Story Campaign Missions
Battleborn features unlike some other hero shooter a story mode. Players can go through this campaign solo or team up with friend up to 5 players. Consoles (PS4 & Xbox One) support cough co-op with a 2 player splitscreen option. The story sets you up for the epic battle for the last star in the universe. Trevor Ghalt has setup a team of Battleborn to fight of the Rendain and the Varelsi. With 30 playable heroes you get a lot of replay value and experience each story mission with new lore and dialogue. Before the Battleborn task force was created they were fighting each other, this is the multiplayer mode, but Rendain was getting ready for the attack on Solus as you can see in the motion comics.
Battleborn has 2 difficulty settings, Normal & Advanced, also the game scales depending on the amount of player in the match. The whole team will have to survive on one respawn pool from which they all drain from. This pool will have a certain amount of respawns, which can be added too by finding specific pickups. There is also a option to enable Hardcore Mode, this will set the amount of respawns to zero. When you died you are out of the game , if all players died you failed the story mission. A higher difficulty will result in better gear.
- Normal + Hardcore
- Advanced + Hardcore
- Raid – These missions will throw in some extra mini-bosses.
- Escort – In these missions you will need to guide and protect a sentry unit through the level.
- Defend – During these missions you most hold and defend specific locations on the map.
Mission Star Ratings
At the end of each mission you will be rewarded a star rating. Each story mission and difficulty setting (Normal, Normal-Hardcore, Advanced, & Advanced-Hardcore) has it’s own threshold for the these star ratings:
Legendary Gear Drops
Each mission boss or mini-boss has specific legendary gear assigned to them. The loot pool depends on the difficulty level you set the game on. Mini-Bosses have 1 specific legendary gear on Normal difficulty and 1 more specific legendary gear is added to the loot pool on Advanced difficulty. Meaning that on Advanced difficulty you can get the legendary loot drop that would normally drop on Normal difficulty. Adding the Hardcore modifier to your game session will result in better drop chances. The mission’s final boss has 2 specific legendary gears assigned to them on Normal difficulty and 2 more legendary gear will be added to the loot pool on Advanced difficulty settings. Check out the specific missions posted above for the unique loot drops of each of the (mini-)bosses.
- The Algorithm
Help the Peacekeepers with icy moons, crazy robots, and universe-bending math!
- The Void’s Edge
Stop a Varelsi incursion by plugging up a portal anomaly on Bliss! Extra Wolf Sentry included!
- The Renegade
Recruit a legendary warrior by helping him get a much-needed recharge!
- The Archive
Tree-hugging fun for lovers of literacy in the burining jungles of Ekkunar!
- The Sentinel
What universe would be complete without at least two super-weapons ? Stop this one on Ekkunar before BAD THINGS HAPPEN.
- The Experiment
Who says dwarves aren’t smart? Help Boldur research “all the things” at Amenine Observatory on Ekkunar.
- The Saboteur
Team up with a special away-team guest on Tempest as you help Rendain further refine his tastes.
- The Heliophage
Fight for the Universe as you confront Rendain on Tempest
Story Operations Missions (DLC)
Story Operations are new missions that got added to the game as paid downloadable content and are included with the season pass. These cooperative missions take place after the events that took place in the main story campaign. Each operation will deliver an unique story and gameplay experience. Just like the main story campaign these missions are highly replayable but in a different way. In the main story campaign the dialogue was random but the objective was always fixed. With the story operations you will get 1 story that will be told through out 10 play sessions and will throw in random objectives.
Based on user feedback these story operations are a bit shorter than the missions in the main campaign as users sometimes needed an hour to complete those.
The Story Operations don’t have the 2 difficulty settings, Normal & Advanced, like in the main story campaign. Instead these missions scale dynamically according to your ops points. Each time you have completed the mission the game will add 5 ops points to your score at the start of your match with a maximum of 50 ops points. So each time you replay the mission it will be a bit harder than the previous session. Another thing that adds to the increased difficulty are the various side objectives. In every play session for the game will reward you with ops points for completing side objectives. This way you will be able to boost your ops points with an additional 40 points. Then there are 10 chests that contain an ops point that are hidden randomly across the map.
- Side Objectives
- Hidden Chests
Mission Star Ratings
At the end of each mission you will be rewarded a star rating. Each mission and difficulty setting (Normal, Normal-Hardcore, Advanced, & Advanced-Hardcore) has it’s own threshold for the these star ratings:
Legendary Gear Drops
Each final boss in these story operations has one specific legendary gear assigned to them. The legendary effect on these boss drops have a special condition, as these are only triggered in the story operations. While these legendary gear are limited to the story operations they do have great potential.
Commander Faction Packs
When you are able to obtain 100 ops point in a story operation you will be rewarded with a Commander Faction Pack. The faction of these packs is based on the faction of the hero you are playing in that session. The Commander Faction Packs are the badass versions of the faction packs that are available in the marketplace. Commander faction packs are limited to the loot pool of their respective faction, but have a higher chance of dropping better gear. There is a good chance of getting legendary gear with these packs and each Story Operation has its own unique legendaries you can collect.
With each Story Operation also come a few new challenges that will reward you with new skins, taunts, and titles. Check out each of the Story Operation pages to find out which rewards are obtainable in that mission.