The Meridian Metroplex has force fields that block your passage. This guide explains How To Lower Shields In Meridian Borderlands 3 so you can figure out how to get past the shields and explore the areas beyond that were previously locked due to the shields.
Shields are not a universal barrier in Borderlands 3, you don’t encounter them often. However, this guide is specifically about the shields you will find mostly in the Meridian Outskirts and Meridian Metroplex.
How To Lower Shields In Meridian Borderlands 3In short, you cannot lower, destroy or bypass the barriers. There is a special event during the main story in which a friendly allied character shows you he is able to take them down. During a mission you destroy a huge generator, this then gives you the ability to explore areas that were previously shielded. Once the generator is destroyed, the shields are destroyed also.
It’s during the final steps of the story mission, Hostile Takeover, it’s not an optional quest. You can’t miss it.