Double XP in Battleborn This Weekend and a New Hero Next Week

By Kevin Tavore, 7 months ago
Gearbox has just announced that the next new hero, Alani, will be coming to Battleborn on May 24th for season pass owners as well as those who bought the digital deluxe edition of the game. Those who don't meet those requirements will need to wait until May 31st to finally play her.

Alani is a healer with an aquatic theme.Alani is a healer with an aquatic theme.

A member of the Eldrid faction who was raised as a healer, but forced to be a warrior, Alani is all that remains of her order after Rendain’s Jennerit Imperium stole the oceans from her world. As a warrior from a planet with vast seas, Alani’s attacks and abilities revolve around her power to control water to dish out pain, or heal her fellow Battleborn.
With Alani's release comes information about how players will unlock new characters. What's that? You need to unlock them? Indeed, that seems to be the case. Alani can be unlocked for only 47,500 credits, which is many hours of play. Luckily, owners of the season pass or digital deluxe edition will receive a hero key each time a new character is released, which allows them to instantly unlock any character and play them.

Want to unlock Alani without paying the credits cost? You're in luck!Want to unlock Alani without paying the credits cost? You're in luck!

Here's what Gearbox has to say regarding exactly how hero keys will work.

Want to unlock Ghalt before getting to Command Rank 40? Then you’re in luck! Starting with the release of Alani, Digital Deluxe and Season Pass holders will receive one Hero Key to instantly unlock ANY hero in the game with each new hero release. To use a key, just head to the Battleborn Character screen in the Command Center and choose the character you want to unlock. You can also use these keys to instantly unlock newly released heroes like Alani, saving you the time it would otherwise take to earn enough credits to do that:

Here’s even more good news: Hero Keys are reusable! If you complete the challenge objective or reach the required Command Rank at any time after unlocking a hero using a Hero Key, then that Hero Key will be returned to you and you can then use that Hero Key to unlock another hero.
The event you've all been waiting for.The event you've all been waiting for.

Beginning May 20th and running through May 25th, Battleborn will have double XP. That includes not only command rank XP, but character rank XP. This will help you directly with these two achievements:

BattlebornFirst Among HeroesThe First Among Heroes achievement in Battleborn worth 130 pointsComplete a match or mission and reach rank 15 with a Battleborn.

BattlebornBattlebornThe Battleborn achievement in Battleborn worth 231 pointsReach Command Rank 100 and earn the Battleborn title.

You may also want to think about working on the characters that require certain mutations to complete all their challenges, such as Toby:

BattlebornAnxious, Angry, and AdorableThe Anxious, Angry, and Adorable achievement in Battleborn worth 98 pointsComplete all Toby lore challenges.

Gearbox plans to release more information on Alani when she releases on Tuesday. We will let you know when we hear more.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
Purveyor of news articles and the occasional walkthrough or op-ed. The American equivalent of Aristotle. Likes almost all genres but has an unhealthy aversion to exploration and puzzles. Nicest place he'd never want to go? Japan.