Psst! You there. Yes you! Over here. That’s it, don’t be shy…
Have you heard about the Golden Keys? Y’know, those special ones that can unlock a secret golden chest in Borderlands 2 said to contain extremely rare loot? Oh, you’ve got one. You must’ve pre-ordered the upcoming FPSRPG from a Premiere Club retailer – or perhaps you were lucky enough to snag a code from a press event or promotional giveaway.
But do you know how it works, courageous vault hunter? No? Then listen closely.
Gearbox Software’s Community Manager Chris Faylor has published important information and instructions on the official Gearbox forums that you would be wise to read. Here’s a copy of his transcript:
So, you’ve got a Golden Key in your profile and you start up the game. What happens next?
Firstly, you’ll have to get to the city of Sanctuary. This should take you about three hours (two hours to play through the missions leading up to Sanctuary, and one hour for physical recovery after you injure yourself laughing at the impeccably written dialog).
Then, you’ve got a decision to make. See, the loot inside the Golden Chest is always of “very rare” (purple) quality and scaled to your character’s level at the moment you open the chest. If you’ve only got one Key, you need to consider: do I want some high-quality loot right now, or do I want to wait until I’m closer to the (considerably more difficult) end of the game? Do I want my Level 21 Maya to open the chest, or should I switch to my Level 33 Axton?
Keep in mind that you cannot trade or sell Golden Keys, and once you’ve used a Key to open the Golden Chest, that Key is gone for good. So, you know. Choose carefully.
Whatever your decision, the loot you get from the Golden Chest is like any other piece of loot in the game – you can trade it, stash it, or sell it at your own discretion!
All clear and understood? Perfect.
Borderlands 2 launches for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on September 18th in the United States, and September 21st internationally. Pre-order to secure your Golden Key today!