November 30th 2012 11:00 am PT

*EXPIRED* Grab your Golden Key for Borderlands 2 while they last . . .

Update: That’s it…they’re all gone. I hope you got one!

I’ve got a very special Free Code Friday today: Golden Keys for Borderlands 2.


The above key can only be used once per account so don’t wait, redeem it now so you can get in on the lootin’. Also, don’t forget we’ve unlocked Xbox LIVE Gold for many regions this weekend, so it’s the perfect time show off the new weapon you’ve unlocked with some Borderlands 2 co-op.

Some notes about the SHiFT codes:

  • To redeem a code, select "Extras" on the main menu of Borderlands 2 and choose "SHiFT Codes" then follow the on-screen instructions.
  • The above code will only work on the Xbox 360 version of Borderlands 2
  • SHiFT requires Xbox LIVE Gold and the account user must be at least 18 years of age.
  • For further details about what a Golden Key is and how/where to redeem is, hit the Gearbox forums

The above code should work for a few hours, so don’t wait. Follow me on Twitter and I’ll let you know when the keys are gone.  Thanks again to Gear Box Software for making this special set of codes.

Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Ross

    Is there any way to redeem these online? Or MUST it be done through the console? (rather inconvenient for those of us in the 9-to-5 grind)

    • John Hough

      Agreed, I can’t get to my console for another 7 hours. Sucks.

    • Lord Vanion

      I’ve asked before and the answer is no. It sucks. Sometimes they are valid for upwards of 3-4 hours so give it a try when you get to your console. You never know.

    • Nathan Miles

      I can get to a console but there are no copies of Borderlands 2 around….Why can’t the Shift site allow redemption?

    • Matthew Hage

      I’ve had codes be good for nearly twelve to thirteen hours. Can never hurt to try.

  • BoB1673

    would be great if we could

  • Georgeclooney Jones

    So this isn’t a 5×5 that I can redeem from XBL marketplace?

    • Nathan Miles

      It is only redeemable via the game menu as stated above.

    • Major Nelson

      Did you miss this line in my post ?

      “For further details about what a Golden Key is and how/where to redeem is, hit the Gearbox forums

  • Chris Pittillo

    I really wish these could be entered via a website or mobile app; having to actually enter them through the game means I miss out on almost all of them while I’m at the office.

  • Lord Vanion

    Worked for me!! Thanks sir!!!!

  • Mars Jo

    Gearbox has a list if codes they are releasing over today and tomorrow at different time. Check out Gearbox’s twitter.

  • Timurse

    Ok I did it :D It even said that the key was the special one from Major Nelson (though it’s just the fourth in my Golden Key stack).

    • Angel_North

      Would be also nice if you knew if it was for WinPC or console. I took leave from work to make sure I was here

  • Michael Styons

    Xbox360 only? Lame…

    • Lee Rayson


    • Major Nelson

      Xbox 360 only. Not lame.

      • David Schreiber

        Why not for the Windows version?

      • Angel_North

        Yeah kinda blows

        • ungeheier

          Follow Gearbox on twitter and facebook and there will be codes given out all weekend.

    • Mike Klepper

      Does Major Nelson work for Sony?……idiot.

    • Calvin Chou

      I sure hope you are joking, Why? Major Nelson is a Microsoft represenative, why would he post a code for PS3?

    • Chris White

      XBOX360=Big Boy Console
      Thanks Major Nelson!

      • Shawn DeRonda

        yeah cause u know all the cool ppl want to pay to play i think u meant to say x-box 360 worthlesspiece of junk

        • Chris White

          little kids play on PS3. That’s a known fact. XBOX GFX are far superior.

    • H0RIZ0N

      This is clearly a website for xbox users. -__-

  • Sandra Snethen

    I wish I could redeem it! That would mean that I wasn’t sitting in my office right now, but in my living room.

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    thanks Major. this gives me a reason to resume playing BL2 again

  • Chairman Meow

    when does the code expire?

    • Travis Powell

      They usually only last three hours from posting.

    • Angel_North

      I think 3 hours after issued in ur time zone

  • RampageDeluxe

    Thanks a ton, Major!

  • Filip Aleksandrow

    for a moment I though this was a code for Borderlands 2 game, but I guess its just some addon since it than says it needs to be redeemed from within Borderlands 2 game menus. Misguiding a bit.

    • Matthew Hage

      Except it states it’s for a Golden Key in the title. And the description states you have to go in-game in Borderlands 2 through the Extras menu to enter it, and that it is a SHIFT code. Reading is fundamental.

  • Lee Rayson

    Thanks Mayor although i have better weapons already than the golden chest gives

  • Tyrol Yome

    Thank you. ;)

  • John Kelly

    well it’s dead, hurry up and close this webpage, it’s just a complaint forum now. and bait for pissing people off.

    • ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

      I just used it 5 seconds ago…

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      you put in wrong code dude.

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        just used it 1 sec ago.

    • That guy.

      The codes are good from 6pm (CT) -9pm (CT). Don’t you guys read the tweets?

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    code still works i got it earlier and waited till just now to put it in.

  • Karl Cramer

    I think people miss the point of why SHiFT codes can only be entered from within the game. Gear Box wants you to fire it up and play. I agree with all of you 100% that it would more convenient if we could enter it through an app or online. Especially if you’re away from home. But understand why they do what they do. It’s easy for games, even excellent games, to get lost in the holiday game deluge, competing with other AAA games.
    This SHiFT scheme is devious as it is brilliant. People don’t want to miss out on rare items. They’re forced to turn on the game. Boom! You just added to Borderlands 2 ranks on the most played list. You’re reminded about Borderlands 2 while we’re in the midst of Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 hype. And I can’t be the only one who started up Borderlands 2 to enter a SHiFT code and get suckered into playing for a bit. That bit then mysteriously turns into a couple of hours. Like I said, devious as it is brilliant.

    • Travis Powell

      I, myself, have about 11 or so keys saved up in anticipation for the level cap increase.

      • ungeheier

        Or at some point they give out better loot from that box.

  • christian blåsberg

    thanks alot :-)

  • Vince

    Next gen xbox in 2013!?!?!

  • Chris White

    Code still worked as of 15 minutes ago.

  • Scott Schroeder

    Major THANKS! Situations like this promo I’m always too late for them!
    You rock! Happiest of holidays brother!

  • Russell Gorall

    Thanks for Gearbox giving something free away for free, and thanks to Major Nelson for a free blog post to the wizards behind Duke Nukem Forever and Borderlands 2 Morederlands.

  • frankgrimes78

    Lol, nice it even says from Major Nelson. I thought that was a nice touch. Only thing I’m afraid to use these things, I have never ever gotten a gun! Just shields and stuff,

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  • Xenokai

    you know i would enjoy this gold key is i wasnt hit with the massive freezing bug that can hit your account. MS/Gearbox need to FIX THIS FREEZING PROBLEMS!!! I played the game for liek 300 hours with no freezing then i was hit with the freeze bug now i cant play but 5 mins and itl freeze!!!


    Nope you cant use the code online i tried


    any news on the rumors spreading online about the release of XBox 720

  • Major Nelson

    FAQ: No. I don’t have any codes for PS3 or Windows.

  • Clayton Nunn

    thanks sooo much for these golden keys I just wanted to thankyou I truely love playing this game its all we speak about at work except my friend play playstation and I’m 360 xbox

  • ungeheier

    Still works as of 4pm PST.

  • Tim Wendorf

    Hi Major, Thank you for the shift code to Borderlands 2. It is an Amazing game. Sure appericate getting to have a Golden key to use.

  • 1ChanceGaming

    Just now tried one and it still works!

  • Sparda the Chocobo

    Code is now officially expired :/ My brother put it in on his account, played for a bit (we only have one disk), then when I tried to put it in… Well, that’s life I suppose :P

  • Major Nelson

    The codes are now all gone. Thanks everyone.

    Locking this thread now.