This post aims to serve as an ultimate guide featuring every Borderlands 3 save editor that works with the game's save files. Many people look for save editors to alter their characters' levels and manipulate their save files in many other ways. So let's start with what save editors are and what they do.
But first, make sure always to back up your save files in case something goes wrong. You don't want to lose that game progress.
Note: So far, there are no save editors available for the console versions of Borderlands 3.
Other Borderlands resources:
- Borderlands 3 Shift codes list.
- Borderlands 2 Shift codes list.
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Shift codes list.
- Borderlands Shift codes list.
- 1 What are Borderlands 3 Save Editors and What Do they Do?
- 2 What are Save Editors Used for?
- 3 Are Save Editors Illegal?
- 4 Are Save Editors Safe?
- 5 Where to Find Borderlands 3 Save Files
- 6 Borderlands 3 Save Editors vs Borderlands 3 Profile Editors
- 7 Available Borderlands 3 Save and Profile Editors
- 8 BL3 Save Editor
- 9 Borderlands 3 Profile Editor
- 10 Borderlands 3 Gibbed Save Editor Status
- 11 Where to Find Borderlands 3 Save Files
- 12 BL3 Save Editor Video Guide
What are Borderlands 3 Save Editors and What Do they Do?
In essence, a save file contains all the parameters that shape your characters' appearance, skills, level, game and quest progress, the weapons they carry, the amount of money or in-game currencies they hold, and so much more. This stands true for every game that requires save files.
A save editor is a tool that parses save file information and allows you to modify the save file's parameters and create a new save file with the altered parameters. This, of course, gives you the ability to customize your character with any gear you want, choose their class, etc.
Borderlands 3 save editors allow you to customize a ton of save file parameters, including:
- Alter your Guardian Rank Data.
- Unlock characters cosmetics.
- Modify your in-game currency values.
- Swap SDU levels.
- Change your character’s Name, Appearance, Class, and Level (up to the max level that has been raised 72 since June 24, 2021).
You can also make significant changes to items in the game, such as:
- Create new items .
- Change any part of the items.
- Import items from a list of Borderlands 3 item codes.
- Filter the legit items found in the game.
What are Save Editors Used for?
The short answer here is “cheating.” Borderlands games require a lot of highly enjoyable grind to hit max level. Save editors remove all the fun of this as you instantly access content that requires many hours to acquire. However, the bigger problem is that you can create new items from scratch. This allows you to create items that are not available in the version of the game you play (for instance, you can create items available only in DLCs without purchasing the content).
Are Save Editors Illegal?
Using a save editor to get access to content you have not purchased is definitely a violation of the TOS. In some countries like Japan, save editors, along with console modding, are illegal.
Are Save Editors Safe?
Popular save editors are safe to use. You don't risk getting malware in the modified save file as long as you don't look for a shady save editor.
However, make sure always to back up your save files in case something goes wrong. You don't want to lose that game progress.
Where to Find Borderlands 3 Save Files
Before you edit your save files, you need to know where to find them.
Here is the default location for Borderlands 3 save files on Windows:
C:\Users\"Username"\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 3\Saved\SaveGames
Here is the default location for Borderlands 3 save files on macOS:
You will find the save files for each platform in their respective folder/directory.
Borderlands 3 Save Editors vs Borderlands 3 Profile Editors
In the save files folder, you are going to find two different types of files:
- The first type of data is in “profile.sav” and is related to your user profile. Altering this file will allow you to change:
- Your Guardian Mark.
- Your Bank, your Bank space, and the lost SDU loot.
- Unlocked Customizations.
- The second type of data is the character file. If you have multiple character you will see multiple such files name “<serial-number>.sav” which you can edit to change:
- Your characters' inventories.
- Change your characters' levels, appearances, names, and classes.
- Modify weapon SDUs and customizations.
This description pretty much gives you an idea about the difference between BL3 save editors and BL3 profile editors. Save editors can alter both character and profile save files, while profile editors can alter only the profile save files.
Available Borderlands 3 Save and Profile Editors
Now let's see the available profile and save editor options for Borderlands 3:
- The BL3 Save Editor (Online tool, maintained)
- The Borderlands 3 Profile Editor (Desktop tool, maintained)
- The Borderlands 3 Savegame Editor (Desktop tool, unmaintained)
- Gibbed's Borderlands 3 Save Editor (Under development)
This guide will focus on the first two tools, as the third has stopped receiving updates.
BL3 Save Editor
The best tool to alter Borderlands 3 save files is BL3 Save Editor, a website that offers file editing services. Here are the steps to edit your Borderlands 3 save files with this online editor:
- Go to the BL3 Save Editor website.
- Upload your Borderlands 3 save file.
- Modify your save data.
- Download the modified save file.
- Save the modified save file in the game's save folder.
Where to Find Borderlands 3 Item Serial Codes
To make modifications that include spawning weapons, shields, and mods easily, you will need this spreadsheet. It includes the serial numbers of all Borderlands 3 items, including legendary weapons.
Borderlands 3 Profile Editor
First of all, I don't know if profile editors are legal or whether they violate the TOS. However, since they don't give you access to content you have not purchased, they are on the safer side.
To get back to the topic at hand, FromDarkHell has created the tool Profile Editor for Borderlands 3, which you can install on your computer and alter your profile files. FromDarkHell mentions decrypting and encrypting the profile files in the tool's README, indicating a violation of the TOS.
Profile Editor for Borderlands 3 Installation Guide
Here are the steps to install the profile editor, taken from its README:
- Download the exe available at Releases.
- Run the exe.
Openand select your
- Edit your profile to your hearts content.
- Whenever you're done editing, click
Saveto save your profile. Don't worry, it'll create a backup in case you wanna go back.
Borderlands 3 Gibbed Save Editor Status
Rick, aka Gibbed, has stated that his Borderlands 3 Save Editor is under development. He clearly states that the project is not abandoned, though.
Where to Find Borderlands 3 Save Files
If you don't want to meddle with your save files, you can always look for existing ones on forums like Se7enSins‘.