-off!
  • You missed!
  • Form AND Function!
  • I'm bloodthirsty not stupid! (wounded)

'On Death

  • Never bonus...
  • Bury me with my money!
  • Bury me with my medals!
  • The money was worth it!
  • I was kind of the monster here...
  • Vaulters are tough as shit!
  • Guess they had superior tech...
  • I learned nothing!
  • Yep...figures...
  • Go kill my CO!
  • The fate of a merc...
  • Another will take my place!
  • I crapped my suit...
  • Who wants to live...forever?
  • Mommy!
  • I'll see you in Hell...


  • A dark variant of the Assault Trooper can be found on Nekrotafeyo and Slaughterstar 3000 under General Traunt's command. Aside from the name and color scheme, these troopers are the same as the standard.
    • An elite Special Ops variant of the Assault Trooper can be found in the Midnight's Cairn, serving as guardsmen for the weapons research project "Valhalla". Aside from the color scheme, these troopers retain the same tech and tactics as the standard.
  • On Mayhem and True Vault Hunter modes, they are renamed Frontline Commando


  • Curiously, despite being employed by Maliwan, many Assault Troopers wield guns made by other manufacturers, primarily Dahl & Vladof