Find out everything to know about Borderland 3's Mayhem Mode in this guide! This includes what is Mayhem Mode, gameplay differences, Anointed Gear, Mayhem Mods, & more!New Features and Changes
What is Mayhem Mode?
High Risk, High Reward Mode
Mayhem Mode is a new feature introduced in Borderlands 3 that raises the difficulty in a game mode. Its a high risk, high reward game mode where you fight stronger enemies, but get better rewards in return.
Select from 4 Mayhem Modes
Mayhem Mode has 4 levels of difficulty which players can choose from. These are Mayhem 1, Mayhem 2, Mayhem 3 and Mayhem 4 with Mayhem 4 being the hardest difficulty.
Mayhem 4 Added in November 21 Hotfix
Starting November 21, players will be able to choose Mayhem 4 in the Mayhem Console. This will remove all negative modifiers and will have its own pool of exclusive Legendary drops!Click Here For Legendary Grenade Mods!
Only 1 Modifier for Enemy, Player in Mayhem 4
Unlike in Mayhem 1 - 3 where you can get multiple modifiers, Mayhem 4 will only have 1 for the player and 1 for the enemies. This is separate from the 1000% buff to enemy health and shields.
How to Unlock Mayhem Mode?
Complete the Main Story
Mayhem Mode is unlocked by completing the story mode. The Mayhem Mode terminal will appear in Sanctuary III once a player has cleared it.
All Mayhem Modes Unlocked Immediately
Players can choose from all 3 of the Mayhem Modes immediately upon unlocking the Terminal. It's not advisable to go straight to Mayhem 3 though until you have enough gear to survive.
Need to Progress Story in True Vault Hunter Mode
Mayhem Mode is unlocked separately in True Vault Hunter Mode and the normal mode. You'll need to clear the story in TVHM up until you get access to Sanctuary III to be able to use Mayhem Mode.Check Out the True Vault Hunter Mode Here
Gameplay & Mode Differences
Increase Enemy Stats & Damage
Enemies you meet in Mayhem Mode has increased health, damage, and armor. This is applied to all enemies whether they're regular mooks or bosses.
More Anointed and Badass Enemies
Mayhem Mode increases the chance for Anointed and Badass Enemies to spawn. With the difficulty spike, they're more deadly and can quickly take you down if you're not geared well enough.
Earn Better Rewards & Loot
Playing Mayhem Mode becomes worth it with the loot you'll get. There's a higher chance of enemies dropping good loot here and players receive higher XP, money, and other rewards.
Anointed Weapons Drops
Enemies in Mayhem Mode have a chance of dropping Anoiunted gear. These items can provide nice buffs to player Action Skills.
Changes Gameplay with Mayhem Mods
Besides the difficulty spike, Mayhem Mode changes the gameplay in worlds with Mayhem Mods that apply specific modifiers. These include players having higher elemental damage or enemies doing more gun damage.
Random Mayhem Mods per Planet/Area
Mayhem Modifiers are randomly applied to planets and areas with some only available in different Mayhem levels. Players can check which Mayhem Mods might be applied in their maps.