Borderlands 2: How to Unlock Golden Keys & Veteran Skins

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Borderlands 2 is all about the loot, and apparently it’s all about unlockable bonus rewards too. If you pre-order, you’ll get yourself a shiny gold key, but if you’re reading this page now after release, you aren’t out of luck! There are more ways to unlock the desirable key. You can also get rewarded for playing the first Borderlands, as long as you have a save file. Learn more about Golden keys and veteran skins below.

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How to Unlock Golden Keys & Veteran Skins

If you own a PC, you can cheat to unlock as many Golden Keys as you want, or unlock every promo item. Find the full PC cheat guide here.

Golden Keys

  • There are multiple ways to get your hands on a Golden Key.
  • First, you’ll gain a Golden Key for pre-ordering Borderlands 2. If you’ve pre-ordered, you can redeem your pre-order code for a key.
  • If you missed the pre-order window, you’ve still got options. Signing up for the in-game Gearbox Shift program will reward you with a free Golden Key the next time you play.
  • Gearbox is planning on giving away more keys for future promotions and events, so watch the news ticker in Borderlands 2.
  • To use the Golden Key, look near the fast-travel Terminal for a Golden Loot Box. Opening it will reward you with loot based on your level. Try to restrain yourself, opening it will use up your key, so try to save it for later in the game for better loot!

Veteran Skins

  • Unlockable veteran skins are available for anyone with a Borderlands 1 save file on their console / gaming system of choice.

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2 Comments on Borderlands 2: How to Unlock Golden Keys & Veteran Skins


On September 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I was hoping they would reward people with a little something extra for having a save file from the first game. Not every company does this even though it’s a pretty simple way to say thank you to your fans.


On September 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

i have pre ordered and signed up for shift at and in game it said i have unlocked golden keys but when i go to the chest in sanctuary it says i do not have any golden keys…but my gf who i played split screen with has a golden key…wtf?