Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 Achievements

Highlands Explorer

Discovered all named locations in The Highlands, Thousand Cuts, and Wildlife Exploitation Preserve  

In total, you'll need to find 23 locations across all 3 of these areas. You'll also need to uncover the whole map of black areas as well. For a full list of all the locations, please see below.

The Highlands

  • Mercury Induction Station
  • Isotope Reclaimation Center
  • Lake Shining Horizons
  • Frothing Creek Mill
  • Aggregate Acquisition
  • Whispering Riverbed
  • Blake Bridge
  • Hunter's Bane
  • Overlook
  • Old Cranky's Pond

The Highlands Outwash

  • Hyperion Extraction Plant
  • Orbital Receiving & Processing

Thousand Cuts

  • Central Core Supply Dock
  • Control Core Loading Dock
  • Competitor Deferrence Field
  • No Man's Land
  • Bloody Knuckle Point
  • Slab Town
  • Broke Face Bridge
  • Buzzard Factory

Wildlife Exploitation Preserve

  • Casa De Mordecai
  • Preserve Dockyard
  • Observation Wing
  • Specimen Maintenance
  • Bloodwing's Enclosure
Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 3 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by KingsOfArcadia
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 07:29:23 AM

For anyone curious where the Creature Slaughter Dome (from the Gamestop pre-order add-on) can be found, it's located within the Wildlife Exploitation Preserve. If you can survive all enemy waves, you get Moxxi's rocket launcher.

Comment #2 by Samigi
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 02:56:23 PM

Thanks ^

Comment #3 by brownnotesuicide
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 08:31:28 PM

i'm stuck on this achievement. i've beaten the game 1st run, and ive explored everywhere i could find on the maps between the 3 Highlands maps, Thousand Cuts, and Wildlife Exploitation Preserve. Visually all the maps look complete, as in nothing is fading to the background making it look incomplete. Is there a hidden area that i haven't found yet? I know it will be kind of hard to answer this, but any help is appreciated :)

Comment #4 by joshakazam
Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 02:00:49 AM

@ #3 not sure if this will help but if you havent been to the creature slaughter dome within the wildlife preserve or if you have not been to terramorphous's lair in a thousand cuts (can only be accessed once the story missions are finished) these might be the reasons why you havent got the achievement yet

Comment #5 by Gnatnoop
Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 06:06:12 PM

Ive been trying to get this achievement for a while now, Ive just been going through each of the three areas and Ive covered every inch of the three areas I have even go to terramorphous's lair and the creature slaughter dome. Has anyone else had the same problem with this? Some help would be awesome.

Comment #6 by brandonator14
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 11:25:19 PM

It must be Terramorphous' lair then cuz i swear i have everything unlocked as well but i cant get the achievement to pop, but i haven't beaten the game yet either.

Comment #7 by finaltom
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 10:17:46 AM

this mite help with the achievement, it helped me

Comment #8 by toandadestroyer
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 05:32:55 PM

anyone wanna go exploring with me? GT: toandadestroyer

Comment #9 by Majik Mike33
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 02:06:29 PM

I missed Casa de Mordecai in the Wildlife Preserve. Right as you enter from The Highlands/Fast Travel, look on your map. Its directly below where you are, where there's a little circle on your map. For me, the area was lit up, you just have to climb the mountain up to his place and you'll reveal the location.

Comment #10 by Dravenhwf
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 04:31:30 PM

Thank you #9. That was the one!!!

Comment #11 by SniperW0lf212
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 04:42:45 PM Hey Guys this walkrthrough will help you out :)

Comment #12 by Matictac
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 07:13:50 PM

Thanks a lot #9, I stopped playing Borderlands 2 for a while cause this achievement was annoying me so much, thanks for the help. :)

Comment #13 by EvilPuggy
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 11:21:02 PM

How do you miss Casa de Mordecai? It's part of the story!

Comment #14 by heavydwayne
Monday, October 01, 2012 @ 07:16:40 PM

I misses casa de modecai as well and beat the game... glad someone pointed it out here. I'm sure i missed it because i play co-op split screen and my friend did that part of the mission while I killed shit. He always runs ahead while I kill stuff for xp. So its easy to miss in multi-player.

Comment #15 by uratitmouse
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 10:23:55 AM

@11 great walkthrough video...i was missing a chunk of the map in the highlands ...even tho i got the name of the place

Comment #16 by paulmd77
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 10:54:53 PM

Casa de Mordecai was the last one I needed too...good call #9! Thx

Comment #17 by Javman89
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 09:08:59 PM

@9 Thx for the tip. That did the trick.

Comment #18 by tayboone
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 01:51:34 PM

@9 Thank you so much! I play frequently with my friends and they usually advance while I'm fighting. That was the last one I needed for this and world explorer :)

Comment #19 by Rust In Peace
Saturday, October 27, 2012 @ 08:46:42 PM

i think my game is glitched or something, i completed the game already and have no unlocked one single achievement about discovering places. All the maps are clear with no empty spots, anyone how to fix it?? :/

Comment #20 by kipper1807
Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 05:45:13 PM

can anyone tell me if the Creature dome is part of this? i dont have it as i didnt pre order it from anywhere that did it. surely its a bit unfair if you cant get the chievo without it.


Comment #21 by Aestrid
Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 11:01:22 AM

You can get the achievement through 1st walkthrough. You don't need terramorphous lair or dome. If you have filled in all the dark/hazy spaces and haven't gotten it, return to each named place listed.

Comment #22 by Phyzard
Saturday, September 07, 2013 @ 01:40:54 AM

When you do this achievement make sure you check the casa de mordcai cause thats all i had left and i was searching for days until this post reminded me of it.

Comment #23 by FaSCoRP
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 12:51:00 PM

thanks for "casa de mordecai". it was just that one

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Game Info
Gearbox Software
2K Games


US September 18, 2012
Europe September 21, 2012

HDD Space Required : 5.54 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $19.99USD
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