Borderlands 3 Moze Leveling Build Guide

We're taking a detailed look at the best leveling build for Moze in Borderlands 3!

Our Borderlands 3 Moze Leveling Build Guide features a complete step-by-step leveling guide, focusing on your weapon damage and shields while keeping the early progression on this build exciting! Out of all the vault hunters, Moze has the highest potential in damage. She specializes in a variety of ways, mainly offense. She's capable of unlimited ammo, large explosions, and turning Iron Bear into a heavy class boxer.

Contrary to her appearance, Moze is actually very durable! Keep death at bay with backup shields and if necessary, call down your mech for a quick save. Unlike the other vault hunters, Moze has one action skill to use but can attach two weapons with an augment. Be wary when using it though, Iron Bear doesn't last very long when rapidly firing and also has a long cooldown.

Moze Full Build

Early throughout this build, we will pick up skills that benefit Iron Bear and your ammo capacity. All of the damage will be gained from the Shield of Retribution tree. Towards the end of this build, you can expect to easily melt through hordes of enemies while keeping your ammo capacity high and your cooldown rate diminishing.

The following is the full build you will end up with, but it isn't how you should level it up initially. We've got a step-by-step guide below that features what skills you should have as you level your character!

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Moze Leveling Build Guide

Demolition Woman Tree - Levels 2 - 7

At level 2, you are able to use your Iron Bear mech. For maximum AoE and burst damage, I advise equipping V-35 Grenade Launcher and Railgun. Keep in mind that you can replenish your shields and health while in Iron Bear, but it has a very long cooldown.

After reaching level 3, go over to the Demolition Woman (blue) tree and spend 3 points into Grizzled and 2 points into Deadlines on the first tier. These two skills grant faster access to iron bear and decreased fuel per shot for longer duration. Apply the augment Shaped Charge for extra damage on direct hits with the launcher.

Bottomless Mags Tree - Levels 8 - 13

Now that you have skills that support iron bear, go over to the Bottomless Mags (green) tree. For the first tier, spend 5 points into Cloud of Lead. This allows some shots not to consume ammo. Now that you're on the 2nd tier, spend 1 point into Redistribution. This skill regenerates free ammo into your current magazine after shooting an enemy's critical spot. Now that you unlocked the augment Left off some steam, swap out Railgun and equip Minigun.

Shield of Retribution Tree - Levels 14 - 18

The essential skills are out of the way, now it's time to build damage. On the Shield of Retribution (orange) tree, spend 1 point into Security Bear for extra protection inside Iron Bear. Next, spend 4 points into Armored Infantry. This reduces all incoming damage while also increasing your gun damage.

Shield of Retribution Tree - Levels 19 - 23

On the 2nd tier, spend 5 points into Drowning in Brass. This skill stacks up to 60% gun damage (however, it slightly decreases fire rate) and it is even shared with your allies.

Shield of Retribution Tree - Levels 24 - 28

On the 3rd tier, spend 1 point into Experimental Munitions for bonus fire damage when you shoot an enemy's critical spot. The reason for skipping Full Can of Whoop-ass is that Moze already recharges shields when entering Iron Bear. This skill only increases the recharge rate by a bit. Up on the 2nd tier, spend 3 points into Vladof Ingenuity for resistance against shock and it also grants bonus shields. After that, spend 1 point into Thin Red Line. This skill converts a chunk of your health into shields (for clarity, it permanently removes 20% of your health as if you're damaged, not reducing max health overall). This skill will synergize very well with later skills down the tree. Lastly, you should swap out Minigun with Railgun and apply the new augment, Capacitive Armature. Your Railgun will now chain to nearby enemies.

Shield of Retribution Tree - Levels 29 - 33

On the 4th tier, spend 3 points into Desperate Measures. This boosts gun damage up to 50% based on how low your health is. Next, spend 2 points into Thin Red Line. Now that you have 60% of your health removed, you're now able to keep the gun damage bonus from Desperate Measures at all times.

Shield of Retribution Tree - Levels 34 - 40

On the 5th tier, put 5 points into Phalanx Doctrine. This absurd skill grants no limit to damage, granting 10% gun damage for every kill and each stack remains active for 30 seconds. Additionally, for every kill your max shields increase by a whopping 15%.

You finally reached the capstone on this tree! Tenacious Defense is among the best skills in the game. After your shields deplete, they instantly restore back at 40% capacity as well as granting you 30% gun damage on top of that! There is no cooldown for this skill, except for the fact that your shields must full restore for Tenacious Defense to work. To help with that, spend 1 more point into Force Feedback on the 5th tier. This skill grants immediate recharge for your shield upon critical kill.

Bottomless Mags Tree - Levels 41 - 50

Head over to the Bottomless Mags tree and spend 4 points into Scrappy. This improves weapon swap speed, mode switch speed, and handling by a well amount. Next spend a point into Rushin' Offensive for the ability to sprint and shoot at the same time. Lastly, spend 5 points into Scorching RPM's for 20% critical hit damage and 15% fire rate.

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  1. You waste putting a point into ‘let off some steam’ since you swap back to rail gun. Instead, put that point into ‘stoke the embers’ for incendiary dmg increase.

    1. let off some steam takes no point, its an augment

  2. Is this still relevant even with all the patches so far?

  3. Great build, up until “Force Feedback”. That talent doesn’t really help a lot during the heat of battle. 10/10 (for me) as soon as the recharge started I’d be hit and it would stop recharging – it might work if you have a super quick recharge rate, but I never came across any shield like that.

  4. This Gunner spec shines if you equip the Fortified Bloodletter class mod and Snowdrift Deathless artifact. Not aware if there are variations of these items.

    The artifact doubles your shields and reserves all but 1 of your health (giving you the full benefit of Desperate Measures at all times), and the class mod makes health pick-ups recharge your shields instead of healing. The ones I picked up increase my slide speed by 96% and my running speed at full shields by a combined 24%. Give it a try!

  5. Does the health reduction from Turtle shields count towards the health loss/damage boost?

    1. doesnt count because turtle shields reduce your base health, only count health loss by damage
      turtle shields doesnt have benefits with this perk cause it applies in % life loss
      example: if u get a boost losing 2000 hp points froma total health bar of 4000points
      is the same boost u get losing 1000 hp points from a total health bar of 2000 points
      cause in both cases you lose a total of 50% of your total health
      dont know how can this perk can be affected in patches

      1. the only benefit I can see with that shields is lower health less life to lose… is easier to lose 1000 points than 2000…
        you get the dmg boost faster but ur life is drained faster too

  6. Sorry but this build didn’t work for me I had more success with demolition woman tree and critical hits with grenades plus healing with grenades and extra grenades I tried and it just didn’t work for me. Nice job though on the guide.

    1. I have to agree with you.. Once I played till lvl 35, not having the extra grenades and all that damage just made no sense.

  7. Which gun manufacturers / gun types do you recommend using with this build?

    1. Jakobs pistols with big damage numbers, fast fire rate and reload speed have been carrying me through the game solo. Usually dont even have to use the bear.