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Borderlands 3 Hidden Message Hints At The Destroyer’s Return

A familiar boss from the first Borderlands could be returning if this Borderlands 3 hidden message is correct.
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With Borderlands 3 officially on the way and an action-packed announcement trailer confirming some of our favorites making their grand re-debut, fans of the Gearbox franchise are excited to see where else the looter shooter can go. From new faces, to returning characters, the third entry in the series seems to be the perfect blend of new and old. Given that sentiment, some familiar bosses would also do well with long-time fans, and according to one YouTuber – one Borderlands boss in particular could be poised to make his return. 

YouTuber Joltzdude139 discovered what the morse code hidden away in the Borderlands Twitch channel offline screen, and for those that loved taking on The Destroyer – it looks to be good news. 

According to the morse code translation, the first message reads “Where is the first Vault Hunter,” whereas the second message – the much more telling one – seems to ask “Who is the Destroyer?” The Destroyer, for those unfamiliar, was a tentacled nightmare that was held prisoner in the vaulet by the Eridians. Having been imprisioned for thousands of years, his eventual escape led to a bloody battle where he eventually perished at the end of Borderlands. 

The Destroyer was easily identified not only by his tentacles, but by his one glaring eye as well. That same eye was then harvested by Handsome Jack upon his defeat in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel where he turned it into a very powerful weapon called the Eye of Helios. 

It was presumed that the Destroyer was killed, though the message seems to hint otherwise. Since we actually didn’t see him die, it was only heavily implied, this could mean a pretty huge comeback for the third entry. Fan theories then came out in droves, speculating that the Destroyer could be the first Vault Hunter, especially given the presence of the first question in the Twitch offline screen: “Where is the first Vault Hunter?”

It could mean something big, or it could be just one giant game to mess with fans before the game’s official release. Randy Pitchford and co. have done stranger things in the past. 

As for the game itself, Borderlands 3 is slated for a September 13th release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. 

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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!