Borderlands 3: Guardian Rank, True Vault Hunter Mode, and Mayhem Mode Detailed
Borderlands 3 continues to pour on the information ahead of its September 13th release, with news on Guardian Rank, True Vault Hunter Mode, and Mayhem Mode.
Guardian Rank, like previous game’s Badass Rank system, allows you to earn rewards that apply to all your characters, but this time out they’ve tweaked it to also provide some big-league buffs alongside the smaller bonuses.
When your Guardian Rank bar (found atop your XP bar) fills, you unlock a Guardian Token that can be used to unlock bonus stats over three trees: Enforcer, Survivor, and Hunter. The bonus stats you can choose from are randomly selected, with two from each tree.
Here’s the pool of bonus stats:
- Critical Damage
- Grenade Damage
- Gun Damage
- Gun Fire Rate
- Melee Damage
- Vehicle Damage
- FFYL (Fight For Your Life) Duration
- FFYL Movement Speed
- Max Health
- Shield Capacity
- Shield Recharge Delay
- Shield Recharge Rate
- Action Skill Cooldown
- Luck (Rare Drop Rate)
- Recoil Reduction
- Reload Speed
I’m a huge fan of going big into Luck in games where that weights your drop rate chances, so it looks like I’ll be hoping for good rolls on the Hunter side of things…
In addition to those bonuses players can unlock Guardian Rewards, like weapon and character skins or passive buffs that provide big bonuses to your survival chances, by spending specific amounts of tokens: 10,15, 25, 35, 50, and 75. These buffs provide different bonuses depending on the skill tree you’re using, with the second tier providing Enforcer tree with a bonus to the Fight For Your Life status, where you get a second chance to recover from being downed by enemies, for Enforcer tree, which gets additional gun damage, and Survivor tree, which recovers with full health and shields. Hunter tree gets Bullet Collector buff, providing extra ammo from all ammo pickups.
True Vault Hunter Mode is the Pandoran version of New Game+ – a tougher challenge with better loot – while Mayhem Mode, which only becomes available after beating the campaign, offers up three enhanced difficulty levels that provides even more badass and Anointed enemies to defeat, but provides better cash rewards and the chance for Anointed gear…
Mayhem Mode also provides new mods to planets you’ll visit, which should force players to rethink their approach to combat.
Think Borderlands 3 already has enough content to last for a while? What about all the free content coming, plus the planned DLC?
Here’s the press release:
Catch All the New Borderlands 3 Endgame and Post-Launch Content Details Revealed during Today’s PAX West Panel
Borderlands 3’s story campaign is big – real big. Like, multiple planets big. But the game only gets bigger once you’ve finished the main missions. Borderlands 3 contains a wealth of endgame content and will enjoy consistent post-launch support; we’re thrilled to finally start sharing those details with you.
During the Gearbox Main Theater Show at PAX West earlier today, Gearbox provided new insights into Borderlands 3‘s endgame, including the return of True Vault Hunter Mode, an evolution of Borderlands 2’s Badass Rank mechanic called Guardian Rank, and the introduction of the all new gameplay-changing Mayhem Mode.
When you combine Mayhem Mode, True Vault Hunter Mode, and Guardian Rank progression with the highly replayable Proving Grounds and Circle of Slaughter arenas announced during Gamescom, Borderlands 3‘s endgame coalesces into an engaging loop that grows increasingly rewarding (and challenging) the more you play.
With all these avenues for endgame progression, there’s a wealth of challenging content to best and coveted rewards to chase as soon as you finish Borderlands 3’s story campaign. Below you’ll find a high-level overview of the new modes and features announced today, but for all the details, please refer to this blog.
Even if you somehow manage to conquer every challenge Borderlands 3 throws at you and max out every Vault Hunter class, there’s still plenty more Borderlands 3 content to come. From Seasonal Events to Takedowns to new missions and cosmetics – and of course, full-fledged Campaign DLC – here’s just a taste of what’s on the horizon this fall and winter:
As if that wasn’t enough, Gearbox also announced that Borderlands 2 VR on PlayStation 4 is getting the Bad Ass Mega Fun (BAMF) DLC pack for free on September 6, delivering a whopping 16 pieces of DLC content from Borderlands 2. And those of you hoping to experience Borderlands 2 VR on PC won’t have to wait long. Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC in Fall 2019 and will include both the base game and all its DLC in one glorious bundle.
Borderlands 3 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13. For assets and additional information, please visit newsroom.2k.com.
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If you’re familiar with previous Borderlands‘ Badass Rank system, the basic idea is the same: you can unlock incremental stat improvements that apply to all your Vault Hunters. As you gain experience, you fill a special Guardian Rank XP bar. Every bar you fill unlocks a Guardian Token, which you can spend to unlock bonus stats across three distinct trees. The further you progress, the better the rewards available to you.
TRUE VAULT HUNTER MODE
This is Borderlands 3‘s take on New Game+. The enemies will be tougher and the loot will be better compared to your Normal mode conquests. Whether you select Normal or True Vault Hunter when starting up a new campaign, your character’s mission progress is unique to each playthrough. However, your Vault Hunters’ stats and equipment are shared across both modes.
After completing the campaign, you’ll activate a mysterious terminal aboard Sanctuary III that offers three Mayhem Mode difficulty levels. Enabling one of these Mayhem Modes ups the ante on risks and rewards across all worlds: enemies get increased health, shields, and armor, while you get bonus cash, Eridium, experience gains, and chances for better loot (including “Anointed” gear).
Mayhem Mode also applies a random selection of modifiers called Mayhem Mods to every planet you visit. For instance, you might get a Mayhem Mod like “You’re a Wizard,” which reduces the damage players do with normal bullets but increases their elemental damage.