In this article, you will learn all you need to know about the most powerful weapon in the entire game that has been on top for almost a year. You will know how to get The Monarch in Borderlands 3.

Important! This weapon can only drop on Mayhem Level 6 or above. You will need to finish the story to unlock Mayhem Levels.

How The Monarch Works in Borderlands 3

The Monarch is an awesome fast-firing weapon that works on every character. It is a top-tier legendary, one of the best assault rifles and weapons overall in the game. The weapon can come in every element, and also in two different variants: x4 and x8. The latter will consume two ammo per shot.

The Monarch has a special ability that turns it into a real machine gun. You can switch your firing mode from a typical Assault Rifle into a Bipod mode. Its effect is that the weapon gets a lot more projectiles, and fire rate.

Now, let's see the specifications of the weapon, and then I will tell you how to get The Monarch in Borderlands 3.

The Monarch Specifications

Manufacturer: Vladof

Weapon Type: Assault Rifle

Rarity: Legendary

Base Ammo Consumption: 1 or 2 ammo per shot depending on the variant


  • Non-elemental
  • Fire
  • Shock
  • Corrosive
  • Cryo
  • Radiation

Damage Type Increases

  • Weapon Damage
  • Gun Damage
  • Assault Rifle Damage
  • Vladof Damage

Drop Location: Killervolt, Lectra City map on the planet Promethea

Drop Chance: 16.5%

Red Text: “The deadly sting of the monarch!”

Weapon Card:

How To Get The Monarch in Borderlands 3

Credit: Gearbox Software

How to Get The Monarch in Borderlands 3

In order to get the weapon, you must play on Mayhem Level 6 or above. You want to finish the side mission from the base game: "Kill Killavolt".

After completing the mission and getting rid of Killavolt, the enemy/ex of Moxxi, you will be able to return to this map and farm that boss over and over, to get some of the best loot, including The Monarch.

It is a boss that has mostly shields and a little bit of health underneath. You will need to use shock or radiation against the shield and fire versus health bar to effectively defeat the boss. After doing so there is a 16.5% chance of getting The Monarch.

It has a low drop chance, especially if you are looking for a specific anointment. However, on April 8th, in the new patch to Borderlands 3, you will be able to reroll anointments on weapons for the right price [eridium]. It might make farming for the perfect The Monarch a lot easier, but you definitely know everything you need on now how to get The Monarch in Borderlands 3.

Is The Monarch Worth the Effort?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes!

It is still, in my opinion, the most powerful weapon in the game. The Monarch just kills everything that moves (or stands). All it takes for you is to pull the trigger, control the recoil, and the rain of bullets will melt the enemies. It is a literal wall of firepower. It can also come in every element, so matching them should not be a problem.

Hopefully, after this article, you know exactly how to get The Monarch in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands 3 is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One X/S, and Xbox Series X/S.

For more Borderlands 3 news, check out our DLC Release article.

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