What is True Vault Hunter Mode?
True vault hunter mode is the Borderlands’ new game+ feature. When you finished the main campaign you can choose to restart the story and play it at a higher difficulty. While the game starts at the beginning your character doesn’t. You get to keep all your progress and loot. In TVHM you are able to earn more XP and better loot.
Why play TVHM?
When you completed your first playthrough of Borderlands 3, you are probably somewhere around level 35. The character level cap is currently set to max level 50. So you can choose to continue playing in normal mode and enjoy the end game. However, you can also choose to accept the challenge and opt-in TVHM. It doesn’t matter which choice you make if you just want to play and level up your character. In both options, you will continue to gain XP.
- Mayhem Mode Sidenote
- When you choose to play TVHM you will need to complete the main story again in order to get access to mayhem mode again. Either TVHM or mayhem mode will be beneficial to your guardian rank as you gain bonus XP.
Tips for TVHM
In TVHM the enemies will be stronger and you will encounter more Badasses. If you want to be more effective and deal more damage you have to start using the right elemental damage types. Staying alive with be more challenging. Therefore it is good to have something that restores your health. You can do this passively by picking up skills that provide health regeneration, however, by picking these skills they will take away from other skills that increase your damage output. Having a shield or a grenade mod that provides health is a good alternative.
Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode
Previous Borderlands games also contained an Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode (UVHM). While this mode hasn’t been announced for Borderlands 3, you can ask yourself the question if we will ever see it coming to the game. With the previous games, this mode got introduced ~6 months after release. Personally, I’m hopeful but we will have to wait and see what the future brings us.