Money is the most common currency on Pandora, referred to as dollars. Money is tracked by a counter in the player-character's inventory.
Money can be acquired by
- Looting fallen enemies.
- Looting lootable objects.
- Completing missions and receiving the mission rewards.
- Selling items at vending machines.
Money can be spent by
- Purchasing items from vending machines.
- Paying the mandatory reconstruction fee after character death, which is 7% of the player's total money.
- Relocating skill points (respecing)
- Tour of the world's largest bullet (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC only)
- Looking through telescopes.
- Using one of Moxxi's slot machines.
- Money is extremely plentiful in Borderlands. Money should be no object to any player of mid to high level, barring a spectacular death streak causing several taxing reconstruction fees.
- [Borderlands] The money counter in the player's inventory will not display beyond $9,999,999 dollars, although any more money will still be acquired (up to $2,147,483,648), if not shown. This also applies to item prices in stores.
- Players wishing to know exactly (+/- 7) how much money their characters have (and who don't mind losing 7% of it) may calculate this from the death of their characters. The 7% reconstruction fee will be displayed on the left of the screen along with the New-U message. The character's money before and after the reconstruction can be calculated as follows: money = fee*100/7 before or fee*93/7 after.
- The Borderlands LCD display for the Logitech G19 keyboard will show the correct money total even if it is above $9,999,999 (up to $2,147,483,648).
- In Borderlands 2, the money is limited to $99,999,999 and will not increase beyond that. Money is still 'auto-collected', but has no effect. (It is similar to picking up Eridium when carrying 500 stacks.)
- Mordecai's skill Swipe will cause enemies to drop extra money, in addition to extra ammunition and healing items.
- Brick's skill Prize Fighter has a chance to cause enemies to drop money.
- The mandatory reconstruction fee will be waived if the character has less than seven dollars.
- Money in-game appears in five forms: a small stack of money, a larger stack of money, a Marcus bobblehead (which gives much more money than the other two), a skag pearl and crytals dropped from a Crystalisk. The light that comes from the top is colored a dark yellow.