Borderlands 3 Bloody Harvest Halloween event: How to search the galaxy for a ghost, Bloody Harvest rewards explained

Spooky events are occuring on the Sanctuary III.

Bloody Harvest is the seasonal Halloween event for Borderlands 3.

Take your favourite Vault Hunter to the terrifying realm of Heck to fight undead enemies and the skeletal Captain Haunt.

If you manage to survive, then you'll be rewarded. Maybe you'll receive a new Vault Hunter skin or even a legendary shotgun.

Bloody Harvest is a free event and will run from the spooky end of October to the festive beginning of December.

What to do in the Borderlands 3 Bloody Harvest event, including 'search the galaxy for a ghost'

Throughout the Bloody Harvest event, you'll be able to encounter Haunted enemies across the Borderlands 3 galaxy.

All Haunted enemies will have a glow to them, allowing you to quickly spot them. Watch out though - Haunted enemies have the ability to inflict you with the Terror debuff, which will affect your aim by clouding your vision.

These are what you are looking for as part of the opening 'search the galaxy for a ghost' quest step.

Killing Haunted enemies will reward you with a new substance called, Hecktoplasm. Doing so will update your quest objective, requiring you to get 25 of these to continue the questline.

Take this Hecktoplasm to the Sanctuary III, where you'll find Maurice, a very chatty Saurain. Maurice will offer you a repeatable mission for you to complete throughout Bloody Harvest.

Using the Hecktoplasm, Maurice will be able to open a portal to Heck.

In Heck, you'll be able to fight against waves of undead Maliwan soldiers. Turns out the people you kill don't always stay dead...

These zombies are supported by a host of Rakk-o'-Lanterns (pumpkins that kill) and Ratch, who've clearly been reading The Rats by James Herbert.

If you manage to survive these enemies and reach the very heart of Heck, you'll be able to fight Captain Haunt.

Different Ghost Types for Bloody Harvest explained

There are three different types of ghosts for you to hunt down during Bloody Harvest. Ghosts can haunt both human enemies and the 'friendly' wildlife of the Borderlands solar system.

Regular ghosts can appear in any enemy and have a green glow. Once you've killed its host, this ghost will transform into a green skull and will fly towards you.

If don't kill a green Ghost in time it will either vanish or infect you with the Terror debuff.

A regular ghost both inhabiting a human vessel and in its true form.

Badass enemies can be haunted by Badass Ghosts, which give their victims a red glow. These ghosts appear as red skulls and will attack you with various fire attacks, until you destroy it.

A Badass Ghost both inhabiting a human vessel and in its true form.

Finally, if your lucky, you may encounter a Loot Ghost. These ghosts give the enemies they're haunting a gold glow and appear as a golden skull. This skull will begin to fly away from you, so make sure you chase it down, because it will drop some great loot.

A Loot Ghost both inhabiting a human vessel and in its true form.

All the ghosts will also drop one Hecktoplasm, which you must collect for Maurice.

Bloody Harvest Challenges in Borderlands 3

With the arrival of Bloody Harvest comes 15 unique, Halloween themed, challenges for you to complete. Successfully completing each challenge will help you unlock a variety of cosmetic items.

The Bloody Harvest challenges are:

  • An Eye for Quality Hecktoplasm - Kill 20 Loot Ghosts
  • Chaotic Good Cleric - Kill 500 Ghosts in Mayhem Mode
  • Charon's Toll - Collect 50 pieces Bloody Harvest Loot
  • Easy as Pumpkin Pie - Solve the Pumpkin Puzzle
  • El Campeón Fantasmal - Kill Haunted El Dragón Jr.
  • Exorcist - Kill 150 Haunted Badasses
  • Friends Don't Die - Killed Haunted Demoskaggon
  • Heckraiser - Loot a Bloody Harvest Legendary
  • I am Rakkman! - Kill Haunted Rakkman
  • Lawful Good Cleric - Kill 250 Ghosts
  • My Boss Has Been Ghosting Me All Week - Kill Captain Haunt 25 times
  • Nate's Hostile - Kill Haunted Borman Nates
  • Pumpkin Spiced - Equip three pieces of Bloody Harvest loot at the same time
  • Reap What You Sow, Bro - Kill Captain Haunt with a Bloody Harvest gun
  • Snowball's Chance in Heck - Kill 100 Haunted enemies with cryo damage in The Heck Hole

Bloody Harvest Rewards in Borderlands 3

Travelling to Heck will allow you to find some great new guns. This includes the legendary shotgun, Fearmonger, a new grenade mod, a new shield mod and a selection of new Anointed weapons.

Each Anointed weapon will have the ability to inflict the Terror debuff onto your enemies, which will cloud their vision and affect their accuracy.

You can also unlock a variety of cosmetic items by completing Bloody Harvest exclusive challenges.

These cosmetic rewards include:

  • A Shrunk n' Dead trinket - unlocked after completing 4 challenges
  • A HECK-3 ECHO Device skin - unlocked after completing 8 challenges
  • If Spooks Could Kill Vault Hunter Skin - unlocked after completing 12 challenges
  • Ghoul Metal Grey Weapon Skin - unlocked after completing 15 challenges

The new Vault Hunter skins will also change the appearance of Moze's Iron Bear and Fl4k's pets if you're wearing them.

Halloween skins for Borderlands 3

Each cosmetic item will be unlocked by completing a certain number of Bloody Harvest challenges. Your progress in these challenges is automatically logged and you'll receive your reward once they've been completed.

Borderlands 3 has arrived! Check out our skill tree guides for Amara, Fl4k, Moze and Zane.

If you're looking for more challenges to complete, check out our guides on the Dead Claptraps, Broadcast Towers, Eridian Writing,Hijack Targets, Legendary Hunts and Typhon Logs and Typhon Dead Drops. If you want some easy rewards, consult our Borderlands 3 Shift Codes and VIP Codes page.

When you've finished Borderlands 3, visit our guides on Guardian Rank and Rewards, Mayhem Mode and True Vault Hunter mode to learn more about what you unlock in the post-game.

Bloody Harvest in Borderlands 3 start date and end date

Bloody Harvest, the Halloween event for Borderlands 3, will run from Thursday 24th October to Thursday 5th December.

This seasonal event will be free for all players throughout this entire period, so don't worry about having to complete all the challenges in one go!

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