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Experience points (also exp or XP) are the primary reward for undertaking adventures in Borderlands. Every character starts with 0 experience points and at level 1. Completing missions and killing hostile creatures results in experience points awarded to all of the characters present in the group. Completing achievements or challenges will also increase exp.

Experience points can be gained during the course of the game, and can only be lost by exiting the game without saving. Should an unsaved exit occur, the experience total will be reverted to the most recent game save.

Levels (Experience Table)

Level XP
required
Skill
points
1 0 0
2 358 0
3 1,241 0
4 2,850 0
5 5,376 1
6 8,997 2
7 13,886 3
8 20,208 4
9 28,126 5
10 37,798 6
11 49,377 7
12 63,016 8
13 78,861 9
14 97,061 10
15 117,757 11
16 141,092 12
17 167,207 13
18 196,238 14
19 228,322 15
20 263,595 16
21 302,190 17
22 344,238 18
23 389,873 19
24 439,222 20
25 492,414 21
26 549,578 22
27 610,840 23
28 676,325 24
29 746,158 25
30 820,463 26
31 899,363 27
32 982,980 28
33 1,071,436 29
34 1,164,850 30
35 1,263,343 31
36 1,367,034 32
37 1,476,041 33
38 1,590,483 34
39 1,710,476 35
40 1,836,137 36
41 1,967,582 37
42 2,104,926 38
43 2,248,285 39
44 2,397,772 40
45 2,553,501 41
46 2,715,586 42
47 2,884,139 43
48 3,059,273 44
49 3,241,098 45
50 3,429,728 46
51 3,625,271 47
52 3,827,840 48
53 4,037,543 49
54 4,254,491 50
55 4,478,792 51
56 4,710,556 52
57 4,949,890 53
58 5,196,903 54
59 5,451,701 55
60 5,714,394 56
61 5,985,086 57
62 6,263,885 58
63 6,550,897 59
64 6,846,227 60
65 7,149,982 61
66 7,462,266 62
67 7,783,184 63
68 8,112,840 64
69 8,451,341 65
70 8,798,790 66
71 9,155,280 67
72 9,520,932 68

In both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 the amount of experience necessary to reach level x equals ceil(60x2.8 − 60).

Once the experience is gained, the character will increase his or her level automatically. The maximum level in Borderlands is 69 with The Secret Armory of General Knoxx and patch 1.4.1 installed. Players with only the patch are limited to level 58. If neither the DLC nor the patch is installed, the maximum level is 50 in non-Game Of The Year editions. The maximum level in Borderlands 2 is 50, with an increase to 61 after the Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode patch is released on April 2, 2013, and a further upgrade to 72 after the release of the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack Two: Digistruct Peak Challenge. Both upgrade packs have to be purchased first in order to gain the level cap increase.

When a level is gained, the words "Level Up" will overlay the screen. At this point, health and shield capacity are filled to their new maximum, and the action skill's cooldown is completed. In addition, downed Vault Hunters will automatically gain a Second Wind.

Increasing in level will automatically increase the character's health and melee damage. In addition, every level from 5 onward grants the character one skill point, resulting in 46 skill points at level 50, 54 at level 58, and 65 at level 69. In Borderlands the character can also acquire one free skill point in each of the two playthroughs from Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot and Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, meaning a character can accumulate up to 69 skill points.

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