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Check out this guide for Zane the Operative's best builds in Borderlands 3. This includes build breakdowns, recommended skills, leveling up guide, & more.

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More About Vault Hunters Skill & Traits

All Character Tree - Build & Overview

Freeze Shut Down Build

Freeze Shut Down Build
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Action SkillBarrierBarrier
Digi CloneDigi Clone
Augment SkillNanites or Some ShiteNanites or Some Shite
RetaliationRetaliation
SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude
Digital DistributionDigital Distribution
HitmanUnder CoverDoubled Agent
Violent MomentumViolent Momentum Lvl. 4AdrenalineAdrenaline Lvl. 5SynchronicitySynchronicity Lvl. 5
-Hearty StockHearty Stock Lvl. 3Borrowed TimeBorrowed Time Lvl. 5
-Ready for ActionReady for Action Lvl. 5DonnybrookDonnybrook Lvl. 5
-Brain FreezeBrain Freeze Lvl. 1Quick BreatherQuick Breather Lvl. 1
-Confident CompetenceConfident Competence Lvl. 1Old-UOld-U Lvl. 1
-Best Served ColdBest Served Cold Lvl. 5Supersonic ManSupersonic Man Lvl. 3
-RefreshmentRefreshment Lvl. 3-
-Calm, Cool, CollectedCalm, Cool, Collected Lvl. 1-

Build Overview

A build that focuses on Zane's Cryo and barrier support skills. This build is a balance between survivability and overall DPS whenever Zane uses any of his Action Skills.

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Prioritize Under Cover Skill Early On

When leveling up, prioritize adding Skill Points to the Under Cover Skill Tree since most of the core skills for this build are there. Once that's done, head on over to the Doubled Agent tree to fill it up.

Build Strengths

Balance Between Support & DPS

The build can sustain players when they're in fights and give them buffs as they mow through enemies. It's not a pure support or a pure DPS build so it's more flexible for combat.

Focus on Freezing & Slowing Enemies

With the build, cryo damage is amplified from Zane. Slowed down and frozen enemies become easy targets for players while also stopping a bit of aggro for a while.

Tips for the Build

Main a Cryo Weapon

Don't just rely on the skills to freeze enemies. Get a strong cryo weapon for a constant stream of freezing. You can also choose to get a cryo grenade if you want to maximize your damage.

No Need to Tweak when in Multiplayer

With the build you have, you'll give benefits for your team whenever you use your Barrier. Additional gun damage and healing are given to your whole team whenever you bring out you Barrier.

Agility & Survivability Build

Agility & Survivability Build
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Action SkillDigi CloneDigi Clone
SNTLSNTL
Augment SkillSchadenfreudeSchadenfreude
Which OneWhich One's Real
Bad DoseBad Dose
DoomsdayDoomsday
HitmanUnder CoverDoubled Agent
Violent SpeedViolent Speed Lvl. 5-SynchronicitySynchronicity Lvl. 5
Violent MomentumViolent Momentum Lvl. 5-Borrowed TimeBorrowed Time Lvl. 5
SalvationSalvation Lvl. 5-DonnybrookDonnybrook Lvl. 5
Death Follows CloseDeath Follows Close Lvl. 1-Old-UOld-U Lvl. 1
Violent ViolenceViolent Violence Lvl. 5-Supersonic ManSupersonic Man Lvl. 3
Playing DirtyPlaying Dirty Lvl. 5--
Good MisfortuneGood Misfortune Lvl. 2--
SeeinSeein' Red Lvl. 1--

Build Overview

Agility & Survivability Build

Gotta go fast! This build is meant for you to be quick on your toes and even quicker on your trigger finger. As long as you keep your Action Skills up, you will gain extreme amounts of damage output!

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Prioritize Hitman Skill Early On

The Hitman skill will give you high survivability through healing and damage. Max out Violent Momentum, Violent Speed and Salvation until unlocking Death Follows Close. Equip the Bad Dose augment and start investing in Doubled Agent tree from there.

Build Strengths

High Maneuverability

Agility & Survivability

This build will require you to always be on the move to receive your buffs. Use weapon brand like Atlas or Tediore to hit enemies even while on the move.

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Keep Up Action Skill As Often As Possible

Keeping your Action Skills up at all times is essential to giving Zane his boost of speed and damage. He will become relatively easy target once skills are down, so learn when to time your strike and when to fall back.

Tips for the Build

Seein' Red Recommended for Late Game

Due to the enemy becoming substantially more powerful and tough to take down in end game battles, it is recommended to get the Seein' Red skills ready to be used. This skill allows you to utilize the Kill Skills when you deploy any action skills.

Use Digi-Clone When Under Heavy Fire

The Digi-Clone will act as your survivability tool when under enemy attack. Use it to distract enemies and should you ever get downed, as a instant Second Wind.

Shield & Clone Sustain Build

Shield & Clone Sustain Build
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Action SkillBarrierBarrier
Digi CloneDigi Clone
Augment SkillNanites or Some ShiteNanites or Some Shite
RetaliationRetaliation
SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude
Which OneWhich One's Real
HitmanUnder CoverDoubled Agent
-AdrenalineAdrenaline Lvl. 5SynchronicitySynchronicity Lvl. 5
-Ready for ActionReady for Action Lvl. 4PraemunitusPraemunitus Lvl. 1
-Brain FreezeBrain Freeze Lvl. 2Borrowed TimeBorrowed Time Lvl. 5
-Stiff Upper LipStiff Upper Lip Lvl. 3DonnybrookDonnybrook Lvl. 5
-Confident CompetenceConfident Competence Lvl. 1Quick BreatherQuick Breather Lvl. 1
-Best Served ColdBest Served Cold Lvl. 4Pocket Full of GrenadesPocket Full of Grenades Lvl. 3
-Futility BeltFutility Belt Lvl. 1Old-UOld-U Lvl. 1
-RefreshmentRefreshment Lvl. 1Supersonic ManSupersonic Man Lvl. 3
-Calm, Cool, CollectedCalm, Cool, Collected Lvl. 1Boom. EnhanceBoom. Enhance Lvl. 1
--Double BarrelDouble Barrel Lvl. 1

Build Overview

Shield & Clone Sustain Build Overview

With a focus on sustaining Zane through his Digiclone and Barrier Action Skills, this build will keep your survivability at the max. Additional cryo damage and effects add to overall damage.

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Prioritize Under Cover Skill Tree When Leveling

Although both trees are highly important in this build, the Under Cover Skill Tree takes more of a priority when leveling up since it gives both defensive and offensive skills.

Build Strengths

High Sustain Build

High Sustain Build

The whole point of this build is to keep Zane in the field through the use of his barrier and digiclone. It's a high survivability build that will work especially well against multiple enemies.

Additional Cryo Damage

Cryo is a powerful element in Borderlands 3 as it universally affects all enemies unless otherwise stated to be immune. This build amps up the elemental chance and damage of Cryo for Zane!

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Tips for the Build

Use Cryo Weapon as Main Weapon

Take advantage of the additional Cryo damage and chance by maining a Cryo Weapon. Besides the additional damage, freezing enemies also add health regen in this build.

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Equip a High Recharge Rate Shield

Confident Competence can amp up Gun Damage to up to 20% so long as Zane's shields are active. Always go for shields with a high recharge rate when running this build.

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Zane - Skills & Character Overview

Zane - Skills & Character Overview

A member of the notorious Flynt family, Zane is a semi-retired corporate hitman who uses gadgets and trickery to get the upper hand in battle. Zane's arsenal is composed of a SNTNL drone, a Barrier Shield, and a Digi-Clone!

Check Out the Zane Character Guide Here

Versatile Skills To Adapt To Any Situation

Zane's skills allow him to be flexible when in combat. He charge into the heat of battle with his drone, drop his barrier to hold his ground, or even deploy his Digi-Clone to draw the enemy's attention.

Can Equip Two Action Skills

Zane is the only Vault Hunter that can equip two action skills at a time. This allows him to control the tide of battle on the fly. He can mix and match skills for maximum DPS, or even create a balance between damage and sustain!

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Anonymous 4

To the Hitman and Double Agent skill trees: it is a good huild, but you can replace the two points in Good Misfortune for better skills. Extending the time of your action skills decreases your ability to use it more in stressful situations. I personally chose Fractal Frags and Quick Breather.

Anonymous 3

Pretty sure you get 48 points...

Anonymous 1

no useful information seriously

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