True Vault Hunter Mode Returns in Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 True Vault Hunter Mode
Borderlands 3 True Vault Hunter Mode

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.ย  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.

Let Me Know What You Think

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  1. Eryk Dobson

    But what about ultimate tho

  2. icky wwe sucks


  3. Logan

    Gotta play TVHM first

  4. This Guy ๐Ÿ˜Ž aka Keith ๐Ÿค”

    Eventually both

  5. Jordan๐ŸŒŽ

    True vault hunter, mayham mode 3 at the same time

  6. Justin Smith

    Gonna go the classic route like always. Mayhem is endgame anyways.

  7. Annalisa

    Probably mayhem mode!!! Blaaa aaaaa aaaaaahhhhhh ๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๐ŸŽฎโค

  8. Cameron Sanderson

    TVHM first probably, might flip the switch to Mayhem mode sometime not long after that though

  9. Dustin Massie

    mayhem 1 maybe but from what they are saying if you go right to 3 you will get stomped im exited to seeโ€ฆ

  10. Schubi

    What’s the difference between mayhem mode and tvhm exactly?

  11. RektFX

    My answer good sir…is YES!

  12. Charles Metal

    Tough question

  13. Victor Hernandez

    TVHM first!!

  14. Joshua

    Does that mean thereโ€™s gonna be a UVHM?

  15. Alp2011

    Tvhm first then MAYHEM mode

  16. Rob

    TVHM of course

  17. AdamKazam | BL3 GIVEAWAY

    I think you have to complete TVHM in order to play Mayhem Mode. But either way… YES!

  18. Ryan Motley

    Iโ€™ll do the main campaign first.

  19. Zaya Hormoz

    Whatโ€™s the difference?

  20. Pantheon_Malanado๐Ÿ

    Mayhem mode 1st
    And then true vaulter mode

  21. Miu Cristian Robert

    As a veteran in bl2 mayhem looks like a lot of fun

  22. DK

    Hm hmm my friend offered me yesterday something special. I played BL3 bow for 10 hours im done ๐Ÿ˜…

  23. JimRaven

    Borderlands is one of the few games i like to challenge myself, that said, TVHM historically was neverโ€ฆ

  24. CreeHaa


  25. โŠ—โ„•๐•š๐•”๐•–๐•๐•ช๐•†๐•—๐•—๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ค๐•š๐•ง๐•–โŠ— ใƒ“ใ‚ฟใƒผใƒฉใ‚คใ‚น

    Can I not do both simultaneously? Me and my wife beat the game on OP10 with 2 different characters thisโ€ฆ

  26. R3ALCOK3

  27. ThyNameIsDestro

    Both for me

  28. TVHM (in b3) is the same as UVHM (in b2), they removed the old TVHM because it didn’t serve a purpose and everyone just sped through it to get to UVHM. in TVHM everything levels to you with bumps to enemy difficulty and type. it’s not quite as outrageous with enemy buffs as UVHM was in b2 but that’s what the Mayhem modes provide. Hope this helps. I notice even mental mars didn’t realize this.

    • Thanks for the info update! I wasn’t aware of this.


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