Gearbox announced a new seasonal event for Borderlands 3 today, titled Revenge of the Cartels. It will run for a little over a month, starting in a few days on April 23rd and ending June 4th.
Of course, Revenge of the Cartels will feature an all-new area, unique enemy types, limited-time challenges and bunches of new gear to collect (including new Legendaries and Anointments). Maruice’s, the Saurian who resides on Sanctuary III and is studying human customs, is again heading this upcoming event.
Apparently, Maurice made some poor choices and owes money to Joey Ultraviolet, the kingpin of the Eridium Cartel. Your job is to save Maurice from whatever fate Joey has for him by fighting the kingpin and his gang at the Villa Ultraviolet.
Much like other Seasonal events in Borderlands 3, Revenge of the Cartels will have a repeatable quest (which you get from Maurice) that has to be completed in order to reach Villa Ultraviolet. Neon-glowing Cartel Operatives can be found everywhere, including campaign add-ons. When you kill an Operative, a signal is sent to other gang members and some Cartel Thugs will warp in to seek revenge for their fallen friend.
These Thugs might not be alone, bringing with them an Eridium Cartel Underboss. These are unique Badass-level enemies, belonging to one of the Cartel’s three gangs. Once you eliminate the reinforcements, you’ll receive Hideout Coordinates and once you collect enough, Maurice will open up a portal that leads to Villa Ultraviolet.
Once you enter Villa Ultraviolet, you’ll have to battle your way through hordes of Eridium Cartel members belonging to one of three different gangs. You could encounter the cyborgs of CryptoSec, The Burnt Ends debt collectors or The Purpatrator dust runners.
Each group has their own Underboss that you’ll need to take down, as well as Joey Ultraviolet himself. Each gang also has their own Legendary loot pool, so multiple visits to Villa Ultraviolet are recommended. Once you clear the Villa, a different gang group will take the previous groups place. You’ll never face the same gang twice in a row.
Revenge of the Cartels Seasonal Rewards
Alongside the new loot, this event also has limited-time Challenges you can complete to earn themed cosmetic rewards. There are 18 Challenges total, only available during the Revenge of the Cartel event. You’ll collect the following items based on how many Challenges you complete:
- 3 Challenges: ‘VECH-tor Graphics’ ECHO Device Skin
- 6 Challenges: ‘Retro Outrunner’ Weapon Trinket
- 10 Challenges: ‘Framed Firewall’ Room Decoration
- 14 Challenges: ‘Hotline Pandora’ Vault Hunter Head
- 18 Challenges: ‘Death by Filigrees’ Vault Hunter Skin