Mayhem 2.0 Unveiled, Will Land on Borderlands 3 This Thursday
Mayhem 2.0 is coming to Borderlands 3 on Thursday, April 23rd, and the developers at Gearbox have now shared the most significant overhauls planned for the mode.
For starters, you'll no longer need to visit the pedestal on Sanctuary III to activate Mayhem Mode or adjust your Mayhem level; the option will be accessible via a new tab on your ECHO Device menu so that you can access it at any time. Note that in multiplayer games the Mayhem level will be determined by the host, and when you matchmake for multiplayer, you'll automatically be matched with players who are at a similar Mayhem level as you whenever possible.
In Mayhem 2.0, there will be more than 25 all-new modifiers that can be applied to your game, each rated as Easy, Medium, Hard, or Very Hard. Easy modifiers are largely helpful, and include things like Big Kick Energy, which actually increases your weapons' damage but also increases their recoil and spread. There’s also Galaxy Brain, which dramatically increases the size of enemies' heads so that crit shots are easier to land.
Venture into Medium modifier territory and beyond, though, and things start to get more challenging. For example, the Medium modifier Floor is Lava "encourages" you to keep moving at all times by forming a pool of damage-dealing lava beneath your feet when you stand still, and the Hard modifier Drone Ranger spawns Healing Drones to accompany and assist enemies. We'll let you discover the rest of the modifiers—including all of the Very Hard ones—for yourselves.
Modifiers are selected at random in Mayhem 2.0, but the number of modifiers and difficulty ratings of those modifiers are always the same for each Mayhem level.
The quality of the weapons dropped by enemies will improve as you work your way up through the Mayhem levels. For example, a Cutsman submachine gun that drops in Mayhem level 2 will be more powerful than one that drops in Mayhem level 1. Given that enemies' health, shield, and armor stats increase with each Mayhem level, the damage boost that you get from weapons in one Mayhem level will help you to prepare for the next. There are also eight new Legendary weapons that you can get from certain bosses only when playing at Mayhem level 6 or higher. The Sand Hawk, for example, is a Legendary automatic sniper rifle that fires a line of nine bullets that move to mimic the way that a hawk flaps its wings.
The Mayhem 2.0 revamp is only part of what's coming shortly to Borderlands 3, as revealed in late February through the official roadmap. An in-game event called 'Revenge of the Cartels' is also scheduled for this month, while in May there'll be a free content update labeled 'Guardians Takedown' with new bosses and, of course, new gear and cosmetics.