Where to begin
Follow the guidelines in the following page to find where to unlock and begin The Slaughter Shaft. This particular Circle of Slaughter focuses on all of the COV enemy types in the game such as Fanatics, Goliaths and Tinks, knowing how to handle each of these will lead to an easier time.
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.
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.
As mentioned above, The Slaughter Shaft focuses on the various types of COV found around the galaxy. Early on you’ll come up against the usual Fanatics and Psychos which shouldn’t pose too great a threat, especially considering the amount of cover you have in your arena. Once the Tinks start appearing though, you’ll need to be alert, especially for any Tink Sentries that may get placed. These will quickly shred your health bar if you leave them active for too long, especially at Level 50 or on Mayhem Mode. Likewise, you’ll also want to keep a close eye on any Longshot Fanatics as they’ll have a similar effect to the Sentries.
Like always, Goliaths are a huge threat, you’ll want to take them down before they can evolve too much and the Caustic variants especially can be especially mean. You’ll also want to watch out for Badass Enforcers and Fanatics, the later of which usually comes equipped with Rocket Launchers that can cause your health to plummet at an alarming rate. The final enemy type to note are the various forms of Hags, these brutes have lots of health and usually favor a particular element, covering the arena in Cryo, Tornadoes or other deadly effects, keep your distance and take them out as soon as possible.