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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, and more.

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New Features and Changes

What is Mayhem Mode?

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 3 Mayhem Modes

There are 3 levels of Mayhem Modes players can choose from. Mayhem 1, Mayhem 2, and Mayhem 3 are the levels of difficulty with 3 as the hardest one.

How to Unlock Mayhem Mode?

Complete the Main Story

Complete the Main Story

Mayhem Mode is unlocked by completing the story mode. The Mayhem Mode terminal will appear in Sanctuary II 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 Redo Story in True Vault Hunter Mode

Need to Redo 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 to get access to it.

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Gameplay & Mode Differences

Increase Enemy Stats & Damage

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

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

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

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 Mods are randomly applied to planets and areas with some only available in Mayhem 2 or Mayhem 3. Players can check which Mayhem Mods might be applied in their maps.

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Anonymous 6

Pc need to complete story mode to acces TVHM

Anonymous 5

It seems that PC players have immediate access in TVHM where as console players dont

Anonymous 4

I did not have to clear the story in TVHM to get mayhem, it was already there.

Anonymous 3

Nope, it's there

Anonymous 2

Yes you do I am in tvhm for the first time and it is not on sanctuary

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