Tiny Tina's Wonderlands was released this year as a Borderlands spin-off game. It's the fifth Borderlands spin-off game, and in terms of spin-off entries, we feel Tiny Tina's Wonderland is one of the best. But it also made us think about all of the DLC Borderlands has released for its main titles over the years, which is quite a bit. In fact, there are over 20 different DLC campaigns across the Borderlands series. As a result, we'd like to rank the best Borderlands DLC that has been released for the main games over the years.
All of this DLC has made our list because of its exaggerated and generally outrageous characters, storyline, and gameplay. At its core, this is what we've loved most about the Borderlands series since the first game was released in 2009. Well, that and Claptrap, of course. And, with Borderlands 4 leaks and news on the horizon, there's never been a better time to revisit some DLC that made the main entries that much better for us.
5. Borderlands – The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
The original Borderlands game ignited the series for its long-running career. And, in order to keep players interested in their original concept while waiting for the second installment, Gearbox created a slew of DLC. With the best for us going to the third DLC expansion, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. It kept the spark alive by introducing two new gripping characters, Athena and General Knoxx. Both characters were likable, especially General Knoxx, who constantly patronizes you throughout the game. This made for constant hilarious dialogue that we could listen to all day.
Actually, the entire plot had us laughing the entire time. Proving that Gearbox was on the right track with the DLC and gave us even more faith in how Borderlands 2 would turn out. Of course, we can't forget about Crawmerax the Invincible, who is one of the first raid bosses in the Borderlands series, and a memorable one at that. While the lack of checkpoints made this DLC a bit tedious, the dialogue, story, and gameplay got us excited for what was to come in the Borderlands universe.
4. Borderlands 2 – Commander Lilith & the Flight for Sanctuary
Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith & the Flight for Sanctuary was the last DLC that came for Borderlands 2, seven years after the game was released. Which was a refreshing surprise considering it came so late. However, it was released just a couple of months before Borderlands 3. This resulted in a fantastic stretch for Borderlands fans, with great DLC and a new game on the horizon.
The DLC added a higher level cap, which gave us new weapon rarities, resulting in some pretty sick gear. We once again see Colonel Hector take control of the sanctuary, with you trying to stop him and save the day. Even though the antagonist was recycled, Gearbox turned it into a gripping story with some hilarious dialogue. Which, in the end, made for another memorable experience in Pandora, which is all we can ask from a Borderlands DLC.
3. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequal – Claptastic Voyage
Claptrap is without a doubt one of the most beloved bots in gaming. That's why, when Gearbox released a DLC solely based on the character, most of us were ecstatic. We got to go deep into Claptrap's mind and relive all of his experiences. Which were darker and more twisted than we imagined. However, when contrasted with Claptrap's humourous dialogue, which was on full display, it made for a good mix of themes.
Being the only DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequal, we strongly feel Gearbox hit it out of the park. They delivered a one-of-a-kind story, setting, and fun gameplay with the Glitch weapon rarity, which admittedly most of us had too much fun with. Then it was all topped off with an awesome boss and boss fight with that. Overall, the Claptastic Voyage was a refreshing experience that delivered on all of the aspects of Borderlands that we love, but with its own creative twist.
2. Borderlands 2 – Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage
Borderlands combat gameplay across its games most likely conjures up images of insanely hectic battles. And when you first enter Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, you quickly realize that this DLC is going to be chaotic. Early on, you're placed in Mr. Torgues' special tournament, which is filled with frantic battles aimed at crowning you as the best Vault Hunter in all of Pandora. The battles were nothing short of epic and we really could replay them all day.
Evidently, we did play them all day with the new horde mode that came with the DLC. This was a never-ending barrage of enemies that filled our appetite for Borderlands combat. Despite the focus point being on the gameplay, Gearbox still didn't take away from other aspects. Mr. Torgue's character development is intriguing, and we still get the series' trademark weird humor. The story was not the most memorable of all DLCs, but the gameplay was and delivered the best experience of it across the entire series.
1. Borderlands 2 – Tiny Tina's Assualt on Dragon Keep
Taking the podium spot is Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assualt on Dragon Keep. This probably isn't coming as much of a surprise, since this DLC really hit the mark in all areas. To begin with, the environments were some of the best and most unique we've ever had. Each one felt diverse and unlike anything we've explored in previous games. This, combined with new enemies that weren't re-used or a drag to fight, resulted in some of the best DLC gameplay we've ever received.
The highlight, of course, has to be Tina's heartfelt and emotional story. It was gripping and sincere, while still retaining Borderland's Iconic humor. All of this added up to one of the largest DLCs we've ever received, and it never failed to pique our interest. Constantly entertaining and full of memorable moments, it's an easy choice for us. Tiny Tina's Assualt on Dragon Keep is hands down the best Borderlands DLC, to date. You can also thank it for igniting Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, a noteworthy, spin-off entry.