'Borderlands 3' Lost Loot Machine Fixes the Series’ Most Frustrating Issue

Say goodbye to loot-induced FOMO.

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Borderlands 3 has taken the franchise’s shooting and looting to new heights. With more than a billion unique gun variations and a myriad of boss battles, there has never been more treasure to pillage from the bandit-infested universe.

But with so many legendary rifles raining out of the corpses of fallen enemies, players will once again be faced with the age-old dilemma: Abandoning items to clear out their inventories to make room for rarer, newfound guns. Luckily, Borderlands 3 introduced the Lost Loot Vending Machine that ensures gamers will never suffer from loot-induced FOMO ever again.

The machine is located near the fast travel beacon towards the back of Sanctuary III. It’ll collect rare items (blue) or better that players have dropped, lost, or missed so they don’t have to load a save to reclaim their favorite weapon.

To top it off, the Lost Loot Vending Machine prioritizes the best loot so Borderlands 3 fans don’t have to sort through a pile of mediocre guns to find the one legendary they forgot to pick up. Redditor /u/Shnig1 posted a video of 13 legendary guns popping out of their Lost Loot machine. They went on to explain how they found the machine has always made sure to stockpile the cream of the crop, instead of simply unloading every single forgotten weapon.

“If your machine is full of say 10 blues and you drop a purple, one of the blues will get deleted in favor of the higher rarity item,” they wrote. “I had dropped 13 legendaries that I hadn’t picked up since last time I was in Sanctuary so my machine was full of them.”

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Lost a sweet item in 'Borderlands 3'? The Lost Loot machine has you covered.

The Lost Loot machine is a small but much needed addition to the Borderlands series. There have been countless “tragedy” stories of lost loot. Fans have tried to drop items for their friends only to have them glitch out and fall through the map. Slaying “Badass” enemies near cliffs and ledges have also resulted in rare items sliding off the map into oblivion.

Fans no long have to worry about losing a godly item because of one-off game bug or quirk thanks to Lost Loot machine.


Borderlands 3 is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It’ll be released on Google Stadia once that launches in November 2019.

Media via Shnig1, 2K Games / Gearbox Software