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For the vehicles in Borderlands and Borderlands 2, see Outrunner and Light Runner.

The Outrunner, or "Runner," is a type of drivable vehicle. Its appearance is that of a dune buggy with a mounted turret.


Outrunners were known to be at least partially designed by Pandora's resident mechanic, Scooter, but his sister Ellie has since taken over the project. They are digistructed at Catch-a-Ride terminals throughout Pandora and provide versatile overland transportation. These will be the first type of vehicles available to players during the course of Borderlands 3, being unlocked by Ellie during the story mission Cult Following.

Outrunners can seat up to two people; one to drive and one to man the turret. They have a durable suspension, allowing large jumps with minimal vehicle damage. They are also equipped with afterburners mounted to the rear of the runner, allowing temporary faster movement speed at the cost of maneuverability.

Enemies are also known to drive customized versions of the Outrunner, and they can be found in the open areas of Pandora, the swamps of Eden-6, the streets and sewers of Promethea, and the dried seabed of Desolation's Edge on Nekrotafeyo

Like all player-controlled vehicles in Borderlands 3, alternative parts can be unlocked by finding or hijacking vehicles equipped with them and returning them to a Catch-A-Ride station.

Driver Weapon

When being driven alone, the player can fire the forward machine gun (R2, right trigger, left mouse) as well as the turret (L2, left trigger, right mouse). However, manning the turret seat provides the turret weapon with greater accuracy, which is reflected in tighter crosshairs, compared to using the turret from the driver's seat. A single player can press a button to switch between the driver and gunner seats, or two players can switch, one using the switch key and the other keying to confirm the switch. The turret weapon can be zoomed in, increasing its accuracy.

Of particular note, the Flamethrower and Tesla Coil are useful for hijacking enemy vehicles, as both do reduced damage against armor and can simultaneously damage the occupants, killing them while leaving the vehicle mostly intact.

Part Description Acquisition
Machine Gun
The Outrunner's default weapon. Fires the same bullets as the front-mounted machine guns of other vehicles.
  • Damage: 771 per bullet at level 50
    • Calculation: 10.37 x 1.09level
Default part
Tesla Coil
Fires an electrical arc that chains to nearby enemies. Hitting a vehicle makes the arc chain to its passengers.
  • Total damage: ??? at level 50
    • Calculation: ?? x 1.09level
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Ascension Bluff (Pandora)
Flame Thrower
Fires a wide flame that damages vehicles and all enemies riding in and on them.
  • Damage: ??? at level 50
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Devil's Razor (Pandora)

Turret Weapon

Part Description Acquisition
Heavy Missile
50% more damage on direct hit. The player in the gunner seat can zoom in for extra precision.
  • Damage: ??? at level 50
Default part
Shotgun Missile
Fires an array of missiles. The player in the gunner seat can change the firing pattern.
  • Damage: ??? at level 50
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Devil's Razor / Carnivora (Pandora)
Swarmer Missile
Fires a volley of missiles. The player in the gunner seat can laser guide the missiles.
  • Damage: ??? at level 50
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Ascension Bluff / Devil's Razor / Carnivora (Pandora), Desolation's Edge (Nekrotafeyo)


The Outrunner has minimal armor by default, but can be upgraded with heavy armor that increases its hit points by 50%.

Part Description Acquisition
Stripped Armor
The Outrunner's default armor.
  • Armor: 23504 at level 50
    • Calculation: 290 x 1.09188level
Default part
Heavy Armor
Adds 50% hit points at a slight cost to acceleration.
  • Armor: 35256 at level 50
    • Calculation: 1.5 x 290 x 1.09188level
Hijack Target crew challenge in Ascension Bluff (Pandora)


Different wheels add special driving characteristics, sometimes at the cost of acceleration. Top speed is equal for all wheels at roughly 70 mph on level ground.

Part Description Acquisition
Dune Buggy Wheels
The Outrunner's default wheels. Default part
Omni Wheels
Replaces the E-brake with a hover mode that allows gliding sideways.
  • In hover mode, top speed and vehicle boosts are reduced by roughly 1/3.
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Meridian Metroplex (Promethea)
Twitchy Wheels
  • Improves agility
  • Increased maneuverability via steerable rear wheels.
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Meridian Metroplex (Promethea)
Zip Wheels
  • Gain energy while braking to increase thrust while boosting.
Hijack Target crew challenge in Devil's Razor (Pandora)


Mods are components that alter the performance of the vehicle's boost function. Some mods increase the boost's top speed, while others add offensive capabilities at the expense of boost speed.

Part Description Acquisition
Heavy Booster
The Outrunner's default booster.
  • Top speed: ca. 87 mph on level ground
Default part
Laser Wings
Diverts boost energy into a set of electrical "wings" that damage enemies.
  • Top speed: ca. 82 mph on level ground
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Ascension Bluff (Pandora)
Blaze Booster
Trades the long boost of the Heavy Booster for several shorter-duration but more powerful boosts. This booster can achieve top speed very quickly, but requires reactivation to maintain that speed.
  • Top speed: ca. 87 mph on level ground
Captured enemy vehicles, e.g. in Meridian Metroplex (Promethea)
Energy Cells
Short duration boosts that pulse electricity and drop electrical charges behind the Outrunner.
  • Top speed: ca. 70 mph on level ground
Hijack Target crew challenge in Desolation's Edge (Nekrotafeyo)


Apart from the regular Outrunner, characters may run across other variants of this vehicle, differing in armor, armamanent and special equipment.

  • Heavy Outrunner
  • Hover Runner
  • Heavy Hover Runner
  • Twitch Runner
  • Heavy Twitch Runner

Depending on who drives them, they recive appropriate (COV, Maliwan or Dark Maliwan) prefix. Outrunners digistructed by the characters are always labeled as Outrunner regardless wich armor, armamanent or special equipment might be selected.

Unique Outrunners

  • Houndstooth is a unique Heavy Outrunner which randomly spawns in Devil's Razor on Pandora. It sports unique paintjob of the same name.
  • Lalaille is a unique variant deployed by Carnivora during the Blood Drive story mission. It is equipped with Heavy Armor, Flame Thrower, and Laser Wings. It can be hijacked and scanned but the paintjob can not be retrieved.
    Heavy Outrunner with identical paintjob randomly spawns in Ascension Bluff. Although it sports Heavy Armor, it is labeled as "Outrunner".
  • Pop's Outranner is a unique Outrunner only encountered during Get Quick, Slick optional mission.
  • Prisa's Outrunner is a unique Outrunner only encountered during Get Quick, Slick optional mission. It has minimal armor, no weapons, and is equipped with Blaze Boosters.
  • Razor Outrunner is a unique Outrunner found on top of a high isle in Floodmoor Basin. It is equipped with Razor Wings and sports unique Triangles paintjob.
  • Zippy Outrunner is a unique Outrunner found on top of a platform near Dahl Refinery in Devil's Razor. It is equipped with Zippy Wheels and sports unique Bug Racer paintjob.