Children of the Vault is the 1st main story mission in Borderlands 3 (BL3). This walkthrough will guide you through all objectives of the Children of the Vault Main Quest.
Before starting the game you get to pick between two difficulties “Easy” and “Normal”. You also get to choose between “Cooperation” (all co-op loot drops are instanced in your game and cannot be stolen away by other players, co-op enemies scale to your level) and “Coopetition” (in co-op only whoever is fastest to pick up the loot gets it and the other players get nothing, there’s no level scaling in co-op). After the first cutscene you can choose between the 4 characters Amara, Moze, Zane, FL4K. For the purpose of trophies and achievements it doesn’t matter what difficulty, what game mode, or what character you pick. Go with what you like, enjoy Borderlands 3, and now let’s jump into the Walkthrough!
Area: Covenant Pass
Quest Giver: Claptrap
Recommended Level: 1
Reward: $268 / 89XP / Common Grenade “Contact Grenade”
Trophy: Welcome to the Crimson Raiders
Mission Info: Despite an ambush by the bandit cult known as the Children of the Vault, the Crimson Raiders successfully recruited a new Vault Hunter: you. Now their Siren leader Lilith needs you to infiltrate a COV propaganda center alongside what appears to be a yellow toaster with anxiety.
- Follow Claptrap
- Use the Quick-Change
- Pull Lever
- Open Chest
- Get Gun from Cache
- Kill COV enemies
- Search Area for Shield
- Take Shield
- Find Shiv
- Kill Shiv
- Use Magnet Controls
- Revive Claptrap
- Speak with Lilith
Starting Location: Children of the Vault
At the very start of our adventure, we need to follow our trusty yellow companion, as he brags about being the best once again.
Use the Quick-Change
Simply interact with the Quick-Change station once to complete this objective. It’s worth noting that later on you can reset your skill points at Quick-Change Station but during the first mission you haven’t unlocked any skills yet.
Follow along the path and wait for Claptrap to reveal the Chest Pandora-style!
Get Gun from Cache
Pick up the gun, proceed with him him to the gate and see his negotiating-skills – it will be time to spend our first bullets!
Kill COV enemies
Claptrap got attached to a big magnet and we need to take out a few enemies to get him back (surprise!). The first area only features a small amount of enemies and is a good time to familiarise yourself with the firing modes of your gun ( to switch) and melee ( ) without worrying too much about your health.
Once the first few enemies are down, the gate will open and we may proceed in the next section, which features quite a few more bandits. This is a good time to make use of the cover all around the perimeter, to land some precisely aimed headshots & make use of the barrels to take out the enemies.
Search Area for Shield
Open the crate and take out the goods.
Once we are equipped with a Shield, we are good to head inside the compound and face our first mini-boss by the name of Shiv.
Feel free to walk outside again to open up the possibilities and have more room to evade his attacks. Once he goes for his ground-slam-attack, jump out the way, as this will take away a chunk of your health!
If you run out of ammo, circle around the area and loot the crates.
Shiv should not give you too much trouble, as long as you can stay clear of his attacks. We have to face bigger threats along our journey later!
Use Magnet Controls
Speak with Lilith
This finishes Children of the Vault main mission in Borderlands 3. Now the next quest From the Ground Up becomes available.
Next Up: From the Ground Up
For all other Mission Walkthroughs, check out our complete Borderlands 3 Walkthrough.