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I've noticed that I have been able to increase my effective backpack/inventory space by receiving quest rewards and never selling weapons/items. If you get an item from a quest when you have a full backpack, you go from 27/27 to 28/27. Since backpack space+bank space are annoyingly small to me, I've been using/abusing this feature to get a backpack space of more like 36/27 or more. Is there a limit to how far that I can take this? I haven't noticed any downsides; I just swap weapons from my hands to the one on the ground if I want to pick one up (this doesn't increase the number of things I'm carrying, it just allows me to still acquire loot by trading it with the stuff in my backpack). Is there an upper limit to the backpack size with this technique, or can I effectively increase my backpack space ad infinitum?

For reference, my current backpack size looks like this:

Backpack size: 46/27

Update:

I now have a backpack size of approximately 150/27, and am not experiencing any difficulties, aside from occasional issues when trying to trade with other players (I seem to have to give as many items as I receive, or the other player's game complains that my backpack is full).

  • Normally, you can only go over your backpack-limit by receiving items from mission rewards. Are you sure that your old weapon is not dropped when you switch it out with some new weapon laying on the ground? – Essi Apr 27 '19 at 8:45
  • @Essi Yes it does drop the weapon I'm holding, but it retains the increased backpack size. So as long as I don't sell a weapon, and only swap, I can hold more things than my allotted space says I should. I'll try to make that clearer – fyrepenguin Apr 27 '19 at 18:46
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    There are some downsides to stuffing your backpack though. For example, you cannot pick up skins or heads, and you cannot remove your grenade mod to grenade jump. – Roijan says reinstate Monica May 28 '19 at 21:15
  • @RoijanEskor I recently encountered a problem on TVHM with one of the first couple missions: buy a shield. I guess that's one I'm never getting... – fyrepenguin May 29 '19 at 1:44
  • @RoijanEskor Also, I never managed to figure out how to properly grenade jump in Borderlands 2, so thank you for that hint. I always used sticky longbow corrosive grenades in Borderlands, and kept dying when I used a grenade too close to myself in Borderlands 2. – fyrepenguin May 29 '19 at 1:45
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According to this thread:

Backpacks are stable up to 500 items in your backpack and 8 equipped, and probably goes further, I didn’t take it past that.

It's likely limited by memory only.

It seems the inventory of Borderlands 2 is buggy in general, as the linked thread was started because of another way to exploit it; by buying back items, which will go straight to your backpack.

The exploit does come with some caveats, though:

  • Overfilling comes with problems though. Vendors only hold 20 items, so if you go for 500 it will be a struggle to pick up guns that drop above your level, or customisation skins - you’re stuck with what can be exchanged in an active slot. I imagine you could drop all your items till you get an empty slot and then do it over again, but that would drive me crazy. Also, it might often rely on you being close to a vendor to do this, which isn’t always the case.

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  • If you do this the way I did it [buying back items], you will lose money, I think due to Seraph sell/buyback values. I lost about 30 million while adding 300 new backpack slots.

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    That's an interesting alternative method to get to the same end result that I'm seeing. At some point, though, money doesn't matter if you can't actually buy stuff from vending machines (since you can't buy when your backpack is full). – fyrepenguin Apr 28 '19 at 17:27

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