How Many Planets?
There’s a small selection of planets to visit in Borderlands 3, each with its own character and geological makeup. We’ve listed the four planets below, alongside a brief description for each.
- Pandora: You’ll be familiar with this one. It’s the setting for the first two games, and the main locale where the Borderlands series takes place. Expect armies of Fanatic COV, and some familiar faces.
- Promethea: A corporate metropolis with shiny high-rise buildings and a wide open space for racing cyclones around. It’s where you’ll find the ATLUS corporation, and the Meridian Seaport. Expect COV.
- Athenas: Athenas is where you’ll find the Order of the Impending Storm, and it’s where you’ll meet Maya for the first time. Wide open spaces and some pretty formidable beasties await, as well as an old brewery infested with ratches.
- EDEN-6: Finally, we have Echo-6 which is home to the Jakobs family. You’ll find plenty of Eridium here, as well as Hammerlock and Clay. This planet is easily the most vertical of the four, boasting swamps, a distillery and more.
The game starts, of course, on the planet of Pandora as all the games have, but your time on Pandora is fairly rote, and quickly the game shuffles you on to the Sanctuary III before you end up on the next world: Promethea.
Promethea is an interesting war-torn urban environment, unique in the series. The closest the game has come to that before is Old Haven from the first game, which still had a bit of a rural feel to it. It’s fitting this is the first place you go to after leaving Pandora, as it’s one of the most frequently mentioned in the franchise. It is Roland’s (the first game’s Soldier class) home planet and serves as the primary home base of the Atlas Corporation, whose Crimson Lance soldiers were the primary antagonists of the first game, and whose remnants spawned the Crimson Raiders (your own allied faction).
Still, aside from some lengthy and amusing side quests, you are quickly shuffled from there to Athenas, a mountainous, seemingly vaguely Tibetan inspired planet (and the planet which the second game’s playable Siren, Maya, calls her home).
Finally, you end up on EDEN-6, a swampy planet home to one of my personal favorite weapon manufacturers: the Jakobs Corporation. Much like Promethea, it has been repeatedly referenced over the games, but few details were ever known. Gaige, Borderlands 2’s Mechromancer, hails from what is presumably EDEN-6’s sister planet, EDEN-5.
For now, these are the only planets and serve similar roles to the varied locales of the other games that were just different kinds of wasteland on Pandora, being the hubs of multiple quests and exploration events.
When Do You Leave Pandora?
- You’ll start off on Pandora in Borderlands 3, and will have to play through roughly 2 hours of the game before you leave the planet (without sidequests). In that time you’ll meet Lilith, Vaughn and Claptrap, before taking to the stars aboard Sanctuary.
How to Fast Travel to Other Planets?
- Once you’ve unlocked more than one planet in Borderlands 3, you’ll need to head to Sanctuary to switch between them.