Episode three of New stories from the borderland are called Capital Pains. In it, the main crew think of a way to use their newly acquired green healing crystal. And when they figure that out, their attention turns to earning the money required to make their goals possible.
It’s a fun episode that’s different from a typical Borderlands narrative. However, it is not a story that tells itself. The episode is filled with interaction, from big decisions to be made to QTEs (quick time events) to be completed. Here’s everything you need to do to beat it and collect Vaultlanders in the process.
Shooting friends at Frans’s Place
In the first scene of the episode – besides the opening story – everything three main characters are in Frans’ shop with LOU13.
That’s enough dialog selection and button presses you have to do. Some of them affect your skateboard score, but don’t change much beyond that.
The first important decision has you choose which of your friends you want to shoot like Anu. This is to test the healing properties of the crystal you picked up in the previous episode.
You can choose LOU13, Fran or Octavio as a goal. There are no major consequences to your choice, as everyone lives. However, if you choose LOU13, you will find that the crystal does not work on mechanical beings.
Craft Anu’s Healing Device (includes how to obtain Vasquez’s Vaultlander)
Once the crystal testing is over, Anu intends to fix her device and add the crystal to it. Therefore you get to walk around the froyo store and look for items that will help.
There are many things in the store to interact with, look at or scan. So, feel free to explore.
One thing you might want to check out before picking up all the important items is fridge in the back room.
This is because when you inspect the thing, the Vaultlander-loving guard from last episode appears. He challenges you to another Vaultlander match. Beat him to get his figure.
The things you need to progress in the story are as follows:
- Camera inside the jukebox: There is a jukebox on the opposite side of the store from the giant hole. Scan it to find a camera inside. Interact with the machine to get the camera out.
- Bottle: Next to LOU13 and the giant hole in the wall is a water bottle that you need to pick up.
- Tape: Behind the counter is a piece of tape with Fran’s logo on it. Collect the scroll.
- Fuse: There is a safe in the back room. Scan it and remove a fuse.
Anu puts everything together to make a more makeshift version of her device. However, it does not work immediately. So it is time for another relaxing minigame.
Rotate the device to slap the front camera and the bottle behind.
Now Anu continues into the test phase. So she cuts her hand, and you must choose who you want with the new healing device.
It is a right choice between Fran or Octavio. Both get the job done.
Get into the sink or swim
In the second scene, the crew tries to get a spot on an investment show where they can come investors for their new invention.
The first obstacle is the bouncer, who is unwilling to let you in. Still, it’s okay because he says his own name, which triggers LOU13 to shoot him in the head.
But in retrospect, even LOU13 admits that the bouncer’s transgression may not have deserved death. But he still offers the money he got from the murder to the rest of the team.
It’s up to you whether Octavio accepts or rejects the cash. The former earns you money, but Anu will be upset with Octavio.
Interaction with the competition
Out of respect for the fallen bouncer, LOU13 takes his place, while the rest of the crew enter. Immediately when they enter the place, they are greeted by another Sink Or Swim competitor named Pierre.
He tries to talk you out and it works on Anu as she starts getting really nervous about the upcoming show.
As Octavio you can give her advice on how to deal with nerveswhich she might try to use later – not that it really helps matters.
Don’t worry, but Octavio gets the guy back by hacking his invention, resulting in a hacking minigame. As always with these, each stage of the minigame is random, but they’re all easy to beat. This leads to Pierre makes a bad pitch and gets killed for it.
Pitching on sink or swim
Now is your time go on the show and pitch.
To get started, you need to answer a few questions about your product. In the process you can give the thing a name.
Your answers don’t help on the pitch though, like the host dips Anu in the shark infested water anyway of what you say.
Then you have a long QTE where you have to capture the device and rescue Anu. She loses a leg in the conflict, but the healing gun solves the problem. As a result, another investor comes in and pays you the money the team demands
Talking to LOU13
After triumphantly exiting the show, LOU13 approaches you. He has a crisis regarding his constant killing.
So he asks Fran for advice. If you didn’t kill Hank in the first episode, you can make him feel better and improving his friendship with Fran by told him, “you’re fine.”
Anu’s Trip to the Morgue (Includes How to Get Roland Vaultlander)
In the last scene of the episode, Anu takes a trip to the morgue hoping to purchase a corpse for testing. While there, you meet a strange woman and talk to her. In the convo you get opportunity to name your company. After that you are set has control over Anu.
Your goal is to recapitulate the corpse in the center of the room. Before you do, however, you can acquire the next Vaultlander. To do so, go to the back corner of the room and inspect the refrigerator it is there.
The Vautlander-loving guard is in and wants another duel. Beat him to get his figure.
After you do that and are done roaming the room, you can focus on putting the head back on the corpse.
Start with raises his headthen go to candles in the corner of the room and grab the metal bar next to them.
Interact with the corpse to squeeze the rod down into the neck hole – you have to press a few buttons to achieve that. Now, do exactly the same for the head to put it on the other side of the bar.
When the terrible ordeal is over, the scary woman returns and ends up locks Anu in a coffin. The final interactive moment of the episode is a QTE where you have to try to knock yourself out. This is where episode three ends.
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