Borderlands 3’s Claptrap the robot gets major upgrade and can finally climb stairs


Claptrap has upgraded, stairs no longer fear him (Picture: Gearbox)

Claptrap has been with us since the beginning of the Borderlands journey, and after four instalments he can finally do something useful… well sort of.

Borderlands fans should know who you mean when you mention the singular wheeled Claptrap. Some might call it that annoying robot and others only remember it as that small machine that likes to bump into walls and dance.

Throughout the entire series, Claptrap’s greatest failing (there are many) is the inability to climb stairs – he does only have one wheel in his defence.

One particular Borderlands 2 gag remains in the hearts of many is when you and Claptrap are heading towards the confrontation with Handsome Jack. Your robot friend is bragging himself up, talking big, when the final gate opens to reveal… a flight of stairs – Claptraps ultimate weakness.

Yet, the community has gone crazy over the revelation that Claptrap is now 100% capable of conquering stairs, as this is the first time in the entire franchise that this has happened, as shown by the images and videos on Reddit. Right off the bat, he’s climbing like it’s his only function all along.

There’s a few references to dead Claptraps within Borderlands 3, with one in including a stair-climbing module its owner accidentally forgot to turn on or perhaps, what is more likely is that Claptrap could have stolen the module between the events of Borderlands 2 and 3 after he suffers from severe loneliness.

Perhaps Claptraps new skills are the reason why so many people are playing, with Borderlands 3 player count doubling that of the previous title, even on the PC where the launch was not so smooth.

Our review is now finally up for Borderlands 3.

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