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The military forces of Maliwan are an enemy faction encountered in Borderlands 3.

Like many other Corporations, Maliwan fields a privatized army made up of a variety of units, with human corporate mercenaries providing a handful of specialized infantry roles with mechanical and robotic units providing aerial or heavily-armored support roles.

They are characterized by their general use of shielding over armor, high mobility, and use of advanced technology such as energy weapons and hover vehicles.


By the events of Borderlands 3, Maliwan has been attempting a hostile takeover of the renewed Atlas Corporation through a protracted planetary siege of Atlas' headquarters on Promethea spearheaded by Katagawa Jr., head of Mergers and Acquisitions within Maliwan.

Katagawa Jr. was highly interested in securing the Vault on Promethea, and as such contacted Tyreen Calypso to negotiate an alliance with the Children of the Vault. As part of their agreement, Katagawa had Tyreen use her energy-draining Siren powers to assassinate his siblings and rivaling heirs in order to secure his ascension to Maliwan executive.

With the COV providing armed personnel and Maliwan supporting them with their fleet, weapons, and technology, Katagawa renewed his attack on Promethea to force Atlas' new CEO, Rhys Strongfork, into unconditional surrender of his company and the Vault to Maliwan. A second unit of Maliwan soldiers was dispatched to the planet Athenas, where the Order of the Impending Storm guarded a piece of the Vault Key needed to unlock the Vault, and a third unit supported by COV Bandits went to capture Skywell-27 and its powerful superlaser so as to push Rhys into further submission. The Crimson Raiders, assisted by former Vault Hunters Maya and Zer0, were able to push back the Maliwan assault and help Rhys regain control over the planet.

Maliwan soldiers were later encountered on the planet Nekrotafeyo, presumably due to their alliance with the COV remaining in effect despite Katagawa Jr.'s demise. They cooperated alongside the COV in a final effort to prevent the Crimson Raiders from reaching the Great Vault.

Maliwan Units (Borderlands 3)

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Bloody Harvest Haunted Infantry


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Notable Units