Borderlands 3 Zane Builds Guide – Best Builds, Recommended Skills, How to Build

Borderlands 3 Zane Builds Guide

Zane the Operative is one of the main characters in Borderlands 3. Zane can be considered both an offensive or defensive troop. He can relieve pressure away from him by sending out a clone. The clone can be targeted by enemies. He can also spawn an SNTNL drone that can rain heavy fire on enemies. This Zane Builds Guide will include all the details on some of the best builds for Zane the Operative in Borderlands 3 which you can pick depending on your playstyle.

Borderlands 3 Zane Builds

These are the recommended Zane builds which you should try out in BL3:

Undercover Barrier

This is more of a support type build for Zane. But it can also be used offensively if you use the Barrier and push your enemies. This Barrier can be upgraded by taking All-Rounder to augment.

The Barrier casts a dome and it will protect you from all sides. The Distributed Denial can bring many effects on your barrier. You can also pick the Deterrence Field. This is pretty good as it will create an electric field on the dome. If an enemy tries to touch it or get close to it, they will experience shock damage.

In this tree part, you can also pick Rise to the Occasion which will upgrade your regeneration of health. Another one you can pick is Stiff Upper Lip which increases resistance.

You need not worry about your barrier going down and being in a lot of pressure as Digi-Clone which is the second part of the tree can help a lot. If you are a defensive player who utilizes shield and attacks from range, then this build will be very good for you.

Under Cover

  • Adrenaline: 5/5
  • Hearty Stock: 3/3
  • Ready for Action: 5/5
  • Brainfreeze: 4/5
  • Stiff Upper Lip: 3/3
  • Rise to the Occasion: 5/5
  • Best Served Cold: 5/5
  • Refreshment: 3/3
  • Calm, Cool, Collected: 1/1
  • Distributed Denial: 1/1

Double Agent

  • Praemunitus: 1/3
  • Borrowed Time: 5/5
  • Donnybrook: 5/5
  • Fractal Frags: 1/1
  • Quick Breather: 1/1

SNTNL

This build is entirely based on your SNTNL drone. If you want to stay back and provide only cover fire for your drone, then this build is for you. The Hitman part of this tree is really important in this build.

You can use your SNTNL to the max potential and gets kills continuously to increase your drone time on the field. This build is all about getting kills off SNTNL so we have to focus on skills to get kills easy.

Pick Almight Ordinance to get area missiles for your drone which can do a lot of damage to enemies. Also, pick Winter’s Drone which adds cryo damage which can freeze enemies for a short period of time.

The Seein’ Red skill can activate all of your Kill Skills you might want to take that as well. On the Undercover side of the tree pick out more skills increase cryo damage output to the enemies and barrier upgrades.

Under Cover

  • Adrenaline: 5/5
  • Heart Stock: 3/3
  • Ready for Action: 5/5
  • Rise to the Occasion: 1/5
  • Confident Competence: 1/1
  • Really Expensive Jacket: 1/1
  • Best Served Cold: 3/5
  • Futility Belt: 1/1
  • Refreshment: 1/3
  • Calm, Cool, Collected: 1/1

Hitman

  • Violent Speed: 3/5
  • Cold Bore: 2/5
  • Violent Momentum: 4/5
  • Cool Hand: 3/5
  • Salvation: 3/5
  • Seein’ Red: 1/1
  • Violent Violence: 3/5
  • Playing Dirty: 4/4
  • Good Misfortune: 3/3
  • Death Follows Close: 1/1

All Rounder

This build makes use of a lot of skills but is mostly a defensive build. Calm, Cool, Collected can be used to regenerate shield and reset Action Skills cooldown.

The Brain Freeze can be very helpful as it slows down enemies a lot giving you time to regenerate or simply kill them. Digi-Clone can be used pretty effectively to get out of pressure areas so that your clone takes all the damage when you go into hiding to recover.

You can give cover fire alongside your SNTNL. Pick Almighty Ordnance to get area missiles for your drone. Getting more kills increases the time for SNTNL.

Under Cover

  • Adrenaline: 5/5
  • Brainfreeze: 5/5
  • Stiff Upper Lip: 3/3
  • Rise to the Occasion: 3/5
  • Confident Competence: 1/1
  • Really Expensive Jacket: 1/1
  • Best Served Cold: 1/5
  • Futility Belt: 1/1
  • Refreshment: 1/3
  • Calm, Cool, Collected: 1/1

Hitman

  • Violent Speed: 5/5
  • Violent Momentum: 5/5
  • Salvation: 4/5
  • Seein’ Red: 1/1

Double Agent

  • Synchronicity: 5/5
  • Fractal Frags: 1/1
  • Duct Tape Mod: 4/5
  • Quick Breather: 1/1

Terminal Velocity

This build is made to enhance one’s speed to get as many kills as you can. SNTNL and Digi-Clone skills can be very useful. You can use augment Bad Dose and Static Field on SNTNL and use Doppelbanger on Digi-Clone.

You can damage and use your speed to the maximum and get out of pressure points using the Digi-Clone. SNTNL can provide the extra heavy fire for you while you use your skills from the tree to the best.

Hitman

  • Violent Speed: 5/5
  • Violent Momentum: 5/5
  • Drone Delivery: 1/1
  • Salvation: 3/5
  • Death Followed Close: 1/1
  • Violent Violence: 5/5
  • Playing Dirty: 5/5
  • Seein’ Red: 1/1

Double Agent

  • Synchronicity: 5/5
  • Donnybrook: 5/5
  • Fractal Frags: 1/1
  • Duct Tape Mode: 4/5
  • Pocket Full of Grenades: 2/3
  • Old-U: 1/1
  • Supersonic Man: 3/3
  • Boom. Enhance: 1/1

Logan’s Gun(ner)

Another speed type but all-rounder build for Zane. You can use the skills Barrier and Digi-Clone. For the augments for Barrier add Charged Relay and Nanites or Some Shite. For the augments for Digi-Clone add Doppelbanger.

The barrier will protect you while you put your speed to the test. Digi-Clone can be used to get away from pressure areas.

Doubled Agent

  • Synchronicity: 5/5
  • Praemunitus: 3/3
  • Donnybrook: 5/5
  • Fractal Frags: 1/1
  • Duct Tape Mod: 4/5
  • Pocket Full of Grenades: 2/3
  • Old-U: 1/1
  • Supersonic Man: 3/3
  • Boom. Enhance: 1/1
  • Double Barrel: 1/1

Hitman

  • Violent Speed: 5/5
  • Violent Momentum: 5/5

Under Cover

  • Adrenaline: 5/5
  • Hearty Stock: 3/3
  • Stiff Upper Lip: 3/3
  • Confident Competence: 1/1

This marks the end of our Borderlands 3 Zane the Operative Builds Guide. If you would like to learn about builds for other characters, be sure to check out our Amara Builds, Moze Builds, and FL4K Builds.