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Borderlands 3

What is Mayhem Mode?

Ben Chard
Shane Williams

Upon beating the Borderlands 3 main campaign, you’ll unlock a new difficulty modifier, titled Mayhem Mode, which will allow you alter your current game.

What does Mayhem Mode do?

In order to use Mayhem Mode, you’ll have to take the artifact in Sanctuary, opposite Tannis’ lab and place it into one of the three slots there. The right slot will activate Mayhem I, the left will activate Mayhem II and the central slot will activate Mayhem III. Once Mayhem Mode is active, you’ll see a red skull under your XP Bar informing you that it’s currently active.

Each level of Mayhem Mode will always increase the following variables in your game:

Variable Mayhem I Mayhem II Mayhem III
XP +10% +30% +50%
Cash/Eridium +30% +60% +100%
Luck (Rare Drop Rate) +100% +300% +500%
Enemy Health +15% +75% +150%
Enemy Shield +25% +100% +200%
Enemy Armor +25% +100% +200%

As you can see from the table above, you’ll receive greater rewards at the expense of more difficulty enemies. Additionally, new enemy types will spawn and the chance for Anointed grade Equipment can drop from the enemies, further improving the skills of your characters.

This is not all though, as on top of these guaranteed variable changes, you’ll also have to deal with random variables that will be generated when you spawn into any given Zone. Check the table below to see what potential changes you may see:

Mayhem I Potential Mods:

Mayhem II Potential Mods:

Mayhem III Potential Mods:

The greatest rewards in Borderlands 3 can be obtained by playing on True Vault Hunter Mode with Mayhem III activated, just be prepared for a really tough time.

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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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