Borderlands 2

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Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 cover
Gearbox Software
OS X Aspyr Media
Linux Aspyr Media
2K Games
OS X, Linux Aspyr Media
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows September 18, 2012
OS X November 21, 2012
Linux September 30, 2014
Borderlands 2009
Borderlands 2 2012
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 2014
Tales from the Borderlands 2014

Key points

Solutions for split-screen co-op on Windows are available.
Features every menu option promised in Claptrap's love letter to PC gamers, including an FOV slider, Vsync, and controller support.

General information

PC Report: Borderlands 2 on Linux
Steam Community Discussions
Official knowledge base - Windows
Official knowledge base - OS X and Linux
BL2 PC Technical Support - official PC-specific tech support forum
Unofficial wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
Green Man Gaming
Mac App Store Separate multiplayer servers (cannot play with Steam players). Exclusive skins and rocket grenade mod.
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Psycho Pack Part of the GOTY release.
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep Part of the GOTY release, Season Pass.
Sir Hammelock's Big Game Hunt Part of the GOTY release, Season Pass.
Mr. Trogue's Campaign of Carnage Part of the GOTY release, Season Pass.
Mechromancer Pack Part of the GOTY release, pre-order bonus.
Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty Part of the GOTY release, Season Pass.
Creature Slaughterdome Part of the GOTY release.
Ultimate Vault Hunters Upgrade Pack Part of the GOTY release, Season Pass.
Ultimate Vault Hunters Upgrade Pack 2
Collector's Edition Pack Part of the GOTY release.
Headhunter 1: Bloody Harvest
Headhunter 2: Wattle Gobbler
Headhunter 3: Mercenary Day
Headhunter 4: Wedding Day Massacre
Headhunter 5: Son of Crawmerax
Assassin Madness Pack
Assassin Supremacy Pack
Assassin Domination Pack
Assassin Stinging Blade Pack
Assassin Cl0ckw0rk Pack
Commando Madness Pack
Commando Supremacy Pack
Commando Domination Pack
Commando Devilish Good Looks Pack
Gunzerker Madness Pack
Gunzerker Supremacy Pack
Gunzerker Domination Pack
Gunzerker Dapper Gent Pack
Gunzerker Greasy Grunt Pack
Mechromancer Madness Pack
Mechromancer Supremacy Pack
Mechromancer Domination Pack
Mechromancer Steampunk Slayer Pack
Mechromancer Beatmaster Pack
Psycho Madness Pack
Psycho Supremacy Pack
Psycho Domination Pack
Psycho Dark Psyche Pack
Psycho Party Pack
Siren Madness Pack
Siren Supremacy Pack
Siren Domination Pack
Siren Glitter and Gore Pack
Siren Learned Warrior Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

A comprehensive tweak guide is available on the GeForce website.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use command line argument
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -nostartupmovies.

Shorter body decay[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Open WillowGame.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines and set them to these values.


Notable performance improvement,[citation needed] as by default most bodies disappear only after ten whole minutes.

Disable the launcher[edit]

Use command line argument
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -NoLauncher.

Disable controller support[edit]

Use command line argument
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -NoController.

Game data[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2\WillowGame\Config\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Borderlands 2/WillowGame/Config/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/aspyr-media/borderlands 2/willowgame/config/
This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2\WillowGame\SaveData\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Borderlands 2/WillowGame/SaveData/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/aspyr-media/borderlands 2/willowgame/savedata/
Saves are crossplatform.
Saves manually migrated from Windows to Linux must have all lowercase characters in the filename.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
No cross-platform syncing to prevent version mismatch when patches are delayed for OS X or Linux.[1]

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
65-110°. Does not scale weapon models.[2]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Native FXAA, can force SGSSAA via Nvidia Inspector (0x080000C1).[3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode
Protanopia has problems; use deuteranopia for protanomaly or protanopia.[4]

HBAO+ (NVIDIA GPUs only)[edit]

You can use Nvidia Inspector to force HBAO+ provided you disable in-game SSAO.
Utilizing HBAO+[5]
  1. Download NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Open NVIDIA Inspector and click on the crossed screwdriver and wrench icon.
  3. Under Profiles select Borderlands 2.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the compatibility code 0x0000002F.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select Performance,Quality or High Quality.
  6. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  7. On the top right hand corner click on Apply changes.
  8. You now have HBAO+ enabled.


This setting can have a heavy impact on frame rate depending on your specs, if you get unplayable frame rates with High Quality try lowering this value progressively.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Change controller prompts[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Open WillowGame.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following line and set it to 1 for an Xbox 360 controller or 2 for a Dualshock controller.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and dialogue.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.0 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Windows only.
Windows only.
Traditional Chinese
Windows only.

Different text and audio languages[edit]

Rename language files
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>/WillowGame/CookedPCConsole/ and rename the currently active audio language, such as English(US) to something else.
  2. Set the desired language in Steam.
  3. After the download has finished rename English(US) back to its original name.
  4. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  5. Find the following lines and set them to chosen values. Simply swap the two original parameters, for example:


Some of the intro cutscenes might still be playing in the original native audio language.


Windows, OS X and Linux players must have the same game version to play together. Mismatch issues might be caused by delayed OS X and Linux versions of the patches.[7]
Steam and Mac App Store players cannot play together.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2-4 Co-op
Use either this tool or follow this Steam Users' Forums Guide on hacking splitscreen into the game.
LAN play
2-4 Co-op
Online play
2-4 Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 27014-27050
UDP (outbound) 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27030, 14001 (LAN only), 7777 (LAN only)
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

AMD FX Chipset Restart After Launcher[edit]

Game resets when clicking on launcher.[9]
  • Fix: Some users have reported that update your BIOS to the latest version solves this and other problems for users with AMD FX chips.

Items falling through the world[edit]

Once in a while dropped loot may fall through the world. Setting PhysX to Low or Disabled is reported to help.

Issues fixed[edit]

Co-op doesn't connect properly[edit]

Fixing co-op connection issues[10]

1) Check the Ports

May allow people to join your game
Will caused decreased network protection.

The first problem seems to be that it uses some hilariously odd ports to actually do the networking under. Ports that aren't covered by most routers 'unblocked ports' by default. These ports are as follows.

UDP/TCP: UDP 50000-65535

2) Disable your firewall/add an exception

Will allow Borderlands 2 and associated ports to go through system firewall
Will cause decreased computer protection

Windows Firewall appears to enjoy blocking Borderlands 2 by default, you should add an exception for the applications, and if that doesn't work the actual ports. To test if it will actually work before going through the motions, you can disable Windows Firewall - you'll be safe as long as you don't do anything safe.

You should also consider replacing Windows Firewall with something that works a little better - COMODO is free and gives Allow/Deny for anything that it doesn't recognise. This isn't an option for everyone though, and you will still need to add the exceptions either way.

3) Use the -tcp command line:

This forces the game to use TCP network connections over UDP.

Right click on Borderlands in your Steam, and select 'Properties', then click 'Set Launch Options' and type '-tcp'. You can also try right clicking the Steam shortcut and adding the same option to the shortcut of Steam - results are an odd split here - some people say it worked after, others claim there is no difference.

4) Check the integrity of game cache:

Seriously, there appears to be a single file that it will always fail to validate and download when you do this. Right click the game in your Steam library, select Properties and then click 'Local Files' and 'Verify Integrity of Game Cache' and wait a moment.

5) Reboot Steam

Some people are claiming that rebooting Steam makes a file download that makes the game work correctly - unlikely, but it wouldn't be the first time this was a solution.

6) Run Steam/the game as Administrator

Close the Steam.exe then simply right click Steam and select 'Run as Administrator'. Log into Steam then make a Borderlands 2 shortcut on your desktop and right click and run that as Administrator.


Running in slow motion[edit]

Shutdown Gigabyte's OC Guru overlay.
Remove all devices that tether to your PC via USB (a mobile phone with USB tethering enabled, for example).

Microsoft .NET Framework Client Profile Restarting Install[edit]

Make installation folder writable[11]
This is the preferred solution as it is the simplest, most convenient and safest option.
  1. Right click on the folder <path-to-game>
  2. Click properties, and uncheck the 'read-only' option.
  3. When starting the game, the .NET should update one more time.
  4. The next time the game is launched, the .NET will not attempt to install again.
Click 'No' To Allow Changes[12]
  1. After launching the game, it will ask to allow it to make changes to your computer.
  2. Click 'No' at this stage.
  1. Open regedit (Run > regedit) and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Valve\Steam\Apps\49520
  2. Right click and add a DWORD named NET40Redist and give it a value of 1.
Ultimate editing steps[13]
  1. If you have other installers launching, look at the installscript.vdf which you can find in the installation folder.
  2. Open installscript.vdf with Notepad and look at the names in quotes before each line of process 1.
  3. Add the DWORD with a value of 1 which will tell steam the process has been completed and it will not launch again.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 3.3 OS X and Linux only.
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX Linux version is not GPU accelerated.
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Input SDL2 Linux only.
Cutscenes Bink
Multiplayer Steamworks

Console commands[edit]

Parameter Description
Stat FPS Displays the current FPS in game.
ToggleHUD Toggles the HUD on and off.
FOV Allows you to adjust the FOV beyond the range available from the Video Options menu. Note that some rendering issue may occur with very large or very small FOV settings.
Exit Allows you to quickly exit the game.
Quit Allows you to quickly exit the game.
Gamma value Allows you set the Gamma value (brightness) beyond the bounds of the Video Options menu. Value is a floating point number (for example, 2.5).
SetRes HxV Allows you to set a custom screen resolution to a value other than what is offered in the Video Options menu. H is the horizontal resolution. V is the verical resolution (for example, "setres 1024x768").
Shot Take a screenshot.
Screenshot Take a screenshot.
TiledShot 6 128 Take an ultra resolution screen shot, more info here. To take a tiled screenshot you must turn the cell shade off, Disable Cel-Shading Outlines.

Enable the console[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Open WillowInput.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following section and add these values.


Open the console with Ctrl+~ or Ctrl+\.

Disable black outlines[edit]

Disable outlines
  1. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following line and set it to this value.

Disable dynamic shadows[edit]

Disable dynamic shadows
  1. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Change DynamicShadows=True to DynamicShadows=False


Dynamic Shadows are a big resource hog, causing computers that exceed the recommended specs to see big FPS drops.

Disable reflections[edit]

Disabling reflections
  1. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Set AllowImageReflections and AllowImageReflectionShadowing to false

Reduced particles[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following line and set it to this value.

Force Software PhysX[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Open WillowGame.ini in the configuration files location
  2. add this to the end of the file and set as read only:
  1. Open willowengine.ini
  2. where it says [Engine.Engine] add this:

Turn Off Texture Streaming[edit]

Edit Configuration File
  1. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location
  2. change these lines:
  1. Save as Read-Only

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual core 2.3 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB 20 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
NVIDIA GeForce 8500
256 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 5850
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
512 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5, 10.8.2, 10.9.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.2 GHz Intel Quad Core, 2.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
NVIDIA GeForce 8800
256 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 5750
512 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad
2.4 GHz AMD Phenom II X4
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) NVidia GeForce 260
1 GB of VRAM


  1. Borderlands 2: Profiles and save games are not saved cross-platform in the Steam Cloud. : Aspyr Support
  2. Borderlands 2: Detailed widescreen report | WSGF
  3. NVidia Anti-Aliasing Guide (updated)
  4. Inside the Box: Adding a Colorblind Mode to Borderlands 2 - Gearbox Software
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  7. Borderlands 2 FAQ (STEAM) : Aspyr Support
  8. borderlands 2 - How can I set up a LAN game over Hamachi? - Arqade
  9. restarts my PC after clicking play in the launcher. - The Gearbox Software Forums
  10. Can't connect to Borderlands 2? Potential fixes live here! - Reddit
  11. [PSA] .NET install issue fix for Steam // other launch issues and common questions addressed (PC) - Reddit
  12. Borderlands 2 keeps asking me to restart computer to complete .net installation? - GameShampoo
  13. 13.0 13.1 Encountering a problem with install. .Net - The Gearbox Software Forums