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Borderlands 3

Cistern of Slaughter

Ben Chard
Shane Williams

Where to begin

Follow the guidelines in the following page to find where to unlock and begin the Cistern of Slaughter. This particular Circle of Slaughter focuses on the many creatures throughout the galaxy be it Skags or Grogs and knowing how to deal with them will give you an easier time.

General Tips

As with all Circle of Slaughters, it’s better to enter them at Level 50 with a clear build in mind. You’ll want to use anything that increases your surviability and the Resilient Perk from the Survivor Guardian Rank tree is a must, being able to recover from Fight For Your Life is too valuable when you’re up against a huge amount of enemies at any given time.

You’ll also want to take Grenades that have as large an area of effect as possible, such as the reward from Raiders of the Lost Rock (the higher the level the better). Finally, you’ll need to make the decision of whether you want to go Solo or with a group. Solo will give you less enemies but then you lose the security of revivals or last minute wins from other party members.

Optional Objectives

Circle of Slaughters will have an optional objective each round that you can choose to complete it not. The reward isn’t overly exceptional, just an extra boost in XP and Cash and may be more trouble than they’re worth but if you get an easy one, it may be worth going for. Objectives such as Grenade Kills or Melee Kills are the easier ones and should generally be completed due to their relative ease but one’s such as Ground Slam kills should probably be skipped.

Enemy Advice

As previously mentioned, Cistern of Slaughter focuses on all of the creatures you’ve met throughout your travels in the galaxy. You should have no issue with all of the particular forms of Skags and Grogs but Rakks will cause a lot of trouble as will the various forms of Saurians and Jabbers. Regular Jabbers are not too difficult but once you start encountering the Elemental types, focus on burning down the Charged and Flaming Jabbers first, these are the most bothersome. For that reason, bring along a good selection of elemental based weapons to help hit the correct weak spots.

(1 of 4) Leaving Badass enemies alone for too long will be very deadly

As you reach the later stages of the trial, you’ll encounter Bloated Rakks, airborne creatures that will release Irradiated Snakes all over the arena, these can all add up and cause you to become overwhelmed fairly quickly so focus all your attention on any Bloated Rakks that you see (coincidentally these are the same enemies that can cause the bug mentioned in the warning at the top of the page). Finally, the most deadly opponent in this Circle of Slaughter is the Tremendous Rex, a gargantuan Saurian that will use mounted weapons to devastate you. Take out the other creatures in the current wave to leave you more room to deal with this beast and remember to focus your fire on the sides of the body to avoid dealing less damage.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    2K Games
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    17 September 2019
  • Last Updated
    6 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard, Shane Williams

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Return to the Borderlands as you aim to help allies new and hunt for the Vaults before the Calypso Twins and their Children of the Vault get there first. Four new Vault Hunters join the cause as you take to the stars to discover a galaxy of opportunities.

The guide for Borderlands 3 features all there is to see and do including a full walkthrough covering every main and side mission alongside complete coverage of all areas and the endgame. Including indepth strategies on every Vault Hunter along with recommended builds to help give you that edge you’ll need.

Inside Version 1.0

  • Full Walkthrough of the main storyline
  • Coverage of all Side Missions
  • Complete coverage of all areas including Crew Challenges
  • Trophy/Achievement Guide
  • Character Builds

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